What’s up hungry people. Welcome to the
Starving Chef’s kitchen. Today we are throwing it back to the halls of our
high schools and making copycat crispitos in all of their mystery meat
and nacho cheese glory. While there’s nothing quite like cheap school lunch meat, we’re going to be using lean ground beef in this recipe because my standards
for my meat is higher than it was in high school. Cook the beef until it has crumbled and browned and then give it a quick rinse
in the sink to get off any excess fat. Toss the cooked beef into a food
processor and then add turmeric, paprika, cumin, chunky salsa, and a splash of water. I remember in high school there was a very distinctive color to the crispito filling which is what I tried to match in my recipe, but feel free to
adjust the flavor combination to your preferences. Here’s a protip: to cut the
stack of tortillas in half, use a pizza cutter in order to get a nice even edge.
We are cutting the tortillas in half because if we wrap the filling in a
whole tortilla, the outer layers of the tortilla prevent the inside from getting
crispy. Spread about three to four tablespoons on to the edge of the
tortillas, and tippy-tappy with your fingers on the filling to get the ideal
shape. You want it to be in an even thickness and width. Then fold the
corners around the filling and wrap it up tightly into itself. I recommend using
tortillas that are about 10 to 12 inches wide because you’ll get the best roll
with those. Arrange the tortillas seam side down on a baking sheet. Spray the
tortillas generously with an oil-based cooking spray. This is going to be the
key to getting a crispy crispito. Pop it into the oven and bake for about 15
to 20 minutes – I checked on mine every couple minutes after the 10 minute mark
to make sure they didn’t get too crispy because I do like a relatively soft center
with a harder exterior. And then of course don’t forget the
nacho cheese! I remember back in my high school days the lunch ladies literally
ladled it on and then topped it off with a giant spoonful of sour cream. As one of
my most popular dishes on my website these crispitos transported me back in
time where drama nerds roamed free and senioritis ran rampant in the halls of
my high school. If you like this copycat crispito recipe, don’t forget to give
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you of your glory days? Let me know about it in the comments below! Don’t forget
you can find this full recipe and many others on my website thestarvingchefblog.com. I hope you all enjoy and I’ll talk to you soon.