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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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Tunatinis Might Be Your New Favorite Cocktail

Dirty martinis and tapenade are an appetizer combo that makes the absolute most out of the humble olive. The martini, a mix of gin and vermouth, takes a savory spin when it gets a dash of olive brine, and when paired with the olive-based spread, a combination is formed that’ll whet any palate. Similarly, this can work with many deliciously briny foods besides olives, like Bumble Bee® Tuna.

Let’s see how.

The tapenade is going to require a little prep, so we’ll start there.

As with any good tapenade, crostinis are needed. First, preheat an oven to 350 degrees and slice a baguette into half-inch thick slices. Then brush each one with olive oil, garlic, and salt to give them some oomph. Bake these for 15-20 minutes until nicely toasted. While those are doing their thing, start the tapenade.

Finely chop a ½ cup of not one, but two, kinds of olives that are called for: Castelvetrano and black. Also chop a ¼ cup parsley and roughly 2 tablespoons of pimiento peppers as well.

Grab a mixing bowl, and dump the chopped veggies into it. Add two tablespoons of both olive oil and non-pareil capers, and a 5oz can of Bumble Bee® Solid White Albacore Tuna. Make sure to reserve the tuna brine for the incoming martini. Once everything is in the bowl, give it a good mix and set it aside.

Before we pronounce the tapenade a done deal, mix a cup of creme fresco (sour cream or crème fraîche work too) with a teaspoon of paprika. Spread about ½ a tablespoon on each crostini (once properly toasted, of course) and then top each with a tablespoon of the tuna tapenade. The creme fresco gives the dish a needed dose of freshness to cut through the unctuous tapenade, so I implore you to not skip this step under the guise of it being an optional addition.

With the crostinis and tapenade finished, the only thing left to do is give them a good drink pairing.

The tunatini is pretty straightforward. Throw 6oz of vodka (this drink will surely kickstart a good night) in a cocktail shaker. Add 2oz of vermouth, 2oz of tuna brine, a teaspoon of lemon juice, and a cup of ice. Give it a vigorous shake, then pour and garnish with a lemon peel and as many olives as desired.

Prep as many crostinis and tunatinis as needed, whether that’s for yourself or guests. Maybe it’s been a long day, maybe you just really love tuna and want to share that with your closest friends.

Either way: the prep is over, so time to enjoy the fruits of your labor, and the true gastronomic diversity of a can of Bumble Bee® tuna.

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This Tuna Salad Sandwich Might Change Your Whole Morning

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Originating in 1930’s New York City, the combination of bagel, lox, and shmear is one of the most popular forms of bagel consumption in America . A delightful union of smoky fish, luxurious cream cheese, fresh veggies, and chewy bread, it’s the ultimate streetside morning meal. But, smoked salmon isn’t something that’s always easily attainable.

So, sometimes an accessible alternative is necessary to hit the spot– like, say, Bumble Bee® Tuna. And, with a little bit of preparation, a pouch of Bumble Bee Tuna can be turned into a tuna salad recipe that’ll check the marks of any good bagel sandwich filling.

Start by prepping the veggies. For the tuna salad, slice a small red onion into rings, making sure to save some of these for sandwich garnishing. Finely chop two stalks of celery and roughly one tablespoon of chives. Then, zest a lemon, and juice it. For further garnishing, slice a beef steak tomato and a hothouse English cucumber. After that, put the knife down and grab a mixing bowl.

Drain a pouch of Bumble Bee® Lemon & Pepper Tuna, and break down its contents into flakey bits. Add half a cup of both mayo and crème fraîche, most of the onions, the celery, chives, a ¼ teaspoon of celery seed and both the lemon zest and juice. Mix these together until everything has been consolidated into a smooth, creamy amalgamation.

Split the bagels, and stack a couple pieces of cucumbers, a slice of the tomato, and a healthy scoop of the tuna salad. Finish it off with a couple slices of the onion to add some snap to each bite, and a teaspoon of capers to cut through the mayo. 

The best part about this is that, once the tuna salad is made, this becomes a morning routine that takes a total of, maybe, five minutes. And for a meal in which time is usually of the utmost importance, it’s hard to beat that type of breakfast prep time.

So skip the bagel shop, get in the kitchen for a couple minutes, and you may never go back.

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Tamago Sliders Are The Egg Sandwich Game Changer

Probably one of the most common ingredient in any culture is the beloved egg. Versatile for thousands of recipes, it could be argued that any dish could be elevated with a little egg in it.

Such is @Dandy.Eats‘ innovation she calls Tamago Sliders.

In the latest Foodbeast Recipe challenge, the team was challenged to come up with an egg recipe from home.

One of the standouts was hands down these Tamago Sliders, made with fresh sushi-grade salmon and topped with ikura.

Man alive.

Check out the video above to see exactly how Kimberly pulled off this mouthwatering feat.

This week’s hearty line up of recipes is also composed of dishes such as a Basil Mozzarella Omelet Egg Roll, Nopales con Huevo, Oyakodon, Egg Jello Shots, and Bacon & Egg Rice Bars.

Foodbeast chefs that participated in the egg challenge include Marc, Oscar, Kyle, BMX Gold Medalist Jamie Bestwick, and Costa.

