Mar 30, 2014

Baby Baked Beef Burritos

Baby Baked Beef Burritos

These little beef burritos are filled with spicy beef, jalapeño, onions, black beans, corn, cheese, and a mix of herbs and spices, and they are baked until slightly crispy. What makes them babies? They are made with taco sized flour tortillas.

Baby Baked Beef Burritos

They are not as small as egg rolls. They are about half the size of a regular sized burrito. They would be perfect for lunch or as part of a multi-course Mexican themed dinner. You can make these ahead of time and reheat them for a about 5 to 10 minutes in the oven (not the microwave, or they will be soggy).

Baby Baked Beef Burritos

I need to work on my burrito folding skills... which brings me to the reason why I made these burritos (besides the fact that they are delicious)!

It's Secret Recipe Club reveal day!! Each month we are assigned a member's blog from which to make a recipe. This month I was assigned the blog Sew You Think you can Cook! by Lauren. She is an aerospace engineer (I"m seriously impressed) who hopes to someday be a caterer.

When I first looked through her blog for something to make, these burritos called my name! I was a little intimidated at first because Lauren used to work at a burrito joint (it's where she met her adorable husband) and says she silently critiques others' burrito making skills. She says she uses the "shimmying" method. I need some lessons.

Baby Baked Beef Burritos

One of the cool things (among the many cool things) that Lauren is doing is cooking her way through the book Eating the Bible: Over 50 Delicious Recipes to Feed Your Body and Nourish Your Soul.

Nice to meet you Lauren! I love your blog!

Baby Baked Beef Burritos

Recipe adapted from Sew You Think You Can Cook!

Ingredients


1T vegetable oil
1 large onion, diced
1 jalapeño, diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 pound lean ground beef
1 T tomato paste 
1 C canned corn kernels, drained 
1/2 C black beans, drained and rinsed
1/4 C beef broth (I used a demi-glace mixed with some water)
1/2 tsp cumin
1 T fresh oregano, chopped
1 1/2 tsp chili powder
1 T brown sugar
1/2 tsp salt
12 taco sized flour tortillas
1 C shredded Mexican blend cheese
Spray oil

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. In  a large skillet, saute the onion and jalapeño over medium high heat for about 3 minutes.
  3. Add the garlic and cook about 30 seconds, until fragrant. 
  4. Add the beef, and cook while breaking it up in the pan, until done. 
  5. Add the tomato paste, corn, beans, and broth, and stir. Add the cumin, oregano, chili powder, brown sugar, and salt. Cook until the liquid has been evaporated, about a minute or two. 
  6. Spray a sheet pan with spray oil. Fill the 12 tortillas with the filling and cheese and place them seam side down on the sheet. Spray them with spray oil. 
  7. Bake the burritos for about 20 minutes. If you have a convection option, turn it on for the last 5 minutes. 
  8. Serve immediately, with hot sauce, salsa, sour cream, cilantro, and guacamole if you like (and margaritas!). 
  9. These can be made in advance and reheated in a 350 degree F oven for about 5 to 10 minutes to re-crisp. 

35 comments:

  1. Those are so cute! I love cute food, esp. when it is delicious!

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  2. I love dishes that can be created as smaller portions, and I think your burrito folding skills rock! Great SRC pick this month!!

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    1. Why thank you!!! It can be intimidating when my match up is an expert!

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  3. Thank you for the nice words. I'm very excited to be joining SRC this month! Your baby burritos are adorable and look fantastic. Glad you enjoyed them!

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    1. Loved them Lauren and love you blog!

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  4. pinned this to make it tonight for dinner! great choice. fellow group D member!

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  5. what a cute take on burritos! I love this, as I find the "regular size" impossible to finish, and if I do, I feel pretty bad afterwards - too heavy a meal. This is truly perfect!

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  6. What a great SRC pick this month. I love how easy these look to make. I love that you made them smaller. Great idea!

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  7. Fantastic choice this month - that definitely looks like something my family would really enjoy!! Yumm!!

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  8. These are so adorable!! And they sound delish... great pick!

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  9. Love Lauren's blog. I was so excited that she was assigned to our group. Your baby burritos look great!

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    1. Thanks! Her blog is so thoughtful isn't it?

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  10. I love burritos and always think they are good week night dinner. Super easy. Super delicious. These look great.

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  11. Wow these little babies look WONDERFUL!!! Super great job on you SRC pick! :-)

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    1. Thanks Avril! She has lots of great recipes.

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  12. Mexican food is my absolute favorite, and I love how small these burritos are. Awesome pick this month :)

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    1. I think if I was stranded on a desert island and had to pick one kind of food, it would be Mexican (with margaritas of course)

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  13. Yummy! I love homemade burritos. I often take mine one step further and freeze them so my family has frozen burritos. better than the store bought stuff.

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  14. Great src pick~ I love burritos and these smaller size burritos are great! Lynn @ Turnips 2 Tangerines

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  15. What a great club, sounds like fun, these baby burritos look great.

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    1. It is one of the friendliest groups out there. Thanks Cheri.

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  16. I've never made burritos, but you've certainly inspired me to try. These look fabulous, and I don't think your folding skills can be faulted - I'd be very happy if I could make them look like that. Great photos too :-)

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  17. Oo baby burritos! Food is always cuter when it's small.

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