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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.

Wine Pairings

Sweet White Wine

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