Being from Texas, I love Mexican food. I remember when I first moved to Virginia, when I would visit Texas I would come back with suitcases full of tortillas and enchilada sauce. Obviously this was before the tightened security in the airports … I always resisted the urge to pack in a few bundles of tamales because I was sure they would look like dynamite on a security scan and my bags would be flagged for searching. Those tamales are another story; you just can’t get them anywhere else but Ventura’s in my hometown. My mouth is watering just typing this!
So now I do less of the “smuggling” because Virginia has decent tortillas in the store and I can really make my own when I feel like I need some that are “authentic.” But since my last time living in Texas we have become addicted to these wonderful dried beans:
Of course, the only place you can get them is at H-E-B or online from Amazon* (who is frequently out of stock). It is a happy day when I receive a box from my mom or my aunt with a bunch of these beans stashed away inside. So obviously, we eat a lot of Mexican food at our house, from enchiladas to fajitas to these wonderful beef burritos. I don’t know how we created these, but one day my husband volunteered to make the meat for some tacos and it turned into a burrito recipe when we added these glorious beans. Now we make a big pan of this burrito filling and roll up a bunch of these for the freezer. They make fantastic lunches – just pull one out and microwave it for about 2 minutes and you have a great lunch.
So without further ado …
2 tbsp of olive oil or vegetable oil
1 diced onion
1 diced green pepper
2-3 tablespoons of chili powder
1 tsp of fajita seasoning
½ tsp of cumin
1 tsp of Tony’s Seasoning or Season All
Pinch of cinnamon
Pinch of nutmeg
2 lbs of ground beef
1 1/2 cups of salsa of choice
1 package of Beans
Large Burrito-sized Flour Tortillas
Fixings of choice (avocado, cheese, rice, whatever you like in your burrito)
The trick to getting this right is starting the vegetables and the seasonings before the meat. Sauté onion and green pepper, chili powder, fajita seasoning, cumin, Tony’s, cinnamon and nutmeg for about 5 minutes or more to soften and “gel”. It should look like this:
Then add your ground beef and cook until done. While this is cooking, prepare your beans in the microwave by combining 2 cups of water and the beans and cooking on high for about 2 minutes. Beans will finish cooking when you add them to the burritos, so don’t be concerned if they are a bit watery. Once your beef is cooked, add the salsa and cook for about 1 minute. Then add your beans and stir and let simmer for about 5 minutes or until the filling is nice and thick.
Put some in your tortilla and wrap them up. If you are eating them now, add your toppings and enjoy! If you are freezing them, I would only add cheese and wrap them in plastic wrap then put them in a freezer bag. You can freeze them for probably about three months, but I am willing to bet they will be gone before then.
Hope you enjoy them as much as we do!