These homemade frozen burritos are so easy to make and a lifesaver when you don’t know what to pack for lunch!
Make Ahead Burritos are the best kind of meal prep if you ask me! Check out some of our other popular freezer burritos >> Fajita Breakfast Burritos and Make Ahead Breakfast Burritos.
Take an hour out of your day to prep 16 of these make Homemade Frozen Burritos. They’re made with beef, tons of veggies, and white rice. Bonus, they’re THE BEST lunch meal prep ever!
Amazing Lunch Meal Prep
There is seriously nothing worse than waking up in the morning with “nothing to pack for lunch.” That’s why we love making meals just like these burritos because they’re easy to freeze and thaw for lunch at work or school! Check out some other recipes that are good for freezing:
- Beef Chili (freeze in single-serve containers!)
- Crockpot Lasagna
- Instant Pot Sweet Potato Curry
Are frozen burritos unhealthy?If you make your own make-ahead freezer burritos at home, they are going to be much healthier than the store-bought kind because you can monitor what goes in them!
How to Make Ground Beef Burritos
Step 1: All the Veggies
Fajitas actually inspired the veggies in these burritos. Re: adding fajita veggies to your burrito at Chipotle 😀 We kept things simple with peppers and onions and even repurposed more of our taco seasoning to flavor it!
Feel free to choose whatever kind of bell pepper and onion your heart desires. We got fancy and used 3 different colors of bell pepper and a yellow onion.
Method: instead of pan-frying these veggies, we actually decided to roast them on a baking sheet. The reason for this is that it’s hands-free and super simple AND these an cook while you make the other components of these burritos on the stovetop!
Step 2: Rice
Now that your veggies are in the oven, it’s time to get your rice cooking. We chose to use white rice for this recipe, but you can totally make this your own and use any grain!
- white rice
- brown rice (try our cilantro lime brown rice!)
- cauliflower rice
- none at all!
Method: We used the stovetop, but you can also make one of these grains in your Instant Pot or really any method you prefer!
Step 3: Ground Beef
While your veggies are roasting and your rice is cooking, it’s time to whip up your meat! We’re super sneaky and actually used our ground beef taco meat recipe, cuz it’s that good! All you need are 4 ingredients to make the best taco or burrito meat and it all starts with a good lb. of high-quality beef.
- ground beef
- tomato paste
- taco seasoning (we used our homemade taco seasoning!)
Method: The easiest way to brown ground beef is on the stovetop. It takes less than 10 minutes and doesn’t need too much attention!
How to Wrap a Burrito
Wrapping a burrito is quite simple. The key here is making sure you use a tortilla that’s big enough to fit all of your fillings! Our biggest tortilla tip is: use a flour tortilla! Corn + whole wheat tortillas don’t hold-up as well as flour.
Place all ingredients in the center of your tortilla. Make sure they are quite compact. Then, take one end of your tortilla and fold it over the ingredients, slightly tucking it under the ingredients.
Then, fold outside ends in making sure nothing can fall and roll your burrito tightly to form a nice solid wrapping!
How to Freeze Burritos
- Let burritos cool completely. This part is important because it will help prevent freezer burn.
- Next, tightly wrap each burrito with a piece of tin foil, making sure there are no gaps and that the burrito is fully covered. Some people like to first wrap them with plastic wrap, but we don’t think it’s necessary.
- Remove as much air as possible from in between the burrito and tin foil. This part also helps prevent freezer burn.
- Use a Sharpie to write the name of the burrito and a “best-by date” (3 months from the time you make it) on each burrito.
- Freeze for up to 3 months!
How to Reheat a Frozen Burrito
How long do you cook frozen burritos?The easiest way to reheat a frozen burrito is by first unwrapping the tin foil and then defrosting it in the microwave for a few minutes before microwaving on high for 1 – 2 minutes.
Oven option: this is where the tin foil comes in real handy! Preheat oven to 350ºF. Place frozen burrito(s) in the oven fully wrapped in tin foil. Bake for 30-40 minutes or until the burritos are thawed and hot.
