Better Than The Bell: The Crunchwrap Superior

Hello humans,

It’s Thursday again, my favorite day of the week! Every Thursday I, inexperienced chef and soon-to-be dad, try a new recipe in order to feed my family! If you have any suggestions about what you want me to cook, post a recipe in the comments!

Remember when you were young and the world was still full tacoof magic? Back wtaco bellhen you could go to Taco Bell, order your favorite meal, and not spend the next 24 hours in agony and regret? Back to a time when no one questioned what was in the “taco meat” nor did they worry that their hometown would be the start of the next E coli outbreak. Those were simpler times.

Well my friends, you can relive those glory days in the comfort of your own home! The homemade Crunch-wrap Supreme!

So to give credit where credit is due I recently pinned this recipe on Pinterest. The original recipe is here. Like always, I changed a few things here and there but props to the authors! This was a fun meal! All of the ingredients are super simple and kids could even try to make their own and just have the adults fry them! My wife and I actually competed to make the best looking crunch-wrap. I won. But she’s pregnant and moody so don’t tell her I said that.

Allow me to introduce the Crunch-Wrap Superior!IMG_2222Here’s what you need:

  • 8 large tortillas
  • 8 tostadas which from now I will refer to as” Circle Doritos” for my American readers
  • 1lb of meat
  • Taco seasoning (we make our own with chili powder and cumin)
  • 8oz  can of green chiles
  • Jalapeño peppers (as many as you can handle)
  • 1 tomato
  • 2 cups of shredded lettuce
  • 1 cup of shredded cheese
  • Queso cheese (the white kind, not the yellow)

In a  skillet, cook the beef on med-high until the pink is gone. Drain the grease and mix in your taco seasoning and the chiles.

Warm the queso in the microwave. For years my wife and I have been n the Quest for the Perfect Queso and we have found many, many a bad queso… And only a few good ones. This queso was in the deli section at our local grocer for 3.99 but it was worth every penny.. Don’t buy the crap queso. You know, the kind that doesn’t need to be refrigerated. The kind that is not actually cheese… You’re only fooling yourself.

Spread a couple of tablespoons of queso in the center of the tortilla.

Add about 1/2 cup of meat on top of the queso.

Place the Circle Dorito on top of the meat. Then add sour cream, lettuce, diced tomato, and jalapeños.IMG_2230But guess what? The largest soft tortillas that our grocer sells aren’t large enough for the smallest Circle Dorito they sell! Isn’t that great?

 

So this is where we get creative and also help you save money for the future! I ended up breaking my Circle Dorito into pieces in order to make it all fit. What you can do is just buy some tortilla chips. They’ll taste better that the Tostada and you won’t be left with extras ou didn’t eat because everybody loves chips!

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Crunch!

Folding is where this gets difficult, like wrapping presents difficult. Start on one edge, folding it over the top. Now make your way around, folding in each corner as you go, folding as tightly as possible.

Then spray a cooking pan or skillet with cooking spray and lay the crunch-wrap seam-side down. They cook quickly, on a med temp, only about two minutes on each side or until golden brown.IMG_2252

 

Now the best part: enjoy! If you don’t think this is better than Taco Bell, then you did something wrong!

Meals Dad-to-be knows: 7

 

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