Bento Box: Taquitos

Bento boxes are the latest craze in kids school lunches.  They are so much fun to make, fun to eat and most importantly, contain everything you need in a complete meal.
All you need are a few simple tools, your child’s favorite foods and a cozy bento box to carry your masterpiece in.
This is the first in a series of bento boxes I will be sharing with you.  I started easy with my son’s favorite foods.  Picadillo (ground beef) Taquitos are at top of his list so I sliced them to look like egg rolls and pierced them with fun picks to keep them rolled as they make their way to school.

Ingredients
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1/2 an onion, sliced
  • 2 cloves of garlic, peeled and chopped
  • 1/3 cup cilantro, chopped
  • 2 small or 1 large Yukon potato, chopped in small cubes
  • 2 roma tomatoes, diced
  • 1 Mexican zucchini, diced
  • 2 tablespoon of canola oil + 3 tablespoons for frying taquitos
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Tortillas
Instructions
  1. In a large skillet, heat oil and brown ground beef, add onions, garlic cilantro and potatoes over medium-low heat until the beef is 3/4 of the way cooked and only some pink remains.
  2. Add tomatoes and stir frequently separating and crumbling beef with a large wooden or plastic cooking spoon.
  3. To assemble Taquitos
  4. On a large skillet heat 3 tablespoons of oil
  5. On a separate hot skillet or comal, warm up each corn tortilla quickly to make them maleable
  6. Add 1-2 tablespoons of picadillo (ground beef) and roll, securing with wooden toothpicks
  7. Repeat this step 2 more times and place up to three taquitos in the hot oil for frying.
  8. Fry them on all sides by turning them with a spatula until crispy and golden.
  9. Remove fried taquitos from oil and place them on a large plate lined with paper towels to absorb excess oil.
  10. Let cool, remove wooden toothpicks and slice them in half to serve.

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