Celine’s Firehouse Burritos with Guacamole

Today’s blog post is in memory of my Mom.  Famous for her love of cooking and entertaining–especially her holiday parties, Mom went to party with the angels Christmas Eve.  What a party that must have been!  When a loved one passes, one is left with memories and photos.  I have even more–Mom’s recipes and love of cooking.  Everytime I make one of her dishes, everytime I set a pretty table, everytime I have people over and cook for them, I have Mom with me.  ❤

Mom and Dad were part of the Florida (pronounced flor-ee’-da) Volunteer Fire Department in New Mexico after they retired.  Sometimes a fire would take a while to put out; fires don’t care if you miss a meal.  On long fires, one of the other firefighters’ daughters would sometimes bring burritos out to the folks fighting the blaze–they are easily rolled with both ends tucked in and wrapped in plastic or foil. Mom loved them and adapted the recipe.  Here’s a picture of one before it gets rolled….mmmmm!

The recipe couldn’t be more simple.  You’ll be enjoying these yummy and satisfying burritos in no time.

  • 1 pound ground pork, browned in 1 TBSP olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 3-4 medium potatoes, chopped (Peel ’em if you want–I don’t for this recipe)
  • 1 can diced green chiles
  • tortillas

For the Guacamole:

  • 1 avocado, chopped
  • 1 small roma tomato, chopped
  • 1/4 cup diced red onion
  • 1 clove garlic, mashed with 1/4 tsp kosher salt
  • squeeze of lime, if desired
  • 1/8 cup cilantro, chopped, if desired

Place a large pot over medium heat.  Start browning the pork in the oil.

Peel and chop the onion, add to the pot.

Here’s my mom prepping the potatoes…I took these pictures last summer.

Add the potatoes to the pot, cover. 

Watch and stir occasionally to prevent the potatoes from sticking.  Cook until potatoes are fork tender.

Add green chiles and cook for an additional 5-10 minutes to infuse the flavor.

Meanwhile, heat your tortillas.  Mom has a groovy tortilla grid thingie she puts right on the burner of her gas stove.  The flames give the tortillas a lovely touch of char.  I have a tortilla warmer for my microwave; or you could wrap them in a damp dish towel.  I usually set the microwave for 10 seconds per tortilla.

Keep the tortillas warm in a towel and make the guacamole.  Check out the authentic molcajete Mom uses for her guac!

Sprinkle the salt in a bowl and use it as an abrasive to rub a clove of garlic into, creating a paste.

Add half the onions to the bowl and crush into the garlic. You can see my little note pad I used to right down Mom’s recipes and stories about them in this picture.  🙂

Add the rest of the onions, tomatoes and avocado.

Stir to combine.  Add a squeeze of lime and the cilantro if desired.  Let guac sit for a few minutes to allow the flavors to mingle.

Take the tortillas, burrito filling, guacamole and any other ingredients to the table and allow everyone to build their burritos their own way–cheese?  Sour cream?  Chopped green onions?  Chopped tomatoes?  And….a lovely Temperanillo to pair your yummy burritos with!

Here’s how I built mine.  I’ve also had these burritos smothered with green chile sauce, cheese, onions and tomatoes on top with a side of Mom’s refried beans.  Mmmmmmm–yummy!

How lucky am I to have Mom’s recipes and these pictures of her cooking for me?!  Here’s hoping you have some great memories of your mom, or that you’re still making those memories.

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