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In high school, we had an open campus. Which pretty much meant that no one stayed at school for lunch. At least anyone that I know. In fact, in my whole 3 years of high school, I never once ate in the cafeteria.

The town I grew up in wasn’t huge at all, but there wasn’t a local hangout like you see depicted on many tv shows. But we did have fast food.

And since we were all poor high school students, more often than not we ended up at Taco Bell. Sad, but true – that’s what I remember about high school lunches.

Today, I prefer to get my Mexican fix at home. In fact, in the last 4+ years, I’ve been to Taco Bell twice. Both pregnancy cravings. And both times I got sick. But tacos and burritos at home? I could seriously go for that every day.

These Beef and Bean Smothered Burritos are definitely a step (or two) above those fast food burritos. And guess what? I’m guessing you could have these made in less time than it would take to drive to the local fast food drive thru. A simple beef and bean mixture, made with my favorite – Old El Paso refried beans, is wrapped up inside a tortilla and then the whole thing is covered in a delicious green chile sauce. Top it with cheese, lettuce and tomatoes and you are in Mexican food heaven. And a food coma when you are finished, but it’s totally worth it!

Beef and Bean Smothered Burritos | www.tasteandtellblog.com #recipe

Beef and Bean Smothered Burritos
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Make Mexican night special by smothering beef and bean burritos with a delicious green chile sauce.
Serves: 6 servings
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon coriander
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 (16 oz) can Old El Paso® Traditional refried beans
  • ¼ cup water
  • 1½ cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 6 (8-inch) flour tortillas
Green Chile Sauce
  • ¼ cup butter
  • ¼ cup flour
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 (4 oz) can (4.5 oz) Old El Paso® chopped green chiles, undrained
  • shredded lettuce and diced tomatoes, for serving
  1. Cook the ground beef in a large skillet over medium high heat until no longer pink, breaking up as it cooks. When it is almost done, add the cumin, chili powder, coriander, salt and pepper. When completely cooked, stir in the refried beans and water. Stir to combine and remove from heat.
  2. Meanwhile, in another skillet over medium heat, melt the butter. Add the flour and whisk together. Cook for 1 minute. Slowly whisk in the chicken broth. Let it come to a bubble and cook, stirring often, until it starts to thicken. Remove from the heat and stir in the sour cream and green chiles.
  3. Assemble the burritos: Working with one tortilla at a time, spread ⅙ of the beef mixture down the center of the tortilla. Sprinkle about 2 tablespoons of the cheese over the beef. Fold in two ends of the tortilla, then roll into a burrito. Place the burrito on a plate and spoon some of the Green Chile Sauce over the burrito. Add 2 more tablespoons of the cheese over the top. Top with shredded lettuce and diced tomato.


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**This post is sponsored by Old El Paso, but all opinions are my own.  I love Old EL Paso products!**

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36 Responses to Beef and Bean Smothered Burritos

  1. No lie, I could eat this all day every day until kingdom come. Deeeuuummm, gurl.

  2. Your burrito recipes always look sooo good! And this one’s no different!
    Happy Friday 🙂

  3. Asiya says:

    Love anything mexican and these burritos look so yummy!

  4. I’m so with you. We used to eat at Taco Bell and the like during high school too! Now I’m not sure I could stomach it. These burritos are the perfect way to eat fast food Mexican at home without all the yuck or guilt. They look amazing, Deb!

  5. carrian says:

    Not only do those look delicious, but the others as well! I’ve only been to Taco Bell 2-3 times, but I usually got those cinnamon thingys. haha

  6. Tracey says:

    I could eat Mexican food every single day and never get sick of it! I wish I could reach through my screen and grab a burrito for lunch today, they look awesome! Have a good weekend 🙂

  7. It’s been far too long since I had a great burrito – this looks so tasty!

  8. Chels R. says:

    That looks so good! In our school, we had a Taco Bell stand, and we could get a lot of the favorites there. But homemade is definitely the way to go!

  9. Love burritos! I love the sound of that chicken and black bean burrito with avocado pineapple salsa, too!

  10. I craved Taco Bell when I was pregnant too. I have not had it since I had the kids, but I love Mexican food. These look delicious!

  11. Marjory says:

    We have Mexican or tex-mex style every Tuesday (it makes planning easy.) Looks like another tasty dish to try! Thanks!

  12. First of all – super lucky for having open campus. How fun as a student to be able to come and go. Secondly – YUM!

  13. Aggie says:

    I remember always wishing for an open campus, but in our small town it was a hike even to McDonald’s 🙂

    Funny, I get a Taco Bell craving every now and then but I know better and you just confirmed it. I would so rather eat good Mexican at home!! These look delicious!

  14. We had an open campus too, which means we could only choose between Jack in the box and Del Taco.

    Either way, this burrito tops Jack in the box and Del Taco any day of the week!

  15. Joanne says:

    We were allowed out for lunch also! I don’t think I even remember what floor my high school’s cafeteria was on…

    These are such a better alternative to fast food!

  16. Mercedes says:

    I love that green chile sauce, it looks delicious! I will be bookmarking these to make in the near future!

  17. teresa says:

    i remember LOVING taco bell, but something happened to that store, i can’t eat there anymore! i must be getting older 😉

    this looks awesome, i love the green chile sauce, so yummy!

  18. Looks like a Mexican restaurants-yum!

  19. I could eat Mexican food every day of the week. These burritos look perfect!

  20. That sauce to “smoother” is EASY! I love the idea of just makin’ it and not just using an enchilada sauce. I’m addicted to all things Mexican and these are on the list for this week!

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