Ground Beef Burritos

"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."
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4 whole burritos




  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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. : ).

Questions & Replies

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  1. Race B.
    The first four words of the directions really made me smile. Thank you for keeping the reminder alive. We all need to follow your example.
  2. eashcraft01
    What the heck is recipe #311703?


  1. Dessert Rose
    Wonderful. I roll up with cheese, spray all over with cooking spray and bake for 18 minutes, they crisp like a chimichangas! I use homemade taco seasoning without salt. You can add diced cooked potatoes, black beans. You can use cream cheese (very low salt) cheddar etc. so versatile! Microwave for soft burrito. See my pic.
  2. Janet T
    We love our burrito made this way. I used my own homemade taco seasoning, added a bay leaf during boiling/simmer time & removed it when it was done. My Mexican hubs says his mother also boil/simmer down ground beef this way, it makes the meat soft fine texture. I also tried this with ground turkey the only thing i do differently is add a teaspoon of better than beef bullion and eliminate salt in my homemade taco seasoning and add a little chopped bellpeper.
  3. np_brennan
    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.
  4. bizlas
    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!!!
  5. tiffanylynn444
    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!


  1. buzzsau
    I loved this recipe! Made it awhile back and am going to make again this week. It is definitely a great recipe for the meat. I made up my own dry burrito mix but used smoked chipotle powder instead of chili powder. Turned out good but would probably add more smoked chipotle powder next time. Thanks for a great recipe!!!



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