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Tasty Burritos

My cousin is of Mexican heritage, and I’ve watched her make this crunchy beef burrito recipe for years. The very first time I made them for my own family, they instantly became a favorite meal. They’re even better warmed up the next day in the microwave. —Debi Lane, Chattanooga, Tennessee
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
  • Makes
    6 servings


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 envelope taco seasoning
  • 1 can (16 ounces) refried beans
  • 6 flour tortillas (12 inches), warmed
  • 1 cup shredded Colby-Monterey Jack cheese
  • 4 teaspoons canola oil
  • Sour cream and salsa


  • In a large cast-iron or other heavy skillet, cook beef over medium heat until no longer pink; drain. Stir in taco seasoning; remove from skillet and set aside. Wipe skillet clean.
  • In a small saucepan, cook refried beans over medium-low heat until heated through, 2-3 minutes.
  • Spoon about 1/3 cup of beans off-center on each tortilla; top with 1/4 cup beef mixture. Sprinkle with cheese. Fold sides and ends of tortillas over filling and roll up.
  • In same skillet over medium-high heat, brown burritos in oil on all sides. Serve with sour cream and salsa.
    Freeze option: Individually wrap cooled burritos in paper towels and foil; freeze in a freezer container. To use, remove foil; place paper towel-wrapped burrito on a microwave-safe plate. Microwave on high until heated through, turning once, 3-4 minutes. Let stand 20 seconds.

Tasty Burrito Tips

How do you wrap a burrito?

It’s quite easy to wrap a burrito! Read our simple steps for folding burritos like a pro.

How do you spice up a burrito?

For some additional heat, stir in ½ tsp. crushed red pepper flakes or ¼ tsp. ground cayenne pepper when adding the taco seasoning. Don't have any taco seasoning on hand? Make its copycat spice blend.

Is a burrito healthy?

Burritos can be a well-rounded meal if not over-stuffed. To lighten them up, make homemade burritos with lean ground sirloin, fat-free refried beans, reduced-fat cheese and light sour cream or non-fat plain Greek yogurt.


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  • No_Time_To_Cook
    Jun 30, 2020

    These were tasty fried and will do again. I do think there could be some improvements made to the basic recipe though using different seasonings than taco seasoning.

  • robert
    Jun 9, 2020

    Nope, taco seasoning envelope means not yummy!

  • Jo
    Jun 7, 2020

    I’ve made a version of this in the past with good results. These day if making I’d probably use healthier choices since I’m prediabetic and need to be wary of how I prepare food

  • Skoobs
    Jun 5, 2020

    I’ve made and froze these for years. One of our favorite go to for a quick lunch!

  • Rita
    May 30, 2020

    I haven’t tried this recipe yet but I intend to. My comment is to those who are not happy people. We all have enough ride and hate in our lives. We don’t need to belittle anyone because they offer up a recipe. Listen to your unnecessary remarks, this is a recipe. Mom always Said, “ If you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all”. Or at least if you just have the need to humiliate yourself, then learn how to use your words, instead of criticizing, teach. My you find your kindness icon, soon.

  • Sandy
    May 20, 2020

    When I was a teenager I used to eat dinner at my boyfriends house, his mother was Mexican American. Were her burritos authentic Mexican, NO, were they from scratch, NO, were they freaking AMAZINGLY delicious, HECK YES. Pretty much follow this recipe, but she would chop a russet into diced pieces so they'd cook quick and become soft, and she'd add a can of whole green beans, (not French sliced). I know the beans are about un-mexican as you can get, but the papas made that burrito stand out in my mind for 50 years. She didn't use a seasoning spice in the packet, Mama used jalapeños and ohhhhh baby did my eyes water, but I loved them. Another little thing I learned from her was she would take her flour tortilla and put it on her stove top burner and turn it as it would darken. You would swear that tortilla just came off a tortilla press.

  • Mark
    Apr 16, 2020

    A little trick I like that give a big flavour to this dish is, heat a lil butter in the pan with some smoked preprika thrn pan fry the burritos in that. End result won’t disappoint

  • marvina
    Apr 11, 2020

    are you kidding me. your cousin of Mexican heritage made this. YUK

  • Avianna
    Apr 3, 2020

    I, Avianna Rauber is going to make some tasty burritos for my teacher Chelsea Danielle Bowker and then I'm going to post it to Facebook on Chelsea's Facebook page on my phone o that way we can make them when we get back together at school again but first I am going to go to ART HUB for kids to draw a burrito for yesterday because it was National Burrito Day.

  • Nikki
    Mar 4, 2020

    I made these last night for my niece and nephews. They were a hit. The only thing I did differently was add some taco seasoning to the refried beans.