Alfalfa Restaurant Sour Cream Bean Burritos


Refried Beans

  • 2 (15 ounce) cans kidney beans
  • 1/2 medium white onion, diced
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 clove garlic, chopped
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Rancheros Sauce

  • 1 (28 ounce) can crushed tomatoes, undrained
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  • 8 ounces sour cream
  • 12 ounces or so white Cheddar cheese, grated
  • 8 (8-inch) flour tortillas


  1. Refried Beans: Drain beans, reserving liquid, and set aside. In a medium saucepan, cook onion in oil over medium-high heat until onions are transparent, with slightly browned edges, about 5 minutes.
  2. Add chili powder, cumin, oregano, garlic and salt and pepper. Sauté for 1 minute, stirring constantly to prevent the spices from burning.
  3. Add drained beans to the pot and cook on medium-low heat for about 1/2 hour. If the beans seem too dry, add a little of the reserved bean juice, 1 or 2 tablespoons at a time.
  4. Remove from heat and mash mixture with a potato masher or large fork. Taste for seasoning, and adjust if it needs more flavor.
  5. Rancheros Sauce: Stir all ingredients together. If mixture seems too thick, add a few tablespoons of water, until it is as thin as you like it. Heat mixture slowly over low heat, as this sauce has a tendency to spatter. Cover and cook until heated through, about 15 minutes.
  6. To assemble: Spread each tortilla with a good spoonful of sour cream and a few tablespoons grated white Cheddar cheese.
  7. Meanwhile, heat a large skillet over low heat. Place the topped tortillas on the skillet one at a time; cover and warm each about 2 minutes, or until the cheese begins to melt. Or heat each tortilla about 30 seconds in a microwave set on HIGH.
  8. Roll a few spoonsful of beans inside each warmed tortilla; place on a plate; top with rancheros sauce and more grated cheddar cheese.

Source: Alfalfa Restaurant, Lexington, Kentucky

Serves 4; you may have leftover sauce

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