Bean Burritos

Cheesy bean burritos are so easy to whip up for dinner! These are perfect for making ahead of time, or freezing for later.

If you like burritos, try these Green Chili Smothered Burritos, or even our Breakfast Burritos, which also make for a great freezer meal!

A bean burrito on a white plate with a side of Mexican rice

Bean and Cheese Burritos – a Family Fav

Who doesn’t love a good bean and cheese burrito? They just hit the spot sometimes, don’t they?

No only are they delicious, but they only require simple ingredients that you can find at the grocery store. If you are feeling adventurous though, we do have recipes for homemade refried beans, taco seasoning and flour tortillas. 😉

These bean burritos are so easy to make during the week for dinner or even for lunch. They can be made in under 30 minutes with just a few simple steps. They’re also great to make ahead of time and keep in the freezer for a quick lunch or afternoon snack.

Ingredients for bean and cheese burritos

How to Make Bean Burritos

FILLING. Add the beans, shortening, and milk to a medium sauce pan and heat over medium heat. Make sure to stir frequently, until smooth. Stir in the cheddar cheese and taco seasoning.

TORTILLAS. Cook the flour tortillas according to the package directions. Keep warm in a towel or tortilla warmer until ready to use.

ASSEMBLE. To assemble the burritos, add ⅓ cup of beans to the center of a tortilla, then sprinkle with 2 tablespoons of cheddar cheese. Fold in the edges of the tortilla toward the center, then roll up, tucking in all of the filling.

recipe Tips & Toppings

Tips:

  • Warming your tortillas beforehand will help them roll easier. 
  • Make them toasted: Heat a skillet on the stove, then add 1 tablespoon of oil. Place the wrapped burrito in the pan, seam down, and toast on all sides. 

Toppings/fillings: I like making plane bean and cheese burritos especially if I’m serving children, a large crowd, or freezing them. Often I will have toppings on the side for people to dress up their burrito to their liking. Some sides include: 

  • shredded lettuce
  • diced tomatoes
  • sour cream
  • Pico de Gayllo
  • Salsa
  • Guacamole
  • Diced chilies or peppers
  • Hot Sauce
  • Add shredded beef, pork or chicken

A scoop of beans and cheese on top of a flour tortilla

How to Store, freeze + reheat

In my opinion these make of the best freezer meals. They are easy to assemble, easy to reheat, and delicious to eat! Win-Win-Win! 

To prep these burritos for storage you’ll want to wrap each burrito in plastic wrap. If you are going to refrigerate them, just place them in the fridge for up to a week. To freeze them you’ll want to wrap each burrito again with aluminum foil. The foil wrapped burritos will last for up to 6 months in the freezer. 

To reheat in the microwave: remove the foil and plastic wrap. Use a fork to poke a few holes in the tortilla. Wrap in a paper towel, defrost if frozen, and then heat for 1-2 minutes or until hot.

To heat in the oven: remove the foil and plastic wrap. Preheat the oven to 450°F. Place burritos on a baking sheet and heat for about 10 minutes or until hot. If the burritos are frozen, then you’ll want to remove the plastic, but then rewrap them with only the foil. Bake for about 40 minutes. Remove the foil and bake for another 10 minutes. (bake times may vary a bit)

Refried bean burritos on a serving platter

For more Mexican dishes, try:

Bean Burrito Recipe

5 from 5 votes
Cheesy bean burritos are so easy to whip up for dinner! These are perfect for making ahead of time, or freezing for later.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 12
Calories 275 kcal
Author Lil' Luna

Ingredients

for the beans:

  • 1 30 ounce can refried beans
  • 1/4 cup Crisco shortening
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 teaspoon taco seasoning

for assembling:

  • 12 uncooked soft taco size flour tortillas
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese

Instructions
 

  • Add the beans, shortening, and milk to a medium sauce pan and heat over medium heat, stirring frequently, until smooth. Stir in the cheddar cheese and taco seasoning.
  • Cook the flour tortillas according to the package directions. Keep warm in a towel until ready to use.
  • To assemble the burritos, add ⅓ cup of beans to the center of a tortilla, then sprinkle with 2 tablespoons cheddar cheese. Fold in the edges of the tortilla toward the center, then roll up, tucking in all of the filling.
  • To refrigerate or freeze for later, wrap each burrito in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for up to a week, or place in a freezer-safe container and freeze for up to six months. When ready to reheat, unwrap the plastic wrap, wrap the burrito in a paper towel, and microwave for 1-2 minutes, until heated through.

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Kristyn Merkley

My name is Kristyn and I’m the mom of SIX stinkin’ cute kids and the wife to my smokin’ hot hubby, Lo. My mom’s maiden name is Luna, and I’m one of the many crafty “Lil’ Lunas” in the fam. On this site I like to share all things creative - from recipes to home decor to gifts and home decor ideas. Welcome!

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Comments:

      1. Thanks for answering my question so quickly! If I use the larger tortilla, how many will i need? Just bought the stuff i need to try these. can’t wait to taste them.

        1. You are welcome! Honestly, it just depends on how much you fill them or how many you are trying to feed. I would just buy a pack of tortillas, based on your need & you you can put a lot of beans or not too much to make as many as you need.

  1. 5 stars
    We make these a couple times a month!! The beans are restaurant quality, better even & it’s the easiest, quickest meal to make!

  2. 5 stars
    Thank you so much for sharing this amazing recipe! Will surely have this again! It’s really easy to make and it tasted so delicious! Highly recommended!

  3. 5 stars
    The best quickest meal around. Who doesn’t like cheesy bean burritos? You can pear these with something else or eat alone.

  4. 5 stars
    These are so simple and so delicious! I love making a bunch of these ahead of time so they’re even easier to get ready for a meal!

  5. 5 stars
    The bean filling of these are absolutely delicious. I love that I can make several and put some in the freezer for a quick meal or snack.