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Tex-Mex Pitas Recipe

Tex-Mex Pitas Recipe

"I sometimes treat my friends at work to these peppy pitas at lunchtime," relates Helen Overman from Pottsboro, Texas. "I prepare everything in advance, so the spicy sandwiches can just be zapped in the microwave."
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 40 min. Bake: 10 min. YIELD:7 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds ground turkey or beef
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  • 1 envelope taco seasoning
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1 can (16 ounces) refried beans
  • 1 can (10 ounces) diced tomatoes and green chilies, undrained
  • Pinch ground cumin
  • 7 pita breads (6 inches), halved
  • 3 cups (12 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese
  • Sliced jalapenos

Directions

  • 1. In a large skillet, cook beef over medium heat until no longer pink; drain. Stir in the taco seasoning, water, beans, tomatoes and cumin. Simmer, uncovered, for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • 2. Spoon about 1/3 cup into each pita half; top with about 2 tablespoons cheese and a few jalapeno slices. Place in an ungreased 13-in. x 9-in. baking pan.
  • 3. Bake at 350° for 10 minutes or until cheese is melted. Yield: 7 servings.
Editor's Note: Wear disposable gloves when cutting hot peppers; the oils can burn skin. Avoid touching your face.

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 each) equals 623 calories, 27 g fat (16 g saturated fat), 120 mg cholesterol, 1,526 mg sodium, 51 g carbohydrate, 5 g fiber, 42 g protein.