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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," writes Jennifer Shafer from Durham, North Carolina. 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," she adds.
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 burrito (prepared with chicken breast, fat-free refried beans and reduced-fat cheddar cheese) equals 345 calories, 13 g fat (6 g saturated fat), 50 mg cholesterol, 846 mg sodium, 35 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 21 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 lean meat, 1-1/2 starch, 1 fat.

Reviews for Make-Ahead Burritos

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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!"

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."

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."

Reviewed Sep. 26, 2011

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

Reviewed Mar. 12, 2010

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

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.