These hearty vegan bean burritos with seitan chorizo and tater tots are a mixture of full-bodied tastes & textures.
When I worked at Disneyland in my early twenties, my co-workers were as outgoing and down for fun as you’d probably imagine would be drawn to that kind of work atmosphere. I’d drive to Orange County from Los Angeles for my shifts, and on the weekends, my co-workers would drive to LA to go dancing.
We’d trade in our name badges & costumes for skirts and platform shoes, and dance until the clubs closed. Then we’d head to a fast food place, where they stuffed their burritos with french fries. I wasn’t vegan back then. So it was a meaty and cheesy affair, along with hot and oily fries, fresh out of the fryer, and then wrapped into a tortilla.
After burning all those calories on the dance floor, a fast food burrito had never tasted as good as it did at 2 am on Santa Monica Boulevard.
Vegan bean burritos with seitan chorizo & tater tots
These vegan bean burritos hearken back to those burritos of my early twenties. Instead of filling them with fries, I’ve opted for tater tots. They have that oily & crisp thing going on, even if you make them in the air fryer like I do. (Feel free to make them any way that you prefer – in the oven or in a skillet.) They add a bit of crunch and texture to an otherwise smooshy burrito.
In addition to tots, the burrito is stuffed with spicy black beans and seitan chorizo. (I used Upton’s Naturals seitan chorizo.) The black beans are spiced with cumin, paprika, and ancho chili powder.
A note about ancho chili powder: Remember that ancho chili powder is different from the standard chili powder you may already have in your cupboard. Regular chili powder is a mix of spices that sometimes includes cayenne. That means heat levels will vary. However, ancho chili powder is made from one ingredient – dried ancho chile peppers. (In fresh form, they are poblano peppers.) While there’s a lot of flavor in ancho chili powder, it’s not overly hot. That’s why it’s my favorite go-to chili powder. I love hot and spicy things, but I prefer to add them by way of hot sauce and jalapeño peppers.
So get some tater tots in the air fryer or oven, and while they cook, have an impromptu dance party. Then play Closing Time, as they did whenever the bars closed in 1998, and tuck into some spicy, filling, and cozy vegan bean burritos.