Semi-Homemade Burritos

I happened to have all the ingredients for some delicious burritos and decided to make some for dinner tonight. The recipe makes 8 which is perfect for 2 burritos each for a family of 4,  easy leftovers to take to work, or enough for a small get together with friends. It’s only me so I’ll be having a quick yet filling lunch for the next few days. Just reheat the meat, bean, and rice mixture, warm the tortilla, and combine with your favorite toppings. Easy, cheap, delicious, and, most importantly, nutritious.

Makes: 8 burritos

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes


  • Oven
  • Saucepan
  • Spoon
  • Colander
  • Measuring cup
  • Microwave with microwaveable plate or oven with cookie sheet & foil


  • 1 Old El Paso burrito kit (or similar brand) which includes tortillas, beans, rice, and seasoning
  • Oil (vegetable, olive, canola, any kind will do really)
  • 1 pound ground meat (beef or turkey)
  • 2 cups water
  • Toppings of your choice – I chose mango, avocado, grape tomatoes, and scallions. Other good choices would be cilantro, olives, salsa, guacamole, cheese, sour cream (or better yet, Greek yogurt), peppers, onions, or mushrooms.


  • Put saucepan on stove with medium heat, spread enough oil to cover half the pan and move pan to spread oil enough to coat pan thinly
  • Once pan is warm (but not hot or smoking, you can place hand near top of pan and feel warmth), place ground meat into pan

ground beef

  • Stir with spoon occasionally until fully cooked (no more pink is seen)

cooked before drained

  • Pour cooked meat into colander in the sink to drain (do not rinse), then pour drained meat back into saucepan

cooked meat

  • Add 2 cups of water along with beans, rice, and seasoning from kit into the meat and bring to a boil on high heat

water seasoning beans & rice stirred boil

  • Once mixture is boiling, reduce heat to low to simmer for 10 minutes


  • If you are heating the tortillas in the oven, preheat to 325°F, remove tortillas from package, wrap in foil, place on cookie sheet, and bake 10 minutes or until warm (if you are heating in the microwave skip this step)
  • During this time, prepare chosen toppings (peel & slice mang0, dice tomatoes, slice avocado, cut scallions, etc), make sure to stir meat mixture occasionally


  • If you are heating the tortillas in the microwave, during the last minute of simmering the meat, remove the stack of tortillas from the package, place on a microwaveable plate, and microwave for 45-60 seconds or until warm
  • Spoon 1/8 of meat filling onto 1 tortilla along with toppings and enjoy!

tortilla with toppings tortilla with meat and toppings finished burrito

  • Refrigerate any leftovers

Nutrition  for 1 burrito (using Old El Paso burrito kit tortilla, beans, rice, and seasoning and seasoned Jennie-O ground turkey meat):

  • Calories: 270
  • Total fat: 11.5 g
  • Saturated fat: 3 g
  • Cholesterol: 50 mg
  • Sodium: 870 mg
  • Total carbohydrate: 31 g
  • Dietary fiber: 2 g
  • Sugar: 1 g
  • Protein: 12 g

Keep in mind what toppings you are adding. Cheese & sour cream will add protein along with saturated fat, cholesterol, and sodium.

Note that I used seasoned ground turkey meat which increased the sodium content considerably by 400 mg per pound of meat versus plain ground turkey.


If you bought the burrito kit BOGO with coupons and the ground turkey meat BOGO with coupons like I did:

  • 1 burrito without toppings is only $0.20 for a burrito
  • I bought the mango from Target for $1.29 and used it for all 8 burritos
  • I bought avocados from Target from $1 each and used 2 for all 8 burritos
  • I bought scallions from the farmers market for $0.75 for 2 bunches and used about 1/4 of a bunch
  • I bought grape tomatoes from Sam’s Club for $5.48 for about 100 grape tomatoes and used 20 for all 8 burritos

Do the math and that’s about $0.87 for each burrito.

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