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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
- special sauce
- spicy tomato relish
- WRAP IT UP