Homemade Burritos • 2nd Penny Pinching Party

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

When I was growing up my mom always made homemade burritos and kept them in the freezer for us. They were great for lunch, a snack, or when we didn't like dinner. Now I make them for my family and they cost around 25 cents each. Because they are homemade there are no preservatives or other ingredients that I wouldn't want my family eating.
I usually double the recipe so I have enough to freeze. In all of the pictures below I have doubled this recipe.

Homemade Burritos

3 C. dried pinto beans
8 C. Water

2 garlic cloves, minced
1 chopped onion
3 T. lard or bacon drippings
2 t. salt
1/4 t. pepper

1. Soak 3 C. of dried pinto beans in 8 C. of water for 1 hour or overnight.

2. Add all of the other ingredients (I often omit the lard, but it does give it flavor).

3. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, cover and simmer until beans are tender.

4. Drain beans, reserving liquid. Mash beans with a potato masher (I use my Vitamix). Stir in reserved cooking liquid a small amount at a time until you get a thinner consistency.

5. Cook 1/4 C. chopped green chili, and 1/2 C. chopped green peppers, until tender (sometimes I just use canned chiles).

6. Add to mashed beans and stir well.

7. Spread 12 flour tortillas out on the table, and grate 6 C. of cheese.

8. Spread the bean mixture and 1/2 C. of grated cheese on each tortilla.

9. Fold over sides in envelope fashion, and roll up tortilla, heat and serve. Wrap extras in plastic wrap, place in a freezer bag, and freeze for later. I usually just stick them all back into the tortilla bag.

My kids love to make their own burritos and add things like tabasco sauce, salsa, sour cream, and lettuce.
Note: Microwave for about 2 minutes being careful not to dry out the sides of the burrito. I usually keep the plastic wrap loosely on or use a damp paper towel.

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    1. Love Burritos! So many ways to prepare them! Thanks for the recipe, I never got the water ratio correct before

    2. I love the Penny Pinching party! And thanks for the recipe - I love burritos but I usually don't make them because it's just me, but I love that I can freeze these!

    3. This is a great idea! Hubby is always hungry for a snack when he gets home from work. This would be a healthy option for him.


    4. I love homemade beans so much more than the can version!
      Thanks for sharing your recipe

    5. Duh. I make these beans all of the time and I have never thought to make up a bunch of burritos and freeze them. What a great idea, I think I will try it out this weekend. Thanks for the great idea!!!

    6. I love this idea, especially the freezing part. I didn't know that could be done. Thanks for posting this.

    7. Oh yum! When I scrolled down to read....and saw those burrito's...I think I heard angels!

      I make just about everything into a burrito.
      This morning......I made breakfast style.
      Scrambled egg, mild sausage and cheese! We were out the door with our yummy to go b-fast!

      Your mama ? Smart lady!

    8. Thank you for this fab idea!!
      One question. Do you microwave straight from the freezer or do you have to thaw first?