Southwest Burgers

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“Let all that you do be done in love.” – 1 Corinthians 16:14

We all have a love language, and if you ask my husband what his is, he will say, “Food!” He really appreciates when I cook for him, which honestly makes me want to do it more. If your husband is like mine, and the way to his heart is through his stomach, try this recipe, and see if it’s a winner. This is one of my husband’s favorite recipes. It’s also a great game day food and goes amazingly well with chips, salsa, and guacamole. Whatever your husband’s favorite meal or treat is, go out of your way to cook it for him this week. Let him know you love and appreciate all the hard work he does for your family.

Disclaimer: This picture shows enough ingredients for a double batch of the recipe below.

Money Saving Tip: When grocery shopping this week check and see if your local grocery store’s meat department has a markdown section. I frequently buy meat that is marked half off. If you can’t use it immediately just pop it in your freezer when you get home and thaw when you’re ready to cook it. I will plan the next week’s meals on the meat I was able to get on mark down the week before. This saves us a ton of money each week for our family of 7.

 

Ingredients:

1 lb. ground beef/turkey or blend
½ c. frozen corn
½ c. cooked black beans (homemade or canned), slightly mashed by hand
1 small can green chiles
½ c. finely diced red onion
2-3 tbsp. taco seasoning
Jar of your favorite taco sauce
6-8 slices of pepper jack or your favorite
cheese—cheddar and Colby jack work well if you want something milder
6-8 tortillas, soft taco sized
Canola nonstick cooking spray

Directions:

1. In a medium bowl, combine ground beef or turkey, corn, beans, green chiles, red onion, and taco seasoning. Gently mix well, being careful not to overwork the meat. If you are using ground turkey and the mixture seems a little wet or sticky, you can add a few tablespoons of breadcrumbs to help hold it together.
2. Preheat the grill to medium-high heat. Form 6-8 burger patties. You will want them to fit in the center of the tortilla after being grilled and be able to be fully enclosed by folding the tortilla around in a pentagon-like shape without leaving a gap. The size will depend on how large or small your tortillas are.
3. Grill on medium-high heat for a few minutes on each side until cooked through. If using ground turkey, you want to make sure your grill is well oiled before placing the patties on it or they will stick.
4.While the burgers are grilling, prep your tortillas. Lay out all the tortillas on the counter and spoon a good tablespoon of taco sauce in the center of the tortilla. Then place a slice of cheese on top of the sauce.
5. When the burger patties are cooked, place a burger on top of the cheese slice in the center of each tortilla. Then fold the sides of the tortilla around the burger in circular fashion, creating a pentagon-like shape, fully enclosing the burger in the tortilla. Turn it over and place it folded side down. Repeat with remaining burgers. When all the burgers are wrapped in the tortillas, place folded side down and spray with canola oil.
6. Turn the heat on the grill to medium to medium-low heat, and place burgers, folded side down, on grill to cook for a couple of minutes to lightly toast the tortilla. Flip and repeat. Grill on the opposite side for a couple of minutes until toasted as well. Once toasted, the tortilla usually stays in place and won’t unfold. Remove from the grill.
7. Serve with sour cream, guacamole, and/or salsa.

 

Don’t forget to mash up your black beans up some before getting started! They don’t need to be completely mashed but you don’t want them whole either, just keep them chunky.

 

In a medium bowl, combine ground beef or turkey, corn, beans, green chiles, red onion, and taco seasoning. Gently mix well, being careful not to overwork the meat. If you are using ground turkey and the mixture seems a little wet or sticky, you can add a few tablespoons of breadcrumbs to help hold it together.

 

I like to use a 1/2 c. scoop to make premeasured, even sized balls. This is the perfect size for patties that fit in soft taco sized tortillas.

After scooping the hamburger mixture into balls….

Flatten them into hamburger patties. While making the patties preheat the grill to medium-high heat.

If you don’t have a scoop then just form 6-8 burger patties (remember I have doubled this recipe for our large family). You will want them to fit in the center of the tortilla after being grilled and be able to be fully enclosed by folding the tortilla around in a pentagon-like shape without leaving a gap. The size will depend on how large or small your tortillas are.

Grill on medium-high heat for a few minutes on each side until cooked through. If using ground turkey, you want to make sure your grill is well oiled before placing the patties on it or they will stick.

While the burgers are grilling, prep your tortillas. Lay out all the tortillas on the counter…

Spoon a good tablespoon of taco sauce in the center of the tortilla. Then place a slice of cheese on top of the sauce. I’ve done half with Pepper jack for the adults and half American for our kiddos.

When the burger patties are cooked, place a burger on top of the cheese slice in the center of each tortilla.

Then fold the sides of the tortilla around the burger in circular fashion..

creating a pentagon-like shape…

Fully enclose the burger in the tortilla.

Turn it over and place it folded side down. Repeat with remaining burgers.

When all the burgers are wrapped in the tortillas, place folded side down and spray with canola oil.

Turn the heat on the grill to medium to medium-low heat, and place burgers, folded side down, on grill to cook for a couple of minutes to lightly toast the tortilla. Flip and repeat. Grill on the opposite side for a couple of minutes until toasted as well. Once toasted, the tortilla usually stays in place and won’t unfold. Remove from the grill. Serve with sour cream, guacamole, and/or salsa.

Brandi Carson

Brandi Carson

Hey mamas, My name is Brandi Carson, and I am a homeschooling mama to 5 littles, first generation Christian, lover of food, friends, and dark chocolate, frugal thrift shopper who loves to find a good deal or a new project to work on and create. I am a mama that became a Christian after I started having babies.

My husband and I got married very young and started a family right away. Life has been a series of many trials that we have had to work through, like having a daughter with severe ADHD, moving to 4 different states in 2 years, health problems and just life in general. Through the years the Lord has shown me so much grace and love and has taught me so much about how to be humble, show love and grace.

Each day I strive to be the best mama and wife I can be and fulfill the calling the Lord has placed in my life. I have a passion to help other mamas in any way I can. I am still a work in progress and make mistakes like everyone else and am nowhere near perfect but I am learning to pick myself up, forgive myself and keep seeking the Lord in all I do.

We are finally settled in beautiful Colorado Springs, Colorado for the past few years where the Lord has allowed us to build a house and grow roots. He brought me the Help Club for Moms and the amazing community I get to be a part of.
Brandi Carson

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