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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 serving (1 each) equals 204 calories, 7 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 22 mg cholesterol, 435 mg sodium, 24 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 11 g 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

Nutritional Facts

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

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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.."

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"

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."

Reviewed Oct. 15, 2011

"This was great, the burrito was fantastic."

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."

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