Turn up the flavour with this recipe for bean, rice and beef burritos with lots and lots of cheese

8 Soft Flour Tortillas (Medium)
1 can Refried Beans – or make your own refried beans
2 cups Cheese (cheddar and/or mozzarella)

1 teaspoon Oil (olive oil, canola or vegetable)
450g lean Ground Beef
2 teaspoon Onion Powder
2 teaspoon Garlic Powder
2 teaspoon ground Cumin
2-3 teaspoons Chili Powder
Salt and Ground Black Pepper, to taste
OR Use Taco Seasoning Mix

1 1/2 cups Rice,
2.6 cups Water
1 teaspoon salt
Drizzle of Oil
1/2 cup Enchilada Sauce

How to
Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Crumble ground beef into the hot skillet and cook for 3-5 minutes, or until the meat is no longer red. Drain or spoon out all the excess oil. Add all the other ingredients for the beef into the skillet. Season with salt and ground black pepper to taste. A couple of pinches of both as per your preferences. Set aside.

Wash rice 2-3 times under cold water to get rid of starch, then fill the pot with clean cold water, add salt and a drizzle of oil. Turn the heat on high, until water starts to bubble, then stir, and turn the heat to simmer, low temperature. Cover and allow it to simmer for 7 minutes. Turn the heat off, and remove the pot from the heat. Do not take the lid off. Allow it to steam for 5 more minutes under the lid. Remove the lid after 5 minutes and fluff rice with a fork. Add Enchilada sauce and mix.

Preheat oven to 375F/190C.

Spread one to one and a half tablespoons of refried beans on the tortilla, add the seasoned ground beef same amount, add cheese and Rice.

Fold and roll, make sure to tuck the ends in. You may line the baking dish with parchment paper, but it’s not necessary. Do the same with all the tortillas. I had just a bit of leftover cheese so I sprinkled that on top of the burritos.

Bake for 15 minutes to 20 minutes, depending on your oven. Serve with salad, pico de gallo, sour cream, etc. Heat leftover enchilada sauce, and serve it as a dip.

You can use leftover rice, instant rice, Spanish rice, or any that you prefer. It really is up to you

If you do not eat red meat, you can most certainly use ground chicken or turkey, just make sure to add more oil because chicken and/or turkey is lean and does not contain as much fat compared to ground beef.

In the case of tortillas, use what you have. Larger would be fine too, but you would probably end up with 4-5 burritos instead of 8.


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Recipe provided courtesy of Sandra’s Easy Cooking food blog.