Eating My Way Through the Alphabet: Letter P

What’s Cooking in Gail’s Kitchen? Panchovillas! Olé! Who Doesn’t Love Mexican Food? I’ve collected the best recipes from my friends’ kitchens where family secrets are passed down from generation to generation; where added spices become second nature. And measurements are made by instinct and taste preference. Proving that point, here’s a tasty meal thrown together from leftover pork roast.

1 pound pork roast, shredded

1 medium yellow onion, chopped

1 teaspoon chili powder 

1 teaspoon cumin powder

1 teaspoon red pepper flakes 

1 garlic clove

1/4 cup chopped jalapeños 

1/4 cup diced tomatoes 

2 cups tomato sauce 

2 cups refried beans

2 tablespoons butter, melted 

6-8 flour tortillas 

2 cups cheddar cheese 

Simmer first ten ingredients, smashing a portion of the beans to keep the consistency thick. Add more tomato sauce if necessary. Brush the tortillas lightly with melted butter. Fill with pork and bean mixture. At this point I fold them into a burrito-style portion, seam side down. Place in a 9×13 casserole dish. Cover tortillas with extra topping and cheddar cheese. Bake at 350° until the cheese is melted, usually about 30 minutes. Top with sour cream and black olives to garnish. Serve with mixed greens salad, guacamole, and crispy chips. Add salsa for more spice. And don’t forget the Classic Margarita!

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