Chicken Burritos Mojados

Chicken Burritos Mojados

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Note: 1) I forgot to add chicken broth to the list of ingredients for the red sauce, 2) more exciting chili powders will make more exciting sauces

This was a very exciting chicken burrito. Chicken burritos are not usually very exciting. The burrito resembles the Mexican flag. Burritos mojados translates to mean wet burritos. This recipe is from The Best Mexican Recipes: Kitchen-Tested Recipes Put the Real Flavors of Mexico Within Reach by America’s Test Kitchen. I have read most of this book. After making this recipe, I believe that this book contains so many important things to know for making great Mexican food. The recipes appear to be very reliable and they contain techniques and methods that are very exciting (based on understanding the nuances of cooking). The Kindle version of this book costs about $15.00. Used books are usually inexpensive. I use Bing(.com) points to buy used books by earning Amazon gift cards. I will be using this book often this year.

Here are some exciting things to learn in this recipe:

  1. How to make a Mexican red sauce (2 tablespoons vegetable oil, 3 cloves garlic, 3 tablespoons chili powder, 1 cup chicken broth, 16 ounces of tomato sauce)
  2. How to quickly make Mexican crema (1/2 cup sour cream, 1/2 cup mayonnaise, 2 tablespoons milk, 2 tablespoons lime juice)
  3. How to make tomatillo salsa without boiling the tomatillos

1. The Best Mexican Recipes: Kitchen-Tested Recipes Put the Real Flavors of Mexico Within Reach (Kindle Location 3599). America’s Test Kitchen. Kindle Edition.

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Making Simple Chorizo & Improving My Burrito

Making Simple Chorizo & Improving My Burrito

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I FORGOT TO TAKE A PICTURE OF THE BEANS AND RICE

Notes: 1) I changed the amounts for the rice and beans in the list of ingredients, 2) I cooked the sausage with a microwave, 3) consider putting the guacamole in two bags to better protect the guacamole from air

I am VERY EXCITED by this burrito! This is my solution for having chorizo when I cannot travel to a deli. I put 1 tablespoon of spices in 1 pound of sausage. Some breakfast sausage may be plain. Sometime soon, I am going to get a meat grinder attachment for my mixer. Once I have the attachment, I will be able to make chorizo with fresh ingredients. I have seen people on the internet grind vegetables with their pork. I want to make exciting Mexican and Cajun sausages with pork shoulder meat!

Since air turns the guacamole brown, I have to store it in a bag with the air removed. Dipping the bag in the water removes the air. I need the guacamole to last for approximately 4 days. Also, since I have to touch the filling when rolling a burrito,  I discovered that putting the wet stuff on the tortilla first enables me to roll a burrito on an 8 inch tortilla very easily. In these pictures, I put the sour cream, guacamole, and salsa, respectively, on the tortilla. The link to the recipe for my original burrito and the notes on the evolution of these burritos appears below.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup rice
  • 1/2 cup pinto beans
  • 1 large sausage patty
  • sour cream
  • pico de gallo
  • guacamole
  • cotija cheese

Storing Ingredients For My Burritos

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Making A Burrito

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Elementary Recipes For Making An Exciting Burrito – Summary

Burrito Breakthrough! Browning Meat With A Torch & A Cheese Sauce Experiment

Burrito Breakthrough! Browning Meat With A Torch & A Cheese Sauce Experiment

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Note: 1) consider marinating the chicken

Browning the meat put this burrito closer to being in 1st place! I believe that the restaurant Chipotle browns the chicken meat that they put in their burritos. But when I cook the meat sous vide, it is not dry! This is a very very exciting. I am going to have to grill slices of pork loin roast to create this experience and these great flavors without using a torch. Using the torch is also exciting.

I used my Mornay suace recipe in my blog post The Richest Mac & Cheese Without The Biggest Price to make this cheese sauce. I want to make this sauce using corn starch. I seasoned the sauce with a Mexican seasoning that contains salt. The sauce was savory. I do not believe that the sauce at the restaurant Chipotle is savory. The onion that I put in the scorched milk added a significant amount of flavor to the sauce. I will probably add chili powder in the future. I should also search for a copycat recipe. Maybe adding a blend of Mexican cheeses would be interesting.

A great technique for making cheddar cheese more flavorful is probably adding lemon zest. I had something similar to a savory citric acid that I got at a Mexican food store. I used it with cheddar cheese. The flavor reminded me of the very best macaroni and cheese.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups milk
  • 1/2 medium white onion. cut in half
  • 3 cups mild cheddar (or a blend of cheeses)
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1 tablespoon Mexican seasoning (chili powder)
  • Salt

Browned Meat

Cheese Sauce

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Download The Recipes:

The Richest Mac & Cheese Without The Biggest Price

Elementary Recipes For Making An Exciting Burrito – Summary

Chips De La Cantina

Chips De La Cantina

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Note: 1) I sprinkled table salt over the chips

I dream about returning to the cantina where I went when I was young. One of my desires is to recreate things from the menu at this restaurant. This cantina had a red and white checkered floor. The walls were covered with wood paneling. There were pictures on the walls. People danced there sometimes.

