Easy Make Ahead Freezer Beef And Bean Burritos

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"I make these every couple of months to keep on hand in the freezer. Inexpensive, easy and quick to make. But, the best part is - remove from the freezer, place in the microwave and 5 minutes later you have a couple of burritos for dinner. Or thaw 6-8 of them, put in a casserole dish and bake for 30 minutes to feed a family of 4. And, what is nice with this recipe is you can add your favorite fillings. I happen to like beef, beans, and green chilies; but corn, cheese, olives, even rice are all options. For a single burrito, I reheat 2-3 minutes on medium low in the microwave, flip and another 1 minute on medium low. Then top with salsa, cheese and cook on medium high to high for an additional 1-2 minutes until the cheese is melted. Garnish with black olives, sour cream and serve over a bed of chopped lettuce. A great quick meal! Note: This is also good with all beans and rice for more vegetarian, diced chicken, turkey and even ham or seafood."

Original recipe yields 9 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (156 g)
  • Calories 262.6
  • Total Fat - 8.8 g
  • Saturated Fat - 2.6 g
  • Cholesterol - 32.3 mg
  • Sodium - 389.7 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 30.3 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 2.5 g
  • Sugars - 3.6 g
  • Protein - 15 g
  • Calcium - 97.8 mg
  • Iron - 3.2 mg
  • Vitamin C - 0.8 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.3 mg

Step 1

Filling ... To a medium non-stick sauce pan, add the olive oil and bring to medium heat. Add in the onion and cook 1 minute; then the beef, taco seasoning, and green chilies. Cook stirring often, breaking up the meat as it cooks. Then add in the beans and check for seasoning. You can add salt, pepper or more taco seasoning depending on your taste. Cook just a minute until reheated.

Step 2

Tortillas ... Add 4 tortillas stacked up on a damp paper towel and wrap. Microwave 15-20 seconds on medium heat, flip and cook 10 more seconds on medium. Remove and set to the side. They should be WARM not HOT. Do 2 batches so they warm up, stacking 8 at one time is too many and will not heat properly.

Step 3

Fill ... Fill each tortilla with the meat and bean mixture. Roll one end over and then fold in each of the sides and continue to roll like a WRAP Sandwich. Set to the side. Finish all the tortillas. Depending on how full you stuff the burittos, you will make between 6-10 tortillas.

Step 4

Wrap ... I use parchment paper. Wrap each tortillas in parchment paper and freeze in a ziplock bag. I can fit approximately 4 burritos per bag. That way you can take out as many as you want each time.

Step 5

Reheating ... Right out of the freezer on the tortilla to a paper or microwave plate. Two (2)-3 minutes on medium low, then flip and cook for another minute. Top with salsa, cheese and cook another 1-2 minutes on medium high to high until the salsa is warm and the cheese is melted. You can also thaw ahead of time and then just 2-3 minutes is plenty in the microwave. Or add thawed burritos to a greased casserole dish and top with salsa or enchilada sauce, top with cheese and bake 30 minutes covered at 350 degrees.

Step 6

Serve and Garnish ... I love to serve these individually over a bed of chopped lettuce and top with black sliced olives and sour cream. Even a squeeze of lime is a nice touch. ENJOY!

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