Also, she shared with me the Burrito Legend:
The legend says that there was this guy that used to sell meat in a town near the border, about 100 years ago. He had problems keeping the meat warm, so he wrapped the meat in a big wheat tortilla, and people really liked it. After a while he was selling so much that he had to get a donkey (“burro” in Spanish) to carry his meat/tortilla contraption around. People started referring to his food as the food from the “burrito” (little donkey) and after a while, it became known as a burrito.
Marie’s lazy beef burritos
- 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- 1 onion
- 1 lbs extra lean ground beef
- 1 c water
- 2 tbsp chili powder
- 1 tbsp cumin (or to taste)
- 2 c salsa
- 5 whole-wheat tortillas
- 2 c grated cheese
- sour cream
- Preheat oven to 350F. Spread half of the salsa in the bottom of a 9×13 baking dish. Reserve the rest of the salsa.
- In a large frying pan, heat olive oil on medium-high. Add chopped onion and ground beef. Drain fat when the beef is cooked.
- Add one cup of water, chili powder and cumin powder to pan. Increase high heat and stir frequently until most of the liquid has been absorbed.
- In your tortillas, put a pinch of cheese and add 1/5th of the meat mixture (reserve half of the cheese for later). Close the tortillas into burritos and lay in the baking dish on top of the salsa.
- Top your burritos with the rest of the salsa, and sprinkle with the rest of the cheese.
- Bake in the oven for 15 minutes and finish on broil until the cheese is nice and golden.
- Top with sour cream and enjoy with a nice salad