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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:

* 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

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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December 12, 2010
Thanks Sam... after reading this it looks like very easy to create your own burritos... It is very helpful.. thanks again.
December 12, 2010
Anytime, I'm a HUGE Mexican food fan and have made a TON of dishes, so if you have any other questions- feel free to ask away!
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