Sunken Meat Burrito

Recipe by Millereg
READY IN: 3hrs
YIELD: 4 burritos




  • ------TheFilling--------------.
  • In a medium bowl, combine the ground beef with the flour, red pepper, chili powder, salt, minced onion, paprika, onion powder, and garlic powder.
  • DO NOT include the cocoa powder.
  • Use your hands to thoroughly mix the ingredients into the ground beef.
  • Add the seasoned beef mixture and all the liquid to a crock pot.
  • Sprinkle a little cocoa powder on the mixture.
  • Cook on low for about 2 hours.
  • Every 20 to 30 minutes, sprinkle a tiny amount of cocoa powder on the mixture, and mash with a potato masher.
  • Remove meat and water to saucepan.
  • Add refried beans, if desired.
  • Simmer gently until water evaporates.
  • ----------TheSinking Gravy---------------.
  • Melt bacon fat or oil.
  • Gently sauté chopped onion and mushrooms until tender.
  • Set this mixture aside.
  • Combine ¼ cup of the beef stock with the flour in a jar with a tight-fitting lid- shake mixture vigorously until smooth.
  • Combine stock/flour mixture with remaining stock in a heavy saucepan.
  • Add tomato paste and whisk until tomato paste is thoroughly mixed in.
  • Bring the stock mixture to a boil, and then reduce heat to low and simmer for 10-15 minutes or so, whisking frequently, until mixture begins to thicken.
  • Add all remaining ingredients as well as onion/mushroom/fat mixture.
  • Simmer until heated throughout.
  • Add salt, pepper and other spices to taste.
  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  • Place 3 to 4 ounces of beef or beef/bean mixture in the center of each tortilla.
  • Sprinkle minced onion and then cheese, generously, on top of beef.
  • Fold the filled tortillas into oblong burritos.
  • Place each burrito, folded side down, into an 8" x 4" baking pan OR place all the burritos into a baking pan large enough to accommodate them without letting them touch one another.
  • Pour gravy into baking pan until burrito is barely covered.
  • Sprinkle more cheese, generously, on top of each burrito.
  • Bake for 15 to 20 minutes OR bake 10 to 15 minutes and then broil until cheese is bubbling.
  • Add hot sauce, crumbled tostados, sour cream and/or guacamole, if desired.
  • Serve with a taco salad (or other salad of your choice) on the side.