#TMCKitchenSeries: Pork and Beef Tortilla Wrap + My (Not So) Secret Ingredient to Make the Sauce Taste Better

My husband and I love eating out. On date nights, we enjoy trying out new restaurants and getting back to old favorites. Now that we have two kids tagging along, it is hard (and stressful!) to eat out. What we do is we just buy ingredients from the grocery and cook at home. 

One of our favorite afternoon (and midnight LOL) snack food is tortilla wraps for two reasons: 

  • It is easy to make. 
  • It is fun to experiment with.  
    This picture doesn’t give justice

Here is my version of Beef Tortilla Wraps: Beef Tortilla WrapsSaute onion and garlic in olive. I don’t like the garlic too brown because of the sunog taste so I keep it in low fire. Then, add ground beef. IMG_2557This is the part where you can also experiment and add your preferred filling. I used ground beef and lean ground pork this time, although there are times I add chunks of chicken or leftovers. 

Here comes my secret ingredient: red wine. I love how it adds flavor to beef filling and red pasta sauces so I always make sure I have stash in the kitchen cabinet. image (11)Once the beef is brown, pour red wine. I just estimate one to two tablespoons of red wine is enough to add extra kick on the sauce. IMG_2558Add lemon juice to get rid of the beef’s smell. It also gives the sauce a twist, but make sure you won’t overdo it since lemon juice could add a strong flavor. IMG_2559Mix a tablespoon of butter for a creamier flavor. You can add more depending on the serving size. Since it’s just me and my husband, a tablespoon is enough.IMG_2560Pour some corn for additional crunch and texture, although you can opt not to add this one. Stir and let it simmer for 10 minutes. You can also season it with salt, pepper, and basil leaves to achieve a desired taste. IMG_2561Once done, lay a tortilla wrap and arrange the filling in this order: cream cheese – beef filling – cheese – tomato – lettuce. IMG_2562For the cheese, I prefer using cheddar cheese and mozzarella. I also added tomatoes and romaine lettuce to give our bodies veggie fix. LOL. For your own version, you can use or dispense with any of the ingredients I mentioned and add your own twist to it. IMG_2564Toast it for three to five minutes. Serve and enjoy. 

Pork and Beef Tortilla Wraps
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For the filling
  1. 1/4 kilo ground beef
  2. 1/4 kilo lean ground pork
  3. Onion and garlic
  4. Half lemon
  5. 1-2 tablespoons red wine
  6. 1 tablespoon butter
  7. 1/4 cup corn
  8. Salt, pepper, and basil leaves to taste
For the tortilla wraps
  1. Cream cheese
  2. Cheddar cheese
  3. Diced tomatoes
  4. Shredded romaine lettuce
For the filling
  1. Saute onion and garlic in olive oil.
  2. Add ground beef and lean ground pork.
  3. Pour red wine.
  4. Sprinkle lemon juice.
  5. Add tablespoon of butter for creamier flavor.
  6. Mix corn.
  7. Season the filling with salt, pepper, and basil leaves. Let it simmer for 10 minutes.
For the tortilla wraps
  1. Lay tortilla wrap in a plate.
  2. Layer in the following order: cream cheese - cheddar cheese - beef filling - tomatoes - lettuce.
  3. Heat in the oven for three to five minutes.
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  1. Mommy Queenelizabeth

    February 9, 2016 at 1:42 pm

    The red wine secret ingredient! I’ll try this at home sa holiday! Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  2. Neri Ann

    February 9, 2016 at 4:21 pm

    Hmm I think I can do this. Matry nga!

  3. Cheryl F.

    February 10, 2016 at 12:57 am

    This food is love. My sister and I used to prepare one like this for ourselves over a chitchat. Can’t wait to try this one when she comes back.

  4. msbolin

    February 10, 2016 at 1:28 am

    Soemthing new to try again. Thanks for this.

  5. Patty | MrsC

    February 10, 2016 at 2:25 am

    Yummy!!! And yes, adding red wine to any dish with beef makes everything a whole lot yummier.

  6. MommyPehpot

    February 10, 2016 at 3:33 am

    sarap naman! Any red wine will do?

    1. Ayi

      February 10, 2016 at 5:03 am

      Yes, as long as red wine 🙂

  7. Melisa Sanchez

    February 10, 2016 at 3:54 am

    I still remember when my mother make a fish tuna wrap with grilled Carrot. it’s so delicious. That’s why sometimes I want to make like this.

  8. Rowena Wendy Lei 林露薇 (@animetric)

    February 10, 2016 at 6:45 am

    I think I’ll try splashing red wine on ground beef next time lol.

  9. den

    February 10, 2016 at 10:33 am

    Looks yummy! I actually create wraps to or taco and I always make my special chili sauce as per request of E

  10. Lique Dimayuga

    February 10, 2016 at 1:29 pm

    We love tortilla wraps too! Thanks for sharing your recipe.. Try also cream Dory then lemon zest sa wrap!

    1. Ayi

      February 10, 2016 at 3:39 pm

      I’ll try it. Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  11. Nicole Paler

    February 10, 2016 at 3:12 pm

    I used to order in KFC their Go-go sandwich, which is much like this except that it was chicken and had some lettuce. I would love to try this one out as I feel that it’ll be better tasting than the fast food one 🙂

  12. Maan Laxa

    February 10, 2016 at 3:26 pm

    Love your secret ingredient! We used to add wine to our meat dishes and it adds a deeper dimension of flavour.

    1. Ayi

      February 10, 2016 at 3:38 pm

      You can also try beer 🙂 Nakakalambot din ng beef :))

  13. Viva Kitchen Goddess

    February 11, 2016 at 1:07 am

    I use wine also when I cook meat or pasta dishes as it enhances the flavor. Cheers! 🙂

  14. jennie villanueva

    February 11, 2016 at 5:24 am

    wow thanks for sharing your secret hehe, didnt know i can use wine for ground beef for tortilla.. I usually use lang the instant mix haha tamad, will try your recipe one of these days

  15. Joy

    February 16, 2016 at 8:33 am

    So yummy naman! Will try it soon! 🙂

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