Thursday, September 10, 2009

Quick-grab burritos

From time to time, I like to re-stock the freezer. This allows us to have these kinds of weeks, if we need to…and for now, things are a little uncertain. I just like to be prepared. And honestly, I feel more comfortable when I know there is something in the freezer to eat.

Also, I don’t really want to cook everyday, so this allows me, from time to time, to shop the freezer for a quick lunch or dinner.

One of my favorite freezer foods are Beef and Bean Burritos (recipe originally taken from Tammy). These are quick-grab lunches for my husband on his way to work. When these are in the freezer, we don’t have to scramble to prepare a lunch for him as he leaves for work that day. He grabs a couple of burritos and by lunchtime, they are ready for a quick heat and eat.

Here’s how to make them:

Quick Beef and Bean Burritos

2 lb. ground beef
2 cans refried beans (I use non-fat, or sometimes make my own)
1 1/3 cup enchilada sauce
½ cup water
¼ cup minced onion
1 T. chili powder
1 T. garlic powder
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. dried oregano
3 cups shredded cheese (any kind is fine)
~20-25 flour tortillas

Brown ground beef and drain. Add all remaining ingredients, except tortillas. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 15-20 minutes.

Heat a few tortillas at a time. Spoon ¼ cup beef mixture and put down the middle of each tortilla.

Roll each tortilla and wrap in a paper towel and then wrap in foil.

Refrigerate or freeze.
If freezing, package wrapped tortillas into a freezer bag.

When ready to eat, remove the foil and microwave for 45 -60 seconds. The paper towels keep the burritos moist. If you don’t use a microwave, simply wrap in foil and then heat the burritos in the oven with foil.

When sitting down to eat, top with lettuce, cheese, salsa and sour cream. But they are good as is for grab and go as well!


Cynthia @An Accomplished Woman said...

Oh what a smart Mom. I need to stock my freezer with some burritos.

Colleen said...

Had um, love um, YUMMY!!!

Beth.. One Blessed Nana said...

Love that idea for burritos! I love mexican food and always need things in a hurry.

I am sorry about your precious grandmother. But I am glad you have great memories and some furniture to remember her by. I too, have several pieces of my grandmothers and I just love looking at them and remembering her.

Morning T said...

I love this! I'll have to try this out and bring them to lunch at work.
Happy Monday to you.