Burriquitas (Mini Burritos)

As you may know, "Burrito" means "Little Donkey". Since these are very small, or tiny burritos, I named them "Burriquitas". They are perfect for parties, watching the big game on TV or poker night.

Similar to my Chocolate Chili recipe, chocolate is an authentic Mexican spice, so don't be afraid to use it. It isn't going to taste anything like what you'll think!

Yield: About 40

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Burriquitas (Mini Burritos) Recipe

Ingredients
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 3-6 Ancho, or New Mexican "Anaheim" chiles
  • 9 tablespoons (1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon) Taco Seasoning
  • 3 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1 tablespoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 ounce Cholula brand hot sauce
  • 20 ounces (2 1/2 cups) water
  • 1 (15 ounce) can black beans
  • 3 ounces tequila
  • 4 tablespoons epazote
  • 8 ounces sour cream
  • 1 (14 ounce) can salsa verde (green salsa)
  • 3 cups sharp cheddar cheese, finely shredded
  • 2 cups Minute Rice
  • 40 (8 inch) flour tortillas (thick and fresh so they won't break when rolled)
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Preparation Instructions

Pre-heat oven to 350°.

Put the beans, epazote, and tequila into a saucepan and begin simmering over low heat. Stir occasionally. Chop the chilies up into tiny, fine pieces. Use a food processor to save time if you have one. Mix the taco seasoning, cocoa, and black pepper in a bowl.

Brown the ground beef and then add the water and taco seasoning mixture. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to simmer, and add the chopped chilies and the Cholula hot sauce. Stir and simmer for 15 minutes.

Don't forget to stir the beans at the same time.

At about the ten-minute mark on the meat simmer, put the beans, sour cream, and salsa into a blender and puree the mixture. It should have a smooth consistency when you are done.

Pour the blender contents into a 4 quart pot. Add the meat to the pot. Heat this on medium-low heat. Add the cheese and let it melt in. Simmer and stir for about 10 minutes. Remove from heat and mix the Minute Rice into the pot. Let this stand for about 5 minutes.

Take a tortilla and scoop about 2 ounces of the filling right down the middle of the tortilla. Gently fold the tortilla over, fold the right edge in, and then roll again. Place onto a foil covered cookie sheet. Continue until the cookie sheet is full, but do not layer.

Place the cookie sheet into the oven and bake for 15 minutes. While waiting for the first batch to bake, continue folding the rest of the Burriquitas and set aside. Keep baking batches until they’re all cooked.

Yield: About 40
Helpful Hints

You can substitute any hot sauce for the Cholula sauce. I prefer it, becasue it is made with pequin chilies and has a unique taste.

Some tortillas are made better than others. I use Don Marcos brand, available here in Michigan. Some tortillas are thin and seem machine processed. They fall apart very easily and make a mess of things. Trial and error, unfortunately, if you can’t find the kind I use.
(Editor's Note: Here in Chicago, there are any number of great brands of tortillas available at most supermarkets. El Milagro is fresh and high-quality at a low price.)

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5 Comments

Kelly E

I am wondering if this mini burritos can be frozen? If so should they be frozen before or after baking?

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Michael M

From the Chef - Yes, I freeze them all the time. The trick is the reheating. You can microwave them, but go low and slow otherwise the tortillas get soggy and rubbery. You can also reheat in a 350° oven for about 20-30 minutes, but again, take care. Depending on the exact size/thickness yours happen to be (We all make 'em a little differently I'm sure) that may be too little or too much time. Enjoy!

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Debbie R

I WAS WONDER IF YOU CAN CUT THE RECIPE IN HALF
(AND)
HOW MANY PEOPLE DOES IT TAKE TO MAKE 40?

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kelly h

how much epizote do you recommend?

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Peggy M

You don't list epazote in the ingredients list. How much would be used with the tequila and beans?

*I haven't made this yet so my ratings are not applicable but I can't submit the question without selecting those ratings and I have no idea how much to use.

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