What is your first thought when you hear the word Enchirritos?? GO!! For me it is Taco Bell. I had never even heard of them before Taco Bell. Unfortunately, like most fast food, Taco Bell left a horrible taste in my mouth. Luckily, over time, my palette and budget has drastically improved. And thanks to my Mexican husband, so has my understanding of Mexican food. Now a pet peeve of mine is when someone calls a burrito with sauce an enchilada. If it’s a flour tortilla, it’s not an enchilada. And that is what I love about this enchirrito. It’s not pretending to be something it’s not. This enchirrito is no resting on the hard work of its parent to define it as either a burrito or an enchilada. This enchirrito is standing proud, telling everyone it is of a mixed “race”. Part enchilada, part buritto. Embracing both of its cultures. All hale the Enchirrito!
1/4 cup butter
1/4 cup flour
4 cups water
3 Tbs Mexican Blend Seasoning (Morton & Bassett)
1 tsp garlic salt
1 lb ground beef (I always buy the lowest fat; but you can also sub chicken or turkey)
1 lb ground sausage
1/4 cup chopped onion (Look at the pre-chopped in the produce aisle. It looks expensive until you calculate the value of your time chopping it.)
1 cup refried beans (I used Rosarita Traditional)
8 flour tortillas (8 inches) warmed (the best way to warm tortillas, no matter what anyone says, is with a skillet. Warm the first one on medium high and as you fill it, warn the next one, be sure to turn over at least once)
3 cups shredded cheese (I used a Mexican blend from the dairy aisle)
Optional toppings: shredded lettuce; diced tomatoes, sour cream
Preheat oven to 350°. Melt butter in a large sauce pan. Sir in flour until smooth. Slowly add water. Bring to a boil and cook, stirring until thickened (about 1 minute). Stir in Mexican Blend Seasoning and garlic salt. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer uncovered for 10 minutes
In a large skillet over medium heat, cook beef, sausage, and onion until meat is no longer pink; drain. Stir in beans; heat through.
Spread 1/4 cup of the in a greased 9×13 baking dish. Spread 1 Tbs sauce in the center of a tortilla and spread around Place 2/3 cup meat mixture down center of tortilla. Top with 1/4 cup shredded cheese. Roll up and place seam side down Once all tortillas are complete, pour remaining sauce over top. Sprinkle with remaining cheese (add a handful if you need to, no one will judge.) Bake uncovered 18-22 minutes or until bubbly and cheese is melted.
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Serves: 6 big servings
Total time: 50 minutes