recipe for mexican burritos

Delicious Beef Burritos Recipe

1 hour 50 mins
Vadim Rachok
22.02.2024
29.03.2024
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If you are looking for a quick variation of a dish for dinner or lunch, this burrito recipe is for you! This is a super hearty and delicious dish. You can also make burritos to take on a picnic. This is a recipe that you can use when you have no idea what to prepare for a lazy weekend. All you need to do is make a spicy filling and wrap it in the lavash.

This beef burrito recipe is a fantastic way to enjoy a flavorful and satisfying meal, whether you're looking for a quick dinner option or planning a picnic with friends and family. With a delicious combination of ingredients like ground beef, beans, vegetables, and spices, each bite is packed with bold flavors and hearty goodness. Plus, assembling and wrapping the burritos is a fun activity that everyone can enjoy, making it a great dish for gatherings or meal prep. Give this recipe a try, and you'll be amazed at how easy it is to create your own homemade burritos that rival your favorite Mexican restaurant's!

Burrito Origin

The origins of the burrito can be traced back to Mexico, specifically the state of Chihuahua, although its exact origins are the subject of debate and folklore. There are various theories as to how the word “burrito” came to be associated with the dish, but the word itself translates to “little donkey” in Spanish.

One popular theory is that the burrito was invented as a portable food option for laborers and miners in the Mexican state of Chihuahua. Thanks to its compact size and ability to hold a variety of fillings, a burrito was convenient for workers to carry and eat while working.

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Burrito Ingredients

Each ingredient plays an important role in creating a delicious and flavorful filling when making a burrito. 

  • Lavash (flatbread): Lavash provides a soft and flexible base to hold the filling together and serves as the outer wrapper for the burrito.
  • Ground beef: Ground beef is a classic protein choice for burritos, providing a hearty and savory filling that pairs well with other ingredients.
  • Blue onion: It adds a sharp and pungent flavor to the filling, enhancing its overall taste.
  • Tomato: Fresh tomato adds sweetness and acidity to the filling, providing a juicy and refreshing element.
  • Red beans: It contributes texture and protein to the filling, making it more satisfying and nutritious.
  • Canned corn: It adds sweetness and crunch to the filling.
  • Bell pepper: Bell pepper enhances the overall flavor profile of the filling by adding color, texture, and a subtle sweetness.
  • Ramen salad: Ramen salad adds a unique and crunchy texture to the filling
  • Rosemary: It adds a fragrant and herbaceous flavor to the filling, giving it a subtle earthiness.
  • Green onions: They provide a fresh and mild onion flavor to the filling, adding brightness to the overall taste.
  • Chili pepper: Chili pepper adds heat and spice to the dish.
  • Tomato paste: Use tomato paste to add richness and depth to the filling.
  • Paprika: Paprika adds a smoky and slightly sweet flavor, complementing the other spices and seasonings.
  • Garlic: Garlic adds a pungent and aromatic flavor.
  • Sugar: A touch of sugar balances the acidity of the tomatoes and enhances the overall flavor of the filling.
  • Cheddar cheese: Cheddar cheese adds richness and creaminess to the filling

How to Make the Beef Burrito at Home?

Burritos Recipe Step by step 1-4

Burritos Recipe Step by step 5-8

  1. First, dice the blue onion and bell pepper. Peel and seed the tomato (concasse) and dice it. Chop the green onion thinly, add to the tomato, and mix. 
  2. Separately, chop the garlic into small cubes and chili. 
  3. Then, cut the cheese into slices. 
  4. Add half of the chopped garlic, a spoonful of sugar, and a spoonful of chopped Mars onions to the green onions and tomato. Add salt and pepper
  5. Heat a frying pan, add oil, and sauté remaining blue onion over medium heat for 3-4 minutes. Add the bell pepper and cook for another 3 minutes.
  6. Next, add the ground meat, fry until golden brown, and add a sprig of rosemary, beans, corn, paprika, and tomato paste. Stew well over low heat for 10 minutes and add chili, salt, and pepper.
  7. Remove the rosemary from the ground beef. 
  8. Assemble the burrito: Put the ground meat on the lavash (flatbread), put ramen salad and cheese on the side, add tomato salsa, and wrap the pita bread.

Chef Recipe Tips:

  • If the minced beef is tough, simmer it for an hour with a closed lid, adding water or broth.
  • You can bake the lavash (flatbread) in the oven at 180 degrees for 3-4 minutes to make it crispier.

How to Store the Burrito Filling?

