Everyday Mom's Meals: Unique Christmas

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Unique Christmas

I actually tested this recipe few weeks ago, and wasn't even sure when I was going to share it with all of you. During this time of year, we food bloggers try really hard to provide you with terrific, tasty ideas for Christmas, so when we test recipes that don't necessarily fall into the category, they sometimes have to wait to be posted, or at least that's how it works for this food blogger.

But then last night a friend of mine posted on Facebook that her family was looking for something new for their Christmas day feast. They are growing tired of the traditional ham or turkey, and she was looking for ideas to start a new tradition. As I was reading the comments, I was shocked at how many responded with "We do Mexican for Christmas." Some said it's what they have on Christmas Eve after church, others said they've made a big Latin inspired spread on Christmas day, and a few said they too were looking for something new this year, and Mexican is what they had decided on.

Well, I'm not going to lie, my mind was blown a little. Don't get me wrong, we've enjoyed some not so traditional meals as well, I just didn't realize how many out there turned to tacos and enchiladas after opening gifts, that's all. So it was at that moment I decided this recipe did indeed need to be share now, in the holiday spirit, or to be saved until after!

If your gang loves cheese, these will become a new favorite. If your gang loves green chilies, these will become a new favorite. If your gang loves beef burritos, these will become a new favorite. If you love super simple meals that fill them up without too much effort, these will become a new favorite. Yep, they will do all that and so much more!

Seriously though, the cheese sauce? I might make it again, by itself, and just put a straw in the pan! No joke, that's how good it is!

If you are looking to switch up your holiday routine, and are giving into your Mexican cravings, but still want something new, here you go! Or if you're going to be enjoying the standard ham or turkey, but definitely want something new and tasty to ring in 2016, that is what the save button is for!

Cheesy Beef Burritos
1 (12 oz.) can evaporated milk
1 (4 oz.) can diced green chilies, undrained
8 oz. shredded sharp cheddar cheese, divided
1 lb. ground beef
1 (15 oz.) can black beans, rinsed and drained
1 red bell pepper, thinly sliced
1 orange bell pepper, thinly sliced
1 medium yellow onion, thinly sliced
10 8" flour tortillas, slightly warmed
1 tsp. cumin
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
2 TBS butter
Salt and Pepper to taste
Dried Chives

Preheat oven to 350. Heat butter in large skillet over medium high heat. Add peppers and onion. Saute until tender. Add beef. Cook until no longer pink. Season with cumin, garlic powder, salt and pepper. Add black beans. Stir to combine. In a small sauce pan combine evaporated milk, chilies and 1 c. cheese. Heat over medium heat until cheese melted and well combined. Season with salt. Fill each tortilla with beef mixture. Add shredded cheese. Roll up, tucking in sides. Place in a lightly greased 9 x 13 pan. Pour cheese sauce down over burritos. Sprinkle with chives. Bake for 20-30 minutes until set and slightly browned. *NOTE* When you are rolling burritos, don't feel bad if they fall apart a little bit, the cheese sauce will cover it up! 

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