Kiwi Burrito: A New Zealand Twist On A Mexican Classic

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Burritos – those glorious handheld meals loved worldwide. But what if we gave this Mexican classic a Kiwi twist? This recipe combines fresh New Zealand ingredients with bold Mexican flavors for a truly unique and delicious experience.


Easiest Ever Beef Burritos  Minute Meal
Easiest Ever Beef Burritos Minute Meal

For the Filling:

  • 500g ground lamb or beef (or crumbled tofu for a vegetarian option)
  • 1 red onion, finely diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 red capsicum, diced
  • 1 yellow capsicum, diced
  • 1 can (400g) chopped tomatoes
  • 1 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder (adjust to your spice preference)
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh coriander (cilantro)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • For the Wraps:
  • 4 large flour tortillas
  • 1 cup grated cheddar cheese (optional)
  • For the Toppings (choose your favorites):
  • Sliced avocado
  • Sour cream
  • Salsa
  • Guacamole
  • Pickled jalapenos
  • Diced red onion
  • Lime wedges

  • Directions:

    1. Prepare the Filling: Heat a large pan over medium heat. Add a drizzle of olive oil and then the ground lamb or beef (or tofu). Cook until browned, breaking it up with a spoon as it cooks.
    2. Add the diced onion and garlic to the pan and cook for a further 2-3 minutes, or until softened.
    3. Stir in the diced capsicums, chopped tomatoes, tomato paste, cumin, chili powder, and coriander. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Bring to a simmer and cook for 15-20 minutes, or until slightly thickened.
    4. While the filling simmers, warm your tortillas according to package instructions. You can heat them directly on a hot pan for a few seconds per side, or wrap them in a damp cloth and microwave for about 30 seconds.
    5. Assemble the Burritos: Spread a generous amount of filling down the center of each tortilla. Add your desired toppings – cheese, avocado, sour cream, salsa, etc. – according to your preference.
    6. Fold in the sides of the tortilla, then roll it up tightly from the bottom.

    Nutrition Facts (per serving, without toppings):

    Calories: Approximately 500 (depending on the fat content of your ground meat)

  • Protein: Around 30g
  • Fat: Varies depending on meat choice and toppings
  • Carbohydrates: Approximately 40g

  • Conclusion:

    This Kiwi Burrito recipe offers a fun and flavorful fusion of New Zealand and Mexican cuisine. It’s a hearty and satisfying meal that’s perfect for lunch, dinner, or even a potluck. With endless topping options, you can customize it to your taste buds’ desires. So ditch the ordinary and give this unique burrito a try!

    Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs):

    1. Can I substitute the ground meat? Absolutely! You can use chicken, turkey, or even shredded leftover roast vegetables for a vegetarian option.
    2. What kind of tortillas should I use? Flour tortillas are the most common choice for burritos, but you can also use whole wheat tortillas for a more nutritious option.
    3. How can I make this recipe vegan? Simply use crumbled tofu instead of ground meat and omit the cheese for a delicious vegan burrito.
    4. What are some other topping ideas? Get creative! You could add sliced kūmara (sweet potato), black beans, corn, or even a dollop of Greek yogurt for extra protein.