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Big Bowl of Burritos – Recipe

Here’s a recipe for the big bowl (ok, saucepan, pot) of burritos that I made last week. This is great for group meals or big families or families who just like burritos and are ok with having the same thing a number of time (like we are). It’s not the healthiest recipe, nor is it really cheap. But it costs as much as a nice dinner for two at Chipotle (around $15) and lasted us at least 10 servings so far.

Take 1 hr 15 min to 1hr to 1.5hrs to 45 min. Depending on number of big pots in the kitchen (once can do the rice and everything else simultaneously if one has two big pots free) and the cooking time of the rice.


  • 3 cups uncooked brown rice (or white, but it’s not as healthy)
  • 6 cups water
  • 1/2 tsp tumeric (for color, not needed)
  • 1/2 garlic powder, or one/two chopped cloves (to taste)
  • 1/2 tsp oregano
  • 2 15/16 oz. cans tomatoes with green chilis (or one big one, if you can find it)
  • 2 15/16 oz. cans refried beans
  • 2 15/16 oz. cans black beans
  • 1 lb beef (or less, if you feel like it, or 1 more can of beans) leaner is better
  • shredded cheese (optional)
  • tortillas (optional)

You’ll need a big pot for this, like the 16 cup saucepan I have.

  1. Cook the rice in the big saucepan/pot with the water and tumeric. (This will add a nice yellow color. It’s not necessary, but it looks good. Don’t bother buying tumeric if you don’t have it.) Depending on the temperature, pot, etc, it should be 35-45 minutes (shorter for white rice).
  2. Put the rice into another pot or two and keep it there for now.
  3. Brown the beef in the saucepan, over low/medium heat with the garlic and oregano.
  4. When beef is thoroughly browned, add the drained beans and refried beans to the beef. Keep stirring for a few minutes.
  5. Add the tomatos. (Might want to drain them a bit beforehand, but not completely.)
  6. Stir well and add the rice. Stir again until it’s all nicely blended.
  7. Simmer over low heat for about 7-10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  8. While mixture is simmering, consider warming tortillas in the microwave.
  9. Serve in tortillas with a bit of shredded cheese sprinkled on top.

You can always add fun things like lettuce and other spices to personalize it. This make a LOT of yummy food. Be prepared. You’ll need lots of tortillas or you can just use soup bowls.

(I had these for lunch today and there was much rejoicing in my tummy!)

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Laura November 20, 2007 at 9:13 am

This looks delicious. I’m going to try this next week. I need quick and esy recipes as finals are approaching. Thanks!

Mrs. Micah November 20, 2007 at 9:18 am

While the rice takes some time, this recipe only requires about 15-20 minutes of real attention. Very handy that way! πŸ™‚

I made it while friends were over and was able to hang out with them.

Pamela November 20, 2007 at 2:07 pm

I love it when you share these recipes! We tried the sausage and lentil soup and it was delicious. We’ll have to try this one – it’s right up our alley. Thanks!

Jessica November 20, 2007 at 5:13 pm

Thanks for sharing your recipes. I made the rice and lentil (no sausage) soup a while back, and I thought it turned out quite well. I’m glad for your recipes for three reasons:
1.) They’re simple (at the end of a day on team, I don’t always have the emotional energy to invest *lots* in a meal).
2.) They make a bunch of food (good for cooking for a team!).
3.) They’re yummy.
We’ve had burritos on team before, which have been a great hit, but no one has made them in one big pot before. And they sell this bread in the market that is huge, circular, and remarkably thin — works perfectly as tortillas (though I doubt that is how our Palestinian friends and neighbors use them.)
Anyway, thanks again, and I’m sure a Mrs.Micah-inspired bowl of burritos will appear on the CPT Hebron supper table in the next three weeks (phew! Only three weeks left on team! Can you believe it?).
Lots of love,

Pamela December 10, 2007 at 7:06 pm

I made this for dinner tonight, with a few modifications. They were YUMMY! I added some fresh cilantro and lime juice to the rice and didn’t mix everything together. I used ground turkey instead of hamburger, because it was on sale this week. We forgot to put cheese on them, but we really didn’t miss it.

Thanks for sharing the recipe! Next to try is the curry chicken one πŸ™‚

mrsmicah December 10, 2007 at 7:49 pm

I’m so glad you liked it, Pamela! πŸ™‚ I try to put up the best of the best of what I like.

Allison January 18, 2009 at 9:13 pm

This is perfect; I was looking for a new recipe that I could make without having to use meat. I only wish I’d seen your post before I hit up the grocery store today. I will definitely be trying it out next week!

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