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Chicken Burrito

How to Make a Chicken Burrito

A chicken burrito is a popular Mexican dish made by wrapping a flour tortilla around a filling containing cooked and seasoned chicken along with other ingredients. The filling typically includes ingredients such as:

  1. Cooked Chicken: Often seasoned with spices like cumin, chili powder, garlic, and paprika.
  2. Rice: Sometimes flavored with lime juice and cilantro.
  3. Beans: Refried beans or black beans are common choices.
  4. Cheese: Shredded cheese, such as cheddar or Monterey Jack.
  5. Salsa or Pico de Gallo: A choice of mild to spicy salsa or freshly made pico de gallo.
  6. Sour Cream: Used as a creamy addition.
  7. Lettuce: Shredded lettuce for freshness.
  8. Guacamole or Avocado: Sliced or mashed avocado or guacamole for richness.

These ingredients are combined, and the tortilla is filled with the mixture, then folded and rolled to enclose the filling, creating a burrito. The filled burrito is typically served warm and can be grilled or heated on a skillet for a crispy exterior.

Chicken burritos are a popular and customizable dish, allowing for variations in the choice of ingredients and toppings based on personal preferences. They’re often served in Mexican restaurants and are also frequently made at home due to their delicious and satisfying flavors.

Key Takeaways

  • Who This Meal Appeals to: Individuals or families looking for a quick, nutritious meal with the comforting flavors of Mexican cuisine.
  • Estimated Duration: Preparation takes about 25-30 minutes, with a cook time of 30 minutes.
  • Nutrition Facts: Nutrition varies based on chosen ingredients; typically high in protein and fiber with the inclusion of beans and vegetables.

About this Recipe

The chicken burrito recipe is versatile and can be tailored to personal preferences. Common fillings include shredded chicken, refried beans, cheese, rice, and a variety of fresh or sautéed vegetables, all wrapped in a soft tortilla.

Equipment Required

  • Skillet or frying pan
  • Baking dish (if opting for baked burritos)


  • Shredded chicken (cooked)
  • Flour tortillas
  • Cheese (e.g., Monterey Jack, Cheddar)
  • Refried beans or black beans
  • Sautéed vegetables (e.g., onions, bell peppers)
  • Optional: Rice, corn, salsa, sour cream, and additional toppings like guacamole or lettuce


  1. Prepare Filling:
  • Sauté vegetables in a skillet over medium heat.
  • Add shredded chicken, beans, and any other desired ingredients, stirring well.
  • Cook until everything is heated through.
  1. Assemble Burritos:
  • Lay out tortillas and distribute the filling evenly among them.
  • Sprinkle with cheese and any additional desired toppings.
  • Fold tortillas to encase the fillings, creating a burrito shape.
  1. Cook Burritos (Optional):
  • For a crispy finish, place assembled burritos seam-side down in a hot skillet and sear for 2-3 minutes on each side until golden brown.
  • Alternatively, for baked burritos, place in a baking dish, spoon some salsa over the top, and bake in a preheated oven.

Side Dishes

  • Mexican rice
  • Salad
  • Chips and guacamole

Storage Options

  • Refrigerate leftovers in an airtight container for up to 4 days. Reheat in the microwave with a little extra salsa and cheese.
  • For freezing, wrap burritos individually in plastic wrap or foil, store in a zippered bag, and freeze. Thaw in the fridge overnight or use the defrost setting on the microwave, then reheat.

Ingredient Substitutes

  • Protein: Substitute chicken with turkey, beef, or plant-based proteins.
  • Beans: Black beans, pinto beans.
  • Tortillas: Corn tortillas as a gluten-free option.

Alternatives to this Meal

  • Chicken tacos
  • Chicken quesadillas
  • Chicken enchiladas


Chicken burritos are a delightful and satisfying meal choice, offering a canvas for culinary creativity with various ingredients to suit different tastes and dietary needs.