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How to Build the Perfect Burrito
How to Build the Perfect Burrito
Burritos are an exceptional food whether you’re having a Mexican inspired dinner at home with the family or running around doing errands. Their versatility results in a meal that can be eaten for breakfast, lunch or dinner depending on what ingredients you buy (or what you already have in your kitchen). Burritos although traditionally Mexican, have been Americanized unlike any other cultural cuisine staple and can be made with almost any meat or vegetable you have on hand.

There are a few different ways to create your burrito and they’re all delicious. First is the original burrito; a corn tortilla filled with meat and vegetables and folded so that all of the ingredients are enclosed. If you want to turn it into a chimichanga all you have to do is fry it. On the other hand, if you want a supersized super American burrito, aka a Mission style burrito, fill your tortilla with meat, rice, beans, veggies, and cheese. These mission burritos originated in the mission district of San Francisco and are known for their variety of ingredients and large portions. This is one of two distinct American burritos. The other is the California Burrito which consists of cheese and potatoes. Whichever you prefer, we’re here to give you ideas on how to make your own perfect burrito.


Meat
Typically the first ingredient in a burrito, unless you’re an animal loving vegetarian (which I commend you for because I could never do it), is meat or seafood. Almost any meat can be used, and some of our favorites are chicken, turkey, beef and goat. Our Manzanillo Mexican Seasoning gives a classic Mexican taste to any of these meats. Shrimp is our favorite seafood to use. Fish isn’t recommended in this case because of its texture (it’s much better in a hard shell taco). Once you choose your meat you can either bake, sauté or grill it depending on your preferences.


Vegetables
After you decide what type of meat to use it’s time to pick out some vegetables. This step has the widest range of possible outcomes and will determine if you are making a breakfast burrito or a delicious dinner burrito. Our Chorizo and Black Bean Breakfast Burrito combines turkey, pork, eggs and plenty of veggies. Some of our favorite vegetables to incorporate are corn, tomatoes, beans, potatoes, tomatillos, olives, bell peppers, chiles and avocados. Try two different vegetables or try a handful to make a vegetable medley inside your burrito. There’s only one type of vegetable we recommend saving for another use other than your burrito – leafy greens. Although lettuce, spinach and kale are extremely healthy and will make any meal more nutritious, we recommend steering clear of these greens because of their texture. When meat is added to vegetables they bring their delicious juices with them, in this case making your greens soggy and not very enjoyable to eat.


Extras
Because there is no wrong way to build a burrito, you can add any extras that make your burrito a little unique. Salsa is a great addition to any burrito and can be made with a number of ingredients. Sour cream and hot sauce are also a tasty addition to any burrito, as well as some cilantro if your taste buds allow.


Wrap It All Up
Now that you’ve gathered all of your ingredients you’re ready to wrap it up in a tortilla. There are a few types of tortilla but the most common are basic corn and flour tortillas. Corn tortillas need to be cooked on the stove before use for about 30 seconds on each side so that it is crispy but still bendable without breaking. Flour tortillas do not need to be cooked before use and also come in special flavors such as spinach and sun dried tomato.


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