- The processed cheese can be used to write scary messages (Boo!, RIP) or menacing eyebrows and mouths on the tortilla.
- Strategically placed olives in the salad could provide another glaring-at-you dish.
- Shredded rotisserie chicken can be used instead of the ground beef.
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Eye popping boo-ritos!:
1 pound lean ground beef
1 onion, diced
1 teaspoon each: ground cumin, oregano, chili powder
(Add more chili powder if you want a hotter filling.)
1/2 teaspoon salt
Freshly ground pepper
1 teaspoon vegetable oil
8 (6-inch) flour tortillas
1/2 cup shredded Monterey Jack, Chihuahua or Mexican blend cheese, or to taste
16 pimiento-stuffed olives, see note
1 can (8 ounces) processed cheese, optional
Yield: 4 servings
Combine the beef, onion, cumin, oregano, chili powder, salt and pepper to taste in a large bowl. Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat add the beef. Cook, stirring occasionally, until browned, about 8-10 minutes.
Meanwhile, wrap tortillas in a towel warm in the microwave, about 20 seconds. Spoon the filling into the center of each tortilla on a serving plate sprinkle with 1 tablespoon of the cheese. Wrap tortilla carefully turn it over. Score 2 Xs with a paring knife where you want the eyes push 2 of the olives in place, with pimiento "pupils" facing out. (You can make a nose and mouth, too, if you're so inclined, with either the olives or spray cheese.) Serve - if you dare.
Note: We used the small jarred olives sold in supermarkets if you have larger gourmet olives, you may need to halve them.
Nutrition information per serving (2 burritos): 419 calories, 35 percent of calories from fat, 17 g fat, 6 g saturated fat, 71 mg cholesterol, 35 g carbohydrates, 31 g protein, 1,020 mg sodium, 3 g fiber.