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This Tuna Hash California Burrito Is an Ode to a San Diego Favorite

As far as quintessential Californian menu items go, few items have a claim as strong as the eponymous California burrito.

When visiting Southern California for the first time, it’s a requirement, not an option, to try a California burrito. Crispy fries, tender meat, with a gooey mix of cheese, salsa, sour cream, and guacamole, all wrapped in a massive flour tortilla— where could that even start to go wrong?

When a friend of mine, who is a recently minted Californian by way of Chicago, heard about the dish he was (almost) as excited as he was the first time he drove down a street lined by the state’s iconic palm trees. It’s that big of a deal.

The penultimate midnight meal, it’s a regional mishmash that could’ve only come to existence in San Diego, a city that lies only miles north of the Mexico-US border. For our newest recipe in collaboration with Bumble Bee® Seafoods, we looked to the city known for its roadside drive-thru’s that pump out tacos and burritos around the clock.

Meet the California Tuna Hash Burrito. Read on to see how to make this.

Before you get going, warm up some frozen crinkle cut French fries in your preferred fashion. Personally, I’d go with the oven, or an air fryer if that’s among the options.

The actual cooking element of this recipe only requires a couple ingredients: one 2.5 oz pouch of Bumble Bee® Jalapeño Seasoned Tuna, a small bell pepper, a small yellow onion, a ¼ cup Salsa Ranchera (which should be available canned at any local Hispanic grocery store), and 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil.

Throw a pan on medium-high heat, then add the vegetable oil, and dice the veggies. Once the pan is properly warmed up (a well-known test to check for this: sprinkle some water over it, if that sizzles then it’s ready), toss in the veggies. Sweat those down until they’re nicely browned, which should take around ten minutes. Add the tuna and salsa ranchero, and let that go for a couple minutes, which should reduce the salsa a bit. After that, it’s assemblage time.

Lay a tortilla flat on your counter, and place around four ounces of fries on it. Drizzle a ¼ cup each of: sour cream, guacamole, and salsa fresca. Top this ¾ – 1 cup of tuna hash, and a generous handful of grated shredded cheese.

Then, just fold in the sides and roll up the burrito.

Boom. We’re done here. All that’s left to do is to dive into the masterpiece that is the California burrito– and maybe make another one.

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Give Your Life a Taste of a Night Out With These Cali Tuna “Street Dogs”

In life, there are few moments more exhilarating than smelling the street dog cart on the corner after a long night.

Exit any arena, bar, or concert and there they are– sizzling griddles flooded by a gulf of bacon-wrapped hot dogs, onions, and jalapenos, manned by a bustling artist and their tongs. A few words, a flurry of hand movements, and a hot dog is ready and handed over, fully fixed. It’s a sublime experience, one that has been absent from many of our lives lately, for obvious reasons. 

Because of that, our latest recipe, in collaboration with Bumble Bee Seafoods, is made to bring you to the streets of LA, street dog in hand, via your own kitchen. Looking to give the dogs some flair, we made our own, from scratch, with tuna, Anaheim chilis, and bacon.

Do this by draining 2 pouches of Bumble Bee® Albacore Solid White Tuna, and toss it in a bowl with a ½ cup of mayo, 1 cup of shredded cheese, 1 cored, seeded, and diced jalapeno, 1 tsp of liquid smoke mesquite, a tsp of kosher salt, and ½ tsp of black pepper. This spread of ingredients complement each other quite well, forming a unique hot dog replacement. The liquid smoke works to make it reminiscent of a hot dog, while the tuna itself gives the dish a refreshing texture and the distinct sense of umami that comes from fish. 

Stir until everything is fully integrated.

Then, de-stem, de-seed and halve 6 Anaheim Peppers. Spoon some of the tuna mix into the pepper halves and use 6 strips of bacon to wrap each one, securing with toothpicks if necessary. These are what make this dish truly feel like a street dog. Nothing gets sidewalk lurking noses perked up like the smell of roasting peppers and sizzling bacon.

One last piece of prep work follows: slice 3 bell peppers and 1 small red onion into thin strips. 

So far, so easy.

Heat up a skillet coated with 1 tbsp of vegetable oil to medium-high heat. Once hot, sauté the veggies until browned, adding salt and pepper to taste. Remove the veggies and add another tablespoon of oil, letting that heat up a bit before throwing in the stuffed chilis, face side down. For these, just rotate the “dogs” until the bacon is cooked thoroughly, and they’re good to go. 

Beyond this, it’s just a matter of assembling the dog. Spread the guacamole on a hot dog bun, along with whatever other saucy condiments you prefer. Place a dog on that beautiful bed of guac, and then garnish with the veggies, a drizzle of sour cream, shredded cheese, and cilantro. Building this hot dog should come naturally, really, like the inclination to buy one on a night in the city.

And, until we actually can do that, catch me munching on these at home.

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Man Boiled To Death In Horrific Tuna Accident, Bumble Bee Foods Forced To Pay BIG TIME

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In 2012, an employee of Bumble Bee Foods died as a result of being cooked alive in an industrial oven. Now, years later, a settlement has finally been reached in the record sum of $6 million. This makes it the largest criminal prosecution case for safety violations in a workplace involving a single victim in California.

Jose Melena was doing some maintenance work on a large industrial oven at the canned-tuna factory in Santa Fe Springs, Calif. Another worker, believing Melena was on a break, filled the cooker with 12,000 pounds of tuna and turned on the machine.

When management noticed the 62-year-old employee was missing, they conducted a search across the plant and property. The California Division of Occupational Safety and Health (OSHA) reports that Melena’s body was found two hours after. Tragically, the pressure cooker had already reached a temperature of 270 degrees Fahrenheit.

RT reports that the settle meant will be divided up into multiple parts.

  • The company will use $3 million to update any outdated tuna ovens and will bring in automated ones with video cameras, so that no worker will ever have to set foot inside the cookers again.
  • Melena’s family will receive $1.5 million in restituation.
  • Bumble Bee will also donate $750,000 to the Distrcit Attonrey’s Environmental Enforcement Fun for the investegation and the prosecution of OSHA criminal cases .
  • Finally, an additional $750,000 will go towards combined fees, court costs and penalties.

Bumble Bee Foods will also plead guilty to the misdemeanor charge of willful failure to implement and maintain an effect safety program within 18 months of complying with the terms of the settlement agreement.

The two managers in charge at the time of Melena’s death were also charged with counts of OSHA violation.

 

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2,000 Pound Bumblebee Transformers Cake

In anticipation of this week’s release of the film “Transformers: Dark Side of the Moon,” Chef Buddy Valastro created this 2,000 pound cake in the shape of Bumblebee – a character from the film. For those unfamiliar with Bumblebee and the Transformers series as a whole, Bumblebee is an Autobot that has taken the likeliness of a Chevrolet Camaro. Valastro, the star of TLC reality television series “Cake Boss,” reveals that this cake was his biggest challenge to date.

The entire confection took approximately four days to make with most of the construction taking place outside of his bakery, due to the enormous size of the dessert at hand. Made from vanilla pound cake with butter-cream frosting, the Bumblebee cake also has hydraulic-powered moving parts. Rice Krispies treats were used to bind the cake together at critical flex points.