This is one of those recipes that even people that don’t eat a ketogenic diet can get with. It’s a “tortilla” made from fried mozzarella cheese! Need I say more. Follow me to a magical world where fried cheese burritos can be part of a healthy low carb lifestyle.
One of my favorite things to meal prep are boneless skinless chicken thighs. They are easy to grill or smoke, they don’t take long and they are so much juicier and more tender than breast meat. I’ll keep a big container of thighs in the fridge to eat throughout the week and I dip them in a variety of sauces making it a great grab and go meal.
This must have been how Tesla and Edison felt
Sometimes you have a light bulb moment and a great idea just smacks you across the head. This must have been how Tesla and Edison felt… but I digress. I was in the mood for chipotle but I didn’t feel like dropping $15+ bucks for a double or triple protein burrito bowl and I wanted something I could pick up and eat. I’ve made crispy cheese taco shells and they are great but I always want to eat a bunch of them and wanted something easier and quicker. I’d seen a video of someone making a breakfast burrito with a mozzarella tortilla and figured I’d give it a shot.
All you need is a 12” nonstick skillet and about ¾ cup of part skim shredded mozzarella cheese. I prefer the thicker shred that I get from Costco over the cheaper thinly shredded type you might find at Aldi. I tried cheddar and Parmesan as well but they don’t have the flexibility to wrap so I don’t recommend those cheeses for this recipe. I cook with a gas stove top most of the time and for the most part I cook in full blast of ¾ heat.
Cheesy Tasty Magic
Start with the heat off and sprinkle an even layer of cheese into the pan, turn on the heat and once the cheese has begun to melt you can sprinkle cheese into any gaps you see. With a rubber spatula go around the outside of the cheese pushing the mozzarella down to form a even circular “tortilla”. After about 3-4 minutes you will see the edges turning golden. Start to loosen up the cheese from the pan all the way around and look to see if the cheese has reached a nice golden color. Once the color is a perfect golden hue remove from the heat and let the mozzarella cool down for 4-5 minutes until it’s cool enough to handle and the cheese has tightened up a bit. Gently run the spatula around the sides understand the cheese to loosen from the pan before removing it and placing on a clean surface. Now you’re ready to roll. Well once we get some stuff to put in there.
Before you prepare the cheese “tortilla” get all of your toppings and condiments ready so once it’s ready you can wrap it up and chow down. I sliced up my chicken thighs into thin strips along with a handful of onions and peppers seasoned with a little chicken rub from Caribeque along with a tablespoon or two of salsa. Once it’s heated through it’s ready to go. For the riced cauliflower I used a frozen bagged version but I poured into a microwave safe container, added, cilantro, lime, cream cheese and some Tanjin seasoning. If you’ve never had it Tanjin seasoning is a tangy spicy season blend that goes great with any Mexican dishes. I just microwave everything for about 3 minutes, then stir and you’ve got a super easy creamy cauliflower rice. Lastly I thinly slice up some lettuce and tomato so I’m ready to assemble my burrito.
Fill it up Just How You Like It!!
Here’s where you get to decide what goes in the perfect burrito, mine consisted of onions, peppers, salsa, taco seasoning and sliced chicken thighs as well as cilantro lime diced cauliflower, lettuce, tomato and sour cream. I would have definitely thrown a few slices of avocado in but the 15 minute window where avocados are ripe had not happened yet. Once you’ve piled everything on top of your cheese “tortilla” you simply fold in the sides then roll it up. Carefully slice the burrito in half or don’t and it’s time to feast. I made this recipe over the weekend and I’ve been craving it ever since. I promise you won’t miss that flour tortilla one bit when you chomp down on this mouthwatering Keto burrito. You can bet that this recipe will be going into regular rotation in the culinary lions den.
The next day I had leftovers of everything but I was out of mozzarella so I put together a beautiful taco salad using the same ingredients with the addition of some parmesan cello whisps.
Cilantro Lime Riced Cauliflower
- Place all ingredients except cilantro in a microwave safe container. Microwave for 2-3 minutes then stir to combine ingredients
- Fold in cilantro right before you serve.
Chicken Fajita Keto Burrito
- 3/4 cup Mozzarella Shredded
- 6 oz Chicken Thighs Cooked, boneless skinless
- 1/4 cup Onions sliced
- 1/4 cup Bell Peppers sliced
- 2 tbsp Salsa
- 2 oz Tomatoes sliced
- 1/4 cup Romaine Lettuce Chopped
- 1 tbsp Sour Cream
- 1/4 cup Cilantro Lime Riced Cauliflower (See Recipe Above)
- saute chickens, onions, peppers and salsa until warm. Set aside. Next chop lettuce and tomatoes and prepare the riced cauliflower.
- Evenly sprinkle mozzarella in a non stick skillet, turn heat on medium high and melt cheese for 2-3 minutes
- As cheese begins to melt form the sides using a rubber spatula so you have a perfectly round “tortilla”
- Once the edges begin to turn golden slide the spatula underneath the edges to loosen up the cheese.
- once cheese is golden, remove from heat and let cool for 4-5 minute until you can handle the “tortilla”
- Using the spatula gently separate the cheese from the pan and move to a clean surface. Top with the chicken and other condiments, fold in the two edges and roll up like a traditional burrito.