This recipe can be used for anyone, but is especially good for poor college students looking for easy meals. Next time your family asks you if you’re eating anything that requires more steps than a can opener and microwave, you can tell them you’re cooking homemade meals. In addition, the recipe is great for using ingredients in your fridge that are almost expired.
1 package of Knorr’s Spanish Rice
2 cups of cold water
1 tablespoon of butter, margarine, or olive oil
5 flour tortillas (burrito size)
2 teaspoons of crushed red peppers
8 oz. of refried beans (half a can)
¼ cup of shredded cheese (any kind)
10 oz. of Ro*Tel® (one can) or generic diced tomatoes
1. Combine rice, water, and butter in a 2-quart pot. Heat to a boil.
2. Reduce heat to medium, cover, and simmer for seven minutes. (Stir every 3 minutes to keep the rice from sticking.)
3. Remove from heat.
4. Immediately add extra ingredients such as refried beans, cheese, Ro*Tel®, and crushed red peppers.
5. Roll in tortillas.
6. Serve with salsa or sour cream.
Variations and Notes
1. By adding the optional ingredients immediately, they will absorb extra liquid and the cheese will melt into the rice.
2. Knorr® rice is usually $1 at your local supermarket, making this one of the cheapest dishes to create.
3. Any of the optional ingredients can be removed without hurting the dish.
4. If you don’t have Ro*Tel®, leftover salsa is a great substitute.
5. You can make fewer burritos and refrigerate the leftovers.
6. Using butter or oil makes the rice less likely to stick to the pan.
7. If you use a larger pot, make sure you keep an eye on it and stir the rice more frequently to keep it from sticking.
8. The meal is generally ready in 10 to 15 minutes.
9. I prefer Rosarita® beans, but generic will work fine.
10. Black beans can be substituted for refried beans.
11. Increase cheese to make the dish more flavorful.
12. The more ingredients you add, the more burritos it will make.
I love this recipe because you can use the cans you opened two days ago and forgot existed. It’s quick, easy, and cheap. Impress your friends, roommates, and family with your superb culinary skills.