Rather than ordering takeout on a weeknight, take out an ingenious preassembled meal. Saute some minced garlic and chili powder and stir in cooked beans; spread it on a tortilla; and layer on cooked rice, cheese, and any shredded meat and vegetables you like. Then swaddle and stash in the freezer -- the burritos can be defrosted in the microwave or oven and couldn't be more satisfying.

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Directions

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  • Heat a medium skillet over medium-high. Swirl in oil. Add garlic; cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add chili powder; cook 30 seconds. Add chiles; cook 1 minute. Add beans and liquid, season with salt and pepper, and cook, mashing with a potato masher or the back of a spoon, until liquid is reduced and thickened, and some beans are mashed and some are whole, about 2 minutes.

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  • Layer each tortilla with 1/3 cup bean mixture, followed by 1/4 cup each rice; cheese; meat, tofu, or vegetables; and greens. Fold in edges, then roll up into a tight package. Wrap each in plastic wrap, then freeze in a single layer. Transfer to freezer bags and store in freezer up to 3 months.

  • To serve, defrost and heat through burritos in a microwave, flipping once, 2 minutes (or in a 350-degree oven, wrapped in foil, 25 minutes). Heat a little oil in a medium nonstick skillet; add reheated burrito. Cook until crisp and browned, 1 to 2 minutes per side.

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