Make Your Own Burrito Mix


(Pic by Lesli)

How many times have you wanted to make tacos or burritos, but felt you couldn't because you didn't have the Old El Paso seasoning packet?

Well, fear not, I have figured out a great combination of spices that you can keep in your cupboard so that you can eat Mexican food anytime you get the urge to.

Making your own seasoning mix is better for you, too. There's no msg and no preservatives.

Sometimes I'll buy the taco shells, but I almost always have wraps in my freezer, which means my family eats way more burritos than tacos. Burritos wrap nicely around the mixture without breaking, so they're less messy.

Another technical difficulty I was having with Mexican food, is that I often wouldn't have the ground meat called for when you make tacos and burritos. So, to make things easier I keep a good supply of canned beans on hand.

I find that Roman Beans work the best, or even a combination of Romano Beans and Black Beans. I slightly mash the beans for a better texture.

Be sure to serve your burritos with all of the toppings - sour cream, salsa, grated cheese, lettuce and tomatoes!

Burrito/Taco Spice Mix

(This recipe makes about 7-8 burritos)


1 T. oil
1/2 c.onions
2 tsp. cumin
1/2 tsp. tumeric
4 tsp. chili powder
3/4 c. ketchup
3/4 c. water
2 cans of Romano Beans, or I can of Romano Beans and 1 can of Black Beans, or substitute a 1 1/2. of ground meat.

1. Warm oil in a medium pot. Add onions.
2. Add beans, slightly mash the beans.
3. Add the rest of the ingredients.
4. Mix well. Warm throughly.
5. Serve in burritos or tacos.

(Note: If using ground meat: Brown the meat first. Skip the oil. Add the onions. Follow the rest of the recipe.)

From one foodie to another,

- Lesli

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  1. 1

    rhiannon said:

    i love burritos. and tacos. you have really helped me out. i also know that if i put the burritos in my bong

    Posted at 04:26 PM, on February 13 2009
  1. 2

    Jeffrey said:

    Hello, I just tried your recipe and it's really tasteful. Especially what you do with the beans. I use kidney beans myself and sometimes red eyed peas or black beans.
    But what I put on the side is a little bowl with a mixture of chopped onions and Coriandrum sativum. In Dutch koriander and in Spanish Silantro. Fresh of course because it is sold everywhere. Not too much but certainly worth trying it on the side. (Coriandrum is very healthy also)

    Posted at 10:56 AM, on September 3 2009
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    hardyboy said:

    Sounds great. I've been meaning to do my own burrito mix for a while now, Old El Paso is too expensive considering you need to buy all the real ingredients yourself anyway.

    Can't wait to try it out. Funnily enough I already have the right spices.

    Posted at 10:05 AM, on January 27 2010

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