There is almost no better feeling than when you spend the time to shop and cook a wholesome meal, and then your family actually loves it (I mean “lick-their-plate” loves it)! These burritos are so easy and versatile. Basically that means one meal the whole family will eat (I feel like finding recipes that the whole family will eat is like finding a group of Leprechauns planting four leaf clovers in your garden, complete with directions to the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow – impossible)! Here’s what you need to know, there are no rules when making these burritos. I use ground turkey (half white meat and half dark meat). You can use anything you want, hamburger meat, rotisserie chicken (shredded), tofu, or just veggies. I buy small, low carbohydrate whole wheat wraps from Trader Joe’s, but you can use any soft wrap, any size (in fact, I can buy all the ingredients from Trader Joe’s). You can even use a crunchy corn tortilla. I’m pretty sure Taco Bell once introduced a crunchy corn tortilla with a soft wrap on the outside! Then I add lots of vegetables to the ground meat: diced tomatoes, onions, garlic, pepper, jalapeno peppers, corn, beans, rice, etc. Use up what’s leftover in your refrigerator. I top it with store bought taco seasoning, though I am careful to find one that is MSG free and doesn’t have too much sodium (make sure to taste first before adding salt). Some of them are really spicy too. Then you can “go crazy” (literally or figuratively) with the toppings. Let your kids pick their favorite toppings. I like guacamole, salsa, shredded cheese, sliced lettuce, diced tomatoes, sour cream, lime wedges, etc. The list is endless, but the pot will be empty! At the end of this post there a few pictures of “apps” made with Yellow Corn Chip Rounds (also from Trader Joe’s).
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1-2 tablespoons canola oil
1 lb. ground turkey
½ onion, small diced
1 pepper, small diced
1 cup frozen corn (I love the fire roasted frozen corn from Trader Joes)
½ packet taco seasoning (MSG free)
½ cup black beans
Salt and pepper as needed (please taste your mix first)
* Optional: Adobo seasoning (this adds lots of extra flavor)
Heat a large frying over a medium flame. Add oil. When hot add your ground meat and sauté about 5-8 minutes. Then add the onions and peppers and sauté another few minutes. Add the Then add the corn and seasoning (most taco seasonings recommend mixing with ½ – 1 cup water). Let is simmer until the corn is hot. Add some chicken broth if it seems to be getting too dry. Adding some diced tomatoes is another good option. I like to serve this with all the trimmings!
These awesome looking appetizers or “apps” were made by my boys . . . anyone looking for pint-sized caterers?