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To be honest, I have absolutely no idea whether these are Burritos or some other type of thing from Tex-Mex, or just Mex cuisine. It was the day before grocery day, and we didn't have much left in the pantry, I was feeling an odd combination of motivated in some aspects and lazy in others and this is what happened.

Here is the motivated part - making flour tortillas, which is mostly really easy, the hard part is rolling them into circles, which is why there are presses which do it for you.

3 C Flour
2 t Baking Powder
3 T Margarine
Salt
Water

Sift dry ingredients, then rub in the margarine. Then add about half a cup of water, or a bit more or a bit less until you form a semi-soft dough. Knead it for a bit, say 5 minutes then leave it while you do some other stuff, at least 15 minutes, but 30 minutes would probably be better. After you've done that you want to split the dough into about 12 balls, then roll them out into circles if you can. The best I got was vague squarish ovals, which worked fine for what I did with them.

The Filling:
400gm Chicken Meat (thigh is yummiest, breast is skinniest) sliced
1 medium Onion sliced
1 clove Garlic finely diced
1 red pepper sliced
3 t ground Coriander
3 t ground Cumin
1-2 diced chillis depending on how tough you & your guests are
3/4 cup spicy Tomato Sauce (make your own, or be lazy and buy a can)
Salt & Pepper

Sweat off your Onions & Garlic, then add the coriander & cumin so that the heat starts to release the oils of the spices. Then brown off your chicken meat before adding your pepper, once this is cooked add your tomato sauce and perhaps a bit of water, season then simmer until quite thick.

Now, cook your tortillas. Best bet is to have a cast iron skillet which you have heated in the oven so the heat is very even. You just want to put the tortilla in dry until it puffs up slightly, then flip it over. You should have quite a few deep brown spots, and hopefully no burnt ones.

Once these are done, stick some filling in the middle & roll. Put on a baking tray, top with 1/4 cup of the same Tomato Sauce as in the filling, plenty of cheese, and maybe some more diced up chillis. Bake until cheese is golden brown and any exposed bits of tortilla are crunchy but not burnt.

Serve and enjoy, you could probably feed 2 fatties easily, or 3 normal people with this. Unless you maybe made a salad in which case you could happily feed 4-5.

Ok, I know this isn't particularly fancy, and its really a bit of a DUH recipe. But not many people make their own tortillas, and if you don't, YOU ARE STUPID. Because its fun and they're so light, fluffy and tasty. Yum.







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posted on Sun, 18 Mar 2007 at 8:45 AM » permalink
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