Black Bean Bat Burritos

Saturday, October 8, 2011

When my four-year-old saw me making these bat burritos he got very excited because he thought I was making Batman food. I tried to explain to him this was a bat for Halloween but he could not be swayed. He even ran upstairs to get his Batman action figure and show me the logo on his costume to prove to me that this was indeed a Batman Recipe and not a Halloween Recipe. In the end he was right; it does look like the Bat Signal. Two birds with one stone I guess, right? One of the great things about this recipe is you can add pretty much any burrito ingredients you like to the inside and still get the same bat effect with the black beans on top. I choose a simple "bean and cheese" burrito because it suites my children's lunch needs but it is versatile.

Serves: 4
Start-to-Finish: 10 minutes
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8 flour tortillas
1 (15-oz) can black refried beans (If you can't find prepared refried black beans in your grocery store you can just use regular refried beans with black food coloring to darken the color. Or, if you are feeling super adventurous, you can always make your own.)
2 cups grated cheddar cheese
1 (2.25-oz) can sliced olives

Note: You do not have to use two tortilla shells for each burrito but I liked layering them like a sandwich because it helped even out the tortilla shell to ingredient ratio and the because blacks beans spread easier when they aren't going over the top of other ingredients.


1. Using kitchen shears, cut eight tortilla shells to resemble bats. (You will be layering two tortilla shells for each burrito so cut the shapes to match each other. )
2. Set aside four tortilla shells for later.
3. Top the remaining four tortilla shells with 1/2 cup grated cheese, each. (If you want to add additional ingredients to your burrito such as salsa, shredded chicken, rice ... this is the time to do it.)
4. Microwave for 30 seconds, or until cheese is melted.
5. Top each tortilla shell with the remaining four tortilla shells to make a sandwich.
6. Spread a layer of black beans onto the top of the tortilla sandwich.
7. Microwave for an additional 30 seconds.
8. Top with olives slices for eyes and cheese wedges for fangs.