Burritos

In my home city, it seems that everyone is obsessed with burritos. Friendly discussions turn into heated debates as self-proclaimed foodies rant and rave about who makes the best Burritos in town.

As most people are quite aware, the Burrito is an iconic staple in Mexican-American cuisine.  Where it originated is not entirely known, with stories of its creation varying widely.  Burritos being made as a quick, easy and affordable lunch by farm workers in the 1890’s is by far the most believable of origin stories.  Since then, the burrito that we have grown to be accustomed to is an Americanization of the classic beans and salsa of its original Mexican counterpart.

There is also a wide variety of toppings that are now available to be put on your Burrito.  From french fries, to avocado, to breakfast modifications with eggs and potatoes.  However, despite all this change, it has still remained a delicious and nutritious lunch option for those in a rush.

Furthermore, whenever I get sucked into debates as to wich place makes the best food, whether it is the best stake place to the humble Burrito, my answer, and what should be the answer to everyone reading this, is in my own kitchen of course!

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So, with that being said, here is my Burrito recipe!  It has been broken down into 4 parts. Rice, the meat filling, coleslaw and Preparation.  Enjoy.

Rice.

What you need:

  • 1 cup basmati rice
  • 2 cups water
  • pinch salt

What you need to do:

Boil water with salt, add rice and reduce to simmer.  Simmer for 20 minutes.  ***Instructions may vary depending on rice, please refer to packaging for exact directions.

Meat Filling.

What you need:

  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 lb ground meat.
  • 1 red pepper
  • 1 tomato
  • 1 carrot, medium, finely diced.
  • Spices; 1/2 tsp cayenne, 2 tsp chilli pepper, 1 tbsp Cumin, salt, pepper
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce

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What you need to do:

In medium pot, saute onion until translucent.  Add garlic and sautee for an additional 30 seconds.

Add Meat, veggies and spices.  Cook until meat is fully cooked through.  Add additional salt or spices if needed.

Coleslaw.

  • 4 cups shredded cabbage
  • 4 rounded tbsp mayo
  • 2 tsp prepared mustard
  • 2 tbsp cider vinegar
  • salt, pepper to taste.

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What you need to do.

In small bowl, combine mayo, mustard, cider vinegar, salt & pepper.  Stir until well combined.

Place cabbage in medium-sized bowl, add dressing to taste.

Burrito Preperation.

What you need:

  • Prepared dishes from above
  • 8 large tortillas
  • 2 cup shredded cheese, cheddar
  • salsa
  • other toppings if desired.
  • 2 tbsp oil

What you need to do:

Combine meat and rice.  Make sure that both are well combined.

With each tortilla, place about 2 tbsp cheese, 2 spoon-full coleslaw, 1/3 cup rice/meat, and 1 spoon full of salsa.

Wrap tortilla and place on lined baking sheet.

Repeat for all 8 tortillas.

Lightly brush top of burritos with oil (optional) and place in oven on broil for 2-3 minutes per side.  Make sure to keep an eye on burritos so that they don’t burn.

Some other toppings you could use:

  • lettuce
  • tomato
  • sour cream
  • Pico de Galo
  • avocado
  • cilantro
  • corn
  • refried beans
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