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How to Make a Homemade Burrito

A homemade burrito typically involves assembling a variety of fillings inside a large flour tortilla, rolling it tightly to enclose the fillings, and optionally cooking or heating the assembled burrito.

The fillings for a homemade burrito can vary widely based on personal preferences and ingredients available, but commonly include components such as:

  1. Protein: Cooked and seasoned meats like grilled chicken, beef, pork, or even vegetarian options like beans, tofu, or tempeh.
  2. Rice or Quinoa: Often flavored with herbs, lime juice, or spices to complement the other ingredients.
  3. Beans: Refried beans, black beans, or pinto beans, either whole or mashed.
  4. Vegetables: Sautéed or roasted vegetables such as bell peppers, onions, corn, tomatoes, or lettuce for freshness.
  5. Cheese: Shredded cheese, commonly cheddar, Monterey Jack, or a Mexican cheese blend.
  6. Sauce or Salsa: Options can include salsa, guacamole, sour cream, hot sauce, or other condiments for added flavor.
  7. Extras: Ingredients like cilantro, diced jalapeños, olives, or pickled vegetables can also be added for additional taste and texture.

Once the fillings are assembled onto the tortilla, the burrito is rolled tightly to encase the fillings, creating a cylindrical shape. It can be served as is or heated on a skillet or grill to lightly crisp the tortilla and melt the cheese.

Homemade burritos offer versatility and the opportunity to customize the fillings according to personal taste preferences, making them a popular choice for a quick and customizable meal at home. Read on for a guide to our homemade burrito recipe.

Key Takeaways

  • Who this meal appeals to: Ideal for individuals or families looking for a quick, nutritious, and customizable meal.
  • Estimated Duration: Preparation takes about 15-30 minutes.
  • Nutrition Facts: Nutrition varies based on chosen ingredients; typically high in protein and fiber.

About this Recipe

Homemade burritos allow for a creative culinary experience. Common ingredients include ground beef, refried beans, cheese, and a variety of fresh or sautéed vegetables, all wrapped in a soft tortilla.

Equipment Required

  • Skillet or frying pan
  • Saucepan (for warming beans)
  • Baking sheet (if opting for baked burritos)


  • Ground beef or chosen protein
  • Taco seasoning
  • Refried beans or black beans
  • Cheese (e.g., Colby-Monterey Jack, Cheddar)
  • Flour tortillas
  • Optional: Rice, corn, vegetables, sour cream, and salsa


  1. Cook ground beef with taco seasoning in a skillet until browned.
  2. Warm refried beans in a saucepan.
  3. Lay out tortillas, spreading a portion of beans, beef, and cheese on each.
  4. Fold tortillas to encase the fillings, creating a burrito shape.
  5. Optional: Brown burritos in a skillet with a bit of oil or bake in a preheated oven for a crispy exterior.

Side Dishes

  • Mexican rice
  • Salad
  • Guacamole and chips

Storage Options

  • Cool burritos, then wrap individually in foil and store in the refrigerator or freezer.
  • Reheat in a microwave or oven.

Ingredient Substitutes

  • Protein: Ground turkey, chicken, or plant-based proteins.
  • Beans: Black beans, pinto beans.
  • Cheese: Any preferred cheese variety.

Alternatives to this Meal

  • Tacos
  • Quesadillas
  • Enchiladas


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