Quick Recipe: Loaded Potato Bacon Burrito
I’m not entirely sure why, but somehow over the past ten years or so baked potatoes just stopped existing. No, now you only have the option of eating “loaded potatoes”. I know, I know, restaurants started calling them loaded when they started piling sour cream and cheese and bacon bits on top of them, but I really don’t think that’s a recent invention. Not to mention the term “loaded” carries kind of a negative connotation… hell, just the word “load” is unpleasant. Most people heavily associate it with fatness or fecal matter. Like as in, that’s a load of shit. Or that guy is a real load.Or even that guy is just a real load of shit.
Nonetheless, that’s now what we’ve all come to associate baked potatoes with. A year or two ago, Taco Bell actually put out a series of these special, little burritos with cool flavor combos, one of which was the Loaded Potato Griller. Admittedly, I’m not entirely sure if they’re still around but from the little I tried of them, they were pretty yummy. Recently, I saw some leftover potatoes as a means to make these at home, since I’m big into leftovers and big into burritos. Obviously, transforming leftovers into a new meal is one of the biggest lessons we try to teach here, so the Taco Bell/burrito part is just icing on the cake. So yeah, here’s a recipe for making your own homemade Loaded Potato Grillers.
Loaded Potato Bacon Burrito
- 1 flour tortilla
- 1 tbsp chipotle ranch dressing (optional)
- 1/4 cup cooked rice
- leftover roasted pieces of potatoes (substitute thick-cut french fries)
- 2 strips of cooked bacon
- 3-6 tsp sour cream
- 1/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese
- If using chipotle ranch (I find it gives a nice zing to a burrito which can sometimes be a bit bland if you’re unlucky), spread a tablespoon of it around the middle of a tortilla. Then, if using leftover rice, warm up until tender again. Spread rice in a flat layer around the tortilla.
- Warm up the potatoes in either the microwave, or for crisper potatoes, in the oven. Place approximately 5-10 of them around the burrito, depending on how large the potato pieces are.
- Using cooked bacon, crumble or cut it into pieces and sprinkle these all over the potatoes and rest of the burrito.
- Spoon several teaspoons of sour cream, as per your preference, around the potatoes and rice. Sprinkle the cheese on top of this.
- Warm the burrito in the oven set at 250º to allow everything to melt together for 3-5 minutes, or until cheese is soft.
- Wrap your burrito up and eat!
Need tips on folding your burrito? Watch our tutorial video!