Tonight’s Dinner: Beef burritos

All you need is a handful of ingredients and a good burrito recipe to make restaurant-worthy burritos in your very own kitchen.

Homemade burrito

Mexican food is one of my favorite types of food. Sometimes the only thing that will satisfy this Mexican craving is a big burrito or a plate of carnitas. Now the simple thing to do on those occasions is run to the local Mexican restaurant and order dinner to go, and that’s probably because quesadillas and tacos seem like the only thing you can make in your own home. Well, believe it or not, they aren’t. A burrito, which happens to be one of the more filling Mexican entrees, is just as easy to make on your stove as a quesadilla. Sure, you need a few more ingredients, but the result is well worth the extra effort. Besides if you make it yourself, you get to decide if there will be beans and rice in your burrito or just meat and cheese.

Beef burritos


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 packet of taco seasoning
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 1 (16 ounce) can refried beans (optional)
  • 4 flour tortillas
  • 1-2 cups Mexican blend shredded cheese
  • 1 cup tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 cup salsa


  1. Cook the ground beef in a large skillet over medium-high heat until no longer pink, about five minutes; drain the fat. Add water and taco seasoning and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and let simmer for about 10 minutes.
  2. While the meat cooks, heat the beans in a medium sauce pan until just heated through, about two minutes. Spread 1/4 cup of the beans over each of the four tortillas. Sprinkle with 1/4 to 1/2 a cup of cheese. Spoon the ground beef over the cheese. Add the tomatoes and salsa.
  3. Fold the right and left sides of the tortilla into the center on top of the filling. Then roll into a burrito and lay seam side down on each of four plates. Add another spoonful of salsa over the top of the burrito and serve.

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