Is this the least expensive burrito recipe? Or is it a nifty trick teaching us how to use leftovers creatively? Hmmm….
I’ll give you a recipe. But I’m also going to give you a license. A license to use up what you have and stir it into a mixture and slap it into a tortilla. Roll it up and call it a burrito. It works deliciously every time!
This is what makes this recipe the “least expensive.” You’re using up leftovers that you’ve already prepared. You’re cleaning out your fridge and avoiding waste. You’re saving time and having fun and the best part is that you’re making something your family will love!
As an added bonus, you can make as many of these as you need and freeze them to warm them up as needed! My older kids love having these in the freezer so that they can pull some out for an easy lunch or a late night second-dinner. :)
Here’s the kind-of recipe. Later, I’ll give more of an actual recipe for those who would prefer more specifics!
Least Expensive Burritos – the Use Up Leftovers Recipe Version
- First, make a meal in which you offer cooked meat, rice, beans, salsa, cheese, corn, olives, tomatoes, lettuce, and sour cream.
- Let everyone build a burrito bowl, a burrito, or a taco dip to eat with chips.
- After your meal, stir all of your leftovers into a dish.
- Use this mixture to make burritos for an easy-to-grab meal.
See how great this is? How easy? It’s how I make frozen burritos every time we have a burrito bar at our house!
Least Expensive Burrito (Actual) Recipe
- 1 can black beans
- 1 can corn, drained
- 2 cups cooked rice
- 1 cup salsa
- 2 cups leftover cooked chicken or beef (optional)
- 1 cup shredded cheese
- 12 soft tortillas
- Mix together all burrito filling ingredients.
- Scoop mixture into tortillas and roll up.
- Serve right away or freeze and warm up later.
I love these too! (Sometimes I just use canned refried beans and cheese and I even store them in the zip bag the tortillas come in.) So good and so cheap! I also make a taco night side dish of canned kidney beans with a couple slices of cheese melted in. My brother and I called them “cheese beans” when we were growing up. So good and combined with the leftover taco meat, they make a great frozen burrito filling also!
Frozen homemade burritos (and frozen homemade breakfast burritos) are just delish!
What is the lettuce like after being mixed in and frozen and then reheated? Texture? Feel?…