This delicious, easy beef burrito recipe takes under 30 minutes to prepare. I consider this fun food; I always feel like I’m at a party when I’m eating burritos.
Serve them with a side of my air fryer sweet potatoes and a bright, easy tomato salad like this one. Or, just serve them on their own – everyone will love them!
Why You’ll Love My Beef Burritos Recipe
- Quick and easy: I love how quick these are to make – they’re the perfect mid-week meal.
- Great for meal prep: You can make a batch of filling, assemble the burritos, and store them in the fridge or freezer for convenient grab-and-go meals throughout the week.
- Family-friendly: They’re a crowd-pleaser for all ages.
- Perfect for entertaining: You can set up a DIY burrito bar with various toppings and let your guests customize their burritos to their liking.
- Delicious leftovers: If you have any leftovers (doubtful), these beef burritos taste just as tasty the next day. You can reheat them in the microwave or oven.
Ingredients You’ll Need
Here’s what you’ll need to make these juicy, delicious burritos:
- Tortilla wraps: I recommend choosing large flour tortillas, preferably soft and pliable.
- Minced beef: You can substitute with ground turkey or chicken.
- Black beans: I recommend using canned black beans.
- Corn: Fresh, canned, or frozen corn kernels all work well. If using fresh corn, consider grilling or sautéing it briefly for added flavor.
- Grated cheddar: Sharp cheddar adds a delicious tang to the burritos. Experiment with other types of cheese, like Monterey Jack or Pepper Jack, for a different flavor profile.
- Lettuce leaves: For texture and crunch, choose crispy lettuce varieties like romaine or iceberg. Wash and pat dry the leaves before using them as a filling.
- Tomatoes: Roma tomatoes work well due to their firm texture and low moisture content, which prevents the burritos from becoming soggy.
- Onion: A yellow or white onion adds sweetness and depth of flavor to the filling.
- Tomato paste: Tomato paste enhances the richness and depth of the sauce.
- Olive oil: Use extra-virgin olive oil for sautéing the onions and beef. It adds a subtle fruity flavor to the filling. Alternatively, you can use vegetable oil or any neutral cooking oil.
- Paprika powder: Paprika adds a smoky, slightly spicy flavor to the filling.
- Cumin: Ground cumin contributes warm, earthy notes to the filling.
- Salt and pepper: Season to taste!
How To Make Beef Burritos
Step 1: Prepare the ingredients
Finely chop the onion and drain the beans and corn. Cut the tomatoes into small pieces and slice the lettuce leaves into thin strips.
Step 2: Cook the beef
Heat a pan with oil over medium heat. Add the ground beef to the pan and fry for a few minutes until browned.
Add the chopped onion to the pan and continue frying until softened. Stir in the tomato paste, drained beans, and corn into the pan with the beef and onion.
Season the mixture with salt, pepper, paprika powder, and cumin, stirring to combine well. Allow the flavors to meld over low heat while preparing the tortillas.
Step 3: Prepare the Tortillas
Warm the tortillas in a separate pan over medium heat for a few seconds on each side until softened.
Flip the tortillas and place grated cheese in the middle of each. Cover the pan with a lid and allow the cheese to melt slightly.
Step 4: Assembling the Burritos
Place the warmed tortillas on a plate. Spoon the prepared minced beef mixture onto the center of each tortilla. Add chopped tomatoes and sliced lettuce leaves on top of the beef mixture.
Fold in the short sides of the tortilla towards the center. Fold one long side tightly over the filling. Roll up the tortilla tightly to form a burrito, ensuring all the filling is enclosed. Repeat the process for the remaining tortillas and filling.
- Prep ingredients in advance: Before cooking, have your ingredients ready to go.
- Don’t overcook the beef: When frying the ground beef, avoid overcooking it, as this can result in a dry and tough texture. Cook the meat until it’s browned and no longer pink. This ensures the beef remains juicy.
- Adjust seasonings to taste: Taste the beef mixture before assembling the burritos and adjust the salt, pepper, paprika powder, and cumin as needed to suit your palate.
Yes! Corn tortillas can be used as a gluten-free alternative.
Yes, you can prepare beef burritos ahead of time for meal prep or convenience. Assemble the burritos, wrap them tightly in foil or plastic wrap, and store them in the refrigerator for 2–3 days.
Absolutely! Frozen beef burritos can be stored for up to 2-3 months.
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- Chop the onion finely, drain the beans and corn. Cut the tomatoes into small pieces and cut the lettuce leaves into thin strips.
- Heat a pan with oil and fry the ground beef for a few minutes.
- Then, add the onion and fry. Fold in the tomato paste, beans and corn. Then season everything with salt, pepper, paprika powder and cumin.
- Warm tortillas in a separate pan for a few seconds. Then turn it over and top with cheese in the middle. Cover the pan and let it melt.
- Place the tortillas on a plate and cover the center with the minced meat mixture, tomatoes, and lettuce leaves. Roll into a burrito. First, fold in the short sides, then fold one long side tightly over the filling and finally roll it up tightly. Complete!