Brown-Bag Burritos Recipe
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Brown-Bag Burritos Recipe

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"For a change from sandwiches, we like burritos-something many people don't consider in a brown-bag lunch," says Rhonda Cliett of Barton, Texas. "They're good cold or easy to heat if a microwave's available."
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. + chilling
MAKES:15-20 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. + chilling
MAKES: 15-20 servings


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 can (16 ounces) refried beans
  • 2/3 cup enchilada sauce
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 3 tablespoons finely chopped onion
  • 4-1/2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 15 to 20 flour tortillas (8 inches)
  • 1-1/2 to 2-1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 204 calories, 7g fat (3g saturated fat), 22mg cholesterol, 435mg sodium, 24g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 2g fiber), 11g protein.


  1. In a large skillet, cook beef over medium heat until no longer pink; drain. Stir in the next eight ingredients. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 20 minutes.
  2. In a microwave, heat tortillas in batches until warm, about 45 seconds. Spoon 3 to 4 tablespoons of beef mixture off center on each tortilla. Sprinkle each with 2 to 3 tablespoons cheese and roll up.
  3. Wrap burrito in paper towel, then in foil. Repeat with remaining tortillas and filling. Refrigerate. Eat burritos cold, or remove foil and heat paper towel-wrapped burrito in a microwave on high for 30-60 seconds. Yield: 15-20 servings.
Editor's Note: This recipe was tested in a 1,100-watt microwave.
Originally published as Brown-Bag Burritos in Taste of Home October/November 1993, p54

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MY REVIEW User ID: 1510 863
Reviewed Apr. 27, 2012

"have made it a few times now... Love it.. I have given this recipe to everyone that has tried them... Really make these , they are just so good.."

ozborne User ID: 5574516 862
Reviewed Feb. 24, 2012

"awesome!!! The filling takes great as a dip w/ tortilla chips. It is also perfect if you replace all of the beef w/ additional refried beans - vegetarian burritos. Yummy"

Sierra05 User ID: 2802813 743
Reviewed Dec. 6, 2011

"This was such a simple and healthy recipe I used ground turkey, and doubled the recipe.I made it for a church potluck. Everyone loved them and I took home the extras and froze them."

pamdevone User ID: 3875916 1459
Reviewed Oct. 15, 2011

"This was great, the burrito was fantastic."

chefmurph User ID: 2987994 924
Reviewed Apr. 18, 2011

"Very good flavor for the filling. Just a touch too salty, so will cut the salt next time. I'm afraid I over-filled my tortillas so it only made 10 with a little mixture leftover. Made a yummy dinner and it is a good snack for my growing boys after school. Will definitley make again."

wvmom6 User ID: 5734323 541
Reviewed Jan. 1, 2011

"Love to make these, they are quick and easy, plus you can freeze them for later use. I toasted mine in the oven before serving though. This keeps the shell closed. These are yummy!"

JessicaRae User ID: 4435739 970
Reviewed Oct. 18, 2010

"We didn't have any cheddar cheese, so we just used Mozzarella. It turned out great! We also put some shredded green leaf lettuce, salsa, and sour cream in our burritos and it added a lot of flavor. Very, very, very yummy and simple!"

msdosty1941 User ID: 2683910 691
Reviewed Nov. 16, 2009

"These were delicious & SO convenient! Both my husband & I thought this was a very good idea,for someone to come up with this recipe.

Beings there is no lettuce or other veggies in them, you don't have to worry about them being soggy. I set them out for a little while so they aren't real cold when ready to eat.
Very good choice of foods you Love!"

candisandigirl User ID: 581783 865
Reviewed Nov. 14, 2009

"Explain this to me, "judedarlin"...How can you review a recipe that you HAVE NEVER MADE?? How can you give it "3 stars" based on reading the ingredients? This is absurd, and I really think it's ridiculous. Come back and review it and rate it after you make it..that will lend some credibility to your rating and review. It's very odd to come on here and say, "I "would" definitely make this recipe"....and give it a rating!! huh?? WEIRD.I had to click on "yes or no" and the number of stars in order to make this comment, but I wouldn't do so just to tell everyone how I "would" make this recipe!! sheesh."

MY REVIEW User ID: 2347331 161
Reviewed Nov. 13, 2009

"yes, very good, but next time I'll try ground turkey and see how that works. One question, can these be frozen successfully?Thank you for your reply."

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