Make-Ahead Meal: Easy, Frugal Freezer Burritos

October 15, 2014 by


When I make these burritos for my family, I serve them fresh as well as make extras. I then freeze the leftovers for quick future meals. My kids love these. They are easy, quick, frugal, and healthy.

I’m going to show you how I made them last, but please know that this recipe is extremely adaptable. Any filling can be used. Any type of tortilla can be used. Follow my recipe word for word, or use this as a guide to make them your way.

I’m all about adapting recipes to fit your needs. I’ve done them as simple as using store-bought tortillas, opening a can of refried beans, adding some shredded cheddar cheese, and calling it good.

I’ve made them with homemade tortillas, beans cooked from scratch, a chicken roasted from whole, and homemade taco seasoning. You can cook rice on the stovetop, use instant, or omit it altogether. It’s all about making the most of what you have.

Without any further ado…

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The Members

2 cans shredded beef with broth, undrained (you can also use chicken, any leftover meat, or omit)

2 cans diced green chilis (fire-roasted is my favorite, but most of the time I use regular)

1 can of beans or 1 1 /3 c. home cooked (black is my favorite, but I used white for these)

1 teaspoon black pepper

1 teaspoon ground cumin

1 teaspoon salt (we like Redmond’s Real Salt for the health benefits – optional)

1/4 teaspoon ground red pepper (optional)

Cooked rice (1 cup uncooked or 2 cups cooked) – I used brown

Tortillas (approximately 24, depending on the size)

Optional add-ins: shredded cheese (pepper jack and cheddar are our favorites), hot sauce, sour cream, cilantro, diced tomatoes, green onions, olives, & grilled veggies (our favorites are onions and peppers.)

The Method

In a sauce pan, combine meat, chilis, beans, and spices. Stir and heat on medium-high until warm throughout.

*TIP: If you stop here, you have a delicious soup. I know this because I was eating it by the spoonful as I was waiting for the rice to cook and thought it would be wonderful in a bowl on its own.

We now return to our scheduled programming…

Add cooked rice to your mixture, if using, and heat on medium-high until warm throughout.

Cook or warm the tortillas, add the hot filling, any additional add-ins, fold, and enjoy.

*To freeze for later: allow burritos to cool for about 20 minutes and then place in the freezer on a cooling rack or a cookie sheet. After about an hour or two, remove from the freezer, place in a labeled freezer bag, and return to the freezer.

These can be cooked from frozen or after they have been defrosted in the refrigerator.

Reheat in the oven at 350 degrees for 15-30 minutes (cooking time depends on whether the burritos are frozen or thawed) or until warm throughout. These can also be wrapped in foil and heated if you would like them to remain soft rather than crispy.

I would imagine that you could also reheat these in a microwave, although I don’t have one so I couldn’t test it for you. If you do, please come back and leave us a comment with the specifics.

These burritos are a favorite in our home. I like that it doesn’t take much more effort to make extra for a later date. I’m always thankful to find homemade burritos in the freezer!


What do you think? Do you enjoy having homemade meals in the freezer? What are your favorites?  

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40 Responses to Make-Ahead Meal: Easy, Frugal Freezer Burritos

  1. johnbarb416

    Thanks. You have encouraged me to double my recipes and freeze half for future meals. I do usually make a little more than enough and the kids eat leftovers the next day for nice hot lunches.

    • Heather

      I’m so happy to have encouraged you! It’s one of my best tips to save time in the kitchen. The key is knowing what freezes well and what doesn’t. Thanks so much for reading and for taking the time to leave a comment.

    • Heather

      They freeze so well, Erin. They taste much better than the kind you buy in the store and it’s not much more work. Thanks for the pin! I hope you can try them soon.

        • Heather

          I love that you are using what you have on hand, Erin! That’s one thing I really try to impress upon my readers. Have you tried the uncooked tortillas by Tortilla Land? They’re my favorite as you cook them fresh as you need them. Costco has the best deal. I hope your family enjoys these!

  2. joybee83

    Sounds good. This inspires me to make frozen burritos for my husband’s lunch at work. I keep meaning to make burritos for dinner sometime I just haven’t gotten around to it.

    • Heather

      This would be the perfect lunch for him to take to work! Maybe you could make them for dinner one night and then make extra for his lunches. We like them because they are easy, healthy, frugal, and yummy. I’m so happy that I have inspired you! I hope you try them soon. Thanks for stopping by.

  3. Cheri

    Quick and Easy! That is what I am all about. I try and cook on Sundays and freeze the dinners into equal proportions! Great idea, plus I love burritos. Thanks for sharing on the #SHINEbloghop this week!

    Have a great week! Cheri xo

  4. adrian@lifewithgarnish.com

    I love the idea of make ahead meals and these are perfect! Easy, frugal? My kind of recipe, Heather:) You are being featured at this weeks Teach Me Tuesday Linky Party! Hope you come over tonight and check it out!

  5. Miz Helen

    Hi Heather,
    I just love this Freezer Burrito, great recipe! Hope you are having a great day and thanks so much for sharing your awesome post with Full Plate Thursday!
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

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  10. Cecile Lowrey

    I used to do this when my children were little. Wrapped in foil and frozen we took them fishing and camping and heated them on the campfire.

  11. dishofdailylife

    We make burritos ahead for the freezer too…well actually we make extra and then freeze our leftovers! LOVE burritos! I’ll have to try your recipe too! Thanks for sharing them with us at Foodie Fridays…they look delicious!! Pinning!

  12. Andrea @Little Big Harvest

    Why did I never think of this before!? Genius! I have a feeling this is going to become a staple around here. I’ve frozen burrito fillings before, but that still requires assembly and isn’t much help on those nights when I have NO idea what will end up on the supper table. Great post, thanks…found you on the Homestead Blog Hop!

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