As a young girl, I remember my mom occasionally treating us to a meal at Taco Time. Taco Time is a fast food Mexican restaurant like Taco Bell. I had three favorite things to get from Taco Time – their Crisp Bean Burritos, Crisp Tacos, and Cherry Empanadas. I also loved to dip the crisp bean burrito in ketchup.
Then when I was in college, there was a Taco Time right across campus. I would frequently go there for lunch. I would usually get a crisp bean burrito and a crisp taco for $2 or less. It worked well for this college student.
Now my kids love to eat at Taco Time and we live really close to one. My kids however, haven’t developed the same love for the crisp bean burritos and crisp tacos. They actually prefer the pinto bean burrito or soft taco. Both are made with a soft flour tortilla. I must admit, I still get the crisp bean burrito and crisp taco. I even still dip my burrito in ketchup. However, salsa, sour cream, or guacamole are also nice to dip them in.
Well, I recently decided to make a version of Taco Times crisp bean burrito at home. It is just basically refried beans and cheese wrapped in a flour tortilla and fried in oil until crisp and golden. Now, I must tell you that these actually work best with a less expensive flour tortilla. They tend to be on the thinner side and crisp up nicely. Give em a try!
- canola oil, for frying
- (16 oz.) can refried beans
- 2 tsp taco seasoning
- 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
- 6–8 (8-inch) flour tortillas (the cheaper the better!)
- 6–8 toothpicks
- Heat 1 inch of oil in a deep pan like a dutch oven over medium heat.
- In a medium bowl, mix together refried beans, taco seasoning, and cheese.
- Spread about 1/3 cup of the refried bean mixture in a straight line about 1/3 in from one edge of the tortilla.
- Roll tortillas up tightly, keeping ends open. Secure with a toothpick. You want it to look like a taquito. Repeat until all tortillas are used.
- Once oil is hot, Carefully place 2-3 burritos in the skillet and cook for 30-60 seconds, or until golden brown.
- Carefully turn the burritos and cook the other side until golden. Remove from oil and lay on a paper towel lined plate or baking pan.
- Repeat the frying process until all the burritos are cooked.
Recipe adapted from Let’s Dish.