Burritos, Soft Tacos or Taco de harina is a type of Mexican food that consists of a wheat flour tortilla wrapped around a mixture of refried beans, rice and minced meat. Another Mexican dish with a long history and was existing ever since the Spanish colonized Mexico. Aztecs were known to sell and consume hand held food items such as corn, popcorn, tamales and tortillas in local marketplaces. Those tortillas consist of beans and meat sauce fillings that is prepared similar to the modern burrito we know today. Burrito if translated means “little donkey” in Spanish. It was named such as appearance of a rolled tortilla resembles the ear of a donkey or from the packs that donkeys carries during its travel.
Although burritos is a very popular Mexican cuisine, in Mexico they are only popular in the northern part of the country. Also in Mexico burritos are smaller in size and usually consist of fewer ingredients compared to the American style which is larger and stuffed with a number of ingredients such as meats, beans, rice, cheese and different sauces.
For this post we will be making a cheesy burrito, our favourite burrito flavour. It’s a simple mixture of beans, lettuce, minced beef and a layer of melted cheese. How about you what’s your favourite burrito filling?
500g ground beef
1 large can, kidney beans
1/2 cup chopped onion
1 clove garlic, minced
2 tsp cayenne pepper
2 tsp ground cumin
2 tbsp tomato paste
freshly ground black pepper
quick melt smoked cheddar cheese
1. In a pan add oil then sauté garlic and onion. Add beef and cook until meat is browned.
2. Add cayenne pepper, cumin, kidney beans and tomato paste. Cook while continuously mixing for 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Remove from pan then set aside.
3. In a separate pan, heat flour tortillas individually.
4. Place tortilla in a flat surface, add a layer of lettuce in the middle, minced meat mixture then top it with slices of smoked cheddar cheese while hot. Wrap then serve.