Easy Refried Bean and Cheese Burritos with Optional Chicken

Easy Refried Bean and Cheese Burritos with Optional Chicken - Easy, breezy, freezy. Roll up a few burritos, bake 'em up, and eat them now or freeze individually for super-easy lunches and dinners down the road. And with brown rice and only a small amount of cheese, they're overall a pretty darn healthy choice, too.

Ever since I made a huge batch of these refried bean and cheese burritos, wrapped them in foil, and threw them in the freezer, coming up with lunches has been a breeze.

I can only spare five minutes to wolf something down? Go to the freezer. Grab a burrito. No leftovers for my guy to take to work the next day? Grab a burrito. Simply craving a ridiculously delicious lunch? Grab a burrito.

Easy Refried Bean and Cheese Burritos with Optional Chicken - Easy, breezy, freezy. Roll up a few burritos, bake 'em up, and eat them now or freeze individually for super-easy lunches and dinners down the road. And with brown rice and only a small amount of cheese, they're overall a pretty darn healthy choice, too.

In fact, “grab a burrito” may just be the answer to all of life’s problems. Not sure which preschool to enroll your toddler in? Grab a burrito. Seeking world peace? Grab a burrito.

Easy Refried Bean and Cheese Burritos with Optional Chicken - Easy, breezy, freezy. Roll up a few burritos, bake 'em up, and eat them now or freeze individually for super-easy lunches and dinners down the road. And with brown rice and only a small amount of cheese, they're overall a pretty darn healthy choice, too.

Okay, so it may not solve everything. But when you’re eating one, it kinda feels like it.

This recipe is so, so easy you almost feel guilty. I think that kind of recipe is the very best kind.

Easy Refried Bean and Cheese Burritos with Optional Chicken - Easy, breezy, freezy. Roll up a few burritos, bake 'em up, and eat them now or freeze individually for super-easy lunches and dinners down the road. And with brown rice and only a small amount of cheese, they're overall a pretty darn healthy choice, too.

So here’s what you do. Break out a big bowl and stir together some refried beans (I use my homemade Crock Pot version), cooked brown rice, your favorite salsa, a can of green chilies, a little corn, and some shredded cheese. If you’re making meatless burritos, you’re done with the innards! Wasn’t that easy?! Or you can break some out, if you want, and add a little cooked shredded chicken to a portion.

Then just plop a bit of the filling onto a big flour tortilla, wrap it up, and lay it in a pan. Repeat a few times, sprinkle a little cheese on top, and bake.

Easy Refried Bean and Cheese Burritos with Optional Chicken - Easy, breezy, freezy. Roll up a few burritos, bake 'em up, and eat them now or freeze individually for super-easy lunches and dinners down the road. And with brown rice and only a small amount of cheese, they're overall a pretty darn healthy choice, too.

Eat ’em now, eat ’em later. To freeze, just wrap individual burritos in foil and mark them with a Sharpie. We have both vegetarian and chicken versions in the freezer, and they are oh-so creatively marked with either a “V” or a “C.” Top that!

Whenever you do eat them, try a little avocado, some salsa, maybe a little sour cream on the side. You won’t regret it.

Easy Refried Bean and Cheese Burritos with Optional Chicken - Easy, breezy, freezy. Roll up a few burritos, bake 'em up, and eat them now or freeze individually for super-easy lunches and dinners down the road. And with brown rice and only a small amount of cheese, they're overall a pretty darn healthy choice, too.

And you’ll soon learn, when a bevy of these burritos are in your freezer, you’ll feel like you can conquer the world. If life give you lemons, you’ll know what to do. Eat a burrito.

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Easy Refried Bean and Cheese Burritos with Optional Chicken

Easy, breezy, freezy. Roll up a few burritos, bake ’em up, and eat them now or freeze individually for super-easy lunches and dinners down the road. And with brown rice and only a small amount of cheese, they’re overall a pretty darn healthy choice, too.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups of your favorite refried beans (here’s our favorite recipe)
  • 2 cups cooked brown rice
  • 1 cup salsa (any kind should do fine)
  • 1 (5-ounce) can diced green chilies
  • 1 cup frozen corn kernels, thawed
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese plus another 1/2 cup or more for topping
  • 12 10-inch flour tortillas

If adding chicken to half:

  • 1 cup shredded cooked chicken

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. In a large bowl, stir together the refried beans, brown rice, salsa, chilies, corn, and 1 cup cheese. If adding chicken to half, move 3 cups of the mix to a separate medium bowl, add the chicken, and stir.
  3. Place tortillas on a large plate and cover with a damp dishtowel. Microwave on high for 30 seconds to steam the tortillas.
  4. One at a time, lay the tortillas flat and place 1/3 cup filling just below the center. Fold in the sides of the tortilla so that they nearly touch, then bring up the bottom of the tortilla, pulling the contents tight, rolling the burrito from the bottom upl, and keeping the sides tucked as you go. For more guidance, here’s a terrific piece from The Kitchn on how to roll a burrito.
  5. Lay the burritos side by side in a 9-inch x 13-inch pan (or, if you’re making a meaty version and a vegetarian version, keep them segregated by using two 8-inch by 8-inch pans).
  6. Sprinkle additional cheddar cheese over the top and bake for about 20 minutes, until heated through, cheese is melted, and they’re starting to turn golden brown.
  7. Serve immediately, or let cool and wrap individual burritos tightly in foil to freeze. To reheat, remove foil and wrap loosely in a paper towel. Microwave on high for about two minutes, flip, and cook for another minute or so until heated through.
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Karen Raye

Kare is a vegetarian home cook living among carnivores. She loves creating irresistible and flexible recipes that help multi-vore families like hers keep the peace - deliciously.