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Qdoba Grilled Vegetable Burrito

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First order of business – The Boston University Men’s Ice Hockey team finished with a 2-1 win against Providence this past Saturday.  Go Terriers!  As part of a promotional deal, Qdoba: Mexican Grill offered a deal for 3 days – Buy one entrée, get one free if you brought in your game ticket. I jumped at the chance to grab a fellow vegetarian friend and go have a cheap, delicious, extremely filling lunch. I’d eaten the vegetarian burrito as well as happily finished off the vegetarian taco salads in the past, but I had never tried the grilled veggie burrito.

This $5.99 burrito ($3 this time around) stuffed with an assortment of grilled vegetables provided a flavor of Mexican food I hadn’t yet encountered. The combination of seasoned red bell peppers, zucchini, squash, tomatoes and onions makes the burrito feel like a more well-rounded meal than the simple lettuce/tomato/beans/salsa/rice filling of the vegetarian. Also, I fully support the Qdoba choice of 4 different salsa, ranging in spicy from mild to extra hot. My personal favorite is the hot salsa, as the flavor isn’t overpowered by the spice.

I also prefer Qdoba to Chipotle, though they sport eerily similar menus and choices for vegetarians. I’m not sure why, but I’m pretty sure it’s because I like the chips at Qdoba better. Regardless, Qdoba doesn’t provide enough vegetarian choices to make this restaurant a regular lunch place – but it is a nice spot to hit up maybe once a month … or when they have promotional deals.

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Tacos! Burritos! Comida Mexicana!

Replace the beef with beans. No, really, I don’t want any meat.

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Lettuce, tomatoes, onions, refried beans, guacamole, sour cream, Mexican blend cheese, Old El Paso Taco Shells, and Sweet Leaf Iced Tea

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Delicious, Vegetarian Hard-Shell Tacos!

I am secretly (or not-so-secretly now, oops!) in love with Mexican food.

Unfortunately, many Mexican restaurants lack for a vegetarian selection, and sometimes I’m worried that meat accidentally fell into my tacos or burritos. The good news is, all the ingredients (yes, I realize they aren’t as authentic as if they were homemade) are readily available at any supermarket and preparation of these dishes is rather simple.  So tacos can be made at home! If you’re feeling particularly ambitious, you could fry the beans yourself instead of buying the canned kind.

The basic ingredients are listed above. I like to add Cholula hot sauce and red salsa to my tacos as well, but unfortunately, I forgot to pick up those ingredients tonight, and I apparently ran through all my hot sauce without realizing it. I piled in the refried beans – which are much better heated on the stove in a saucepan rather than in a microwave oven, sour cream, lettuce, onions, tomatoes, guacamole, and cheese (in that order), and voilà! Tacos!

Warning though: tacos tend to fall apart as you eat them… but that just means you have taco salad on your plate when you’re finished eating what managed to stay in the taco shell.  More taco? Most excellent!

 

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