Burritos, or How to Make Mexican that Doesn't Taste of Cardboard

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  1. glasnt

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    Burritos are awesome. They come in little yellow and red boxes in the supermarket, with salt powder and flour paper for wrapping and spice cracking, right?


    Right?



    No, they don't. They can actually be made at home.



    OMFG NO WAI


    Yes way.


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    * theoretical outcome in regards to mexican awesomeness.


    Your El Paso Mix boxes have mostly 3 things:
    Salsa
    Buritto Seasoning
    Flour Tortillas


    You can make all this at home.

    Yes, even the tortillas.



    SALSA

    Chop up 2 tomatoes, 1 capcisum, 1 onion and then reduce on the stove with vingear. Add chilli as you like it.

    SIMPLE




    BURRITO SEASONING

    Grind up
    1 part oregano
    1 part chilli
    1 part cumin
    1 part paprika
    1 part salt



    TORTILLAS

    For 6 of these:

    2 cups plain flour
    1/2 tsp baking powder
    1/2 cup water
    1/4 cup butter

    Rub butter into flour+baking powder, then mix in water.

    Heat up a pan

    Separate mix into 6 parts, roll into flat circles, then throw on the hot pan. Flip every 15-30 seconds, it will get bubbly/slightly brown/cooked




    THEN


    Throw chicken/beef into your spice mix and cook.


    Throw spicy meat on your torillas

    Top with your salsa + lettuce + tomato.



    NOW YOU HAVE MEXICAN THAT DOESN'T COME IN A BOX AND DOESN'T TASTE LIKE CARDBOARD




    I prefer substituting the salsa for adding tomato + beans in the spicy meat mix, then serving that on the tortillas, on top of a layer of guacamole.

    It's tasty as anything, but don't over eat it, otherwise you'll get epic gas.
     
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  2. Shaetano

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    In next weeks episode Glasnt makes us all a Chimichanga!

    Looks good, never really thought about making my own tortillas, will try it next time we have mexicano.
     
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    My first attempt used self raising instead of flour + baking powder.

    Don't do this.

    It's too much baking powder, and I think that's why they went more stiff then floppy.

    Tasty as all hell though.


    Also, omfg, deep fried burrito? That's a bit over the top :/
     
  4. scon

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    I've thought of making my own tortillas before but haven't gotten around to it. These are supposed to make things easier.

    Whenever we make our own mexican we make our own salsa, it's super fresh and tasty, plus you can use the leftovers as a salad, this is a pretty indicative example of what we put in:

    Red Onion
    Coriander
    Red Capsicum
    Tomato
    Avocado
    Corn (boiled then cut off the cob)
    Fresh Jalapenos
    Lime Juice
     
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    Would have never thought of putting the avo in the salsa. I like my guacamole cold and chunky (with lime juice instead of lemon) (using the left over lime in the coronas ;) )
     
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    Ah, yep, if we're making guoc, we don't put the avo in the salsa. Sometimes it's a little easier to combine the two!

    We make a good guoc in a mortar and pestle by bashing up red onion, garlic, jalapenos and coriander, then cutting a avo in half and squeezing it out of the skin and mixing it up with a fork and seasoning with salt and lime sometimes we add a chopped tomato. Takes about 45 seconds and is great!
     
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    Haha yer, I'm not a huge fan of the super deep fried ones. I usually go to Baja Cantina in Glebe (http://www.bajacantina.com.au/) to get them, they are only lightly fried and taste awesome.:thumbup:
     
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    Yeah... I love a good chimichanga too. They do excellent ones at Flying Fajita Sisters, also in Glebe.
     
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    Oh yes, they have good stuff there. Believe I had the chicken enchilada.
     
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    My nan used to make us enchiladas when we were young. Shes a pom so they probably wernt very mexican but it was all made from scratch and tasted awesome.
     
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    Thanks for the recipe! I have a bad habit of buying that Old El Paso stuff when i'm after a quick dinner with minimum effort, but your recipe looks do-able on a weeknight. Well, probably can't make the salsa on a weeknight, but the tortilla's look easy enough. :thumbup:
     
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    salsa shouldn't take that long to reduce, put it on first, should be done by the time you've made/cooked the tortilla and chicken?
     
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    Yeah, when I mentioned the ingredients in my salad above, they're not cooked, just chopped small and mixed. More of a salad than what you'd get in a jar.

    Edit: Something like this.
     
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    Aaah, now I understand.

    Was worried what would happen if you reduce down avocado <_<
     
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    Yeah... don't blame you, cooked avocado is manky. :p
     
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    What program did you use to make the picture, I wouldn't mind getting a copy as I want to get into graphic design
     
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    I use a couple of different variations for making salsa, based around a combination of these ingredients:

    tomato, onion (red preferred), coriander, garlic, lime juice, cracked pepper, chillies

    If you mix all this stuff together, it can last forever in the fridge (and in fact gets better with age).

    Anyway, this recipe has made me want to have some decent burritos/enchiladas again, and I suspect the only way that will happen is if I stop being apathetic and make them myself. :)
     
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    I've made pico de gallo a couple of times, which tends to go well. All I do is chop up a few roma tomatoes (they hold together better), some onion, some fresh coriander, and mix them up with some lime juice.

    Probably not authentic, but tastes nice enough.

    I'm a bit over Mexican/Tex-Mex after making a shitload of chili and eating it for ages afterwards. :)
     
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    Added Pictures!

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    Well, picture.

    That is Spicy Chicken, Guac, Sour Cream, Salsa Salad, Tortillas, and Refried Beans.

    Chicken: oregano, salt, pepper, paprika, cumin, chilli.
    Guac: avo, lime, salt, smidge sour cream, corriander
    Salsa: tomato, capsicum, cucumber, corriander.
    Tortillas: awesome.
    Refried Beans: tinned :$
     
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    wheres the rice and bean mix thats shown in the OP?
     

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