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Beefy Burritos

The burrito, meaning literally 'little donkey' in Spanish, began life as a humble Mexican peasant dish containing just refried beans or flavoured rice inside the ever versatile tortilla.

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Preparation and cooking time: 30-40 minutes
Serves 3-4

Ingredients:
500g lean beef mince,
1 medium onion,
1 clove garlic, 1
medium red pepper,
tin of baked beans,
'Jerk' seasoning,
Cajun spices,
BBQ Sauce,
200g long grain rice,
8 plain tortillas
5 tbsp natural yoghurt
1 tbsp mint sauce
Cheddar cheese (optional)

The burrito, meaning literally 'little donkey' in Spanish, began life as a humble Mexican peasant dish containing just refried beans or flavoured rice inside the ever versatile tortilla. However, once the Americans got hold of it they naturally began to increase the size and decrease the healthiness of this once frugal dish. This recipe shall marry the two, the reasonably healthy elements of the Mexican, and the decadent luxury of the American, with just a little bit of Caribbean heat thrown in for good measure.

Begin by sweating the roughly diced onion (1-2cm cubes is about right) and garlic in a little oil, on a low heat until they become translucent. Then add the mince with the Cajun spices and lightly fry this mixture off until all the mince is browned. It is important here that the Cajun is added, as it flavours the meat itself and not just the sauce. Add the red pepper, sliced into fairly long strips, and fry for a further two minutes. At this point add the Caribbean Jerk style seasoning to taste, but be sure to add enough to give it a little spiciness to create the authentic Central American flavour. Add this along with the whole tin of beans, and a squirt of BBQ Sauce for stickiness.

This mixture is the basic filling for your burritos, but I froze some of the mixture and had it on a jacket potato the next day which was equally satisfying. To continue the burritos, boil your rice for as long as the packet asks you to. For a fresh mouth cleanser after the sweet and spicy burritos, mix together some yoghurt and a good dollop of mint sauce, (known in India as a 'raita', known in York as yoghurt and mint sauce).

To compile, spread your tortilla with the minted yoghurt, layer a tablespoon of rice, two tablespoons of mince mixture and a light sprinkling of cheddar cheese and wrap together. Only thing left to do is eat the things, kitchen roll on hand is advisable.

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