You can save the burrito filling to enjoy delicious homemade burritos whenever you like. To do this, cool the burrito mixture to room temperature. Then transfer it to an airtight container and store it in the refrigerator. Make sure the filling is kept below 40°F (4°C) to prevent bacteria from growing. You can refrigerate burrito fillings for up to 3-4 days.

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How to Freeze and Reheat Burritos?

You can also freeze burritos once they are wrapped, allowing you to have a quick meal option ready whenever you need it. To freeze burritos, wrap them individually in foil, as it holds them together and allows for easy reheating in the oven. Then, wrap them in plastic wrap and store them in a ziplock bag or airtight container to prevent freezer burn. 

When you’re ready to enjoy a frozen burrito, simply thaw it overnight in the refrigerator. Then, pop it in the foil in the oven to get it crispy and heated through. This convenient method ensures that you always have a delicious and satisfying meal ready to enjoy in no time.

This dish has both positive and negative aspects from a healthy eating perspective. Among the positives are the abundance of vegetables, which enrich the dish with vitamins, minerals, and fiber. These ingredients contribute to overall body strengthening and promote healthy digestion. However, there are also some negatives. The combination of beef and cheese adds saturated fats to the dish, which can be problematic for those watching their fat intake or trying to control weight. Beef (especially red meat) is generally quite heavy to digest, so it's not advisable to combine it with other protein sources like cheese. I also can't overlook the presence of added sugar in the recipe, which is unnecessary and adds little benefit to the dish from a nutritional standpoint. Overall, the dish contains beneficial ingredients such as vegetables and beef protein, as well as complex carbohydrates from lavash. However, there are issues with high levels of saturated fats and sugar. I would remove the cheese and sugar from the recipe to make the dish more balanced, nutritious, and easier on the digestive system.

Jenny Dobrynina
Jenny Dobrynina
Nutrition Editor
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Delicious Beef Burritos Recipe
Author:Vadim Rachok
Category:Lunch, Dinner
This recipe allows you to make a hearty and super tasty beef burrito!
recipe for mexican burritos
Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
1 hr 30 mins
Total Time:
1 hr 50 mins
Servings:
3
Yield:
3 servings
The ingredients you need:
3 pcs large lavash (flatbread)
10,6 ounces (300 g) ground beef
1 pc small blue onion
1 pc small tomato
3,5 ounces (100 g) red beans
2,5 ounces (70 g) canned corn
1 pc small bell pepper
1 bunch ramen salad
1 sprig rosemary
2 sprigs green onions
1 pc red chili pepper
1 teaspoon tomato paste
0,1 ounce (3 g) paprika
2 cloves garlic
1,06 ounces (30 g) sugar
3,5 ounces (100 g) cheddar cheese
salt
pepper
oil
Let’s start !
1

Dice the blue onion and bell pepper. Peel and seed the tomato (concasse) and dice it. Chop the green onion thinly, add to the tomato, and mix.

2

Separately, chop the garlic into small cubes and chili. 

3

Cut the cheese into slices. 

4

Add half of the chopped garlic, a tablespoon of sugar, and a tablespoon of chopped Mars onions to the green onions with tomato. Add salt and pepper.

5

Heat a frying pan, add oil, and sauté remaining blue onion over medium heat for 3-4 minutes. Add the bell pepper and cook for another 3 minutes.

6

Add the ground meat, fry until golden brown, and add a sprig of rosemary, beans, corn, paprika, and tomato paste. Stew well over low heat for 10 minutes and add chili, salt, and pepper.

7

Remove the rosemary from the ground beef. 

8

Assemble the burrito: Put the ground meat on the lavash (flatbread), put ramen salad and cheese on the side, add tomato salsa, and wrap the pita bread.

Nutrition Information
Servings Per Recipe: 3 Calories: 2367
% Daily Value *
 % Daily Value *
Total Fat 39g50%
Saturated Fat 19g96%
Cholesterol 108mg36%
Sodium 2043mg89%
Total Carbohydrate 60g22%
Dietary Fiber 9g30%
Total Sugars 7g 
Protein 34g68%
Vitamin C 70mg77%
Calcium 459mg35%
Iron 6mg36%
Potassium 855mg18%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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For tender and juicy minced beef, consider simmering it with a closed lid for an hour, adding water or broth as needed. This slow-cooking method helps break down tough fibers and infuses the meat with rich flavor, resulting in a melt-in-your-mouth texture that's perfect for burrito fillings. Additionally, if you prefer a crispier lavash (flatbread), you can bake it in the oven at 180 degrees for 3-4 minutes before assembling your burritos. This simple step adds an extra layer of texture and crunch to your homemade burritos, enhancing the overall eating experience. Give these tips a try to take your beef burritos to the next level of deliciousness!

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