My husband and I were newly married and we decided to throw a dinner party for his friends. It was just a small group of friends, but I was very excited. I was basking in the glow of new love. I was also three months pregnant. The cravings were in full force.
I decided the very best thing to serve would be these burritos and mashed potatoes.
“Yes.” I said, “the best thing to serve at a dinner party are burritos and mashed potatoes.”
Two things that go so well together. It is a trend sweeping the nation. I saw absolutely nothing wrong with it. I went ahead with my brilliant plan.
Looking back on the party, I have to laugh. People ate those burritos with mashed potatoes like it was completely normal dinner fare. It was not until years later that I recognized the sweetness of the polite party goers. My husband had realized the two might not mix so well, but did not want to burst my bubble. The party was a lot of fun. Everyone complimented the food… I told you they were polite. My husband and I look back at that night with happy memories…
This recipe is so ridiculously easy, I cannot believe I am going to write a post about it. I grew up eating this recipe. I grew up making this recipe. Now my children do the same.
It all starts with this little packet of seasoning. It is Lawry’s burrito mix.
First, cook up your uncooked tortillas in a skillet. Set tortillas aside on a paper towel covered plate. Brown one pound ground meat in the same skillet. Once this is browned, add 1 cup water and seasoning mix to pan. Add one can refried beans. Break it up in the pan with the meat. Sometimes I add a can of diced tomatoes if I need to stretch the meal to feed more people.
I also use my potato masher to mash it all together (if you are adding tomatoes, do this before adding tomatoes). I do this for two reasons.
1.) I like my meat very finely chopped.
2.) My kids have an embarrassing aversion to beans. I say embarrassing, because my husband and I both love them. How could the two of us make children who despise them so? It makes no sense. So,I trick them. I break the beans up so they do not even know they are there. Pssst… I am sneaky. ; )
And yes, they read this blog. I am hoping the subject of burritos is too boring to interest them. We shall see!
Let the mixture simmer over low heat for eight minutes. Turn off heat. Serve in tortillas with shredded cheese, sour cream, mexican rice, and homemade salsa. Here is the link to my post about the salsa.
Let me know if you decide to make these. Oh, and if you have a dinner party coming up, I have the perfect mashed potatoes recipe. Everyone will love it! Or be too polite to tell you otherwise! Enjoy!