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a question by Sep 28, 2010
I'm new to mexican food, and I recently discovered my liking towards burritos and tacos... I want to introduce mexican food to my own country (i.e. Sri Lanka), but to do that I need to know the right ingredients that are used to create these food. Does anyone know the secret to burrito tortilla (I'm not sure if this the correct word)? Also, how many different types of tortillas are used to wrap the burritos or tacos? Thanks and appreciate your input.
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answered:    December 11, 2010
Hey Nalin! There are two different types of tortillas: corn and flour. Corn is smaller and Flour is larger and lighter in color.

To wrap a burrito: here's a video. I tried to explain it but, it sounded VERY confusing LOL:


For tacos, the taco shell is usually made of corn and for a regular taco, you add: ground beef, avocados, salsa, sour cream and shredded cheese.

Here's an easy Oaxacan (southern Mexico) Taco Recipe:

Ingredients
* 2 pounds top sirloin steak, cut into thin strips
* salt and pepper to taste
* 1/4 cup vegetable oil
* 18 (6 inch) corn tortillas
* 1 medium onion, diced
* 4 fresh jalapeno peppers, seeded and chopped
* 4 limes, cut into wedges
* 1 bunch fresh cilantro, chopped

Directions
1. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Fry the steak strips, stirring constantly, until browned on the outside and cooked through, but not too firm, about 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Remove to a plate and keep warm.
2. Heat the oil in the skillet, and quickly fry each tortilla on both sides, until lightly browned and flexible. Set aside, and keep warm.
3. Place tortillas on a plate, and top with steak strips, onion, jalapeno, and cilantro to taste. Squeeze lime juice over. Wrap and eat.

You can also sub out steak for any kind of meat that you'd like- beef, pork, chicken, shrimp...
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answered:    December 11, 2010
Well as you know, Mexico used to own what is now California and there are many here who still know how to make a great burrito!  I love beef burritos the best.  The tortilla is what is stuffed with meat, etc., and wrapped around it.  In California we have our own special type of burritto and real Mexicans probably won't like them very much.  There are plenty of places on line where you can get recipies.

Try this:

This burrito recipe is easy to make. Garnish with shredded lettuce, sour cream, chopped tomatoes, or your favorite garnish. Scroll down the page for more burrito recipes and related recipes.
Ingredients:
  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried leaf oregano, crumbled
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground pepper
  • 1 can (16 ounces) refried beans
  • 1 can (10 ounces) enchilada sauce, divided
  • 6 (8-inch) flour tortillas
  • shredded lettuce
  • garnishes
Preparation: In a large skillet over medium heat, cook ground beef, onion, and garlic until meat is browned, stirring often to break up meat. Drain well. Add chili powder, oregano, cumin, salt, and pepper; simmer for 10 minutes. Add refried beans and 1/2 cup of enchilada sauce. Heat thoroughly.

Wrap tortillas in foil and place in a 350° oven to heat for 10 minutes. Spoon about 1/2 cup of the ground beef mixture onto each tortilla; roll tightly and place seam-side down on serving platter lined with shredded lettuce. Spoon remaining enchilada sauce over tortillas. Garnish and serve with any of the following: shredded cheese, sliced ripe olives, chopped tomatoes, sour cream or guacamole, and more shredded lettuce. Burrito recipe makes 6 burritos.

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