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Video:How to Make and Roll a Burrito

with Ben Kurtzman

Do you end up with a leaky mess when you roll up your burritos? Learn how to assemble and fold a burrito so you can avoid stains and spills.See Transcript

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Transcript:How to Make and Roll a Burrito

Hi, I'm Ben Kurtzman for About.com Food and today I am going to show you the trick for rolling great burritos.

Choose the Burrito Fillings

The great thing about burritos is that you can make them to your personal taste and fill them with whatever you like. Today, we are going to fill the burrito with a few of my favorites. We have a base of black beans, rice, some sautéed green pepper and red onion, grated Monterey jack cheese, a little bit of sour cream and some salsa. But again, the fillings are versatile, it is the assembly of the burrito itself that we are going to concentrate on.

Consider Burrito Tortilla Size

The first key to making a great burrito, and I can not stress this enough, it is critical, is using the right size tortilla. When you go to the store you will see that there are a number of different varieties of tortilla advertised as burrito sized. Always get the largest one, because when you go to add your fillings you want to make sure that there is enough room for everything. The tortilla that we are using today, as you can see, is about 12 inches in diameter, and I think that this is a great size.

Heat the Tortilla

The next thing that we need to do is make the tortilla malleable so that it is nice and soft and will roll easily. We will do this by giving it a quick heating in the microwave. Wrap the tortilla in a paper towel, so that it does not dry out, and then you are going to want to heat it for about 45 seconds.

Assemble the Burrito

My pet peeve about store-bought or restaurant burritos is that sometimes the filling inside the burrito does not always mix very well, so you can take a big bite of the burrito and all you get is sour cream or salsa - very disconcerting. So I have spent a long time trying to figure out how to mix everything together so that you get all of the flavors in one bite, and now I am going to share that with you.

So that it will be easy to roll, you want to line up your ingredients a little off center on the tortilla. I like to put down a thin layer of sour cream, followed by a drizzle of salsa. This way it makes sure that you get a little bit of sour cream and salsa in each bite, not just a big shot of one or the other. I like to put my rice down next, especially before I put down my vegetable, beans or any meat, because it will absorb any juices that seep through. After you put down the rice, put down a layer of cheese before you put down your other hot ingredients, so that it will sandwich and melt nicely. Put down your beans, your vegetables, and anything else you might add on top of that, and you're ready to roll.

Roll the Burrito

Now take our edges, spin it around like so, fold it over, and then the opposite side comes over with it. When you get to the end, tuck everything in so that it forms a nice seal and holds everything inside. Even the most perfect burrito may leak a little bit, so the final step is to wrap it all in some tin foil because that will hold everything together and contain any leakage.

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