The Mexican-American War Commemorative Burrito

This was something I made with my little brother for 4th of July. It was delicious. We called it the “‘Mericka Burrito.” But I got to thinking about it, and while it’s undeniably American, there is definitely a Mexican twist to it. But even though burritos and hamburgers have fought in the past for hand-held food supremacy, nowadays they seem to get along much better (unless of course you’re into a guy named Trump), and in Southern CA where I’m from, American and Mexican culture are invariably linked. So, here at The Devour Hour, we commemorate our past with a look to the future. A future full of burritos.

This is a cheeseburger with fixin’s, a hot dog, and a spicy tomato relish, all wrapped in a warm flour tortilla. The Mexican-American War Commemorative Burrito.

Makes 4 Burritos


2 small heirloom tomatoes

1 half a pickle

4 serrano peppers

2 T whole grain mustard

2 sweet onions

2 T butter

1/2 head iceberg lettuce

2 lbs ground beef

2 T worcestershire sauce

1 T whole grain mustard

4 hot dogs

1/2 lb American cheese

4 giant flour tortillas

Special Sauce (recipe here)



  • Char the serrano peppers on the stovetop (get all the skin black). Put in a small bowl and cover, or stick in a ziploc bag and seal. Once cool enough to touch, remove the blackened skin. Slice in half, remove the seeds, and chop finely.
When I say
When I say “blackened skin,” I mean it.
  • Chop the tomatoes and the pickles, then mix with the serranos.
  • Add 2 T mustard, salt, and pepper. Set aside.


  • Mix your ground beef with worcestershire sauce, 1 T whole grain mustard, salt, and pepper.
  • Form ground beef into 4 long patties.
Long burger patties (mid-cooking).
Long burger patties (mid-cooking).
  • Slice hot dogs in half, lengthwise.
  • Heat a cast-iron skillet to medium-high heat, and turn your oven on to 300 F.
  • Dice the onions, and add to the skillet with the butter.
  • Cook until translucent, it’s ok to get a little char on them, and we’re not trying to totally caramelize them (think grilled onions from In-N-Out). Transfer to another dish, set aside, and cover with foil. Leave skillet on.
Perfect grilled onions.
Perfect grilled onions.
  • Cook hot dogs until ready to go, and remove from heat and wrap in foil.
  • Cook burgers to desired temp (but medium rare is best, let’s be clear). Remove from heat and let rest.
  • Place cheese on tortillas, and put in the oven for about 5 minutes max, or until cheese is melted.
  • Take your tortillas with melted cheese, and top them in this order (on top of the cheese, from the bottom up):
    • grilled onions
    • hot dog
    • burger
    • special sauce
    • spicy tomato relish
    • lettuce
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The Mexican-American War Commemorative Burrito
The Mexican-American War Commemorative Burrito

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