For the Burritos:

  • 1 pound ground beef (or ground turkey/chicken for a lighter option)
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 packet taco seasoning (or 2 tablespoons homemade taco seasoning)
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 4 large flour tortillas
  • 1 can refried beans (16 oz)
  • 1 cup cooked rice (optional)
  • 1 cup shredded cheese (cheddar, Monterey Jack, or a blend)
  • Salt and pepper to taste

For the Sauce:

  • 1 can red enchilada sauce (19 oz)
  • 1 can green chili sauce (optional, if you like a mix of sauces)
  • 1 cup salsa (jarred or homemade)

For Topping:

  • 1 cup shredded cheese (cheddar, Monterey Jack, or a blend)
  • Sour cream
  • Diced tomatoes
  • Sliced green onions
  • Fresh cilantro, chopped
  • Sliced black olives (optional)
  • Sliced jalapeños (optional)


Preparing the Filling:

  1. In a large skillet over medium heat, cook the ground beef, onion, and garlic until the meat is no longer pink and the onions are translucent. Drain any excess fat.
  2. Stir in the taco seasoning and water. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, for 5 minutes or until thickened. Adjust salt and pepper to taste. Remove from heat.
  3. If you’re including rice in your burritos, cook the rice according to package instructions and set aside.

Assembling the Burritos:

  1. Warm the tortillas in the microwave between damp paper towels for 20-30 seconds to make them more pliable.
  2. Spread each tortilla with a layer of refried beans, leaving a small border around the edges.
  3. Add the seasoned meat (and rice if using) down the center of each tortilla.
  4. Sprinkle with a portion of the shredded cheese.
  5. Roll up the tortillas, tucking in the ends, to form the burritos.

Preparing the Sauce:

  1. In a saucepan, combine the enchilada sauce, green chili sauce (if using), and salsa. Heat over medium heat until warm.

Baking the Burritos:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C).
  2. Place the burritos seam side down in a greased baking dish.
  3. Pour the warm sauce over the top of the burritos, making sure to cover them completely.
  4. Sprinkle the remaining cup of shredded cheese over the sauce.
  5. Bake in the preheated oven for 20-25 minutes or until the cheese is melted and bubbly.


  1. Carefully transfer the burritos to plates.
  2. Top with a dollop of sour cream, diced tomatoes, sliced green onions, chopped cilantro, and any other desired toppings.
  3. Serve immediately.

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