Frozen Burritos – A small batch

March 12, 2011 at 3:07 pm Leave a comment

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I usually find homemade is better than store bought, and these are no exception. So much better than the ones you get in your grocers freezer. This recipe was inspired by one found on the blog The Fine Things in Life, once again reduced in size for a small batch version.

1/2 pound ground beef
1 can refried beans (or make your own)
1/2 cup whole cooked beans (optional)
1  8-ounce can tomato sauce*
1 small onion, minced
1 clove garlic, minced
4 ounces cheese, shredded (cheddar, jack, a mix)
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon ground coriander
1/2 teaspoon sugar
oil, for sautéing
8 tortillas (burrito size)

Brown ground beef
add onion, garlic, spices, oregano, and sugar, cook until somewhat browned
add tomato sauce, refried beans, and cheese (and a splash of water if necessary)
stir to combine
bring to a boil and reduce heat
simmer for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally
chill mixture well for ease of filling

Scoop approximately three 1/4 cups full of beef mixture down one side of each tortilla
fold the sides in and roll up
wrap individually in first a paper towel and then foil
place in a zip-top bag and freeze

Reheat in the microwave for 2 to 3 minutes on Jigh

* If you choose to use a half can of prepared enchilada sauce instead of making your own, just skip the tomato sauce, cumin, coriander, and sugar. Throw everything but the tortillas in the pan, after browning the meat and continue.

[Edit] Variation: Recently I made these with approximately 2 cups of cooked, shredded chicken and a 4 ounce can of pickled jalapeno peppers instead of ground beef, and they were very tasty. And now I’m considering throwing in some leftover rice…

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