What I cook when I want to have move fun (AKA good car/picnic food)

It’s a struggle to get it all done. It just is. Sometimes I just want to stay home and do nothing. Dinner has to be made, diapers to be changed, kids to be dressed and fed, the house to be cleaned, diaper bag to be packed with wipes, diapers, water, snacks, entertainment, as well as many more things. But it’s important for me to get out and do things, to be involved and to interact with adults and to exercise. This is what I make when I want dinner to go so the family can go to the climbing gym, small group, or on a hike, because after a month of sandwiches I need a change.

It’s burritos of course!! Ok actually I left the tortillas in the oven too long so they turned into tacos but usually they’re burritos!

Or as I was humorously shocked to find them called BURROS while in Mexico. The Mexican version is made with shredded meat, cilantro, and raw diced onion, but with ginormous fresh tortillas about two feet in circumference. Hence the appropriate name of Burros. These slightly smaller burritos will be a bit more manageable for the car, a bench, or simply eating sitting on the ground.

They travel well and don’t feel like your sacrificing dinner for your extra curricular activities.

I’ll be taking these burritos turned tacos to go climbing this evening. Johann, my main man, and I will take turns watching our kids as the other climbs at our local gym on auto belay. Our two year old “climbs” a little then eats a little ’till he’s had enough and by that point so have we and we all head home, tired, happy, and full. It’s more of a work out climbing with kids because you feel the clock ticking as they get more tired physically and tired of being there so I usually am motivated to get on the routes I’m excited about or get in as many laps before my turn is up.


  1. Sauté one onion with 1 tablespoon oil of your choice.
  2. Add 3 cloves of garlic.
  3. Add 2 teaspoons chili powder, 1 teaspoon Cumin, and a pinch of dried oregano and stir
  4. Add one pound of ground meat and cook until browned
  5. heat tortillas. (optional)
  6. Add the onion meat mixture with a handful of shredded cheese of your choice ( I like Pepper jack)
  7. Add some toppings if you have time, if your in a real pinch you can go with just meat and cheese. My usual are lettuce, tomato, avocado, and chalula.
  8. Either roll them up in foil and put them in a large gallon zip lock for a hiking trip or a plastic or glass container for a fancy car picnic.
One down five to go!

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