Texmex meals for lazy bastards with little time

Texmex Dinners For Lazy Bastards Some years ago, when I started working from my studio flat to my current employer, I ate nothing but frozen pizza margaritas with some added extra Finnish blue cheese for a week. I was fairly busy, stressed out and didn’t have an inspiration to cook for myself anything elaborate. I mentioned the problem of my bad dinner habits to a coworker who asked me a question: “Why don’t you try texmex burritos?” I’ve loved Mexican ever since my sister introduced me to it in the early 90’s in California, and I quickly saw the benefits of the idea. I’ve cooked countless amounts of them to force me to eat veg and meat instead of just frozen pizzas and pasta with cheese.

Ingredients

  • Wheat tortillas or wraps
  • 400 g minced beef, stir fry beef or chicken strips, quorn or soya protein strips
  • 1 pouch of Taco or Fajitas seasonings
  • Cottage cheese or Soured cream
  • Grated cheese
  • Salsa and/or guacamole
  • Salad, what ever mix floats your boat (lettuce, tomato, cucumber, cabbage, carrot, peppers etc)
  • Optional ingredients:
    • refried beans or whole (kidney) beans rinsed
    • sweetcorn
    • mushrooms, tinned or fresh, fried with the meat and seasoned with it

Instructions
Fry the meat, add the seasoning. Warm up the tortillas lightly on a pan or microwave them soft, assemble with the meat and other ingredients. I fold my tortillas to burritos to have a bottom in a way that looks a bit like an envelope, so I try not to put too much filling in. Cottage cheese, soured cream and guacamole (depending on how spicy it is) work as a nice cooling agent and the optional beans or sweetcorn adds a bit bulk.

The brilliance of this food comes on the leftovers. From 400g of meat you get 4-8 burritos, depending on how much of the other stuff you put in. Single person eats from this 2-4 meals, with minimal work, very little pot washing and a possibility for endless modifications.

Texmex Dinners For Lazy Bastards

I’ve had this in different ways three times this week. To finish the leftovers today, I decided to try out our new inverter microwave oven a bit more and filled my tortillas with the seasoned beef strips, cottage cheese, sweetcorn, green peppers and grated cheese. I then folded the tortillas to burritos, placed them in a microwave proof dish, poked a piece of linguine to keep the burritos folded (as I couldn’t find toothpicks) and just because there can never be too much cheese, sprinkled some on. Five minutes in our miracle microwave on combined grill/medium microwave and end came out a wonderful dish. Served with an extra large heap of salad, this was the best dinner of this week.

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Miia

Miia Ranta, software developer from Finland. Worked for a Finnish open source development and subcontracting company, and is currently looking for new opportunities. On her spare time she cooks, bakes, knits, does home renovation and is a raging feminist. Once upon a time fuddled around with Wikipedia, Ubuntu and Finnish Linux User Group – FLUG.

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