Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Beef and Bean Burritos



Ground beef, pinto beans and salsa fill this crispy, oven-baked burrito. Personalize them with your favorite toppings for a great dinner everyone will enjoy! 

Oven Baked Beef and Bean Burritos for a weeknight or celebration. Great dinner for Cinco de Mayo! Ground beef, beans, salsa, and toppings in crispy, oven-baked burritos.


I crave the flavors of Mexican food (or at least Tex-Mex) at least weekly. Some of my favorite things include jalapenos and cilantro! And then there's the cheesy dishes and dips you get with Tex-Mex - I cannot resist!

Last week's package of ground beef was begging to be turned into an amazing Tex Mex dinner, and I just happened to be craving it, so this happened - ground beef, pinto beans, and salsa all stuffed in an oven baked burrito and personalized with out favorite toppings.

Oven Baked Beef and Bean Burritos for a weeknight or celebration. Great dinner for Cinco de Mayo! Ground beef, beans, salsa, and toppings in crispy, oven-baked burritos.


Usually when I make tacos I just brown the meat, add the spices and let it simmer for a few minutes until I'm ready to start assembling. With some extra time to spare last week, I let this meat mixture simmer for 45 minutes to give it some really amazing flavors.

Oven Baked Beef and Bean Burritos for a weeknight or celebration. Great dinner for Cinco de Mayo! Ground beef, beans, salsa, and toppings in crispy, oven-baked burritos.


When stuffing the burritos it is really important not to include the liquid from the meat. You'll naturally get some in there, but use a slotted spoon so most of it drains. Once stuffed, I placed them on a rack on a foil lined baking tray and sprayed them with cooking spray. 20 minutes in the oven and they were perfectly crispy.

Oven Baked Beef and Bean Burritos for a weeknight or celebration. Great dinner for Cinco de Mayo! Ground beef, beans, salsa, and toppings in crispy, oven-baked burritos.


The best thing about build-your-own meals (things like pizzas, tacos, baked potatoes, etc.) is that everyone can top their food with their favorite things.

My husband chose salsa, cheese, lettuce, tomato, jalapeno slices and avocado slices with some sour cream on the side.

Oven Baked Beef and Bean Burritos for a weeknight or celebration. Great dinner for Cinco de Mayo! Ground beef, beans, salsa, and toppings in crispy, oven-baked burritos.


I love creamy and cheesy sauces, so I made a creamy cheese sauce with a kick from a special spice blend that my friend makes. It has so much heat and the best flavor! I also topped mine with jalapenos, tomatoes and cilantro.

Oven Baked Beef and Bean Burritos for a weeknight or celebration. Great dinner for Cinco de Mayo! Ground beef, beans, salsa, and toppings in crispy, oven-baked burritos.


I was so excited to cut into these. The meat had such a robust flavor from simmering in the salsa and spices, and the cheese sauce combined with everything for such an amazing, flavorful bite.

Oven Baked Beef and Bean Burritos for a weeknight or celebration. Great dinner for Cinco de Mayo! Ground beef, beans, salsa, and toppings in crispy, oven-baked burritos.

Give these a try and let me know how you like to top yours!

Beef and Bean Burritos
Original Recipe by Mary Ellen of Mary Ellen's Cooking Creations

Ingredients

  • 1 lb of lean ground beef (I prefer 96%)
  • 1/2 of a medium yellow onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 24-oz jar of your favorite chunky salsa 
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 can pinto beans (or black beans if you prefer)
  • 6 burrito sized tortilla shells
  • Cooking spray
  • Toppings: cheese (cotija or queso blanco would be my choice), tomatoes, lettuce, jalapenos, sour cream, cilantro, avocado, cheese sauce (recipe follows)
Directions
  • Pre-heat your oven to 400 degrees. Line a baking sheet with foil and top with a rack. A cooling rack works perfectly for this. 
  • Heat a non-stick skillet over medium-high heat. Add your ground beef and brown, breaking it up into smaller pieces. 
  • Once browned, add the onions and garlic; stir 1 minute. 
  • Add the salsa, cumin, chili powder, salt and pepper. Stir and let simmer, uncovered, for 15-45 minutes, depending on how much time you have. Stir occasionally.
  • Place a tortilla on a flat surface. Spoon 2 spoonfuls of the meat mixture below the center of the tortilla. Fold in the bottom to cover the mixture, fold in the 2 sides, roll away from you. Roll in the sides again and roll until everything has been tucked in. Place seam side down on the rack and spray quickly with cooking spray. Repeat to make all of the burritos.
  • Bake for 20 minutes, turning the broiler on for the last 2 minutes. 
  • Plate and top with your preferred toppings. Serve immediately.
Creamy Cheesy Sauce
  • 1 Tbsp butter
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp flour
  • 1 c whole milk
  • 1 Tbsp of your favorite chili/spicy spice blend OR chili powder/salt/ground cayenne pepper/black pepper mixture
  • A few dashes of your favorite hot sauce
  • 1/2 c shredded Mexican blend cheese
Melt the butter and oil in a small pot. Whisk in the flour until completely combined. Slowly whisk in the milk and add your spices and hot sauce; continue to stir. Once the milk comes to a light but steady simmer, remove it from the heat and add in your cheese. Adjust seasoning to taste. Serve over the baked burritos. 







 photo marysig_zps976fc4b2.png

Print this post

No comments:

Post a Comment