Beef burritos from scratch

Burritos

Beef burritos from scratch via Claire K Creations www.clairekcreations.com

I may have fooled you into the illusion that here in the Claire K Creations household, we eat a great variety of food with some new creation landing on the table ever night. That would be my ideal but in reality, there are a few dishes that are in high rotation around here. Monday nights have become spag-bol nights because usually, what you need after a Monday is comfort food.

Ok so that’s actually code for, I’m pretty lazy on Monday nights. There’s usually a good supply of bolognese sauce in our freezer so making dinner is just a case of cooking up some spaghetti and heating the sauce. Also featuring regularly is Mexican, be it chicken fajitas, shredded Mexican beef or good old burritos.

Beef burritos from scratch via Claire K Creations www.clairekcreations.com

Making burritos doesn’t mean reaching for an Old El Paso box for me. I’m not big on using processed versions of anything I can make from scratch. I know you’re thinking ‘but Claire it’s so easy,‘ but I’m telling you, making it from scratch is just as easy, much more satisfying, costs less and you avoid all those awful ingredients with scientific names that you find in packet mixes.

Plus you most likely have all the ingredients at home so there’s no need to rush out to the shops. You could even make up a big jar of the seasoning so whenever you want burritos it’s just a case of scooping out a few spoonfuls.

Beef burritos from scratch via Claire K Creations www.clairekcreations.com

I first made burritos here a few years ago but I’ve since tweaked the recipe here and there. I’ve done the same thing with quite a few of my regular recipes so you’ll be seeing some blasts from the past in the next couple of months. They’re all my old favourites that are quick and easy to make, reasonably healthy and most importantly, delicious!

My sister and I loved burrito night when we were young and we both had the method down pat. Mum would pile here tortilla so high she’d need a knife and fork to eat it while poor dad was scrutinised and directed from all angles while he wrapped his up. I’m going to leave you with my method that ensures maximum filling while preventing filling escaping out the end. Enjoy!

How to eat a burrito via Claire K Creations www.clairekcreations.com

 

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Beef burritos from scratch
 
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Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 carrot, diced finely
  • 500g beef mince
  • ¼ cup tomato paste
  • 2½ tsp ground coriander
  • 2½ tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • Chili powder to taste
  • 1 tin kidney beans, drained and rinsed thoroughly
  • Condaments of choice - cheese, salsa, avocado
  • 12 flour tortillas
Instructions
  1. Heat the oil in a large frying pan.
  2. Add the onion and carrot and cook, stirring, until the onion is transparent and the carrot is soft.
  3. Add the mince and break it up using a spoon. Cook for a few minutes until nearly all the pink colour is gone.
  4. Add the tomato past and spices and stir them through. Add a little water if it it too dry.
  5. Pour in the kidney beans and stir them through.
  6. Cook, stirring occasionally, for another 5-10 minutes or until the meat is cooked and the beans are soft.
  7. Serve in flour tortillas with condiments.

 

28 Comments

  • CathieGerus

    Reply Reply July 17, 2016

    Do you have a recipe for making tortillas? (whole grain/whole wheat)
    Cathie Gerus

  • CathieGerus

    Reply Reply July 17, 2016

    What is beef mince?
    Cathie

    • Claire

      Reply Reply July 25, 2016

      Hi Cathie. Beef mince is ground beef. Claire

  • Joseph

    Reply Reply February 14, 2014

    You just lost the title “from scratch”, luv. Seriously, opening a tin?

    Also, why use processed junk (chili powder) when fresh poblanos, Anaheims, and other great varieties of fresh or dried chilies are SO much better? Both freeze equally as well as your Bolognese, so there’s your convenience.

    • Claire

      Reply Reply February 15, 2014

      To me it’s from scratch rather than buying a pre-made mix. Good on you for going the extra mile!

  • anything “from scratch” is usually hard, but this really sounds doable 🙂

    • Claire

      Reply Reply April 23, 2013

      I think we think a lot of things are a lot harder than they really are!

  • A lovely recipe – and I agree that the little extra effort required is nothing next to how much better they taste. Yours looks awesome – I never get tired of spicy food! [which you can see on my blog today – a different kind of burrito :)]

    • Claire

      Reply Reply April 16, 2013

      It’s true isn’t it Donalyn? Ooh I’ll be checking out your burrito for sure!

  • celia

    Reply Reply April 16, 2013

    Beautiful! You guys certainly eat well, Claire! Oh, and Will, Claire needs a tortilla press! 😉

    • Claire

      Reply Reply April 16, 2013

      Thanks Celia! I will pass that on to Will!

  • Glamorous Glutton

    Reply Reply April 16, 2013

    I only ever make chicken fajitas or chilli con carne. These burritos look great and a fab Monday night meal. GG

  • That looks fab Claire! You know what’s missing though? A good salt rimmed Margarita 😉

  • Hehe ok you’ve twisted my arm (not so hard ;)). We’re having burritos tonight now! 😀

    • Claire

      Reply Reply April 15, 2013

      Well now I’m jealous and want burritos too!

  • The Life of Clare

    Reply Reply April 15, 2013

    Yum! I love burritos. I’ve just only recently found out the joy of home-made tortillas and like you say, we make everything we can, and if we don’t have an ingredient we just leave it out!

    • Claire

      Reply Reply April 15, 2013

      I’m not keen on the store-bought ones now I make my own Clare. I’ve turned into a tortilla snob. Now I just need a press so I can make them a bit bigger. I leave things out too or I’m getting very good at just guessing something that’s similar.

  • Hotly Spiced

    Reply Reply April 15, 2013

    You’re right – burritos are a great Monday night meal. Excellent comfort food and yours are making very hungry. Where’s my lunch??? xx

    • Claire

      Reply Reply April 15, 2013

      2.32 and you haven’t had lunch? Surely Archie could have left you some chicken!?

  • I love burritos and fajitas. Give me some meat filling or steak, some pico de gallo, some sour cream and tomatoes, lettuce and chopped spring onions and stand back…

    These look so good, Claire!

    • Claire

      Reply Reply April 15, 2013

      Me too Maureen. I really could have Mexican every night!

  • The Food Sage

    Reply Reply April 15, 2013

    Thanks for reminding me about burritos. I always go through phases of food — and we’re having a bit of a spag bol phase in our house, too! But now i feel a burritos phase coming on, especially as the nights get cooler! Thanks!

    • Claire

      Reply Reply April 15, 2013

      They’re perfect for the cooler weather especially if you add a little extra chili!

  • Sarah

    Reply Reply April 15, 2013

    HAHA – i love your burrito eating instructional. Tres pinnable.

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