While beef burritos are enjoyed throughout the world, many home cooks find themselves in the dark when it comes to knowing how to make a good one. Throwing together a standard beef burrito is not very difficult if you follow a solid recipe. Fortunately, learning how to make an astoundingly good beef burrito isn’t very difficult, and can serve as a great way to impress your guests.
The most important aspect of a great burrito is the beef itself. When making burritos, most people simply saute ground beef with prepacked seasonings, resulting in a mundane, artificial-tasting product. The best way to prepare beef for a burrito filling is to braise beef short ribs. Heat a few tablespoons of oil in a heavy-bottomed pot and sear 4 short ribs for 5 minutes on each side. Remove meat and add 2 cups diced onion and celery to the pot; cook until tender. Add 2 cups red wine and 2 cups beef stock to pot and bring to a simmer. Return beef to pot and braise for two hours, or until beef yields to a fork. Remove meat and boil down liquid until it coats a spoon; pour over meat and combine thoroughly. Allow the meat to cool and use a chef’s knife to chop it into small pieces, which can be kept in the refrigerator for a few days.
With the difficult part being over, all you have to do is assemble the burrito. Add cilantro, diced tomatoes and diced onions to a flour tortilla, along with your choice of condiments (salsa, sour cream, guacamole), cooked black beans and shredded cheese. Finally, reheat beef in a saucepan and add to the burrito when finished. Roll burrito tightly, and serve with a side of re-fried beans for an authentic and delicious meal.