I was looking in Prevention Magazine for recipes and saw this taco recipe, it’s pretty much like any other except they start calling them burritos in the instructions and they crisp them. It gives them a different texture and I found them easy to pack as a leftover for lunch.
I made the recipe as given, but assemble two in the evening – one for dinner and one for lunch – and store the extra meat. What’s for lunch? Tacos.
What’s for dinner? Tacos. Rinse and repeat until the meat is gone!
If you don’t like buying taco seasoning or forget to get it at the grocery, you can make your own from your spice cabinet.
1 pound ground beef
1 red bell pepper, sliced
1 package taco seasoning, plus water as directed on the package (or see below for making your own)
whole grain tortillas
2 cups shredded monterey jack or cheddar cheese
2 cups shredded romaine lettuce
2 cups diced tomatoes
1 teaspoon olive oil
Cook the beef in a large saute pan over medium-high heat until browned.
Add the red pepper and continue to cook, stirring, until softened slightly.
Add the taco seasoning and water, stir, and simmer for 10 minutes, until the pepper slices are al dente.
Place a tortilla on a flat surface.
Spoon 2 scoops of the beef mixture on the bottom one-third of the tortilla.
Layer on cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, and salsa; careful not to overload the tortilla.
Fold the left and the right sides of the tortilla inward 1 inch, and then, starting from the bottom, roll up the tortilla until the seam is down.
Repeat to make additional burritos.
Using a napkin or a paper towel, rub the olive oil on the bottom of a saute pan.
Heat on medium-high until hot but not smoking.
Place the burritos, in batches if necessary, in the pan and cook for 3 to 4 minutes.
Flip and cook on the other side for 3 to 4 minutes longer, until heated through and browned.
6 teaspoons chili powder
5 teaspoons paprika
4 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
2 1/2 teaspoons onion powder
2 1/2 teaspoons garlic powder
1 1/2 teaspoons cornstarch
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
In a jar with a tight fitting lid, combine chili powder, paprika, cumin, onion powder, garlic powder, cayenne pepper and cornstarch. Close lid securely, and shake well to mix contents.
7 teaspoons is equivalent to 1 (1.25 ounce) package of taco seasoning.