Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Simple Burritos 4 College Appetites

College cooking can make a huge difference not only in the college budget, but most importantly, in the quality of food your consuming!! If all you can do is stir and heat a skillet or saucepan…miracles can occur!

Foods like burritos are super simple with just a few moves, and provide enough leftovers; or, at least enough to share with your apartment mates, or have second helpings, or whatever! You should not be hungry if you make a batch of these burritos! 

Additionally, if you have leftovers like rice, peppers, salsa, corn--these can be used and added to bulk up the burrito content and stretching your dollar…all while minimizing any food waste that you wouldn't know what to do with--try it this week! 

(A great idea utilized and revamped The Pioneer Woman. I made some variations with rice and black beans for vegetarian options; and, I simplified spices by using Rick Bayless' Red Chili Enchilada Sauce for the meat!)

Burritos 4 College Appetites

Non-stick Skillet
Medium saucepan

1 lb of ground lean hamburger meat
1 medium onion, diced
1/2 jalapeño, diced
1/2 green pepper, diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 pouch of Rick Bayless' Red Chili Sauce
Pinch of thyme & oregano (optional)
Salt & Pepper

1 can reduced-fat refried beans
1 cup sharp cheddar cheese
Large tortillas

Alternative Options and add-ins:
Fiery Black Beans
Leftover Rice
Roasted chicken
Seared peppers & onions
All the other trimmings, i.e. salsa, guac, sour cream, hot sauce

1. Wash your hands.
2. Prep your ingredients, i.e. garlic, onion, green pepper, and jalapeño (optional).

3. Sear veggies in medium-large skillet until translucent.

4. Add meat, sprinkle with salt & pepper, and brown lightly.

5. Add 1/2 pouch of Red Chili Sauce to taste.

6. If you like extra spice, add some Chili powder, cumin, thyme, oregano, cayenne.

7. Heat your refried beans in a medium saucepan with 1/4 cup of the seared veggies.

8. Add sharp cheddar and stir--loved this idea from The Pioneer Woman!!

9. Prep the table and ring the dinner bell!!

10. Assemble, drizzle with remaining Red Chili Sauce and sprinkles of cheese. 

Want it all gooey and melted…heat in microwave x 15-20 seconds…or just dig in!

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