Five Burrito and Burrito Bowl Recipes That Are Easy to Make and Sure to Satisfy

These fuss-free recipes show how simple it is to make a burrito at home. 

freezer burritos
Photo: Bryan Gardner

Whether you enjoy them for breakfast packed with eggs and bacon or for dinner with chicken and vegetables, burritos are a widely loved meal. The hearty wraps often feature rice and beans nestled into a soft, warm tortilla, but other than those two staple ingredients, the possibilities are truly endless. If you're a seafood lover, fill your burrito with grilled shrimp. For vegetarians, try a filling of beans, sautéed vegetables, or tofu. And then there's the toppings—choices of salsa, guacamole, pickled onions, jalapeños, and more add an abundance of flavor in every bite.

Another reason we love burritos is because they are so fuss-free. As easy to make as they are to clean up, most burrito recipes don't require much beyond a sauté pan, a pot of rice, and a bowl with your favorite toppings. So, what are you waiting for? Make burrito night a weekly tradition in your household. Here, we provide a few of our favorite recipes to get you started.

Freezer Burritos

A testament to how easy burritos are and what a good option they make for a weeknight meal, these Freezer Burritos come together in just 35 minutes. The recipe starts with sautéing minced garlic and chili powder with cooked beans. Once the flavors have melded together, the mixture is spread onto tortillas, then cooked rice, cheese, and your choice of protein and vegetables are layered on. Wrap the burritos up and eat then and there or store them in the freezer until you're ready to enjoy them. All it takes to defrost is a few minutes in the microwave.


Burrito Bowl

No tortilla? No problem. A Burrito Bowl is a simple solution if you don't have a wrap handy to swaddle your fixings in. This five-ingredient meal serves up a platter of rice, beans, your choice of protein, romaine lettuce, and fresh salsa. For an extra flavor, drizzle our Creamy Avocado Dressing on top—avocado, yogurt, scallions, and lime juice are blended together to form a smooth, tangy sauce.


Bean Burritos

The filling of these Bean Burritos is just so delicious and it's easy to make. Earthy, creamy pinto beans are cooked in a saucepan with fragrant onions, garlic, jalapeño, and cumin. Once the beans take on the sweet, spicy flavors from the aromatics, they're mixed with corn and scallions and nestled into tortillas along with cooked rice and cheese.

beef burritos

Beef-and-Potato Burritos

Ground beef is a commonly used filling for burritos, but here the addition of diced potatoes takes these Beef-and-Potato Burritos to the next level. The potatoes cook in a pan until they're lightly browned and crisped, then ground beef is mixed in along with onions, jalapeños, and salsa. The result is a savory filling that's given a kick of spice from the jalapeños and a touch of cumin. Spoon it into the tortillas with cheese, lettuce, sour cream, and more of your go-to toppings.

Healthy Chicken Burrito bowl
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Healthy Chicken Burrito Bowl

A simple marinade made with lime juice, garlic, and cilantro is all it takes to give the chicken breast halves in this Healthy Chicken Burrito Bowl its robust flavor (and it keeps the dish relatively low in calories). Once the chicken is cooked, add it to each bowl with rice, beans, corn, and cabbage slaw. Serve it with a selection of toppings—we love avocado, salsa, lime wedges, and extra cilantro.

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