Friday, October 28, 2022

Make Your Own Burritos!

“I have three precious things which I hold fast and prize. The first is gentleness; the second is frugality; the third is humility, which keeps me from putting myself before others. Be gentle and you can be bold; be frugal and you can be liberal; avoid putting yourself before others and you can become a leader among men.” - Lao Tzu

36 freshly made burritos, ready for the freezer!

Per professor Google the current price of a burrito at a local national burrito shop chain (not to be confused with a true local restaurant) averages $10, likely more once tax is factored in.  Holy cow, that's a lot of moolah for a burrito!  What if you could acquire that same burrito for $1.11?  Too good to be true you say?

You're in luck because you can make your very own, extremely filling, delicious burritos, for only $1.11 each!  You do this by taking half a day to create your very own burrito assembly line then freezing the excess so you can enjoy them whenever you want!

This allows you to utilize the excess produce that is growing in your garden and preserve it for later.  On my most recent burrito making rampage I made 36 burritos in half a day while only spending at most $40 on supplies.  $12 worth of tortillas from a local tortilla shop just down the road from my house.  $10 worth of amazing, local, grass-fed, regenerative, all-natural beef from Grama Grass Livestock.  $5 worth of rice.  $5 worth of beans.  A few limes and mushrooms.  Along with a whole bunch of free produce from the garden.  Round all that up for arguments sake and you get $40.  If you only make vegetarian burritos then it would be even cheaper!

Are you ready to make some delicious, money saving burritos yet?!

What You Need:
-Boatload of Large Tortillas - preferably freshly made from a local tortilla shop if that's an option
-1 lb. of Ground Beef (optional)
-6 cups Rice
-6 cups Black Beans (or whichever type of beans you like)
-FREE Produce from the Garden (squash, tomatoes, onions, garlic and whatever else sounds good)
-Olive Oil

1. Cook up 6 cups of rice, add lime juice, lime zest, and turmeric before cooking.
2. Cook up 6 cups of black beans (potentially more if you really like beans).  Add mushrooms, salt, pepper, onions, garlic, and olive oil before cooking.
3. Cook your squash and/or beef in tomatoes, onions, garlic, salt, pepper, and olive oil.
4. Once everything is prepped...
5. Put a tortilla on a plate, add a scoop of rice, add a scoop of beans, add a scoop of squash and/or beef.
7. Roll the burrito in tin foil.
8. Place in Freezer.

When you Want to Enjoy a Frozen Burrito:
Option 1) Thaw burrito and eat - all of the ingredients are already cooked so it can be eaten as-is.  This makes it an excellent choice for hiking, snowshoeing or whatever outdoor adventuring you enjoy.

Option 2) Thaw burrito, once thawed put in oven at 250 for 10 or 15 minutes.  This will warm it up to an enjoyable temp for consuming.

Option 3) Put frozen burrito directly in oven at 250 for 30 or 40 minutes.  It needs more time since it's frozen solid.  Keep an eye on it to make sure you don't overdo it.

Plane, simple, delicious and instead of paying over $360 for 36 burritos, you just saved yourself $320, if invested wisely that could turn into a boatload of money over time.

Bonus:  You could even make your own guacamole at home instead of paying $3.00 for a small dollop of guacamole at the same national burrito shop.  On my last grocery store run I picked up avocados for $0.79 each.

*Side Hustle Idea:  Make and sell your own burritos in your town.

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