Recipes inspired by India, Asia, Europe, Chicago and the Adirondacks, from the Official Reznicek-Guibord Family Cookbook.

April 13, 2004

Mexican Molé Burrito Bake

Molé is a distinctive Mexican seasoning, made of cocoa, pumpkinseeds, oil and spices, and can be bought prepared in jars in the ethnic section of many supermarkets. By itself it can have a slightly smoky, bitter taste, but when combined with a more conventional Mexican sauce the molé adds a delicious flavor. These burritos freeze and reheat wonderfully, so make a big batch and save for a quick supper later. Chihuahua cheese is a fresh Mexican queso from the Chihuahua region, now available at many supermarkets.
  • 8 large flour tortillas, 10-inch diameter
  • 1 lb. ground beef or chicken
  • 3 mild cubanelle peppers, diced
  • 1 large bunch scallions, chopped
  • 3 T. olive oil
  • 3 T. chili powder mix
  • 2 T. molé seasoning paste, divided in half
  • 1/4 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup water or stock
  • 1 cup each grated mozzarella, Chihuahua or Monterey Jack cheese and sharp cheddar (total 2 cups grated cheese)
  • 1 small can tomato paste
  • 1-1/2 cups water or stock
  • 1 teaspoon chopped garlic
In a saute pan, brown the beef or chicken with the 1/2 cup water or stock (to keep meat loose and separate), add chili powder, molé seasoning, and cinnamon and a dash of garlic. In a separate pan, saute the scallions and cubanelle peppers in olive oil until slightly soft, then mix with the meat. Allow to cool slightly. In a smaller saucepan, prepare the sauce: combine tomato paste, water, molé and remaining garlic and chili powder, and simmer for 5 minutes, stirring until sauce is smooth. Assemble the burrito rolls by placing one-eighth of the meat mixture in each of the flour tortillas, and rolling each into a "cigar shape." Place the rolls side-by-side in a 9-by-13-inch ovenproof glass baking dish, top with grated cheese, and pour warm sauce evenly over the top of the baking dish. Bake uncovered in 400°F oven for 30-40 minutes, until bubbly and cheese starts to brown.

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