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Share a Spoon - Homemade Drive-Thru

Thursday, June 16, 2011

 Think Tank Momma

Share a Spoon

"Homemade Take Out"

I am having major computer issues this morning Smackers.  It's making me cranky.  Smartphones are great, but I need my laptop.  As it is right now, I have highjacked one of my kids' desktop dinosaurs and I have none of my pictures, files, etc.  *sobs*

Those of you who visit often know that I am not a huge fan of fast food, boxed food or preservatives.  I try to make healthy choices for my family.  I'm not perfect, none of us are, but the more we cook fresh, the better off we are right? 

My boys are big fans of Taco Bell, or any other taco place.  We have a local authentic Mexican place they like to go too.  Problem with the drive-thru places are mystery meats.  Ewww!  The authentic place?  I know they use fresh ingredients, but talk about calorie overload!  Whew!

So, I decided I would try making grilled stuffed burritos at home.  I was certain I could make something tasty.  I was certain I would cut out most of the unwanted calories.  I was skeptical that I could make something that the boys would like as much as Taco Bell.   To my surprise, the boys loved my homemade grilled stuffed burritos, and I even got a "these are better than TB" from one of them!  SCORE!  Those are huge mom points people!

Grilled Stuffed Burritos

1.3lbs ground sirloin
1 small onion diced
2 Tablespoons Taco Seasoning (use a packet if you like)
1 can fat free refried beans
1 package prepared Mexican Rice (or homemade)
1 cup diced tomato
shredded Pepper Jack cheese
low fat sour cream
10 burrito size flour tortillas

In a large skillet saute the onion in a couple tablespoons olive oil until softened.  (3-4 minutes)
Add the ground sirloin.  Cook until browned.  Drain excess fat.  Add taco seasoning.

Warm the can of refried beans.  Prepare the rice according to the package.

I warm the tortillas in the microwave.  Open the package.  Wet a paper towel.  Wring out excess moisture and place the moist paper towel in the resealable tortilla bag.  Heat for 1 minute.

Spread 2-3 tablespoons of warm beans in the middle of the softened tortilla leaving enough of an edge to fold in and roll.  Top with some of the browned taco meat.  Add a couple of spoonfuls of prepared rice.  Top with tomatos, sour cream and shredded cheese. 

Fold one of the long sides over the filling.  Tuck in the sides and roll the burrito.  Repeat with the remaining burritos.  I usually placed the prepared burritos in the oven on 400 degrees for a few minutes to brown the tortilla just a bit.  If you want to "grill" them like you would get from a drive-thru you could use a skillet.  I have browned them on the griddle with cooking spray.

We have cut down the fat, cut down the calories, cut down the sodium and there's no mystery meat in these!  Using a packaged rice or taco seasoning is in moderation in this so I am completely fine with that.  I don't use fat free sour cream, I think it has a weird texture.  The low fat version keeps the textural integrity of the full fat version and cuts the calories down.

Give these a try.  They are easy to make and you won't be disappointed!

There is an issue with McKlinky right now.  I will get back on and try to get everyone linked up in a bit!

Happy Thursday Smackers!


Go Mommy said...

We are huge fans of taco style foods (my son is a big spaghetti taco boy) this sounds so yummy!
Thanks for stopping by :)

Babes Mami said...

I love mexican!

Kimberly at Foodies Unite said...

oh this sounds reallllly good! I love fresh Mexican food!

We did a twist on Burgers and Fries and a shake :)

Great topic this week (really every week!)

drollgirl said...

sounds good! except for the bean part. i cannot STAND any form of beanage! other than that, it sounds great!