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.
- 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
- 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.
- Add tomatoes and stir frequently separating and crumbling beef with a large wooden or plastic cooking spoon.
- On a large skillet heat 3 tablespoons of oil
- On a separate hot skillet or comal, warm up each corn tortilla quickly to make them maleable
- Add 1-2 tablespoons of picadillo (ground beef) and roll, securing with wooden toothpicks
- Repeat this step 2 more times and place up to three taquitos in the hot oil for frying.
- Fry them on all sides by turning them with a spatula until crispy and golden.
- Remove fried taquitos from oil and place them on a large plate lined with paper towels to absorb excess oil.
- Let cool, remove wooden toothpicks and slice them in half to serve.