More Freezer Burritos
- Fajita Breakfast Burritos
- Make-Ahead Breakfast Burritos
- Vegetarian Black Bean Breakfast Burritos
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Make Ahead Freezer Burritos
These homemade frozen burritos are so easy to make and a lifesaver when you don't know what to pack for lunch!
- 5 bell peppers any color, thinly sliced
- 1 large yellow onion thinly sliced
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 tablespoons taco seasoning
- 1 cup long-grain white rice
- 2.25 cups water
- 2 lbs. 85% ground beef
- 2 tablespoons tomato paste
- 5 tablespoons taco seasoning
- ¾ cup water
- 8 oz. shredded white cheddar cheese
- 16 large flour tortillas
First, preheat oven to 375ºF.
Then, prepare bell peppers and onion by thinly slicing.
Place veggies on a large baking sheet and drizzle with olive oil.
Then, season with taco seasoning and toss.
Bake at 375ºF for 20-25 minutes or until onions become translucent.
Place 1 cup of white rice and 2.25 cups of water into a small bot.
Bring to a boil over medium/high heat.
Once boiling, reduce heat to low and cover. Let simmer for around 15-20 minutes or until all water absorbs.
While the veggies are cooking, heat a large nonstick skillet over medium/high heat.
Then, add in ground beef and saute for 7-10 minutes or until almost fully browned.
Add in tomato paste, taco seasoning, and water and continue cooking for a few more minutes until liquid reduces.
Prepare beef burritos by laying out all 16 flour tortillas.
Then, evenly distribute beef, veggies, and rice.
Finally, sprinkle on a handful of cheese.
Tightly wrap each burrito by folding the sides in and rolling.
Then, wrap each individual burrito in a piece of tin foil and remove as much air as possible.
Store in the freezer for up to 3 months.
Calories: 384kcal Carbohydrates: 36g Protein: 19g Fat: 18g Fiber: 3g Sugar: 3g
Author: Lee Funke
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Posted on 10/17/2022
Made these on Sunday for lunch prep for the week and they are delicious and so easy. I swapped out rice for refried beans and black beans. This is a great recipe that I’ll be making every time I run out of freezer burritos!
Posted on 10/17/2022
Reply to Alyse
Delish substitutions, Alyse!
Posted on 5/27/2020
I’ve been on the hunt for ideas to keep on hand for those “oh crap, we didn’t set out anything for dinner!” nights that will keep me from ordering take-out. This looks like a perfect fit! The directions for the “oven option” got cut off. Can you tell me what happens after “Oven option: this is where the tin foil comes in real handy! Place frozen burrito(s) in the oven fully wrapped in…”?
Posted on 5/30/2020
Reply to Shelli
Thanks for catching that! I just fixed it 😀
ParizaD in Az
Posted on 1/6/2020
Hi 🙂 Would love to make these! Question, can I use gluten-free tortillas for freezer burritos? Thanks so much!
Posted on 1/6/2020
Reply to ParizaD in Az
I don’t see why not!
salsa verde, a few slices of avocado, chopped cilantro, and a pile of pickled onions. i also always squeeze MORE lime on top and add in some tortilla chips to add crunch.How do you make frozen burritos crispy? ›
You can also reheat frozen burritos in the oven! Just keep them wrapped in foil, heat in a 400 ̊F oven for 45 minutes, then unwrap the burritos and return them to the oven for 5-10 minutes minutes to crisp up the tortilla.How do you make burritos taste better? ›
- Get bigger tortillas. The kind they sell at most grocery stores aren't as big as the kind at restaurants. ...
- Warm the tortilla up before you wrap. ...
- Learn how to wrap it right. ...
- Sear the seam to seal it shut. ...
- Wrap it in aluminum foil before you eat it.
