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How to Make a Quesarito

How to Make a Quesarito
This is a great recipe if you are looking for tutorial on how to make a quesarito. The quesarito started as a secret menu item at Chipotle and was later added as a regular menu item at Taco Bell. This recipe is more like the one you would find at Taco Bell as far as the ingredients go but it could be adapted as a copycat recipe for either restaurant. The quesarito is basically a quesadilla that is wrapped up into a burrito. This burrito is stuffed with taco meat, cilantro-lime rice, chipotle sauce and sour cream. The best way that I found to prepare the quesadilla is to microwave the cheese between two tortillas wrapped in paper towels. Once the tortillas come out of the microwave, the cheese is melted and the tortillas are soft and easy to roll into a burrito. The burritos can be browned in the pan but that is totally optional. There is a lot of work involved in this recipe but you can save time by using things such as packaged taco seasoning. Enjoy.

How to Make a Quesarito
How to Make a Quesarito

How to Make a Quesarito

Yield: 4 Servings

Ingredients:

Taco Meat-

  •  1 1/3lbs lean ground chuck
  • 1 ½ tablespoons masa corn flour
  • 4 ½ teaspoons chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon seasoning salt
  • ½ teaspoon paprika
  • ¼ teaspoon cumin
  • ½ teaspoon garlic salt
  • ¼ teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon instant minced onion
  • ½ teaspoon beef bouillon

Cilantro-lime Rice-

  • ½ tablespoon butter
  • 1 cup long-grain white rice
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • juice and zest of 1 lime
  • 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro
  • ¼ teaspoon cumin

Chipotle Sauce-

  • ¼ cup mayonnaise
  • 2 teaspoons minced jalapenos (from a jar)
  • 2 teaspoons juice from jalapeno jar
  • ¾ teaspoon sugar
  • ½ teaspoon paprika
  • ½ teaspoon cumin
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 pinch of salt

Other-

  • 8 burrito-sized flour tortillas
  • 2 cups shredded Mexican cheese blend
  • Sour cream
  • Cooking spray

 

Directions:

  1. In a small bowl combine mayonnaise, minced jalapenos, jalapeno juice, ¾ teaspoon sugar, ½ teaspoon paprika, ½ teaspoon cumin, 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper, 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder and a pinch of salt. Mix until well combined and set aside.
  2. In a small bowl combine masa corn flour, chili powder, onion powder, ½ teaspoon garlic powder, seasoning salt, ½ teaspoon paprika, ¼ teaspoon cumin, garlic salt, ¼ teaspoon sugar, minced onion and beef bouillon. Mix well and set aside.
  3. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Crumble the ground chuck into the skillet and cook while breaking the meat up into chunks with a spatula until browned. Drain off any excess grease. Add 3/4-1 cup of water and the taco seasoning to the ground beef. Mix well and simmer on medium-low heat for 20 minutes. Simmer until almost all of the moisture has cooked away.
  4. Melt the butter in a medium saucepan. Add the rice and cook while stirring for 1-2 minutes. Add the chicken broth, salt, pepper, zest and lime juice, cilantro and ¼ teaspoon cumin. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover and cook for about 15-16 minutes.  Remove from heat and allow the rice to sit covered for an additional 10 minutes.
  5. Lay out a sheet of paper towel onto a microwave safe plate. Add one tortilla on top of the paper towel. Add a thin layer of cheese on top of the tortillas. Place another tortilla on top of the cheese. Place a damp paper towel on top. Place into the microwave and cook for 30 seconds to 1 minute or until the cheese has melted. 
  6. In the center of the prepared quesadilla add some of the ground beef, top with some of the cilantro-lime rice. Add a little bit of the chipotle sauce and sour cream. Roll up the burritos by folding the corners towards the center and then grabbing the bottom and rolling up. Repeat this process with the remaining tortillas and cheese.
  7. To cook them in the pan—spray a large skillet with cooking spray and heat the skillet to medium-high heat. Place the wraps into the skillet seam-side down and cook until golden brown and crisp on the bottom, turn over and cook until golden brown on the other side (about 2-3 minutes per side).

 

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