The restaurant was different than the cantina.  There is a type of Mexican music called romantic music. The excitement at the restaurant was romantic. The excitement in the cantina excited me similarly to the experience I have when I listen to Mexican or Grupera music. Appreciating Mexican culture is an important part of my life.

These chips are made with tortillas. I deep fried the pieces at 350°F/177°C until the color of the chips changed. I put smoked paprika on the corn chips. I put sugar and cinnamon of the flour tortillas. Someone should put sugar on both sides of a chip to create an exciting flavor. I want to serve these corn chips with salsa that is very runny and flavorful. This salsa will contain vinegar. I will have to work with an old recipe to create something called caliente.

Chips

Cinnamon Chips

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Beef Tacos – My First

Beef Tacos – My First

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Note: 1) consider cooking shredded meat with vegetables in a Dutch oven or slow cooker, put the meat over the vegetables, 2) consider using cheese, 3) consider using cream and pico de gallo and maybe cilantro

These are my first tacos. 15 years ago I went to the store and I got a roll of foil and some pork. After finding all of the techniques that I wanted, I made my first tacos yesterday! These tacos were great. Because juices leaked into my roasting pan, I lost some flavor. I had to make broth to return the flavor to my meat. Next time I will make a foil package that can hold more liquid. Maybe it is time to consider cooking sous vide. I want to put more flavor in my taco sauce. I will have to add more pico powder to the sauce. I cooked the beef using the techniques in my blog post Very Exciting Pulled Pork Sandwiches.

Taco Time

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Preparing To Cook Sous Vide

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Pico Sauce For Tacos

Pico Sauce For Tacos

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Note: 1) the powder was made using my pico de gallo recipe, I used 1 slice of dehydrated lemon, I dehydrated the vegetables for 24 hours at 160°F/71°C, this may be too long, the same percentage of water may be removed in less time, 2) this powder is similar to the seasonings on Doritos chips, 3) consider using less water when using fresh salsa (to avoid using vinegar) or fresh ingredients, 4) consider using more pico powder (taste on meat), 2) consider adding more powder to the pico sauce

This spontaneously created sauce made me happy! After reading how to make the cream sauce, someone can probably put fresh salsa or other ingredients in the sauce. This sauce is runny. I am making it for some tacos. Since I know how to cook shredded meat[1][2], I should be excited.

Recipe

Mix together

  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 pinch Diamond kosher salt[1][2] (use 1/2 pinch table salt)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons pico powder

Elementary Recipes For Making An Exciting Burrito – Summary

Elementary Recipes For Making An Exciting Burrito – Summary

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Note: 1) consider brushing the tortilla with vegetable oil and warming the tortilla on a pan or griddle, 2) consider making everything 24 hours in advance to permit the flavors to combine (chemical reactions complete to create new flavor molecules once the food has cooled), 3) I like using sour cream

Note: 1) brown the meat to have more flavor,  Burrito Breakthrough! Browning Meat With A Torch & A Cheese Sauce Experiment2) techniques for filling and rolling a burrito are at my blog post Making Simple Chorizo & Improving My Burrito

Listen To The Music

One of my recent burrito recipes was for a simple and inexpensive burrito. This recipe is for making a burrito that is similar to a burrito at a restaurant. This burrito and these recipes should be universally appealing. I have observed people that use spices to make a burrito exciting. I added a link to a recipe for a spicy guacamole. This recipe is exciting on a burrito, but I would not use it as a dip (do not use the amount of salt suggested in this recipe). Some people might prefer to brown the meat in a cast iron pan or a griddle. Many Mexican burritos are not savory; this type of burrito probably does not use salt.  The only salt I added to these burritos was put in the guacamole and pico de gallo.

Guacamole

Ingredients

  • 4 avocados
  • juice from 1/2 – 1 lime
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder (1 crushed garlic clove)
  • (optional) 1/4 teaspoon table salt (1/2 teaspoon Diamond kosher salt)

Instructions

  • Mix and let sit for 30 minutes or more

Pico De Gallo

Ingredients

  • 5 Romas, small dice
  • 3/4 medium white onion, small dice
  • 1 – 2 jalapenos
  • 1/2 bunch cilantro
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • juice 1/2 lemon
  • (optional) 1/4 teaspoon table teaspoon salt (1/2 teaspoon Diamond kosher salt)

Instructions

  • Pound or puree jalapenos, cilantro, garlic, and lemon juice
  • Mix puree with other ingredients
  • Let salsa sit for 30 minutes or more

Burrito

Do not use salt, Mexican burritos are not usually savory

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds of pork loin, diced and sautéed
  • 1/2 pound of beans cooked in 5 cups water without salt (consider using 1 1/4 teaspoon table salt)
  • 1 cup of rice cooked in water without salt
  • Cheddar cheese
  • Guacamole
  • Pico de gallo
  • Sour cream (optional)

Instructions

  • Put 1/2 cup of rice on a tortilla
  • Put 1/4 cup of beans over the rice
  • Put 3/4 cup of pork over the beans
  • Add cheese
  • Add guacamole and pico de gallo
  • Add sour cream (optional)

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Download The Recipes:

Simple Guacamole

Simple Pico De Gallo

Pork Burrito