Chili No Beans

Chili No Beans

So I got this Chili No Beans idea at Taco Bell the other day.  They’re always adding crazy new stuff to their Menu and it just got me thinking.  First off, their food is munchie delicious.  You know what I mean.  The kind of food you crave when you’ve got the munchies.  And I swear their staff has got to be stoned half the time when they come up with these recipes.  Anyway, I got thinking about how tender their ground beef is in all of the Tacos and Burritos and then it dawned on me.  It’s got to be a slow cooker.  So I ran home and made up this recipe and it’s just as good if not better.  The real benefits though, however, aren’t that you can now replicate Taco Bell food but you can use it for all kinds of things like Chili Cheese Dogs and Nachos and who’s going to complain about that.  So here is a real easy and simple way to make Chili No Beans and you’re going to love it!Chili No Beans 2

Chili No Beans Ingredients:

2 lbs Ground Beef
1 lbs Pork Chorizo (or beef)
1/2 tsp Garlic Powder
1/2 tsp Onion Powder
1 tsp Black Pepper
1 1.25 oz pkg Taco Seasoning (regular or Mild)

Bean and Cheese Burrito

Bean and Cheese BurritoClassic Bean and Cheese Burrito!

My idea of a Bean and Cheese Burrito does not involve a Freezer and a Microwave.  I fell in love with Mexican food the first time I ordered a #11 at our local Ricardo’s here in town.  It was a classic Bean and Cheese Burrito the size of my plate, smothered in sauce and cheese, with a side of Spanish Rice and Beans.  And then when I took my first bite, I literally thought I went to Mexican Heaven.  I’m not entirely sure I ever came back either, because the list of recipes since then goes on ‘n on.

Now if you’ve had a Restaurant quality burrito, you know what I’m talking about.  That’s what you want in your own  home cooking, right?  Well this is it.  And in all honesty this recipe goes against everything I normally preach about, but I’m telling you, if you want that typical restaurant quality burrito, this is what you’ve gotta do.  Buy Canned Mexican Pinto Beans and Enchilada Sauce.  If you’ve got a good Enchilada Sauce recipe you like to use, then go with it, but you’d be surprised how many restaurants just use canned beans.  The brands I normally use are Sun Vista, El Mexicano and Juanita’s.  the great news is, most of these can be bought at any local grocer.  The bad news is, most of those stores don’t sell Restaurant Quality flour tortillas.  If you want to settle that’s fine.  I use different tortillas all the time.  But if you can find someone that makes fresh tortillas, like a Tortillaria, you’re going to improve your Bean and Cheese Burrito flavor by at least 50%!

Bean and Cheese Burrito Ingredients:

40 oz canned Pinto Beans
1/4 cup Enchilada Sauce
1/2 cup grated Mexican Cheese (Asiago, Jack, Cheddar, Quesadilla)
Large Flour Tortillas

Combine and cook the Beans and the Enchilada Sauce together and let it reduce half of the beans liquid; so make sure not to poor it out unless you want to get rid of the sodium, which is salty.  Just be sure to replace the amount you poor out with water, but still reduce on the stove.  Then add 1/4 cup of cheese to the inside of a large Flour Tortilla, then 1 cup of beans and roll up the burrito.  Add 1 1/2 oz of Enchilada Sauce over the top of the burrito and cover with another 1/4 of cheese.  Place in the oven under a high broil for approximately 1 minute, or until the cheese melts completely.  Enjoy your Bean and Cheese Burrito with a side of my Spanish Rice and Salad.