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Poor Man’s Burrito

Recipe: Poor Man’s Burrito or Tailgate Teasers

Summary: A Hatch chile wrapped up with garlicky cream cheese in a flour tortilla becomes a Poor Man’s Burrito. Perfect for tailgating or any party!



  1. Lay the tortilla flat. Spread lightly with cream cheese. (An offset spatula is a handy tool with which to do this.) Sprinkle lightly with garlic powder. Lay chile strips on top.
  2. Roll up tightly. Cut in half and place on plate. Enjoy!

Quick notes

The original verbal recipe called for garlic salt, but I found that too salty (the cream cheese has some salt in it), so garlic powder is my preferred sprinkle.

Variations: Tailgate Teasers

Tailgate Teasers on ShockinglyDelicious.com [2]To make Tailgate Teasers, cut the burrito crosswise in small pieces and turn them on their side to show the spiral effect.


This was a verbal recipe shared by Robert Schueller from Melissa’s Produce [3], as we were discussing the many charms of Hatch chiles one day. Don’t you think recipes passed “over the back fence” are the best? I’m not sure why it’s called a Poor Man’s Burrito, but it’s a catchy name.

Preparation time: 3 minutes
Diet type: Vegetarian
Number of servings (yield): 1

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Poor Man's Burrito spiral cut snack on Shockingly DeliciousDisclosure: Melissa’s Produce sent a sample of Hatch chiles for recipe testing.