Green Chile Burritos

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Make up a batch of these Green Chile Burritos for supper or to stash in the freezer at a later date. Either way, you’ll eat good and cheap.

Green Chile Burritos - Make up a batch of these Green Chile Burritos for supper or to stash in the freezer at a later date. Either way, you'll eat good and cheap.

Burritos are the spice of life. Well, if they aren’t, they should be. They are one of the easiest, quickest meals to pull together with little work or planning. All the ingredients can be kept on hand in the pantry, fridge, or freezer. Prepared burritos freeze well and reheat easily.

What’s not to love?

I’ve been making a batch of burritos for the freezer on a weekly basis for awhile now. They rarely last the full seven days since we grab them for quick meals and snacks.

FishPapa’s eyes have lit up on more than one occasion when I’ve said, “There are burritos in the freezer.”

Green Chile Burritos - Make up a batch of these Green Chile Burritos for supper or to stash in the freezer at a later date. Either way, you'll eat good and cheap.

While certain teenage boys in our home prefer meaty burritos, I find that it’s quicker and easier to make them meatless. With homemade “refried” beans, abundant cheese, green chiles, onions, and a little hot sauce, these babies will rival whatever the local joint can make. Plus, they’re pretty much guilt-free, made of real food and prepared at home.

Did I mention that they are also good cheap eats?

Price breakdown:

  • dozen tortillas: $1.99
  • homemade refried beans: $0.50
  • 8 ounces shredded cheese $1.50
  • chopped green chiles $0.77
  • chopped onion and hot sauce: $0.15 (if that)

One dozen green chile burritos cost a total of $4.91, or $0.41 each. That’s at least half what Taco Bell or Del Taco charge, and this is worlds better in terms of nutrition and taste.

I call that a win.

Green Chile Burritos - Make up a batch of these Green Chile Burritos for supper or to stash in the freezer at a later date. Either way, you'll eat good and cheap.

Assembly is easy, particularly if you’re preparing many burritos at once. If you’re serving a burrito bar, once everyone has served himself, assemble the rest of the burritos, chill, and freeze for easy snacks. You’ll be so glad you did.

I package the burritos in a gallon-size freezer bag. I know some folks prefer to wrap them in plastic wrap or foil, but we’ve never had a problem just stashing them in a bag together. Sometimes a couple stick together, but that’s generally not a problem when you’re feeding a small army. If you prefer, wrap each burrito before stashing in the bag.

As for reheating, we use the microwave, the griddle, or the oven. Nuke each frozen burrito for a minute or two until hot. You might want to flip them on the plate to distribute the cold spots. If I’m using the griddle (or a hot skillet), I just heat until hot and crispy, turning every once in awhile to prevent burning, about five to 10 minutes, depending on how cold/frozen they are. If I know I’m going to be reheating a bunch, I thaw them for awhile before throwing them on the griddle. I’ve put frozen burritos in a baking dish in a 350 degree oven for about 20 minutes and they are good to go.

Green Chile Burritos - Make up a batch of these Green Chile Burritos for supper or to stash in the freezer at a later date. Either way, you'll eat good and cheap.

If you’re not sure how to roll a burrito that will stay together, you can check out my vlog on making burritos. It’s an old video, very homemade, but it does the job.

So do these burritos. When you’re hungry and want to eat good and cheap.

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  1. Just curious – what size tortillas do you use? I’m partial to the handmade flour tortillas at Trader Joe’s, but am afraid they’d be too small for burritos. Do I *have* to use burrito-size tortillas? Thanks!

    • Ha! If you want it to roll into a burrito, yes, get the burrito-size. These were Trader Joe’s “no-added sugar”. 🙂 They tend to be more fragile than Costco’s that are rife with preservatives. So be it. If you don’t care if the burritos aren’t well-shaped go for the handmade. They are yummy, but I use them more for fajitas….

    • Carla says

      I’ve also used fajita or taco sized tortillas and rolled them into the foil (or plastic wrap), not folding the tortilla. The insides don’t fall out because the tortilla holds it in. I hope that makes sense. 🙂

  2. I’m putting the pinto beans to soak right now!
    Have a great weekend Jessica.

    • Bon appetit! A lot of commenters on the bean post said that the omit the soaking section. I’ve noticed that the longer I soak, the less gassy the beans are. TMI? I dunno, but that was a helpful discovery for me. 🙂

  3. Jessica says

    Thanks jessica for your blogs. I love them both. I wish I could make a lot of the foods you write about but I have A super picky eater with texture issues. I have made your brownies over and over. Delish. I will try this for my husband the Mexican lover. Thanks again for the blogs.

  4. These sound super tasty! In fact, I could go for them for lunch– they’d be a great, meatless treat.

  5. Michelle K says

    I keep saying that I’m going to do this and never have. I think it’s time to get off the stick and do it already!

  6. Hilarie says

    Thanks for the info re: the truncated feed. Several of the blogs I follow have started doing that lately, and I wondered why. I’ll be honest, I don’t have time to click over to all of them, but I’m still following you and will click over whenever it grabs my interest. Thanks for all you share with us!

    • Thank you so much for your kind words and support. It’s not a decision I take lightly. I, too, am not a fan of truncated feeds. Know that I am committed to making the content worth your extra click. Please let me know if you have any suggestions in that area. 🙂

  7. karen says

    I love having a stash of burritos in the freezer. I usually toss everything together in a bowl then fill the burritos. We like rice, black beans, chicken, onions, and fire roasted corn (from Trader Joe’s). Add salsa or any leftover bits and bobs and you’re ready to go.

    • I wish my people liked corn in things…. I might just make a batch for myself like that. And yes, mixing it all together does make it easier, depending on your fillings. I wanted to even out the chiles and onions, so I chose the layer method here. But, with my chicken, bean, and cheese ones, I mix it all together.

      • Sandra says

        I really love the chicken, bean and cheese recipe. Last time I made them I added corn and brown rice. It’s a family favorite!

  8. karen says

    One more thing….if you are making spicy and mild burritos, rub a dab of hot sauce on the outside of the spicy ones. Then it’s easy to grab the right one!

  9. Alison says

    Made these last night!!!! So.super.good! So simple, so cheap????
    I came away with enough to feed 7kids two adults with 14 leftover for the freezer and 6cups of healthier retried beans! Thanks for all you do ????


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