Friday, April 26, 2013

PAM'S MEXICAN TORTILLA BUNDLES

    Our family loves to eat  Mexican food and I love to cook it because it's fast and easy. 
We love to eat these bundles on the weekend, I make them up and any leftovers I wrap and freeze.  They make perfect lunches, all you need to do is reheat either in a pan (or microwave if you prefer) just  until it's heated through.  They are perfect packages to eat on a picnic because they can be eaten held in your hand, dipped in salsa or with all the toppings I show you below, eaten with a knife and fork - great for company.   Hearty and spicy ( if you like) served with fresh shredded lettuce, tomatoes a bit of onion, topped with a salsa of your choice and of course home made guacamole and sour cream. The nice thing with a recipe like this is you can change it up by adding sliced olives or different toppings that your family prefers.  This recipe is great because you can make the bundles
up ahead of time and keep in the fridge, cooking them up in minutes.  A great make ahead meal that is filling and will please many tastes.
 
 
Pam's Mexican Tortilla Bundles
 
Delicious!
 
 Ingredients you will need for the meatless filling
sliced and ready to be sauteed.

 
Add some oil and then the sliced vegetables,. 
Saute the onions and red pepper for 2 minutes.

Add in the sliced mushrooms.

 Everything read to be tossed together for another 2-3 minutes. 

 Looking nice and ready, seasoned with some salt, pepper
and maybe some taco seasoning.

 I added meatless 'ground round' together with
the re-fried bean for a heartier filling.

  Bean and ground round mixture heated through and ready
 for the tortilla.

Ingredients waiting to be assembled into Bundles.

 Wholewheat tortilla, re-fried beans mixture topped with
the mushroom, red pepper and onion saute.
 

 Topped with your favorite cheeses and some pickled
or fresh jalapenos (for those who like some heat).
 

This is for those who like it a bit on the mild side...no jalapenos!

Fold into bundles, ready for the pan. Butter slightly
on each side.

 Browned, and heated through ready to be put on a plate
and topped with fresh and tasty toppings!



Pam's Homemade  Guacamole
 

 
Fast and easy recipe.
 Keep the pit in the Guacamole as it stops it from going brown.
 
Ingredients you will need.

 Put everything in a bowl and mash with either a fork
or a potato masher.  Season to taste and set aside. 
 

 Toppings for the Tortilla Bundles all set to go!

 Mmmm.....so delicious!
 

 
Pam's Mexican Tortilla Bundles Recipe
 
 6-8  Whole wheat tortillas
1-2 cups sliced mushrooms
1 onion, sliced
2-3 cloves garlic
1 sweet red pepper, sliced thinly
1 can re-fried beans
1 cup ground round
1-2 Tablespoons Taco Seasoning
salt and pepper to taste
 vegetable or sunflower oil
11/2 cups shredded cheese (your choice), shredded
soft butter
1 tomato chopped
2 cups lettuce, shredded
1-2 green or red onion sliced thinly
sour cream
salsa
Guacamole
 
In a saucepan add 1-2 Tablespoons of oil and add the onion, red pepper and garlic.
Saute until soft and then add the sliced mushrooms, saute 2-3 minutes more
and remove from heat.   Put in a small bowl and set aside.
In the saucepan add 1 teaspoon of oil and then the ground round,
saute until browned then add the re-fried beans and taco seasoning.
Heat through and set aside.
To Assemble Tortilla Bundles:
Lay out your whole wheat tortillas on the counter, top with a spoonful
or two of the re-fried beans - I usually make about 7 tortillas.
On top of the re-fried bean mixture, add spoonfuls of the red pepper and onion mixture.
Next add some shredded cheese and for those who like heat, the sliced jalapenos.
Fold short sides in then fold over the other two side (enclosing the filling)
Spread soft butter very thinly along each side - this will give it a nice browning and crispiness.
 In a frying pan, on medium heat place your buttered bundles and heat until  top and bottom sides are  browned.  You can check to see if the cheese is melting by lifting up one of the ends.
If your pan is too hot turn it down, and heat until the cheese is melted and the filling, heated through.
 
Place on a plate and top with the fresh lettuce, tomatoes, onions, sour cream, salsa and guacamole (see recipe below).
 
Pam's Quick Guacamole Recipe
 
1-2 medium ripe avocados
2- 3 cloves garlic, crushed
2 Tablespoons light mayonnaise
2-3 Tablespoons light sour cream
1/2 teaspoon salt
a few dashes of Tabasco sauce
juice of 1/2-1 lemon
 cilantro, chopped (optional)
tomatoes, chopped finely (optional)
 
In a small bowl, mash the avocados and add the rest of the ingredients.
Mix together, add more salt or lemon juice to taste.
  To this I sometimes add chopped tomatoes. My family like it this way
when snacking on Nachos.
 
 
There is a little bird in all our hearts that just likes to sing, for no reason. And as we allow it to sing, all others birds in the vicinity also begin to wake up and sing. And with all these songs a gentle sweetness permeates the air