Assalamu-alaikum readers,

Rice, salsa, guacamole, sour cream, and cheese...YUMMY!

Our second-to-last Halalapalooza 2011 event occurred yesterday night. We started a cooking tradition last July where each semester we try to do one event centered around making a cultural dish common to a particular ethnicity or country. Around 7 PM in the masjid, we were supposed to begin the process of making homemade burritos. Unfortunately, several youth showed up with half-finished poster boards and looks of confusion on their faces. The poster boards were for the M.A.P. (Muslims Around the World Project) Poster Presentations later that evening. As is the case with many humans, many of the youngsters had waited until the last possible second (literally) to begin (or in some cases end) making their posters. The volunteers decided to show a little mercy towards the guys and give them 30 minutes to finish their projects.

Around 7:30 PM, youth marched downstairs to the masjid kitchens to begin working on two burrito dishes – one for themselves and one to present with their teammate to a panel of 3 judges (we shall henceforth refer to this as the “Team Burrito”). The first ten minutes were spent designing the perfect, most taste-e-licious burrito mankind has ever seen. After receiving approval by the volunteers, the youth were allowed to craft their dishes using a tortilla and the following ingredients:

  • Pinto beans

    Flour tortillas

  • Lettuce
  • Tomato
  • Onion
  • Rice
  • Cheese
  • Mild or medium salsa
  • Guacamole
  • AND sour cream

After 45 minutes of eating and preparing their team burrito, the youth were ready to be judged by our esteemed panel of judges (Ali Abdel-Latif, Sultan Ahmed, and Haroon).  Below you can see what different teams were able to create with their creative minds:

"The Lucky Burrito" by Amine and Murtaza

"The Angry Burrito" by Mohamed and Nabeel

"The Burrito That Could Not Be Named" by Essa and Mujtaba


The No Name Burrito_this poor guy somehow lost his way and never quite made it to the judges' stomach

A whatcha doin'? Check out the massive burrito in the bottom left corner. It took 2 tortilla pieces to fit everything