Beef and bean burritos recipe

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Beef and refried bean burritos with a homemade tomato based sauce. A delicious recipe that is worth every minute spent cooking it. You can use ready made refried beans and burrito sauce, but making your own gives this dish the extra flavour.
Preparation time: 10 minutes, Cooking time: 50 minutes, Serves: 4 


8 (8 inch diameter) flour tortillas

For the burrito sauce
2 cups canned, chopped tomatoes
1 medium onion, finely chopped
1 garlic clove, minced
1/4 tsp chili powder
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
1/2 tsp paprica powder
1/2 tsp cumin powder
1 Tbsp olive oil
Salt to taste

For the beef filling
1 lb ground beef
1 (16 oz.) can refried beans
3 cups shredded mild cheddar or Monterrey Jack cheese


Make the burrito sauce
Combine the tomatoes, olive oil, garlic, onions, chili pepper, cayenne pepper, cumin and paprica in a sauce pan over medium heat. Cook for 15 - 20 minutes, stirring frequently. Remove from heat and set aside. Taste and season with salt, if needed. To make the sauce smooth, pour it in a blender and process it.

Prepare the beef filling
Cook the ground beef in a large skillet until browned, stirring often and breaking up any lumps that form. Drain and return back to the heat. Stir in the refried beans and 1/2 cup of the burrito sauce. Bring to a boil, cover, reduce heat, and simmer for 5 to 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from the heat and set aside.

Heat the tortillas
While the beef mixture is cooking, warm the tortillas in the oven, wrapped in aluminum foil (bake for 10-15 minutes at 350 F), or place in a plastic bag and cook in the microwave for 25-30 seconds on highest setting.

Assemble the burritos
Preheat oven at 350 F (180 C).

Place a tortilla on a plate. Spoon 1/8th of the beef mixture and 2 to 3 tablespoons of cheese along the center of the toerilla. Roll up the tortilla and place it, seam side down, on a lightly greased 12x8 or 13x9 baking dish.

Repeat the above process for all the tortillas, placing each one next to the other, on the baking dish.

Pour the remaining burrito sauce over the tortillas, cover and bake for 30 to 35 minutes. Uncover and sprinkle with the remaining cheese. Bake uncovered for 5 - 10 minutes more, until the cheese melts.

Serve with shredded lettuce, a fresh tomato salsa and sour cream.

Notes and tips

You can make extra burrito sauce and refrigerate it for 7 to 10 days.
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