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The Best Vegan California Burrito

Have you heard of a California burrito? If you haven’t been to California you are seriously missing out. This vegan California burrito is stuffed with oven baked french fries, pico de gallo, portobello asada, spicy salsa, vegan cheese, and guacamole. It is the perfect meal after a long day surfing on a sunny beach. I must confess that when I first moved to California a couple of years ago, I was puzzled by this behemoth of a burrito, but somehow this strange combination works!

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I am still in Mexico, and finding a flour tortilla large enough to make this burrito was a huge challenge. None of the grocery stores seemed to have them. I had to go to a tortilleria and ask them to make them for me. Even then they were very confused. They kept telling me that the tortillas they already sold were perfect for burritos, and I’m sure they were, but they were pretty small. I had to demonstrate with my hands a tortilla the size of my head. They kind of looked at me like I was crazy, but they made a couple of tortillas for me. The burritos in my part of Mexico are more like slightly large flour tortilla tacos, nothing like the giant burritos you buy in the US, that’s why the ladies at the tortilleria were so surprised at my request.

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I hope you enjoyed the Easter holiday with your loved ones as much as I did. We had lots of family come in from out of town and had lots of fun and activities. I’m still exhausted! I had forgotten how wonderful and stressful it is to have a really big family. I had the opportunity to see some of my cousins that I hadn’t seen for years, and it was so nice to talk and have our children play together. I look forward to doing it again soon.

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The Recipe: Vegan California Burrito

I used portobello mushrooms, in place of steak, but you can use the recipe for the marinade on tempeh or seitan if you prefer. I also omitted the vegan cheese, because of my dislike for all vegan cheeses, but if you have a favorite brand you are more than welcome to add it to your burrito. (I would love to hear what your favorite brand of vegan cheese is.) Make your burrito as big or small as you like and enjoy!

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Here are some recipes for salsa that you can use in your burrito:

Salsa Molcajeteada

Roasted Tomatillo Salsa

Chile Morita Salsa

Chile de Arbol Salsa

 

This vegan California burrito is stuffed with baked french fries, pico de gallo, portobello asada, spicy salsa, vegan cheese, and guacamole.
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The Best Vegan California Burrito

Total Time 40 minutes
Author Dora S.

Ingredients

Portobello Asada

  • 6 Portobello mushrooms, rinsed, sliced ¼ in. thick
  • 1/4 cup Soy Sauce
  • 1/3 cup Water
  • 1 tbsp. Lime juice, fresh
  • 3 Garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tbsp. Chopped cilantro
  • 1 tsp. Chopped jalapeño or serrani

Oven Baked Fries

  • 4 Medium potatoes, peeled and cut into ¼ in. matchsticks
  • 1 tbsp. All-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. Salt

Burrito

  • 2 Large flour tortillas or 4 medium ones
  • 3/4 cup Pico de Gallo (see note)
  • 3/4 cup Salsa of your choice
  • 2 Avocadoes, pitted, flesh removed
  • 1 Lime
  • 3/4 cup Vegan Shredded Cheddar Cheese (Optional)

Preparation

  1. Preheat oven to 450F

  2. Combine all the ingredients for the marinade in a Ziploc bac and add the sliced mushrooms to it. Let marinate for 1 hr. up to 24 hours. 

  3. In a large bowl toss the potatoes with the flour and salt. Arrange fries in a single layer on a sheet tray lined with parchment paper and bake for 15 min. then flip the fries and bake for 15 more minutes or until golden brown. Remove from oven and set aside. 

  4. Mash the avocadoes and season with salt and pepper and a splash of lime juice. 

  5. Heat a large sauté pan to medium-high heat, remove excess marinade from mushroom and add to the pan. Sauté mushrooms for 6-8 minutes or until almost all the liquid has evaporated and the mushroom are golden brown. Set aside.

Assemble Burritos

  1. Heat tortillas on a comal or griddle. Add baked French fries, mushroom asada, pico de gallo, guacamole, salsa, and vegan cheese. Roll into a burrito. If your burrito is really big you will have to secure it with aluminum foil. 

