Southwest Burgers

“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.

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 markdown the week before. This saves us a ton of money each week for our family of 7.


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


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 a 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 the 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.




































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