Looking for a fun way to mix up weeknight dinners? Mix the tortillas right into the filling with these tasty Skillet Beef Burritos!
Have you ever tried rolling a burrito? It’s not that hard, but it does take practice. On more than one occasion, I’ve rolled a burrito only to watch all of the delicious fillings fall right out of the back of the burrito when I pick it up. <Sad burrito face.> Those folks at Moe’s and Chipotle are wizards when it comes to rolling burritos. On a side note, I’ve watched them enough now that I can hold my own in a burrito-rolling contest. On another side note, let me know if you hear about a burrito-rolling contest!
Have you heard about skillet burritos? They’re a fun way to mix up dinner, and they don’t involve tucking, rolling, tucking, cursing, rerolling and retucking. Instead of rolling the fillings up in a burrito, skillet burritos just use sliced tortillas mixed straight into the skillet with the rest of the fillings. In that way, the flour tortillas are an ingredient in skillet burritos rather than just a vessel to hold it all together. The flavors are all still there, and I find skillet burritos to be a fun way to serve burritos on a busy weeknight.
Skillet Beef Burritos
For these Skillet Beef Burritos, I went with a classic ground beef + taco seasoning base. We actually buy bulk taco seasoning in a huge canister, but the 2 tablespoons of taco seasoning in this recipe are roughly equivalent to one packet of taco seasoning. I spend a lot of time in the kitchen, and as such my brain is stuffed with useless numbers like this. A packet of taco seasoning is ~2 tablespoons. A packet of instant yeast is ~ 2¼ teaspoons. A batch of these Skillet Beef Burritos will last ~5 minutes. Hah…I kid! (Sorta.)
As noted above, this recipe uses a classic combination of beef and taco seasoning. A cup of rice gets cooked and then mixed in near the end. Other than that, the sky is the limit. The beautiful thing about this recipe is you can tailor it to your own tastes. In fact, Laura noted that a handful of chopped pickled jalapenos would be a good addition. I agreed. Just think down the line of optional toppings from places like Moes, Chipotle and Qdoba. If it’s on the list of toppings there, then it would likely be a good addition to these Skillet Beef Burritos.
Cilantro Lime Rice? Yup. Methinks that would be delicious. Pinto beans? Sure. (I prefer black beans, but you do you!) Queso? Ummm, cheese makes everything better! Salsa, pico de gallo, sour cream, grilled peppers and onions, guacamole, diced red onions? Yes, yes and more yes. The sky really is the limit here. Well, the sky and the size of your skillet! (The ingredients in this recipe filled an 11″ standard-depth skillet pretty much to the top. More ingredients would definitely require a deeper skillet…I suspect a cast iron skillet would be a good option.
No matter how you top these Skillet Beef Burritos, I can assure you that these will become a family favorite! Chopping up the flour tortillas and mixing them straight into the skillet is not only a fun twist, but it’s a heck of a lot easier than rolling up burritos. I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as we do…and let me know what toppings you added to your version!
Did you make these Skillet Beef Burritos at home? Leave a comment, or snap a photo and tag me on Instagram (@Spicedblog). I’d love to see your version!
Skillet Beef Burritos
- 1 cup dry white rice
- ½ Tbsp olive oil
- 1 cup diced white onions
- 16 oz. lean ground beef
- 1 tsp minced garlic
- 2 Tbsp taco seasoning
- ½ cup water
- 1 10-oz. can red enchilada sauce
- 1 15-oz. can corn, drained and rinsed
- 1 14.5-oz. can black beans, drained and rinsed
- 4 6” flour tortillas, cut into 1” strips
- 1 cup shredded Mexican or Monterey Jack cheese
- 2 Roma tomatoes chopped
- ¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro
- Using a medium saucepan, cook rice according to package instructions. Set cooked rice aside.
- Place olive oil and onions in a large, deep skillet. Place over medium heat and sauté, stirring occasionally, for 2-3 minutes.
- Add ground beef and continue cooking, stirring occasionally, for 6-7 minutes, or until beef is fully cooked. Drain any excess liquid from the pan.
- Add garlic, taco seasoning, water, enchilada sauce, corn and black beans. Continue cooking 3-5 more minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Remove skillet from heat and add cooked rice and tortilla strips; stir until well combined.
- Top with shredded cheese. Cover skillet and let sit for 3-4 minutes, or until cheese has melted.
- Garnish with chopped tomatoes and cilantro before serving.
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