To-Go Burritos


My sister swears by homemade burritos, and I finally wised up and got with the program.

These are super handy to have around. I make a bunch of them, freeze, and then place in a ziplock.

My husband and kids pull them out for lunches, work, or for a heavy snack in between games.

To-Go Burritos


  • 2 lb ground turkey
  • 2-3 c. pinto beans
  • 3 c. shredded cheddar cheese
  • Refried Beans
  • ¼ c. chicken broth
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 1 onion
  • 1 jalepeno
  • ½ tsp. cumin
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 tbsp. cilantro leaves
  • 2 tsp. lime juice


  1. Step 1: Soak the beans overnight, and then cook in the crock pot or on the stove for 2-6 hours until soft (or just get them from the can). When using a crock pot, I cook them in chicken broth with a couple of garlic cloves thrown in. After the beans are soft, puree 3/4 of the beans in a food processor with the broth, ground cumin, salt, onion, garlic, cilantro, and lime juice (and jalepeno if you like it spicy). Transfer to a bowl and add the rest of the beans to give it some texture.
  2. Step 2: Cook the ground turkey and set aside.
  3. Step 3: Shred the cheese in a food processor. I do not like the pre-shredded cheese at all. The food companies have to put emulsifiers in the pre-shredded to keep it separated and it changes the composition of the cheese. I HIGHLY encourage you to shred your own! It makes a big difference.
  4. Step 4: Cook the tortillas as directed, or heat pre-made tortillas in the oven.
  5. Step 5: Assemble the tortillas. Place the filling in the middle and wrap. Place each in a section of plastic wrap and place on a baking sheet. Freeze until firm. Transfer to a ziplock bag.
  6. Step 6: These go straight from the bag to the microwave. Place them on high for 3 minutes and they are ready! You could also wrap them in foil (remove the plastic wrap) and heat in the oven.
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This is my assembly line.  I preheat the tortillas, then put in the cheese, beans, and sometimes ground beef or turkey.  I then wrap each individually  and freeze.burritos
1 comment… add one
  • tammy strait April 1, 2011, 11:26 pm

    hooray! what a difference a day makes, right?! 🙂 your experience in the beginning reminded me of my own travel fear experience…which led me to Psalm 91: "He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty." looks like you are resting well now! aren't you glad you took the risk?! so proud of you, gilbert family. LOVING the updates!! keep 'em coming! xoxo

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