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Mango Tango – A Burrito Fresco Recipe

The peaches are here! When we had our restaurant, peach season meant it was time to offer our very popular seasonal sauce, Mango Tango.

This sweet sauce goes really well with fish, pork, or your open mouth and a squeeze bottle. Stay tuned for our next blog showing how to pair this sauce with a delicious meal!

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Mild/Hot Salsa – A Burrito Fresco Recipe

Hello, friends! Summer is winding down, but we’re not quite ready to let go of those summertime vibes. To fully take advantage of the last few weeks of sunshine, we’re sharing the recipe that started it all – The Burrito Fresco Salsa.

For those that don’t know, Steven Michael and I used to own the best restaurant in the world (not at all a biased opinion), Burrito Fresco. We served fresh home made food all day and long into the night from 2012-2016, and this salsa is what ultimately made us decide to open a Burrito Shop.

So here is it for all of you to enjoy! Whether you were a regular customer or are new to our blog, this FRESH salsa will not disappoint!

What is your favorite thing to make with fresh veggies? Let us know in the comments below!

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Apple Crispitos – A Burrito Fresco Recipe

Is there anything more American than apple pie? Maybe baseball and hot dogs, but I have my sweet tooth ready to go so I’m sticking with the apples!

Today we are sharing another Burrito Fresco (our former restaurant) recipe. While it isn’t a traditional American apple pie, we took the same general filling, wrapped it up and deep fried it. Now that I’m thinking about it, I would like to amend my earlier statement. Is there anything more American than apple pie or deep fried food? Yes, deep fried apple pie-ish food!

In the restaurant, we cooked these to order and served them piping hot wrapped in foil. They are fantastic on their own, but you can also kick them up a notch by adding a scoop of vanilla ice cream! Since closing our doors, we have made these on multiple occasions and they are always a big hit. For us and those that loved the restaurant, they are a double whammy of nostalgia combining the comfort of apple pie with memories of our time spent in Burrito Fresco.

As you’ll notice in the pictures below, I was an active participant in making these. That’s right, I got my ass off of the dining room chair and actually helped Steven Michael make something. I did this partially because making these reminds me of a great time in our lives, working together in the restaurant kitchen, and partially because no one can roll a crispito like I can. When you find your calling in life, you just know – and I was made to roll crispitos!

What kind of food makes you nostalgic? I’d love to hear about it in the comments below! We’ll be back in a few days with another great recipe!

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Stewed Chicken – A Burrito Fresco Recipe

One of the major things this pandemic has done is completely screw up my concept of time. If Steven Michael didn’t wake up at 4am and go to work on the weekdays, I might forget to work myself. Luckily, I have him as a reminder to get up, get Ellis to school and get to work.

Based on my lack of time awareness, it shouldn’t have come as a surprise to me when I completely forgot to write this blog. So here I am at 8pm on Monday night, writing what will be published at 6:30am tomorrow morning. Whoops!

Things have started to pick up lately as more and more vaccinations are given and things begin to go back to “normal”, whatever that means at this point. I find myself actually having to use my planner to stay on top of things, and when I don’t, mistakes like today happen. A few weeks ago, we missed a Super Mario Plumbers workshop that we had signed Ellis up for at the local community center. Good thing we also forgot to tell him about it! (Parents of the Year)

I’m now calculating time based on our vaccine appointments. Steven Michael’s second dose was this past Friday, and mine is this coming Friday. You bet I wrote those suckers down in my planner! All plans now revolve around those dates and counting out two weeks. I’ll be honest and say that, while I’m excited that we will be protected, I’m also a little afraid of “re-entering” society. Though I’m sure I’m not the only one having those feelings.

I know you’re all completely riveted talking about my time management skills, but let’s switch gears and talk about chicken! The Burrito Fresco chicken to be exact. This weekend, we posted the previously super secret Burrito Fresco Taco Seasoning which was the basis for the restaurant’s flavor profile. You’ll need to make a batch of that up before attempting this recipe. You can use this chicken in taco, burritos, on salads or nachos, pretty much anything you can think of. We made tacos with Lime Pepper Sauce and Burrito Fresco Mild Salsa (coming soon). Pro tip – Keep the leftover broth and use it as a starter for some soup!

