Bean Burritos



  1. Heat the oven to 300 F.
  2. Stack the tortillas on a sheet of foil and roll them up with the foil into a log.
  3. Warm them in the oven while making the filling.
  4. Put the oil in a skillet over medium heat.
  5. When hot, add the onion and cook, stirring frequently, until it softens and begins to turn translucent, 3 to 5 minutes.
  6. Add the cumin, cayenne, and a sprinkle of salt and pepper and stir until the spices become fragrant, no more than 1 minute.
  7. Add the beans and mash them until they are mostly broken up but not completely smooth.
  8. Cook, mashing and stirring, until the onion is soft and the beans are hot and creamy, 5 to 10 minutes; add water, a tablespoon at a time, if the mixture looks dry.
  9. Taste and adjust the seasoning, adding more spices.
  10. Remove the tortillas from the oven.
  11. Lay a tortilla on a flat surface and put 1/4 cup of the beans on the third closest to you.
  12. Sprinkle with an eighth of the cheese, sour cream, lettuce, and salsa.
  13. For small tortillas, fold the 2 sides of the tortilla in to cover the fillings partway, then roll up the tortilla to fully enclose them; put the burrito seam side down on a plate.
  14. Repeat with the remaining tortillas and fillings.
  15. For large tortillas, first fold the tortilla over the fillings to enclose them, then fold in the sides and roll.
  16. Serve right away.