Beef and Bean Burritos

Plain and simple… I love these. They’re a quick, easy, indulgent, go-to meal for my husband and I on nights where there just isn’t time to make dinner.

What we love about Ground Beef Burritos

These beef and bean burritos are so quick and easy to make. They make the perfect weeknight meal.

You can have a smothered burrito dinner for your family in less than 15 minutes.

The combination of beef and beans with the enchilada sauce makes these burritos indulgent and delicious. Even picky eaters and kids love them!

What is a Burrito?

A burrito is a Tex-Mix meal made up of a large flour tortilla that’s been filled with different savory ingredients and then rolled up.

Burritos can be filled with all sorts of ingredients like chicken, pork, beef, vegetables, salsa, and cheese.

Burritos are served in various ways including breakfast or make your own. Restaurants like Chipotle made building your own burrito a popular form of lunch.

Beef Burrito Ingredients

  • burrito size tortillas – it’s important to use burrito size for the tortillas. If you use smaller tortillas, you won’t be able to wrap them properly.
  • lean ground beef – you could also use a fattier version of ground beef, but you’ll want to drain the meat before adding in the enchilada sauce
  • red enchilada sauce – be sure to find an enchilada sauce you love. I personally prefer the Gebhardt brand of red enchilada sauce. I find the flavor to the be the best
  • refried beans – you can use either regular, fat free, or vegetarian refried beans
  • shredded cheddar cheese – I recommend sharp cheddar for this because it has a strong flavor that is able to stand up to the other flavors in the dish
  • salt and pepper – I always recommend cooking with coarse kosher salt and fresh ground black pepper

How to make Beef Burritos

  1. Add the ground beef to a skillet over medium-high heat. Begin breaking it apart, browning it. Season with salt and pepper.
  2. While the ground beef is cooking, add the refried beans to a separate saucepan over medium heat.
  3. Add ¼ cup of the shredded cheese to the refried beans and mix to combine. Once hot, remove from the heat and set aside.
  4. Once the ground beef has cooked through, add 10 ounces (1 can) of the enchilada sauce. Stir to combine and remove from the heat.
  5. Lay out a tortilla on a flat surface. Spread about ¼ cup of the refried beans down the center of the tortilla.
  6. Top the beans mix with ¼ cup of the ground beef mix.
  7. Roll up the tortilla, tucking in the sides as you roll. Once it has been rolled and sealed, top it with 3 tablespoons of enchilada sauce.
    Sprinkle the top of the burrito with 2 tablespoons of shredded cheddar cheese.
  8. Heat the burrito just enough to melt the cheese. You can do this by either placing it in the microwave for about 20 seconds or place them in a baking dish in the oven at 350ºF for about 5 minutes.
  9. Continue with the remaining burritos and enjoy!

How to serve this Ground Beef Burrito Recipe

The best way to serve these burritos is with a fork and a knife. Because they’re covered in sauce and hot cheese, they’re best eaten with a fork rather than your bare hands.

They are a full meal on their own, but you could serve them with a side of roasted vegetables or Spanish rice.

Beef Burrito Recipe Storage

Beef Burritos should be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 days.

When possible, it’s best to store the ingredients separately and assemble them right before eating.

Beef Burritos Recipe FAQs

What is in a traditional Mexican burrito?

Traditional Mexican burritos are much more simple. They often contain a single protein (things like fish, barbacoa, or beef) along with beans, potatoes, or cheese.

What should I put in my burrito?

You should put anything you like inside your burrito. It’s great to go with a protein (chicken, pork, beef), vegetables (sauteed onions, peppers, corn), beans (black beans, refried beans), sauce (salsa, queso, sour cream), and cheese.

What goes with beef burritos?

Beef burritos are great on their own, but they also go really well with Spanish rice or chips and queso.

What makes a burrito taste good?

The key to a tasty burrito is having a good range of items when you build it. Try to stick with flavorful proteins and vegetables. Be sure to add in a sauce like salsa, sour cream, or queso as well.

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Ground Beef Burrito Recipe

5 from 1 vote
Prep 5 minutes
Cook 10 minutes
Total 15 minutes
Servings: 8 burritos
These beef burritos are a quick and easy go-to weeknight meal.

Ingredients 

  • 8 burrito size tortillas
  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 20 ounces red enchilada sauce (I prefer Gebhardt brand)
  • 16 ounces canned refried beans
  • ¾ cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • coarse salt to taste
  • ground black pepper to taste

Instructions 

  • Add the ground beef to a skillet over medium-high heat. Begin breaking it apart, browning it. Season with salt and pepper.
  • While the ground beef is cooking, add the refried beans to a separate saucepan over medium heat.
  • Add ¼ cup of the shredded cheese to the refried beans and mix to combine. Once hot, remove from the heat and set aside.
  • Once the ground beef has cooked through, add 10 ounces (1 can) of the enchilada sauce. Stir to combine and remove from the heat.
  • Lay out a tortilla on a flat surface. Spread about ¼ cup of the refried beans down the center of the tortilla.
  • Top the beans mix with ¼ cup of the ground beef mix.
  • Roll up the tortilla, tucking in the sides as you roll. Once it has been rolled and sealed, top it with 3 tablespoons of enchilada sauce.
  • Sprinkle the top of the burrito with 2 tablespoons of shredded cheddar cheese.
  • Heat the burrito just enough to melt the cheese. You can do this by either placing it in the microwave for about 20 seconds or place them in a baking dish in the oven at 350ºF for about 5 minutes.
  • Continue with the remaining burritos and enjoy!

Nutrition

Serving: 1burrito, Calories: 346kcal, Carbohydrates: 42g, Protein: 23g, Fat: 8g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g, Monounsaturated Fat: 2g, Trans Fat: 0.2g, Cholesterol: 37mg, Sodium: 1484mg, Potassium: 278mg, Fiber: 6g, Sugar: 8g, Vitamin A: 542IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 155mg, Iron: 5mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Dinner, Main Course, Main Dish, Main Dishes
Cuisine: Mexican, Tex-Mex

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Hi! I’m Kara!

Kara loves all things food and spending time with her family and dogs. She has a passion for cooking and loves making yummy, family-friendly recipes.

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