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Taco Bell is a total guilty pleasure around here. We try to eat healthy, so it doesn’t happen regularly. But, sometimes, when we feel like treating ourselves to some fast food, it is usually Taco Bell. Or I should say, it was!
Note the past tense. We live in a small town, on an island, about two hours from the city. There was a Taco Bell in town, but that recently closed. The closest Taco Bell now is on a different island. So, we decided to try and make one of our favorites, and the copycat Crunchwrap was born!
After we made it, I have to tell you, I don’t think even if Taco Bell was in town, we would be going there for a crunchwrap. The homemade crunchwrap is just so much better! Make your own homemade copycat Taco Bell crunchwrap for a quick and easy dinner. Not exactly healthy, but sometimes, not so healthy is okay. It’s about balance. Tomorrow you can eat a kale salad.
So if you are looking for a recipe that will make everyone in the family happy, look no further! We like to make this on Sunday nights, as a little date night at home before starting the craziness of the week.
We use and love this double sided griddle/panini press/waffle maker. Because it can do so many things, it gets a lot of use.
Homemade Taco Bell Copycat Steak Crunchwrap
This quick and easy dinner recipe that is even better than the original!
- Prep Time: 30 minutes
- Cook Time: 15 minutes
- Total Time: 45 minutes
- Yield: 4 Crunchwraps 1x
- Category: Entree, Lunch, Main Course
- Cuisine: American, Mexican
- 5 tortillas
- 3/4 lbs steak of choice ((skirt steak used this time, but anything thin cut will work))
- 4 tostadas
- 1/2 can refried beans
- 1 cup shredded cheese
- 4 handfulls shredded lettucee
- Marinade steak in marinade of choice. This can be as simple as salt and pepper or as complex as you like. We like to use lime juice, avocado oil, and hot sauce. If you have time, 30 minutes is great. If you don't salt and pepper right before cooking will still be delicious.
- Fire up the grill! As hot as you can get it. If you would rather cook on the stove, get a pan good and hot.
- Cook steak for approximately 2 min per side.
- Let steak rest, while you start on the rest of the crunchwraps.
- Heat up refried beans.
- Start heating up either a panini press or a pan.
- Cut one of the tortillas into quarters and set aside.
- Start constructing the crunchwrap. Put down a tortilla, add a little cheese, put down a tostada, refried beans, steak, cheese, and lettuce. Then put the quarter of a tortilla, and start folding over the tortilla.
- Put the crunchwrap, folded side down onto the panini press or pan. If using a press, close the press and cook the crunchwrap for approximately 3-5 minutes, until toasted golden brown. If using a pan, press the crunchwrap down, and cook for approximately 3-5 minutes, until the one side is toasted golden brown, then flip, and do the same.
- Serve hot!
For personal preference reasons, we skipped the sour cream (which my husband is not a fan of), tomatoes (which neither of us are fans of in a crunchwrap), and added refried beans, which is a twist on the classic Taco Bell crunchwrap. You can easily add, remove, or modify this recipe for your taste. You can add salsa, hot sauce, onions, peppers, or anything else you think sounds delicious!