Beef Burritos

1 package flour tortillas

2 lbs. ground beef

1 can refried beans

1 package taco seasoning mix

2 8 oz. packages shredded cheddar cheese

1 bottle salsa which ever you prefer mild or hot

1 8 oz. sour cream

1 small onion chopped (optional)

Brown the ground beef and onion, onion is optional, if you don’t like it don’t use it. Drain off some of the fat, if you use ground chuck, use a little oil while frying it as it will be dryer. Fry it until it is crumbly. Using a potato masher to stir it as you fry the meat it will be nicely crumbled. I love my potato masher. I use it for so many things, except for potato mashing. Ha.Ha. Once the ground beef is browned, add the taco seasoning, with 3/4cup water, stir in the refried beans and mix until well blended.

Turn the heat down to warm, while making your burritos. Remember always start your frying on medium heat and work your way up to higher heat, you can tell when it looks like the heat is getting to much, if it does look like the food you are frying is going to burn, remove the pan from the stove, until it cools down, turn the heat down on your burner and once it looks like its stopped frying place it back on the burner at the lower temperature. If you have a microwave oven, put one tortilla at a time on a microwave plate, and place it into the microwave for about 30 seconds, remove and put a couple large spoons of the filling across the tortilla, add enough shredded cheese to go across the top of the filling, then roll the tortilla one turn over the mixture, the fold in the ends, and roll until its all rolled up. Set the burrito on a flat surface, I like to use a cookie sheet, and repeat the process until all the tortillas are filled and wrapped.

You may end up with using up your filling before you use all your tortillas, and that’s okay. It takes a little practice to judge stretching the filling for all the tortillas. You can kind of divide the filling into as many tortillas as you want to fill, but unless you need to have a certain amount of burritos it’s not that fussy. At this point once they are rolled up, you can either put them in a casserole, or you can wrap each one up in plastic wrap and freeze them for after school or work quick meals. I use to always have some made up in the freezer so when the kids came home from school they could pop one in the microwave for about 4 minutes and have a meal. If you want to make them for one meal, they just need to be heated a short time in the oven at 300° for 15 minutes, add some more cheddar cheese on top . The cheese can either be melted on or if you rather just put it on as is, add salsa, and top with sour cream. The type of cheese you use is really up to you also, use the kind you have on hand, or what you prefer.



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