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How to Make Classic Beef Burritos

Classic beef burritos are a staple in Mexican cuisine, featuring a filling made primarily with seasoned ground beef and a variety of complementary ingredients, all wrapped in a flour tortilla. Here are the typical components of a classic beef burrito:

  1. Seasoned Ground Beef: Cooked ground beef seasoned with spices such as cumin, chili powder, garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, salt, and pepper. Some recipes might also incorporate diced onions and minced garlic for added flavor.
  2. Rice: Cooked white or brown rice, often flavored with lime juice, cilantro, or other seasonings.
  3. Beans: Refried beans or black beans are commonly used in beef burritos, adding texture and flavor to the filling.
  4. Cheese: Shredded cheese, like cheddar, Monterey Jack, or a Mexican blend, is added to provide creaminess and meltiness to the filling.
  5. Salsa or Pico de Gallo: A choice of mild to spicy salsa or freshly made pico de gallo for a burst of flavor and freshness.
  6. Sour Cream: Used to add creaminess and a tangy flavor to the burrito.
  7. Lettuce: Shredded lettuce is often included for its crispness and freshness.
  8. Guacamole or Avocado: Sliced or mashed avocado or guacamole for richness and creaminess.

All these ingredients are combined and placed in the center of a large flour tortilla. The tortilla is then folded and rolled tightly to encase the filling, creating a burrito. The filled burrito can be served as is or heated on a griddle or skillet to crisp up the tortilla slightly.

Classic beef burritos are versatile and can be customized based on personal preferences by adding or omitting ingredients. They are a popular choice in Mexican restaurants and are also frequently made at home due to their delicious flavors and satisfying nature.

Key Takeaways

  • Who This Meal Appeals To: Meat lovers, Mexican food enthusiasts, busy families
  • Estimated Duration: 45 minutes
  • Nutrition Facts: Approximately 550 calories per burrito, high in protein and fiber

About This Recipe

This recipe brings together savory beef, beans, and vegetables, all snugly wrapped in a soft tortilla. It’s the perfect harmony of texture and taste.

Equipment Required

  • Large Skillet
  • Cutting Board
  • Chef’s Knife
  • Mixing Bowls
  • Measuring Cups and Spoons


  • 1.5 pounds ground beef
  • 4 large flour tortillas
  • 1 cup cooked rice
  • 1 can (15 oz) black beans, drained
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup salsa
  • 2 avocados, diced
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Optional: Sour cream, cilantro for garnish


  1. Prep Ingredients: Chop onion, mince garlic, dice avocados.
  2. Cook Beef: Heat olive oil in skillet. Add onions and garlic, sauté until soft. Add ground beef, cook until browned. Season with salt and pepper.
  3. Assemble Fillings: In a bowl, mix cooked rice, black beans, and diced avocados.
  4. Heat Tortillas: On a dry skillet, heat each tortilla for 30 seconds on each side.
  5. Build Your Burrito: Lay out a tortilla, add a scoop of beef, followed by rice-bean-avocado mixture, cheese, and salsa.
  6. Wrap It Up: Fold in the sides, then roll the burrito from the bottom up.
  7. Optional: Heat the wrapped burrito on a skillet for 2 minutes each side for a crispy finish.

Side Dishes

  • Guacamole
  • Mexican street corn
  • Green salad

Storage Options

  • Fridge: Store in airtight container for up to 3 days
  • Freezer: Wrap in foil and store for up to 1 month

Ingredient Substitutes

  • Ground beef -> Ground turkey, chicken, or plant-based meat
  • Flour tortillas -> Corn tortillas, whole grain tortillas
  • Cheddar -> Monterey Jack, mozzarella

Alternatives to This Meal

  • Beef Tacos
  • Chicken Enchiladas
  • Vegetarian Quesadillas


Classic Beef Burritos offer a culinary experience that’s versatile, delicious, and utterly satisfying. Master this recipe, and you’ll always have a go-to meal that’s a crowd-pleaser. Happy cooking!