Don’t write this recipe off if you aren’t able to find or carry cheese with you. It will still be absolutely delicious, and a couple of simple substitutions will make sure you don’t feel like you are missing out.
Like most people, I have only ever made oozy soft burrito’s in the oven, or in a pinch, the microwave. I have discovered though, an equally amazing dish can be made using a fry pan, with only a watchful eye needed to ensure success.
- ½ cup of rice
- 400gm can of chilli con carne
- 4 x medium sized soft tortillas
- 400gm jar/can of salsa
- 100gm bag of shredded cheese
- In a medium pot, cover rice with cold water, bring to the boil; simmer for 12-15 minutes or until cooked. Drain; set aside.
- In a small pot, heat chilli con carne until it comes to the boil. Remove from heat.
- Pour the jar of salsa into a fry-pan. Add 2 tablespoons of water and mix to combine.
- Lay a tortilla on a clean plate. Spoon 2 tablespoons each of chilli and rice in the centre of the wrap, in a long sausage shape to either end. Roll, and place fold side down into the salsa.
- Repeat with remaining tortillas and filling. Place each one, fold side down, in one even layer in the pan.
- Place pan on the cooker, turn on, to low-medium heat. Sprinkle the top of the tortillas with cheese.
- As the salsa begins to simmer around the edges of the pan, use a spoon to baste the top of the burritos, directly over the cheese.
- Continue to baste with sauce and cheese as it melts into the pan, until all the cheese has melted.
- Very carefully slide two onto each plate. If you have salad, serve it on the side
- It is important to ensure your filling has been brought to the boil as the cooking of the burritos will not be sufficient to heat it all the way through from cold
- A pre-cooked pack of rice will also very well. There is no need to preheat it before using
- You must continuously baste the tops of the burritos with the surrounding salsa and melted cheese to ensure the bottom does not burn, and the cheese melts
- A low heat must be used to prevent the bottom of the wraps from burning
- You can make these as mild or hot as you like, choose your salsa according to your personal preference
- Any pre-made can of chilli or beans can be used
- Combine a can of chilli and beans to stretch the meal for more campers
- Beans and refried beans are a great vegetarian substitute
- Long-life Parmesan cheese can be used for a back-country expedition
- Individual packets of mayonnaise make a great topping for these, if you are missing the sour cream!