Tootin’ along the trail

12 Jul

Burritos = cowboy food.
We think a little Stampede fusion would transform the annual barbecue beanpot buffet dish into a cowboy burrito classic.
From SF Gate: Flour tortillas, a fraction of the size seen in today’s wraps, made easy carriers for workmen’s lunches — a fast dab of beans, maybe rice, sometimes a little lean, rangy meat.
“It was cowboy food,” says food writer and Chronicle columnist Jacqueline Higuera McMahan, noting that burrito means “little donkey.”
“It was saddlebag stuff. Sometimes they’d even wrap it in a second tortilla, which they’d throw away before eating, to really seal in the beans and the meat, which of course was tough. If they were lucky, there’d be a slice of onion or chile, too.”
Chicago’s Rick Bayless puts the official crossover at Tijuana/San Diego and the burrito “epicenter” in Los Angeles.
“In Northern Mexico, serious cooks may know what a burrito is, but they won’t make one.”
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After a steady stream of beef-on-a-bun and hamburgers already during Stampede, Cowboy Bean Burritos are a welcome switch-up.
Keep ’em small and simple.
We have sampled the standard beanpot recipe below at every backyardecue we’ve ever been to. This year, try adding some chorizo in place of ground beef. Add a bit of chipotle heat to maple syrup-sweetened beans.

Wrap them and sear the stuffed flour tortillas on the grill so they are blistered and flaky. Drape shredded spicy jack to melt over top. Folks can squeeze lime wedges, dollop sour cream or quacamole, and add some smoky salsa.

Cowboy Bean Burritos would shake things up at brunch.

Or as cigar-shaped cocktail-sized corn taquitos.

Or as hors d’œuvres of mini tostatas by dropping blobs onto round tortilla chips and topping with shredded jack.

Or serve Prairie Dogs: barbecued smokies or frankfurters topped with bean mixture.

We’ll stop now.

BEAN STUFF
from The Best of Bridge: Royal Treats For Entertaining
“A tasty variation of chili – perfect for holiday get-togethers.”

Ingredients:
6 slices bacon
1 lb. lean ground beef 500g
1 onion, chopped
1 green pepper, chopped
1 garlic clove, minced
2 Tbsp. molasses 30ml
2 Tbsp. brown sugar 30ml
2 tsp. dry mustard 5ml
1/3 cup vinegar 75ml
19 oz. can tomatoes 540ml (fire roasted if available)
14 oz. can kidney beans 398ml
14 oz. can lima beans, drained 398ml (we’ve had this without and it was fine)
14 oz. can pork & beans 398ml (two cans if you omit lima beans)
1 tsp. worcestershire sauce 5ml
salt, pepper & tabasco sauce, to taste

Instructions:
Fry bacon until crisp. Crumble. Brown beef and onion. Combine with remaining ingredients in a large casserole. Bake at 300F (150C)oven for 2 hours. Serve with caesar salad and baguette sticks. Serves 4-6

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