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Freezer Mishap Turns Out Amazing Lamb Burritos


lamb burritos

You know I almost called these Carnitas but then changed my mind and called them Burritos and they ended up being a big hit with the men in my  household plus my son had one of his close friends over last night and let me tell you they devoured them.

So what is the difference between a Carnita and a Burrito?  Well Carnita literally means “Little Meats” and it often refers to pork and many times they are served with guacamole, avocado, limes or radishes on the side and beans of course.  Burritos of course mean just about anything wrapped in a cylinder shaped flour tortilla with a filling placed inside.  Yes I wikipedia’d this ;)  Well ours were served more “American” taco style where we filled ours up with a fajita mixture of mushrooms, onions, and peppers, we opted for no beans and everyone could fill their tortilla up with shredded cheese, shredded lamb, (I used my food processor and pulsed until I got the texture I liked)  and of course my non-fat greek yogurt which we use as sour cream in our household.

shredded lamb meat

To keep it healthy for me I only had one tortilla I did have seconds on the fillings though and let me tell you it was quite delicious and at no point did I wonder where the mint jelly was.  These were absolutely delicious!

I have to be honest though I didn’t initially think I was cooking up lamb as we had a piece of meat in the freezer that was not labeled and I wanted to use it up and I decided whether it was pork or beef it would be great in our burritos.  This was a reminder to me to label and date all food that goes in the freezer as I cannot remember anymore what all gets placed in there.

Well it ended up being another holiday surprise because it was lamb and they were truly wonderful and because the meat had some freezer burn I was concerned about the flavor but I need not be concerned as we slow cooked it in the crock pot all day and it turned out amazing!  This even with it being lamb meat was truly much more frugal than going out to eat….and I consider it a “Make Your Own Take Out” meal!  So give it a try!

I hope this post inspires you to use up some of that meat in the back of the freezer and get creative with your recipes!

I wish all of you a wonderful holiday season and hope you enjoy your time with your family and friends!  Thanks so much for stopping by our Lil’ Suburban Homestead!

Fondly,

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  1. Canadianbudgetbinder

    Check out my freezer inventory list on my blog. You can download it and track what you have in the freezer but you must label your stuff haha! Glad it worked out and that burrito looks great! Just shared it on my Facebook page under What’s for DINNER!!!! Happy Holidays Karen to you and your family and all your fans! Mr.CBB

    1. Lil' Suburban Homestead

      Thanks so much Mr. CBB! Same to you! You know I don’t follow your page for nothing….your strengths are my weaknesses and I am continually learning from you….2013 we are setting some financial goals I should be around ALOT!!!! I will look at your freezer tracker and maybe put a link in my post! Thanks! and Happy Holidays to you and the Mrs. and your fans too :)

      1. Canadianbudgetbinder

        If you are interested in checking out the budget we designed and use in excel let me know I’ll email it to you. It’s not on the blog as I ask those who want to try it to email me as it’s our personal spreadsheet… I may put it on one day. Cheers!

        1. Lil' Suburban Homestead

          I would love it! We are frugal here but not always so organized ;)

          1. Canadianbudgetbinder

            Remind me if I forget as it’s on my other computer…

  2. oceannah

    OY, I’ve had that un-labeled meat thing…SO glad it turned out to be a great meal Karen. Merry Christmas to you and your family.
    *anna

    1. Lil' Suburban Homestead

      Merry Christmas Anna! So glad to have connected with you in the blogging world :) and a Happy New Year!

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