Freezer standby meals don’t get any better than this – burritos filled with Mexican Shredded Beef in a rich, thick sauce, and stuffed with Mexican Red Rice and cheese. SO GOOD!
Last week, I shared my Mexican Shredded Beef recipe. Beef slow cooked with classic Mexican flavours then shredded and tossed in the glorious sauce the beef was cooked in. The beef is really juicy, fall apart tender, and the sauce is really something else! To be honest, it’s hard to go wrong with the braising liquid from anything slow cooked. 🙂
The recipe for my Mexican Shredded Beef makes a LOT of beef. When you shred meat, it always makes it seem like so much more which is a good thing because it goes further! Look at this mound of goodness…….
In that post, I made tacos out of the beef. And today I’m sharing burritos made with the same beef. Freezer friendly ones! I had a ridiculous amount of beef (from testing the recipe multiple times) so I made them freezer friendly so I didn’t have to worry about ensuring they were consumed within a couple of days. 🙂
I stuffed my burritos with the shredded beef, cheese and my Mexican Red Rice. Have you tried it? I think it tastes just like the rice you get at restaurants! I make it a bit differently to other recipes you will find….because I make it like fried rice! Using Enchilada sauce and Mexican spices instead of soy sauce and other Asian condiments, and “stir frying” cooked rice. It works really well!
There is a bit of an art to rolling burritos. I must admit, I struggle. I blame my hands. Bay Hands (i.e. abnormally small hands) are NOT made for rolling up generously stuffed burritos! Here’s how I roll them. The little extra step I do is using a knife (blunt side down) to help keep the stuffing in place while I pull the bottom part of the tortilla over the filling. I’m pretty sure that people with larger hands will not need the knife!
I made these burritos freezer friendly but if you are making them to consume immediately or you want to do a “DIY Burrito Spread”, feel free to add other burrito fillings. I only use beef, rice and cheese because all the ingredients freeze perfectly. My other favourite fillings include pico de gallo or just plain sliced/diced tomatoes, cilantro/coriander, avocado, salsa, sour cream (yes, I love putting sour cream in the burrito!) and lettuce. But none of these freeze well which is why I haven’t included them in my freezer friendly burrito. 🙂
But here’s a photo of a non-freezer friendly burrito, in case that’s what you want to make! I’ve included some notes in the recipe too.
Time to get stuck into my lunch! I’m having this one! – Nagi x
- 8 large extra soft flour tortillas (10"/26cm)
- 1 1/2 to 2 cups shredded cheese (I used Monterey Jack)
- 3 to 4 cups Mexican Shredded Beef plus sauce , tossed or separated (Note 1)
- 2 cupsMexican Red Rice
Microwave half the tortillas very briefly to warm them up (15 seconds or so). This ensures they don't crack when you roll them.
Place 1 tortilla on a workbench - cover the rest with a tea towel to keep them warm.
Place cheese down the middle of the tortilla, then top with 1/3 cup of beef then 1/4 cup rice.
Roll the burrito up. (Note 2) Wrap in foil to hold it together.
If you are serving it immediately, heat a skillet over medium heat. Cook the burritos for around 4 to 5 minutes on each side to make the tortilla brown and heat the inside through.
If freezing, place in the freezer. To reheat, you can either bake from frozen (with foil on) at 350F/180C for about 40 to 45 minutes, or thaw and cook in the skillet per above. You could microwave it (remove the foil) but I like my burritos a bit crispy!
1. If I make the Mexican Shredded Beef ahead of time or a freeze it, I keep the sauce separate so the beef doesn't get too soggy. To make the burritos, you can either toss the beef in the sauce or you can simply drizzle sauce on the beef when you place it on the tortilla.
2. I only use beef, rice and cheese in this freezer friendly burrito because they freeze perfectly. My other favourite fillings include pico de gallo or just plain sliced/diced tomatoes, cilantro/coriander, avocado, salsa, sour cream (yes, I love putting sour cream in the burrito!) and lettuce. But none of these freeze well which is why I haven't included them in my freezer friendly burrito. 🙂
3. This is how I roll a burrito - I am not very good and I put that down to having small hands! If you are stuffing the burritos with a lot of filling, like I usually do, I find it handy to use a knife to help hold the filling in place as I fold up the bottom.
No nutrition today. Too difficult to calculate because this uses 2 recipes!