Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Brown Bag Burritos

I found this recipe last year, and I've made it every couple of months since then. It's so wonderful to have a bag of burritos in my freezer for a quick meal whenever I want one. I've made them with all kinds of different ingredients, and they turn out differently every time, but still taste great!

It's called Brown Bag Burritos from The Finer Things in Life


  • 2 lb. ground beef
  • 2 cans re-fried beans (I make my own)
  • 1 1/3 c. enchilada sauce
  • 1/2 c. water
  • 1/3 c. minced onion (I use dried)
  • 1 Tbsp. chili powder
  • 1 Tbsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. dried oregano
  • 3 c. shredded cheese (cheddar, Mexican blend, whatever)
  • 20 flour tortillas (burrito-size)

Brown ground beef; drain. Add remaining ingredients (except tortillas). Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 20 minutes.

Heat 3-4 tortillas at a time in paper towel. Spoon 1/4 c. beef mixture down the side of each tortilla.

Roll up burrito style. Wrap each burrito in a paper towel, then wrap in foil.
Refrigerate or freeze. I like to pack them in the bag the tortilla’s come in, like Amy does.

If they are not frozen, just remove the foil and microwave for one minute. If frozen, remove the foil and heat until hot in the middle. I like to start with one minute on 50% power and then two minutes on 100%. The paper towel might stick to the burrito, but I’ve found that if you take it off before it’s completely hot it won’t. I also like to slice it open to check if the middle is hot and then pour ranch or salsa on top and eat it with a fork.

I’ve also skipped the paper towel before and heated them in the toaster oven or oven wrapped in foil. Most of the time I will grab one from my freezer on the way to work, and it’s almost thawed by lunch time. The best part about heating them in the toaster oven is that the tortilla gets a little crispy.

  • I prefer beef over chicken, and ground chicken over shredded chicken in this recipe.
  • I've used green enchilada sauce and I loved it!
  • I like a little more Tex-Mex flavor, so I usually add cilantro and tomatoes of some kind.
  • Black re-fried beans are great in this recipe
  • Sometimes I use small tortillas and make mini-burritos
  • I like to add the cheese right before I roll the burritos up, you taste it more that way

Some other things I've added at different times:
-brown or white rice (loved this!)
-black olives
-fresh chopped onion
-chopped green onion
-canned chopped or minced tomatoes
-chopped green chilies
-taco sauce
-canned black beans
-green pepper

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