My Homemade Easy Beef and Bean Burritos are a great tasting Mexican inspired recipe. I saute lean ground beef which I flavor with Taco seasoning, before layering it on top of a flour tortilla, along with re-fried beans, enchilada sauce and shredded cheese. This great tasting, easy dinner dish, is one the whole family will enjoy.
Beef and Bean Burritos
The guys in this house LOVE Mexican food, and this Best Beef & Bean Burrito recipe has been a hit here for years.
They are pretty easy to make, freeze really well, and you can easily add, subtract, or replace ingredients to suit your personal tastes.
You can also make your burritos as mild or as spicy as you want. Just adjust the chili heat by adding fresh chilies, Tabasco, or your favorite hot sauce.
I sometimes like to make the burrito filling on the milder side, then add fresh sliced chilies or pickled jalapenos on the side, that way everyone can top their burrito just as they like it.
Beef and Bean Burritos are perfect for Taco Tuesday, and are also an inexpensive, budget friendly family meal.
For busy nights, the filling can be made ahead of time and it just takes minutes to assemble the burritos and finish them off in the oven.
How to make Beef & Bean Burittos:
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
- Spray a 9×13-inch pan with non-stick cooking spray.
- Brown ground beef, add taco seasoning according to package directions.
- Saute onion and jalapeno in a dab of butter, add Tabasco and Louisiana hot sauce, if desired. The amount you add depends on your personal preference of heat level.
- Lay the tortilla flat, spread a thin layer of re-fried beans on top and add the ground beef mixture, rice if included, and top with cheese.
- Wrap the burrito up folding the ends inside and wrapping tightly.
- Place the burritos seam side down in pan.
- Top with enchilada sauce and jar of queso cheese dip, if including, along with extra cheddar cheese.
- Bake in oven, serve with toppings of your choice, and enjoy!
Beef & Bean Burrito Recipe Ingredients
- MEAT: I buy lean ground beef, and brown it on the stove top with the onions and jalapenos. (Hot sauce too, if desired).
- SEASONING: For extra flavor, I season the beef with taco seasoning or burrito seasoning from a packet.
- BEANS: I use re-fried beans straight from the can to scoop on the tortillas!
- ONIONS: Fresh is best. We like sweet or vidalia onions, diced. However, I do use frozen or diced from the produce section if time is really tight. Saute with ground beef until clear.
- CHILI: I use fresh jalapenos, you can remove the seeds for milder flavor. I do have a jar of diced jalapenos in my refrigerator for days when I’m in a time crunch.
- TORTILLAS: Use any brand of flour tortillas, large size is best to hold all the ingredients. In Texas, H-E-B sells fresh, warm, handmade tortillas and they are THE BEST!
- SAUCE: We pour enchilada sauce over the top of the wrapped burritos before baking for an extra dose of flavor.
- CHEESE: Shredded cheddar cheese is our preferred cheese though any hard cheese will work.
- I have used ground beef, but this same recipe would work with ground pork, chicken or turkey too. Or try a combination of ground beef and pork.
- Add in extra veggies when you are sauteing the beef, corn, bell peppers and zucchini would be ideal.
- Swap the beef for some sauteed veggies and make a vegetable and bean burrito.
- Get creative with the burrito toppings, I’ve included some suggestions later in the post.
Recipe hints & tips:
- Take your time when wrapping up the burritos and ensure that you place in the pan seam side down, as this helps the burritos keep their shape and stops them opening up in the hot oven.
- Don’t be tempted to overfill your burritos, otherwise you risk all the filling falling out.
- This recipe is easily doubled or trebled if you are feeding a crowd.
These beef and bean burritos are packed full of flavor and as with most Mexican dishes I like to serve them with some additional toppings alongside. I like to add these topping to small bowls, that way everyone can top their burrito just how they like it!
- Sour cream
- Diced avocado
- Tomato salsa
- Fresh chopped tomatoes
- Mexican rice
- Chopped black olives
- Sliced green or red chilies
- Pickled jalapenos
What meat is best in a burrito?
I like to use ground meat, but you can also used braised cuts of meat in a burrito, they will just take a little longer to cook. Slow cooked beef chuck roast or some slow cooked pork shoulder (pulled pork) are great additions to a burrito.
Are beef and bean burritos healthy?
Beef and bean burritos are healthy, I use a lean ground meat and alongside the re-fried beans, this is a dish that is packed with protein and fiber which helps keep you full and satisfied longer. I also like to serve burritos with fresh salsas to top them, which are full of nutrients.
Can burritos be made ahead?
What I like to do is make the ground meat mixture ahead of time, then set it aside in the refrigerator until I am ready to assemble the burritos.
I’ve even completely prepared the burritos, placed in my baking dish, covered tightly with plastic wrap and refrigerated, then removed and baked. PERFECT for nights when we have games and get home late.
Can you freeze burritos?
Yes! My family loves these so much that I bake in large batches and freeze. You can freeze them when baked or unbaked.
To freeze baked burritos, allow to cool down, then place flat on a baking sheet and refrigerate for about 30 minutes. Remove cookie sheet and place individually frozen burritos in a freezer safe Ziploc bag. Label the bag clearly and return to freezer. This will allow you to remove individual burritos and they shouldn’t be stuck to each other. Reheat in oven or microwave. They should last in freezer for up to 2 months.
To freeze unbaked burritos, place flat in a freezer safe Ziploc bag. Label the bag clearly and place in freezer. They should last in the freezer for up to 2 months. To bake, remove from freezer and bake in oven at 350 degrees F for 35 minutes, and serve with your choice of toppings.
Try these other great Mexican inspired recipes here at When is Dinner:
- Mexican Lasagna
- Mexican Zucchini Burrito Boats
- Taco Pasta Bake
- Mexican Chicken
- Sopapilla Cheesecake
- Baked Tacos
- Cheesy Chicken Enchiladas
- Chicken Fajita Pasta
- 1.5 pounds ground beef
- 1 package burrito size tortillas
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- 2 jalapenos, chopped
- 1 can refried beans
- 1 can enchilada sauce
- Taco Seasoning
- Tabasco Sauce, if desired
- Louisiana Hot Sauce, if desired
- 2 cups shredded cheese
- 1 jar queso cheese dip
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Spray 9×13 pan with non-stick cooking spray
Brown ground beef, add taco seasoning according to package directions
Saute onion and jalapeno in a dab of butter, add tabasco and louisiana hot sauce, if desired, amount depending on personal preference of heat level.
Layer beans, beef mixture, and cheese onto tortilla
place seam side down in pan
top with enchilada sauce and jar of queso cheese dip
Bake for 20 minutes until heated through and cheese melted
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 490Total Fat: 28gSaturated Fat: 13gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 12gCholesterol: 110mgSodium: 829mgCarbohydrates: 22gFiber: 4gSugar: 3gProtein: 36g