Can you make a frozen burrito in air fryer? Absolutely! Cooking frozen burritos in an air fryer makes for a fast breakfast, lunch, or dinner. You can make El Monterey burritos in the air fryer, or any of your favorite burrito brands.How long do you cook burritos frozen burritos in air fryer? ›
Preheat Air Fryer to 400°F. Place burritos in a single layer in the air fryer basket or on the air fryer tray. Air Fry for 15 minutes, flipping every 5 minutes. Once done cooking, allow to cool enough to handle/eat.How long should I cook a frozen burrito in the oven? ›
Oven option: this is where the tin foil comes in real handy! Preheat oven to 350ºF. Place frozen burrito(s) in the oven fully wrapped in tin foil. Bake for 30-40 minutes or until the burritos are thawed and hot.Are frozen burritos better in the oven? ›
Most frozen burrito packages have instructions for both microwaving and baking in conventional ovens. Microwaving a burrito results in a softer tortilla, while cooking in the oven gives a crispier shell. There is no need to thaw frozen burritos before baking them.Can you use parchment paper to freeze burritos? ›
Wrap up in parchment paper. Place the parchment-wrapped burritos in a 1 gallon freezer bag and place in the freezer to store for up to one month. To Reheat: Remove the frozen burrito from the freezer. Unwrap from parchment paper and wrap the frozen burrito up in a damp paper towel.What makes a burrito taste good? ›
Some of the most common spices used to flavor Mexican food are cumin, chili powder, bay leaf and other zesty spices. You should make sure your pico, meat and guacamole that is found in your burrito all have ample spices to give your burrito flavor.How do you fold a burrito so the filling doesnt come out? ›
Fold the bottom flap of the tortilla up and over the filling so it's completely covered. Then, keeping the sides tucked, roll the burrito up and away from you, tucking the bottom flap as you go to secure the fillings inside the burrito.
We suggest pan-frying them straight out of the freezer for the ultimate crispy outer shell. Add your favorite condiments, like hot sauce or salsa, then guacamole and sour cream for a delicious and easy meal at any hour.How do you get burritos to stick together? ›
- Warm the wraps. Warm tortilla wraps in the oven, microwave or in a dry frying pan so they're easier to roll.
- Add fillings to the centre of the wrap. ...
- Add some toppings. ...
- Fold in the two ends over the filling. ...
- Fold in the top and bottom to completely close in the fillings. ...
- Use foil to wrap the burrito tightly.
Place your wrapped burritos in tin foil and ensure it's tightly wrapped. Make sure there are no cracks or tears in the foil, as this will cause your tortillas to harden. Line your wrapped burritos in a freezer-safe box, before placing the lid on top.What meat is best for burritos? ›
Rich and soft on the inside, crisp on the outside, carnitas (slow-cooked pork shoulder) is as good as it gets when it comes to the meat inside a burrito. Steak (choose skirt or hanger) and chicken (go for the thigh meat) are also good bets.
- Monterrey Jack. If you're looking for a mild flavor and a subtle creaminess, Monterrey Jack is an excellent cheese to add to burritos, quesadillas, and enchiladas. ...
- Queso Fresco. ...
- Chile con Queso. ...
- Cotija. ...
- Mild Cheddar.
Authentic Mexican burritos consist of two thin flour tortillas filled with a variety of ingredients. Although the ingredients can be as creative and unique as one's imagination, a traditional burrito is filled with meat, vegetables, and beans. However, rice and guacamole are two very common additions.Can you put a burrito in tin foil in the air fryer? ›
Wrap your frozen burrito in foil. Place in the air fryer and cook at 380 degrees for 30 minutes, flipping halfway through cooking. Let set for 5 minutes before serving.How do you crisp up an air fryer burrito? ›
Preheat your air fryer to 350 degrees F. Place the burrito inside the air fryer. Cook for 2-3 minutes until warmed through. You can use a spritz of oil to really crisp them up if desired.Can I put aluminum foil in an air fryer? ›
It is absolutely safe to use aluminum foil in your air fryer. In fact, it can make cooking with the air fryer easier.How long does it take to cook two frozen burritos in an air fryer? ›
Preheat your Air Fryer to 400F / 200C. Place frozen burritos into the air fryer basket. Air fry at 12-15 minutes from frozen, making sure to flip a couple of times during the cooking process.
