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Make-Ahead Burritos Recipe

Make-Ahead Burritos Recipe

We have two children who keep us busy, so I love meals I can just pull out of the freezer. The burritos are wrapped individually so it's easy to take out only the number you need. I serve them with canned refried beans and Spanish rice from a boxed mix. —Jennifer Shafer, Durham, North Carolina.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. + freezing Bake: 50 min. YIELD:16 servings


  • 3 cups shredded cooked chicken or beef
  • 1 jar (16 ounces) salsa
  • 1 can (16 ounces) refried beans
  • 1 can (4 ounces) chopped green chilies, drained
  • 1 envelope burrito seasoning
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 16 flour tortillas (8 inches), warmed
  • 16 ounces Monterey Jack cheese, cut into 5-inch x 1/2-in. strips


  • 1. In a large skillet, combine the meat, salsa, beans, chilies, seasoning and water. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 5 minutes or until heated through.
  • 2. Spoon about 1/3 cup off-center on each tortilla; top with a cheese strip. Fold edge of tortilla nearest filling over to cover. Fold ends of tortilla over filling and roll up. Wrap individually in aluminum foil. Freeze for up to 2 months.
  • 3. To use frozen burritos: Place foil packets on a baking sheet. Bake at 350° for 50 minutes or until heated through. If thawed, bake for 25-30 minutes. Yield: 16 burritos.

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 345 calories, 13g fat (6g saturated fat), 50mg cholesterol, 846mg sodium, 35g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 3g fiber), 21g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 starch, 2 lean meat, 1 fat.

Reviews for Make-Ahead Burritos

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indigo4 User ID: 4562807 217393
Reviewed Jan. 9, 2015

"Very appealing recipe. The burrito mix is delicious and makes enough to feed a family. It's got a kick, even with the mild salsa that I used!"

ojc0806 User ID: 4482783 86495
Reviewed Jul. 3, 2013

"I used ground beef and wrapped them in wax paper first to prevent the foil from sticking. Removed from both foil and wax paper wrapped in paper towel and microwaved for 2 minutes for a quick and easy meal."

2princesses2love User ID: 652335 65648
Reviewed May. 30, 2012

"This recipe is so easy & good. It's nice to be able to pull a quick lunch or dinner out of the freezer when I'm short on time."

DaphneHope User ID: 5499629 53118
Reviewed Sep. 26, 2011

"So easy, makes a lot, and very yummy!"

MY REVIEW User ID: 77962 118706
Reviewed Mar. 12, 2010

"Simple, cheap, and good! I omitted the burrito seasoning and chilies, just using chicken, salsa, and beans."

mlandis16 User ID: 3839918 54108
Reviewed Mar. 2, 2009

"these were great to be able to take out quickly when you need them!"

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Wine Pairings

Sweet White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a sweet white wine such as Moscato or a sweet Riesling.