Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Easy Burritos

How yummy do these canned pinto beans look? Pretty gross right?

How about this canned hamburger with some yummy fat floating on the top? They definitely don't look very pretty on my shelf aesthetically, but they are pretty tasty when I put them in these little burritos. I especially love them because they make for great food storage and make some meals super quick and easy like this one.

This is my first attempt at canning. It was easier than I thought. I did ground beef, beans, and chicken. I only have two jars left and can't wait for the fall when I can do more. Sometimes I like to do a fancy meal requiring a lot of work and ingredients. Sometimes I like to just heat and serve and feel good that I am saving us money. This is a great way to do it.

Easy Burritos

1 pound of hamburger
1 Mexican green onion diced
1 packet of ranch salad dressing mix
1 packet of Burrito seasoning
1 cup of cheddar cheese
1 cup of Monterrey Jack cheese
Burrito size flour tortillas
1 can of red enchilada sauce
3 cups of refried beans (or 1 jar of pinto beans mashed and heated)

Brown hamburger with diced onion. While hamburger is cooking heat beans in a separate pan. When hamburger is cooked add both seasoning packets. Allow to simmer for 10 minutes. Warm tortillas and spread with beans first. Next add hamburger mixture and top with cheddar cheese. Roll into burritos. Pour enchilada sauce over the top and add remaining Monterrey Jack cheese. Bake at 350 degrees until cheese is melted. Serve with lettuce and sour cream. Enjoy!

It looks a lot better in a burrito and tastes yummy too!


  1. I've never heard of canning hamburger meat! Did I miss a post where you cover why you do it?

  2. It seems weird to can hamburger and I have been against the idea for some time. I recently caved because I realized it saves money if I can buy a bunch on sale, cook it up, and store it. It also is saves freezer space, and is usable if heaven forbid the electricity goes out. I live in Arizona so the natural disasters are slim except for the permanent heat :), but I would like to have a bit of food saved up in case we did lose power or something or even if my husband loses his job and groceries add up. A lot of folks are losing jobs these days and if I had food saved up we could survive better. What do you think? I felt especially motivated after Hurricane Katrina.

  3. Well, that's new to me, Kasha. I never heard of canning ground beef before. It actually makes sense considering the fact meat has been packed and stored in cans for ages. I suppose I just never thought about actually doing it myself. I'm a bit canning shy:)

    I'll probably never can my own meat but I commend you on thinking ahead and playing it safe. You just never know these days.

    And yes, those burritos look yummy. I've had such a craving for burritos, I can almost taste them from here:)

    Thanks for sharing, Kasha...

  4. I think I'm a bit shy about canning too. But the prospect of saving up for food in the event of an emergency is appealing. Especially if power goes out. I need to rethink my emergency food rations. The latest spout of quakes here in So. Cal have me a bit concerned that I need to think proactively about possible reserves.

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