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.
- 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).
- Put the rice into another pot or two and keep it there for now.
- Brown the beef in the saucepan, over low/medium heat with the garlic and oregano.
- When beef is thoroughly browned, add the drained beans and refried beans to the beef. Keep stirring for a few minutes.
- Add the tomatos. (Might want to drain them a bit beforehand, but not completely.)
- Stir well and add the rice. Stir again until it’s all nicely blended.
- Simmer over low heat for about 7-10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- While mixture is simmering, consider warming tortillas in the microwave.
- 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!)