And you can make a burrito in air fryer that is hot, crispy and has all the melty cheese that you desire. Or wrap it in foil to whip up a burrito that is soft, chewy, and oh-so comforting. Either way, you're going to love cooking burritos in the air fryer!What can I put in my air fryer for burritos? ›
Line the basket of your air fryer with foil that is lightly oiled or parchment paper. Place two burritos in the basket and top each one with a couple of tablespoons of taco sauce and 1/4 cup of shredded cheese. Air fry the burritos at 350 degrees F for 8 - 10 minutes, until the cheese on top is completely melted.Can you put a burrito wrapped in foil in the oven? ›
Preheat the oven to 350°(180°C). Wrap the burrito in foil and place it on a wire rack in the oven. You can leave any cut ends exposed if you want. Bake the burrito for 15-20 minutes or until hot all the way through.How do you keep frozen burritos soft in the oven? ›
Your best option is let the burrito defrost and get close to room temperature while in a zip lock bag to retain the moisture. “Then” put in the oven or toaster oven uncovered or wrapped in foil. Comes out just about perfect.Do you wrap burritos in foil to cook? ›
To finish, wrap the burrito in the foil in exactly the same way you folded the tortilla. Bake this in the oven for 8 minutes. Lunch is ready.How do you reheat frozen homemade burritos? ›
Place on a microwave-safe plate and cook on HIGH for 1 minute, until hot in the middle, flipping halfway through cooking. Oven method: Remove the plastic wrap and wrap each burrito in foil. Place on a baking sheet and bake in a preheated 350-degree oven for 10 to 15 minutes, until hot in the middle.Will meat stick to parchment paper in freezer? ›
Will Meat Stick to Parchment Paper in the Freezer? Parchment paper tends to have a non-stick coating and will therefore not stick to meat. This is also why parchment paper is a great way of keeping meat products frozen in the same place without them sticking to another.Can you freeze burritos in Saran wrap? ›
Freezer Breakfast Burrito Storage
Once the tortillas are filled and rolled, you'll wrap them in either aluminum foil or plastic wrap. Then place them in a single layer on a baking sheet to flash freeze (about an hour) before transferring them to a resealable freezer-safe plastic bag for long-term storage.
While both are kitchen must-haves, parchment paper is better for high heat cooking like baking, while wax paper is better for storing meat and desserts in the freezer.Should rice go in a burrito? ›
Rice has no place in a burrito. The purpose of a burrito is to envelop meats, beans, vegetables, and sauces like guac or salsa inside a warm tortilla. Rice is just filler, and it's completely unnecessary.
- Salsa Chicken Burrito Filling. ...
- Fabulous Wet Burritos. ...
- Delicious Black Bean Burritos. ...
- Easy Cheeseburger Burritos. ...
- Black Bean and Rice Burritos. ...
- Addictive Sweet Potato Burritos. ...
- Smothered Burritos. Ground beef and refried bean burritos are baked under a creamy sauce and topped with cheese. ...
- Burrito Pie.
The 7-Layer Burrito, for instance, contains beans, rice, lettuce, tomatoes, guacamole, cheese, and sour cream: not a meat ingredient in there.What's normally in a burrito? ›
The traditional, main ingredients of a burrito tend to be a flour tortilla, a meat filling, beans and salsa. Other popular additions are cheese, sour cream, homemade guacamole, rice and vegetables.What does Taco Bell put in their burrito? ›
The standard Taco Bell burrito supreme has seasoned beef, refried beans, cheese, sour cream, lettuce, tomatoes, onions, and red sauce.Why do my burritos fall apart? ›
Start with a big tortilla: The bigger the tortilla, the easier making a tight wrap will be. Warm the tortilla: A warm tortilla makes for a nicer-tasting burrito, but it also makes the tortilla more pliable and easier to wrap. Warm the tortilla for about 10 seconds on each side in a hot skillet. Don't let it get crispy.How do you keep burritos soft? ›
Line a plate or tortilla warmer with damp paper towels. Place the cooked tortilla on the warmer or plate and cover with another damp paper towel. This ensures that your tortillas stay soft and pliable.Do you fold or roll burritos? ›
Add the fillings to the bottom half of the flour tortilla. Fold the bottom of the tortilla up and over the filling, like so, and pull the filling back toward the bottom third of the tortilla.What vegetables go well in burritos? ›
While I love making these burritos with bell pepper and zucchini, you can swap them out for other vegetables that you can find in the store or have on hand. Corn, tomatoes, onions, and mushrooms would all be delicious. Brown Rice. The rice helps hold the filling together and makes the burrito more satisfying.What wraps are best for burritos? ›
A large flour tortilla is your best bet. That's because it's the most stretchy option you can buy, meaning you can load it up with ingredients and it'll expand to accommodate them — rather than cracking and breaking.Do burritos use corn or flour? ›
Flour tortillas are great for burritos and quesadillas. They are typically much bigger than corn tortillas, allowing them to be used in dishes such as these, and they are stronger.
