Taco Bell Beef Burrito Supreme Reduced-Fat copycat recipe by Todd Wilbur
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Taco Bell Beef Burrito Supreme Reduced-Fat

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How's this for coincidence: both McDonald's and Taco Bell got their start in San Bernardino, California, in the early '50s. Glen Bell opened a hamburger and hot dog stand called Bell's Drive-In, while the McDonald brothers, Dick and Mac, were just around the corner with their golden arches and speedy drive-up service. "The appearance of another hamburger stand worried me then," says Glen. "I just didn't think there was enough room in town for both of us." Turns out there was enough room—for a while.

In 1962 Glen decided that it was time to offer an alternative to the hamburger stands that were saturating the area, so he opened the first Taco Bell and changed his menu to Mexican food.

Ten years and hundreds of new taco Bell openings later, the Burrito Supreme hit the menu and became an instant hit. By making this reduced-fat clone version at home, we can knock the fat down to less than one-fifth of the original.

Nutrition Facts
Serving size–1 burrito
Total servings–4
Calories per serving–325 (Original–503)
Fat per serving–4g (Original–22g)

Source: Low-Fat Top Secret Recipes by Todd Wilbur. 

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  • 1/2 pound lean ground beef (7% fat)
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried, minced onion
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons chili powder
  • Pinch garlic powder
  • Pinch onion powder
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 cup fat-free refried beans
  • 4 10-inch fat-free flour tortillas
  • 1 cup shredded iceberg lettuce
  • 1/2 cup fat-free shredded Cheddar cheese
  • 1 medium tomato, diced
  • 1/4 cup fat-free sour cream
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      Taco Bell
    • Instructions

      1. In a medium bowl, combine the super lean ground beef with the flour, salt, minced onion, paprika, chili powder, garlic powder, and onion powder. Use your hands to thoroughly incorporate everything into the ground beef.

      2. Preheat a skillet over medium/low heat, and add the ground beef mixture to the pan along with the water. Brown the beef mixture for 5 to 6 minutes, using a wooden spoon or spatula to break up the meat as it cooks.

      3. Put the refried beans into a microwave-safe container and cover. Heat on high for 2 to 3 minutes or until hot. You may also heat the beans in a small saucepan on the stove over medium/low heat. Stir occasionally, and heat until hot.

      4. Using the microwave, heat up 4 10-inch fat-free flour tortillas in a tortilla steamer (or wrapped in a moist cloth or paper towels) for 25 to 30 seconds or until hot.

      5. Spread about 1/4 cup of refried beans in a 2-inch-wide strip down the center of one tortilla. Leave a margin of a couple inches so that you can later fold the tortilla.

      6. Spread 1/4 cup of the beef over the refried beans.

      7. Sprinkle 1/4 cup of lettuce onto the beef.

      8. Sprinkle 2 tablespoons of the fat-free cheese onto the lettuce.

      9. Sprinkle 2 tablespoons of diced tomato over the cheese.

      10. Finish the burrito by dropping a tablespoon of fat-free sour cream over the other fillings.

      11. Fold the left side of the tortilla over the fillings. Fold up the bottom, then fold the right side over, and serve hot. Repeat with the remaining ingredients.

      Makes 4 burritos.

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I'm Todd Wilbur,
Chronic Food Hacker

For 30 years I've been deconstructing America's most iconic brand-name foods to make the best original clone recipes for you to use at home. Welcome to my lab.

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