31 August 2010

Lauren's Tasty Burritos

This easy-peasy family meal recipe (and cute photo) has been shared by Lauren of Sparkling Adventures. I think my family will love this one, Lauren- and it can be prepared ahead, even better for those busy days when a pre-prepared meal comes in handy.

Lauren writes: "You know when you want an easy recipe that will feed the whole family, freeze easily and can be heated in a flash? This is that recipe. And it tastes very good too!"

Tasty Burritos


1 kg minced meat (leave out for vegetarian versions)

2 tins refried beans

1 jar enchilada sauce (375g is what was available where I shopped)

1/2 c. water

1 small chopped onion

3 minced garlic cloves

1 Tbsp chili powder

1 tsp salt

1 tsp dried oregano

500 g grated cheese (whatever kind/brand, low-fat or not)

(optional) one finely-chopped head of broccoli for extra vegie goodness

20 tortillas


1.If you’re not vegetarian, brown the meat in a frying pan. Drain the fat.

2. Add the remaining ingredients and simmer for about half an hour — until your cheese is melted through and the vegies are soft. (This is my kind of cooking! I love just throwing everything into a pot and pulling out a delicious meal!)

3. The burrito bean and meat mix, all cooked up and then cooled down is ready to scoop onto the tortillas.

4. Scoop some of the mixture onto the middle of a tortilla — not too much.

5. Start folding the tortilla over the short ends of the meat/bean mix first.

6. Wrap your burrito in a paper towel before sealing it in foil.

7. If you want to freeze these, seal the foil packets in a zip-locked bag so they’re airtight. When you bring them out to eat, you can either re-heat them in the oven or remove the foil and re-heat them in the microwave (with the paper-towel still wrapped around them). To go from fully frozen to edible, microwave one packet for one minute.

8. To serve, open them up part-ways and add the usual toppings — cucumber, tomato, lettuce, cheese, sour cream, etc. I find that the kids enjoy eating them as-is, which makes these even easier!

Thanks Lauren!

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