Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Burrito time!!!!!

What delights are lurking inside?
I freaking love burritos. There I said it.  I had my first one on a trip to Boston. I was handed one as I "watched" the Superbowl (some big final in a ball sport type game thingy).  The game was irrelevant but sweet holy zombie Jeebus was the burrito GOOD!!!!!

Marinade ingredients
I was devastated when I got back to Dublin and couldn't get a decent version anywhere. So naturally I started trying to make my own. I knew the basics of what was in a burrito so I thought to myself "ah sure this will be grand".  The problem was it was never "grand".

Over the years I've learnt a lot about Mexican cooking. The flavours are simple but when layered together become intensely complex. From the tanginess of a lime, to the sweet earthiness of corn, to the fiery heat of a chilli. It takes a lot more than an 'old el paso' fajitas kit and a bottle of corona to make a good Mexican meal!

Chipotle Salsa ingredients 
I used to think a chilli was a chilli. I was wrong. The smokiness of a chipotle is a world away from the intense savouriness of an ancho chilli.  Recently I've been building up my arsenal of chillies and I wanted to put them to good use. So I gave burritos with a homemade salsa and guacamole a go this week.

The how to bit...

Juice of 2 small oranges
Juice of 1 Lime
2 cloves of garlic (crushed)
1 Tbs of Olive oil
2 Tsp of freshly crushed cumin seeds
1 Tsp of freshly crushed allspice berries
800-900g of Beef (I prefer Rump or Skirt)

Roast ingredients in a dry pan before blending
Chipotle Salsa
3 tomatoes
2 cloves of garilc
2 Chillies
1/2 an onion
1 tbs of Chipotles en adobo
Lime juice to taste
Coriander to taste

For the salsa just blacken the tomatoes, chillies, garlic and onion in a dry frying pan first. Chuck them all into a blender and puls (you don't want it too smooth). I then mix in the chipotles, lime juice, coriander and season to my liking.

It's completely up to you what to have with your burritos. I like mine with blackbeans, lime rice, corn on the cob and a big helping of GuacaMowldsy.

I can sense a lot of burritos this summer.....

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