Pan Burritos Recipe
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Pan Burritos Recipe

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Our family loves Mexican food, so this flavorful, satisfying casserole is a favorite. It's nice to have a way to get the taste of burritos and be able to cut servings any size you want. -Joyce Kent, Grand Rapids, Michigan
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 35 min. Bake: 35 min. + standing
MAKES:8-10 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 35 min. Bake: 35 min. + standing
MAKES: 8-10 servings


  • 2 packages (1-1/2 ounces each) enchilada sauce mix
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 can (12 ounces) tomato paste
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • Salt to taste
  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 9 large flour tortillas (9-inch)
  • 4 cups (16 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese or Mexican cheese blend
  • 1 can (16 ounces) refried beans, warmed
  • Taco sauce, sour cream, chili peppers, chopped onion and/or guacamole, optional

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 each) equals 578 calories, 25 g fat (14 g saturated fat), 96 mg cholesterol, 1421 mg sodium, 46 g carbohydrate, 11 g fiber, 35 g protein.


  1. In a saucepan, combine the first six ingredients; simmer for 15-20 minutes.
  2. In a skillet, brown the beef. Drain; stir in one third of the sauce. Spread another third on the bottom of a greased 13x9-in. baking pan.
  3. Place three tortillas over sauce, tearing to fit bottom of pan. Spoon half of the meat mixture over tortillas; sprinkle with 1-1/2 cups cheese. Add three more tortillas. Spread refried beans over tortillas; top with remaining meat. Sprinkle with 1-1/2 cups of cheese. Layer remaining tortillas; top with the remaining sauce. Sprinkle with remaining cheese.
  4. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 35-40 minutes. Let stand 10 minutes before cutting. Serve with taco sauce, sour cream, chili peppers, chopped onion, and/or guacamole if desired. Yield: 8-10 servings.
Originally published as Pan Burritos in Taste of Home October/November 1994, p29

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Reviewed Apr. 6, 2016

"My family loved this dish. I did add some taco seasoning to the beef to give it more flavor. Also when pressed for time I just use the can of enchilada sauce to make things easier."

Reviewed Mar. 23, 2016

"This was real good but I did change a bit after reading the comments. I used two packets of taco seasoning when cooking the ground beef and didn't add the water as I used two cans of red enchilado sauce. I also didn't measure the cheese. I piled it on. I forgot to buy refried beans so I omitted them. I baked for 30 minutes. We all enjoyed this."

Reviewed Oct. 18, 2015

"An all-time, all-family favorite since it was first published in TOH! Our oldest daughter has even requested that I make this recipe for her wedding reception next fall! THAT'S how much it's enjoyed in our family. We have six children, most of whom now have their own homes. But, this one is frequently requested by all of them. I follow the recipe exactly as written."

Reviewed Mar. 24, 2014

"Have made this recipe a lot over the years, we love it. It is always well received. Sometimes I buy the enchilada sauce in the can to make it a bit easier. Extra cheese and garlic is always a good idea. Don't leave out the beans, you can even use fat free refried beans in the hot style to give it zip."

Reviewed Dec. 4, 2013

"This is a very good recipe. I used 6 cups of cheese which made it nice and gooey."

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