– 4 large burrito-size flour tortillas
– 4 tostada shells or crispy corn tortillas
– 1 pound ground beef
– 1 packet (1 oz.) taco seasoning mix
– 1 cup nacho cheese or shredded Mexican cheese blend
– 1 cup sour cream
– 2 cups shredded lettuce
– 1 cup diced tomatoes
– 1 cup shredded Mexican cheese blend
– Vegetable oil for frying (optional)
1. Begin by cooking the ground beef in a skillet over medium heat. Break it apart with a spatula until it’s fully browned. Drain any excess grease.
2. Stir in the taco seasoning mix, following the package instructions, usually combining the seasoning with a bit of water and simmering until the mixture thickens.
3. On a clean surface, lay out the large flour tortillas. Spoon an equal amount of the seasoned beef onto the center of each tortilla, leaving room around the edges for folding.
4. Drizzle the nacho cheese or sprinkle the shredded cheese over the beef on each tortilla.
5. Place a tostada shell on top of the cheese for each. Spread a spoonful of sour cream over the tostada shells, then top with shredded lettuce, diced tomatoes, and an additional sprinkle of shredded cheese.
6. To fold the Crunchwrap, start at the bottom of the flour tortilla, fold the edge up over the center. Continue working your way around, folding as tight as possible.
7. Heat a skillet over medium heat. If you opt for a crispy finish, brush the outside of the wraps lightly with vegetable oil. Place the wrap folded-side down onto the skillet. Cook for 2-3 minutes on each side or until golden and the filling is heated through.
Variations & Tips:
– Vegetarian Option: Substitute ground beef with quinoa, black beans, or a meatless crumble seasoned with taco spices.
– Breakfast Twist: Incorporate scrambled eggs and swap the ground beef for breakfast sausage. Add some crispy hash browns for an extra layer of crunch.
– Cheese Choices: Feel free to try different cheeses such as pepper jack for a spicy kick or sharp cheddar for a deeper tang.
– To ensure your Crunchwrap stays closed while cooking, you can secure the folds with a toothpick before frying. Just remember to remove them before serving.
– Don’t be afraid to add your favorite taco toppings! Sliced olives, chopped onions, or jalapeños can add extra flair to your homemade Crunchwrap.
Enjoy this homage to a fast-food staple and delight in the versatility and fun of recreating classic flavors in your very own kitchen!