We will continue adding recipes from the restaurant sprinkled within our regular blog posts. If you have something specific you want to make, drop us a comment below or on any of our social media platforms. This chicken was a special request from restaurant regular, Karen!

See you in a few days with another great (non-restaurant) recipe!

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Burrito Fresco Taco Seasoning

Drum roll please …………….. We present, Burrito Fresco Taco Seasoning! This is a big deal guys. No one but us knows this recipe. It was the one thing we kept secret, because it is the basis for the flavor of our former restaurant, Burrito Fresco. I know there are a few former employees out there itching to get their hands on this one (looking at you Keighty), so here it is!

You’ll probably want to bookmark this to use for the recipe coming out on Tuesday (wink wink). See you then!

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Lime Pepper Sauce – A Burrito Fresco Recipe

As promised, we are slowly releasing all of the recipes from our former restaurant, Burrito Fresco within this blog. We are so excited that our restaurant food is being enjoyed by people again!

Our menu was set up so you could create your own custom burritos, bowls, tacos, salads or nachos by choosing ingredients from different categories. Lime Pepper was one of our most popular sauces on the spicy side of things. In fact, it is Steven Michael’s favorite sauce and was a special request to be our next blog by restaurant regular, Matt (Hi, Matt!). After we closed the restaurant, we sold our salsas and sauces at local public markets for a few months, and Lime Pepper was a hit there as well.

Lime Pepper can be used as a topping sauce, as a replacement for dressing in a salad, or on its own as a dip with chips or fries. The cumin and chipotles give it a nice smoky flavor and some spice, while the lime adds a little bit of tang. The sour cream balances all of that by softening some of the heat and giving it a creamy texture. It’s still a little too hot for me, but to each their own!

This is super fast to make with a food processor, an easy addition to any meal. We’d love to hear how you like it in the comments below or on any of our social media platforms! If you ever visited Burrito Fresco, please let us know what recipe you’re dying to have, and we might just post it next!

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Sanibel Salsa – A Burrito Fresco Recipe

If you’ve been following along from the start, you know that Steven Michael and I used to own the best restaurant that has ever existed. Yes, I am fully aware that my opinion is biased, but it’s the truth. The food was incredible, everyone agrees, but the spirit of Burrito Fresco is what lives in our memories more than anything. We were a crew of misfits who came together so perfectly to create a place where everyone was accepted, coming to work was fun and we looked out for each other – in short, we were a family.

One story exemplifies this more than any other that I could share. One night after closing, someone kicked our door in and stole a jar of donations that we had been collecting for brain cancer research off of the front counter. When our crew heard that Steven Michael would be spending the night sleeping on the booth seat because we no longer had a door, they showed up with laptops, movies and snacks to stay the night with him. What could easily have been the lowest moment for our business, became one of the fondest memories we have.

It was the people that worked there that made Burrito Fresco what it was for us, and for our customers. We owe everything to them and will never forget the love they showed us during our time together. We shut our doors almost five years ago, and we still talk to many of them regularly. Before COVID, we were having yearly reunions to catch up and stuff our faces with Burrito Fresco food.

Steven Michael and I have guarded the restaurant recipes closely, as they are so personal to us and represent something amazing that we did together. Today, that changes. We plan to release restaurant recipes within this blog. Letting go is hard, but knowing that our food will once again be enjoyed by people is making us smile today.

Below you will find one of our best selling items straight from the Burrito Fresco menu, Sanibel Salsa. This sweet pineapple mango salsa pairs well with fish, pork, chips or just a fork (seriously, go to town). Just last night, Steven Michael added this to shrimp quesadillas and it was delicious. We couldn’t stock enough of it when we had salsa booths at local public markets, so we have no doubt you’ll love it!

If you’re reading this as a former Burrito Fresco customer, let us know what recipes you’re dying to know in the comments below or any of our social media platforms. We’ll be sprinkling restaurant recipes in throughout the blog, so make sure to subscribe via email so you get them right away!