Best Freezer Burritos Recipe
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Best Freezer Burritos Recipe

Aug 13, 2023

Whether you’re craving a hit of nostalgia or looking to stock up on easy after-school snacks, these beef and bean freezer burritos will make you want to clear some space in the icebox. To make these after-school/work snacks, ground beef gets simmered in hearty spiced tomato sauce, then layered into a flour tortilla with refried beans, rice, and a blend of Monterey Jack and cheddar cheese. Even though the goal is to get these wrapped and in the freezer for a future snack, we won’t judge if you eat one right away.

Despite the savory, cheesy filling, the best part about this recipe is all of the pantry-friendly, time-saving shortcuts. Using pre-made taco seasoning, diced tomatoes with green chiles, and canned seasoned refried beans means you get to save time on prep without skimping on flavor. You can also opt for pre-shredded Mexican blend cheese instead of the Monterey Jack and cheddar blend we used. To serve, add a dollop of sour cream, guacamole, or pico de gallo.

How long do the burritos last in the freezer?Double-wrapping them in plastic and foil will keep them protected in the freezer for up to 3 months, creating the perfect snack for a busy life.

Is there a vegetarian option?For our plant-based friends, there’s an equally filling vegetarian version. Swap the ground beef for a rinsed can of beans or 1 pound diced extra-firm tofu.

Did you make these burritos? Let us know how it went!

canola oil, divided

ground beef

taco seasoning

kosher salt, plus more

jalapeño, seeds removed, finely chopped

chopped red onion

cloves garlic, chopped

(15-oz.) can fire roasted diced tomatoes with green chiles

Freshly ground black pepper

(15-oz.) can refried black or pinto beans or homemade refried beans

Monterey Jack cheese, shredded

sharp cheddar cheese, shredded

(10") flour tortillas

cooked white or brown rice, cooled

Brooke Caison is the food editor at Delish, where she develops and styles original recipes, writes the weekly membership newsletter, and appears as occasional on-camera talent for Delish's YouTube channel. She's obsessed with the idea of bringing restaurant methods to the home cook with foolproof techniques and organized cooking (like how to safely shuck a clam or tackle a complex baking project). A graduate of ICE, she was previously a line cook, hospitality manager for the opening season of Little Island, and culinary assistant to Top Chef judge and food expert Gail Simmons. Her work has also appeared on Martha Stewart. There's no food she won’t try, but cranberry whipped feta dip has her heart.

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