– Carnitas: Carnitas is one of the most popular meats used in Mexican dishes. It is a juicy pork that is braised and made with a lot of seasoning to give it a burst of flavor. The pork is first cooked and then it is cooked in the oven again until it is crispy.What kind of cheese do Mexican restaurants use in burritos? ›
Asadero. When shredded, this is another way to add authentic flavor to Taco Tuesday. It melts well and has a mild, milky flavor with a creamy-smooth texture. It's the go-to Mexican cheese for quesadillas and burritos.What is the tastiest Mexican cheese? ›
Queso Asadero – This type of cheese is known for its melty consistency when warmed, which makes it the perfect addition to any Mexican cheese blend. It's actually the only authentically Mexican cheese in the mix.What does an authentic Mexican burrito look like? ›
Authentic Mexican burritos are usually small and thin, with flour tortillas containing only one or two of several ingredients: either some form of meat or fish, potato, rice, beans, asadero cheese, chile rajas, or chile relleno.What bread is used for burritos? ›
tortilla, round, thin, flat bread of Mexico made from unleavened cornmeal or, less commonly, wheat flour.What is an Arizona burrito? ›
Carne Asada, signature seasoned smashed potatoes, mixed cheese, sour cream, guacamole, pico de Gallo.Can you cook from frozen in the Ninja Foodi? ›
CAN I COOK FROZEN CHICKEN IN THE AIR FRYER? I love the air fryer because it can cook frozen chicken, or fresh chicken, and does it perfectly every time. Frozen chicken can be air fried in the Ninja Foodi, it just takes a few extra minutes.How do you cook frozen El Monterey burritos in the Airfryer? ›
- Start by preheating your air fryer to 400 for 5 minutes.
- Now you want to place your El Monterey frozen burritos into the air fryer basket with the bottom "sealed side" facing up.
- Set your air fryer to 350 degrees F for 15 minutes total.
These El Monterey burritos only take about 6 minutes to cook in the air fryer. You can also make them beforehand and either reheat or eat them cold.What Cannot be cooked in Airfryer? ›
Any food with a wet batter should not be placed in the air fryer. You also want to avoid putting food that has a wet batter, like corndogs or tempura shrimp, in air fryers.
Oven option: this is where the tin foil comes in real handy! Preheat oven to 350ºF. Place frozen burrito(s) in the oven fully wrapped in tin foil. Bake for 30-40 minutes or until the burritos are thawed and hot.How do you make Trader Joe's frozen burritos? ›
We decided to follow the oven instructions for these, which ask you to preheat to 450 degrees fahrenheit, then cook the burrito naked on a cookie sheet for about ten minutes. After that, you'll pull the burrito out, wrap it in tinfoil, then pop it back into the oven for another 15 to 20 minutes or so.Can you heat burritos in an air fryer? ›
However, if you don't have a microwave, you can reheat it in the air fryer. Start by preheating the air fryer to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Then, spray a light layer of oil or cooking spray on the burrito. Place the burrito in the air fryer and cook for two minutes.Can you cook burrito in air fryer? ›
Put burritos into your air fryer basket or tray. Do not stack burritos but you can line them up. It's best if they don't touch. Air fry at 340F/171C for 5 minutes.