Food & Adventures

Monday 5 September 2016

Monday Munchies: Family Burrito Bar

If I've said it once I've said it 1000 times, I love Mexican food. This is a love that I have started to pass onto my son Harry. His current favourite is Burritos. He first had one a few months ago an loved it and then recently Mrs Cool took the kids to Zapatista to try out their kids menu (you can read about that here). He loved how he got to choose what went into his Burrito.

So we decided to try our own version of a Burrito bar. For the ingredients use as much or as little as you need for your family size. We have a family of five so we needed:

750g Beef Mince
1 can of Baked Beans
2 cups of rice
2 peppers
250g cheese (grated)
8-10 tortilla wraps
1 jar of salsa

For the spice mix:

2 tsp chilli powder
2 tsp paprika
1 1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp ground coriander
1/4 cayenne pepper

The Method:

Start by putting the rice in a pan and covering with water, use the ratio 2:1 (2 cups of water to 1 cup of rice). Next brown off the mince, my youngest 2 are a bit fussy when it comes to spicy food so I separated 1/3 of the mince and left this plain and added the spice mix to the other 2/3 mince. Chop the peppers into strips and add this to the mince and once done serve in separate bowls for the kids and the grown ups.

Heat the beans and decant into your chosen bowl, as with the mince I separated 1/3 beans and left them plain and with the remaining beans I added some tabasco sauce for an added kick for the grown ups.

By now the rice should be done so add this to another bowl. The cheese and salsa can be added straight to their own bowls and the tortillas just need to be warmed either under a grill or in the microwave for 30 seconds.

Put all of your bowls on your dining table and this is your Burrito Bar and now it's time to assemble your Burrito. My youngest two just stuck to the plain mince, cheese and beans. But Harry had a bit of everything and went back for seconds.
Once you've chosen all your fillings you then need to wrap it into a Burrito. The kids had great fun making a mess as they tried to wrap the Burrito. I too struggled but I think that was because I over filled my wrap. If you need any tips on how to wrap a burrito there is a great little video here.

Let me know what you think of my Family Burrito bar. Also what ingredients do you like in your Burritos?

Well, that's all for now.




  1. Mexican foodies my favourite! And so good for relaxed family meals

  2. We do this with fajitas, it's so fun.


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