Friday, October 28, 2011

Beef & Green Chili Fried Wraps

I’ve never had much success with fried burritos using tortillas; the tortilla breaks and doesn't stay closed when I fry them. I even found a package of ‘ready to cook tortillas’ and they just didn’t work as well. I found these egg roll wraps in the produce section, and I have used them to wrap all kinds of foods.

Prep: 35 minutes Cook: 30 minutes
Makes about 40 rolls

1 lb. extra lean ground beef
4-5 medium potatoes
½ c. water
1 pkg of egg roll wraps
1 c. chopped green chili (2 small cans)¼ c. sliced onions
1 Tbs minced garlic
½ tsp salt to taste
Shredded Monterey and Colby cheese
Olive oil

Meat mix:
Dice up potatoes and cook until tender in a large nonstick pot with 1 tablespoon of olive oil. At the same time, in a medium frying pan, sauté in 1 tablespoon of olive oil with the garlic and onions. When the onions are soft, add ground beef and cook until done. Add meat mixture to cooked potatoes. Add green chili, salt & water. Heat uncovered on medium for 10 minutes or until water has cooked out.

Making the wrap:
Have a small bowl of water nearby to use as a wrap sealer. Using a flat surface, lay out one egg roll wrap with one corner pointing towards you. Place a spoon full of meat mix on one edge of the wrap. Add a little shredded cheese onto the meat. Take the corner closest to you and fold it over the meat. Fold in the left and right corners. Dip your fingers in the water and rub a small amount of water on the corner furthest away from you (directions on the egg roll wrap package says to use a spray bottle, but I didn’t like how the spray bottle became gooey). Roll the wrap the rest of the way over the far corner & the watered corner will form a seal. These are ready to fry now or save in the freezer and fry when you want them.

Frying the wrap:
Fry in a pan of olive oil until slightly brown. I use a sauce pan with enough olive oil to half way cover the wrap so that I can flip them. I’m sure if you had a deep fryer, it would work also.

Serve with Sour Cream & Guacamole or if ya be redneck: Ketchup.

Alternate suggestions:
Use ground turkey instead of ground beef
Use shredded beef or chicken
Use cream cheese instead of shredded cheese
Make an egg & chorizo mix instead of meat mix

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