I have a teenage son. He hasn't stopped eating for six months! No lie. This child has eaten a whole box of cereal for breakfast, the whole box...by himself! I started buying packages of frozen burritos specifically for him to eat when he needs a snack or for after he's eaten all the rest of the food in the house. Those pre-made frozen burritos aren't terribly expensive but he was going through the 8 ct. packages pretty fast and lets face it, they can't be that healthy. I'm not even sure exactly what's in there. I figured I should make my own. I can do a large batch, it has to be cheaper than buying and best of all, I know what's inside it.
I'm not the first to blog about frozen burritos, I've seen them on Pinterest. We all do them a little differently though, so I figured I'd share mine too. This recipe is for chicken but you could use any other meat. The first batch I ever made was with leftover roast pork. They turned out amazing and finding new ways to use leftovers is always great. The best thing about making these burritos is that this recipe is very flexible, use it as a guideline. You like peppers, potatoes? throw 'em in there!
- 3 chicken breasts(cooked and diced)
- 1/2 onion diced
- 1 can refried beans
- 1-2 servings cooked rice(instant Minute Rice is perfect for this)
- 1 envelope taco seasoning
- 1 1/4 cup water
- grated cheddar cheese
- 2 packages tortillas
OK, here I'm talking about knowing what my kids are eating and I put in taco seasoning from an envelope! Gasp! I know, I know...if you make your own taco seasoning, you're awesome, use it!
First, cook and dice/shred up your meat. Prepare your rice. If you don't regularly eat rice, instant Minute Rice is fast, and works great for this recipe. In a large pot place chicken, onions, refried beans, taco seasoning and water*. Warm up and stir all indredients just until combined over medium heat. Stir in the rice.
*Depending on your taste, you might not want to add the entire package of taco seasoning. Start with half and see how it tastes. If you cut back on taco seasoning, you might also want to cut back a little on the water as well.
Remove from heat. I warm up tortillas a few at a time in microwave before I start wrapping because I think it makes them easier to work with and less likely to rip. Spoon your filling in center of tortilla, add some cheese and wrap. Place finished burritos in ziploc bags and freeze! To heat, microwave for 2 minutes, flipping over after 1 minute.
How many burritos you get will depend on how much filling you use in each. I end up using a little more than the one package of tortillas, which is why I say get two. You can always place your leftover tortillas in the freezer and save for the next time you make burritos.
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