  2. If you prefer, you can place your rolled burrito on the griddle or plancha and brown a couple of minutes on each side. 

Chef's Notes

You can use the recipe for the marinade on tempeh or seitan if you prefer. The vegan cheese is optional if you are a no-oil vegan. You can find a recipe for pico de gallo here.

 

 

 

 

 

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Roasted Garlic and Orange Guacamole

Life is good right now, busy but fun. The kids are almost done with school and we’re looking forward to staying in our pj’s until well past 9am during the summer. The baby is probably going to be walking within a month, eek! We spent Mother’s day at a friend’s house celebrating her daughter’s first communion. Dylan gave me a beautiful cross he made at school and my hubby gifted me several outfits to update my wardrobe. I joke that he’s my stylist, but I really don’t have any fashion sense at all, so I need all the help I can get.

Roasted garlic and orange guacamole, sweet orange contrasts with the creamy avocado, the smoky roasted garlic and chiles permeate throughout

Roasted garlic and orange guacamole, sweet orange contrasts with the creamy avocado, the smoky roasted garlic and chiles permeate throughout

The Recipe: Roasted Garlic and Orange Guacamole

I’m a minimalist when it comes to guacamole. All I need is mashed avocado, a sprinkle of lime juice, and a dash of salt. That’s it! No fancy ingredients, fruits or anything else for that matter. That’s the way we always ate it at home, so it was a surprise to me when at culinary school I was asked for the best recipe for guacamole. I kind of just stared at the instructor, but I was thinking, ” A recipe? You don’t need a recipe to make guacamole.”

Roasted garlic and orange guacamole, sweet orange contrasts with the creamy avocado, the smoky roasted garlic and chiles permeate throughout

In reality, you can add pretty much anything to guacamole. This recipe is adapted from a Rick Bayless’s show, One Plate at a Time. The major difference is that he uses a grill to char the garlic, peppers, and onions and I use the broiler in my oven.

Roasted garlic and orange guacamole, sweet orange contrasts with the creamy avocado, the smoky roasted garlic and chiles permeate throughout

The recipe includes roasted garlic, which ads a beautiful smokiness to it. There are many ways to roast garlic as you can see in this post from Emma of cooknovel.com

I really enjoyed this guacamole, the acidity of the oranges contrasts the creaminess of the avocado, the smoky flavor of the roasted garlic and chiles permeates throughout, and finally the hint if sweetness from the orange brings it all together. Enjoy!

Roasted garlic and orange guacamole, sweet orange contrasts with the creamy avocado, the smoky roasted garlic and chiles permeate throughout

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Roasted Garlic and Orange Guacamole

Recipe adapted from Rick Bayless's One Plate at a Time
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Author Dora Stone

Ingredients

  • 12 cloves Garlic, not peeled
  • 1 Red onion, thinly sliced
  • 4 Serrano peppers
  • 6 Avocadoes, medium-large, pitted, flesh scooped
  • 2 Oranges, large, cut into segments
  • To taste Lime juice, fresh
  • ¼ cup Cilantro, chopped

Preparation

  1. Set your oven broiler on high.
  2. Line a sheet tray with foil or parchment paper and place the garlic, sliced onion, and Serrano peppers on it.
  3. Place under broiler for 7 min. Remove the garlic from the oven and set aside. Flip the peppers and toss the onion so it chars evenly. Return to oven for 5 -7 more minutes or until the peppers and onion are charred, but not burnt. Chop the onion and peppers and set aside.
  4. Peel garlic and place in a molcajete, mortar and pestle or you can use your knife to turn the garlic into a paste.

  5. Place the garlic paste in a large bowl and add the chopped pepper and onion, avocado, and chopped cilantro. Mash with a potato masher to the desired consistency (I like mine chunky).
  6. Season with salt and pepper and lime juice to taste.
  7. Cut the orange supremes in half and fold them into the guacamole. Serve with your favorite chips.

Chef's Notes

To cut segments from oranges, cut both ends off the orange. Stand it up and cut away the rind and white pith with a knife. Using a pairing knife, slide the blade between one of the segments and the membrane. Cut until you reach the center of the orange, repeat on the other side of the segment.