Saturday, February 03, 2007

Midnight Snack!

Over the past week I've been developing a recipe for easy trashy burritos that blow taco bell and such out of the water, and I think I've finally got it down to where I want it. I can't keep this to myself, so here you go.

Trashy burritos:
1 tbsp favorite neutral oil
16-20 oz ground beef (ideally 15% fat but as desired)
1 medium onion minced
2 jalapeno chiles seeded, de-ribbed, and minced
2 roma tomatoes cored, seeded, and minced
3 large cloves of garlic minced
1/4 cup fresh cilantro finely chopped
1 1/2 tsp ground cumin
3/4 tsp cayenne pepper or to taste
Salt to taste
16 oz can refried beans
6 8-inch flour tortillas
Spicy nacho cheese dip

1. Heat oil in 12-inch skillet or sautee pan over medium heat then add ground beef. Break beef apart and brown for about a minute or until fat begins to render.

2. Add onions and peppers and continue cooking until onions begin to become translucent.

3. Add tomatoes and garlic and continue cooking for two minutes until garlic begins to soften, then add half the cilantro and all the cumin, cayenne, and salt. Cook for 30 seconds.

4. Add refried beans and let beans heat and loosen then mix together beans and meat.

5. Meanwhile, prepare tortillas by placing one tortilla on each plate and spread a thin layer of spicy nacho cheese over the tortilla leaving an inch of uncheesed tortilla around the edge. Microwave each tortilla for twenty seconds.

6. Turn off heat to stove and as each tortilla comes out of the microwave, spoon 1/6 of filling into the center of tortilla, add a little fresh cilantro, roll into burrito, and enjoy.

Makes 6 burritos and feeds 2-3 people.

If you want to class them up a little, perhaps try guacamole instead of nacho cheese and halve the refried beans in favor of another tomato and a tbsp or two tomato paste, but I devised this recipe to be a tastier, homemade alternative to fast food burritos while retaining that trashy, guilty edge and have not tested this healthier alternative.


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