Meatless Monday: Smothered Burritos

smothered burritos

DSC_6125 These are what’s for dinner tonight.

Vegetarian burritos, smothered in a spicy tomato and green chile sauce and gooey melted cheese. This meal will make you look forward to leftovers, too- because it makes a lot. You’re welcome. Two dinners in one, woo-hoo.

DSC_6124   I realize there is a lot of Latin foods here. I just showed y’all homemade tortillas, there’s tamales, and I am pretty sure there will be a post with black beans here shortly. But, remember: I was born and raised (and still living) in south Florida, with lots of Latin influence. So: these are part of the regular rotation of meals in our home. We have beans and rice with almost every meal, and avocados are free falling from trees in my neighborhood… I have a key lime tree in my backyard, and mangos are so plentiful in the summer days, people actually consider them a nuisance at times. (Squirrels nibble on them, they fall to the ground and rot, and it’s a smelly mess under a big tree)

So, living in South Florida, with the local abundance of mangos, limes and avocados, preparing  Latin inspired food is a byproduct of my surroundings.

Now: there are no mangos, limes or avocados in this recipe: I just went on a ramble.

Sorry about that.

Now: life lately…  I’m adjusting to more motherhood, managing homeschooling, and squeezing in the extra stuff like chores, and going into “daddy-is-coming-home-tidy-up-now!” turbo mode at 2:30 everyday. I know it’s old school. But; I  personally like to come home to a tidy house, and you do onto others; you know? Especially your hubby. <3

I’m blessed to get to stay at home, homeschool and raise kids… the least I can do is give back a tidy house and a hot meal. Thought for the day.

Meatless Monday: Smothered Burritos
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Serves: 8servings
 
Ingredients
  • 1 bag frozen ground beef alternative
  • ½ packet taco seasoning
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • 1 small can diced green chiles
  • 2 tbs refried beans
  • 1 small can Spanish style tomato sauce (I use Goya)
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 tbs butter
  • 3 tbs flour
  • hot sauce-preferably tomato based I use Valentino, I suggest a mild hot sauce and adjust to taste
  • 10 soft taco flour tortillas (8")
Instructions
  1. Heat the meat alternative as directed on package; season with taco seasoning and add the refried beans
  2. Fill tortillas with meat mixture and lay seam side down on a casserole dish
  3. Using the same an the "meat" was cooked in, melt butter
  4. add flour to form a paste and slowly add the milk, cooking over med-high heat
  5. Stir in the garlic, cumin and diced green chiles, and tomato sauce
  6. Stir in the hot sauce and season with salt/pepper to taste
  7. Pour mixture over burritos
  8. Cover with foil and bake in a preheated 350 oven for 20 minutes
  9. Remove foil, top with shredded cheese and return to oven, uncovered for 5 minutes

 

 

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