Friday, October 15, 2010

The Squirrel Can Cook – Steak & Bean Burritos

You hear it said again and again and again, “Good food doesn’t have to be difficult!” That really is such a true statement.

Today’s recipe, Steak & Bean Burritos, is about as easy as it gets, but is excellent for either lunch or dinner. I think the total time from raw ingredients to finish meal on this one is about 20 minutes.

Our ingredients are:
1 steak (I used an 8-oz. Sirloin)
1 12-oz can of refried beans
1 cup of cheddar cheese, shredded
½ cup of raw onions, chopped
6 large flour tortillas
Salsa or hot sauce of your choice

Cook the steak to your desired doneness. As you can see, I don’t like my steak over cooked. If a good veterinarian doesn’t think he could save it, if he got it to the animal hospital right away, I think it’s over cooked. (The steak pictured here is almost over cooked…)Slice the steak into 1/4 inch thick slices, then cut the strips into 1/4 inch pieces.

Now heat up the refried beans and the tortillas. Prepare the beans according to the package directions. But how to heat the tortillas? Here's how I like to do it: lay out a large sheet of aluminum foil -- long enough to fold over and completely enclose your tortillas (about enough to make two good, mind-control-ray-stopping hats). Fold over you tortillas and seal the edges really well. Heat in a 350° oven for 5 minutes.

Assembly time! Lay out one tortilla and put a strip of refried beans down the middle, leaving a few inches clear on one end. Then arrange the steak, onions, and cheese on top of the beens. A spoonful or two of salsa, and it's ready to roll! (How to do a burrito wrap) Be careful not to overfill your burritos, because then you get a mess instead of a meal! Better to heat up more tortillas instead of overstuffing!

Like a taco bar, this can be a "Everybody gather 'round and make your own" fun meal for an informal dinner party or a family meal. Try setting out a variety of different meats, salsas, sauces, and cheeses. Have fun!

Plan on 2 to 3 burritos per guest. Enjoy!

The Squirrel shall not live by bread NUTS alone!

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