Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 30 mins

I was surprised to see that there are so many burrito casseroles on Zaar, but no one has posted an actual beef burrito recipe. Here is my recipe for the much loved Ground Beef Burrito! The key to this burrito in achieving that authentic Mexican flavor and mouth feel, is in the method for cooking the ground beef. If you decide to brown your ground beef or follow the directions on the spice package, you will end up with a totally different product.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. With your clean hands start by adding 3/4 to 1 cup of warm water and the burrito seasoning packet in a large pot. Place the raw hamburger in the liquid and use your hands to break all down so there are no chunks. Bring the mixture to a full boil then reduce the heat and allow to simmer, stirring occasionally, until all the liquid has been absorbed.
  2. Place a tortilla on a plate and cover with a damp towel. Microwave on high for 15 seconds. Remove tortilla from the microwave, uncover. Slightly off center of the tortilla, spread on 2 tablespoons of sour cream on the tortilla. Place 1/4 of the ground beef on top of the sour cream. Place 1/4 cup of the cheese blend on top of the ground beef. Sprinkle on tomatoes and green onions. Top with 2 tablespoons of Recipe #311703.
  3. Fold the front of the tortilla over the filling. Tuck the left and right sides of the tortilla inside as you roll. Roll the belly on top of the back so the weight of the filling holds it together. Use a small piece of masking tape if necessary, but remember to use only edible tape. : ).
Most Helpful

A very good idea to simmer the ground beef, as opposed to browning it. It doesn't take as long as readers have found to cook-off the liquid either; maybe 20 - 30 minutes. I added some bell peppers, red onion, cumin, and garlic, and I think it came out even better.

np_brennan December 18, 2012

Good grief this was good! I am kicking myself for all those years of making burritos by browning the meat in a pan instead of boiling it! My husband (who is the pickiest eater I have ever met) LOVED it!!! We loved the consistency of the meat, even our 3 year old who doesn't like beef ate half a burrito (she thought it was a bean burrito). I cannot wait to make this again! The only changes I made were adding cumin and melting the cheese in with the meat. Thanks so much for this recipe! It is a definite keeper!!!

bizlas January 21, 2011

These were great! We will definitely be having these again. Next time I may add a few things to the burrito to make it more interesting (rice, black olives, some re-fried beans) but I will never make meat for a burrito another way and am looking forward to trying meat like this on tacos and in enchiladas as well. Thanks!

tiffanylynn444 August 24, 2010