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Shake Shack Reveals The Secret Recipe Behind Their Cheese Sauce

The secret recipes continue to reveal themselves, this time in the form of Shake Shack’s famous cheese sauce.

Yes, the sauce found on the burger chain’s famous fries, hot dogs, and burgers can now be made in the comfort of your own kitchen — especially since many of us aren’t able to drive out to a Shake Shack any time soon.

Shake Shack’s posted a video on both their Facebook and Twitter accounts with their Culinary Director Mark Rosati showing how their iconic cheese sauce is made.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 2 Cups American Cheese
  • 2 Cups Cheddar Cheese
  • 1 Tbsp Canola Oil
  • 1 Tbsp White Wine Vinegar
  • 6 thin slices of Jalapeños
  • 3/4 Cup Onion
  • 1/2 Tbsp Salt
  • 2 Tbsp Peppercorns
  • 2 Cups Heavy Cream
  • 2 Tbsp White Wine

Check out the video to see exactly how that prolific cheese sauce goes down! Man, seeing the reveal of the flavors are so complex, but the execution looks so simple.

It appears this is the first of a few upcoming Shake Shack tutorials, so stick around as more are sure to drop soon. I wonder if In-N-Out will have any plans to reveal their secret spread recipe? Doubtful. Until next time, stay safe everyone!

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Disney Just Released Their Famous GREY STUFF Dessert Recipe

Photo courtesy of Debi Harbin/Disneyland Resort

It’s been a hot minute since we’ve been back at Disneyland and we’ve been craving their treats and sweets for what feels like ages. Not too long ago, Disney released their famous churro recipe for everyone to enjoy at home. Now, another famous dessert has been released from the vault.

Disney Parks Blog has now shared their recipe for the famous Grey Stuff, made famous in the 1991 animated Disney film Beauty and the Beast. The dessert is a sort of pudding known for its soft and crunchy texture and unique grey visual.

Here’s what you need:

  • 1 1/2 cups cold whole milk
  • 1 (3.4 ounce) package instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 15 chocolate sandwich cookies
  • 1 (8 ounce) container whipped topping, thawed
  • 3 tablespoons instant chocolate pudding mix
  • 12 scalloped sugar cookies
  • Edible sugar pearls

Here’s what to do:

Add milk into large mixing bowl and toss in instant vanilla pudding mix, whisking for 2 minutes until smooth and slightly thickened. Refrigerate for 1-2 hours until firm. Blend the chocolate sandwich cookies in a food processor until it’s pureed, then fold that puree into the pudding mix. Stir thoroughly. Add the whipped topping and instant chocolate pudding, stir thoroughly and refrigerate for an hour. Finally, spoon the grey stuff into a piping bag (your choice of tip) and pipe the grey stuff onto your cookies. Finish them off with sugar pearl toppings.

Sounds pretty magical and straightforward, folks. You can also find a printable copy of the recipe here, which has been modified a bit from what’s served in the parks for a smaller portion.

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Al Pastor-Style SPAM Tacos Is The Hack You MUST Try At Home

If you look hard enough, you can probably find a can of SPAM lying somewhere in your house. One of the most time-friendly — and tasty — proteins that you can easily cook up and enjoy in a pretty short amount of time.

This week, the Foodbeast crew were challenged to create a dish using SPAM as the key ingredient. Our managing editor and taco enthusiast Reach Guinto set out to make a SPAM Al Pastor set up on a trompo.

“I successfully made al pastor at home the other week and still had ingredients for the marinade leftover,” Reach said. “Couple that with the constant craving I have for al pastor tacos and SPAM being readily on deck at my house and I decided to go a little mad and combine the two together.”

“That, or I just wanted to see how some SPAM would look on a cute little trompo,” he mused.

From the looks of it, old Mr. Guinto’s venture was a rousing success.

Check out his recipe in the video above, along with the recipes of the other Foodbeast team members that happened to find some SPAM lying around the house. These include Jasmine (SPAM Fries on a Filipino Breakfast Charcuterie Board), Theresa (Animal Style SPAM Fries), Costa (SPAM Kimbap Burrito), and myself who made a Nashville Hot SPAMwich.

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YouTubers Create Giant Hot Pockets, One Stuffed With White Castle Sliders

Have you been cooking the same thing over and over during this stay at home period and feeling a little uninspired? Maybe an outlandish recipe, birthed from a popular frozen food you probably have in your freezer will spark some culinary inspiration.

Jula and JP over at HellthyJunkFood are at it again and this time, the two YouTube chefs set out to create a dish their fans have been requesting for years: A Giant Hot Pocket.

The two set off, going head-to-head to see who can create the better Pizza Hot Pocket.

While Julia took a more traditional approach with sauce, pepperoni, and cheese, JP went with a more unconventional method creating a pocket stuffed with frozen White Castle Sliders. Both looked fantastic, and they’ve even went as far as creating a custom Hot Pocket branded sleeve for their creations.

Check out the video to see exactly how it went down. Man, watching this makes me seriously crave a slightly-burnt Hot Pocket dunked in creamy ranch. Yes, that would do nicely.