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Sep 20, 2006 04:55 AM

what are the top 3 things that make the best burrito? [moved from SF Bay Board]

name the top three things food wise that make for the best burrito?
also name 1 thing that makes the best burrito atmosphere....

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  1. 1. Grilled ingredients
    2. Perfectly-browned very fresh, well-made tortillas
    3. Actually tasty rice and beans.. each should have enough flavor that you'd be compelled to eat them on their own.

    1. and how must one make perfect rice and beans?

      1. I'm not an expert on cooking rice or beans, and others may vary in whether this is too much going on in the rice.. but I'd think something along these lines for the rice... I suspect cooking in a good stock has a lot to do with it all:

        ... maybe something like this for the beans:

        Though I suspect a bit of saturated fat would improve the taste.

        1. One word: LARD (okay, call it fat or natural "juices")

          Lard for the griddle to toast the torilla, lard in the beans and "juices" in the meat (just like any other preparation).

          1. Fresh:

            1) Salsa
            2) Guacamole
            3) Cilantro


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            1. re: TexasToast

              I'm on board with TT's suggestion of fresh ingredients - no matter what you choose to put in it.

              A tip I learned from a friend - if you have gas burners, lightly (& quickly) drag store-bought flour burrito wraps over the flames with tongs until you begin to see slight browning. DO NOT BURN and do NOT leave them and walk away! They 'toast' quickly. You just want to bring out the flavour so they aren't so doughy to the taste. I so miss my gas stove!