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Quick and Easy Recipe: Black Bean and Beef Burritos

Categories: Cooking, Food


This is one of the easiest recipes I have made in recent days. And it was well received by everyone, even those who say they don’t like black beans. But really do. They just like to say that they don’t to watch my eyeballs explode out of my head like projectile rockets.

We are in the thick of little league here. Games, practices, more games, it is never ending. Finding foods to make for dinner is a challenge. It is tempting to let them eat at the snackbar (well not very tempting for my wallet) or to serve things like hot dogs when we get home. But with a little extra effort, while they take their showers, I can serve a nutritious meal.
You will need:


Don’t you love how the bag of shredded cheese calls itself Fancy? What exactly makes it fancy I wonder?

2 packages flour tortillas (corn for those who can’t eat flour, or who prefer corn)
2 lb ground beef
2 cloves minced garlic
2 15 oz cans black beans
2 cups jarred salsa
3 tsp ground cumin
Shredded cheese


Ooops, this escaped the photo some how. In addition to the above ingredients, you need a large jar of salsa.


Onions in the Handy Chopper from Pampered Chef. And no I don’t work for them or get any sort of kickback for constantly mentioning this thing. I just really love it.

Chop up the onion, or have one of your little indentured servants do it. Put it in the pan and saute it until it is clear. This doesn’t take very long. Dump the ground beef and minced garlic into the pan and stir it around until the beef is browned.


Drain the excess grease from the pan if you have some. Then pour in your drained and rinsed black beans. Add the spices and salsa.

Add a small amount of water, maybe 1/2 cup. Turn the heat down low and cover the pan to allow it to simmer. This will heat up the beans and make them softer.

While this is going on take your tortillas and wrap them in tinfoil. Place in center of oven set to 350.


Put some bowls of shredded cheese on the table for everyone to garnish themselves.

Spoon filling down the center of the warmed tortilla, garnish with cheese. Roll up and eat.


Yes, I served it on paper plates. Because I am so KLASSY, with a K.

But doesn’t it look delicious, like you want to take a bite? And I don’t mean that cute chubby baby hand (He is too a baby. Shut up.)

Serve with a side of (mostly decorative) baby carrots so you can feel even better about yourself.

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25 comments so far...

  • The difference between fancy and regular shredded cheese is how thinly it is shredded.

    (am I a nerd for knowing that?)

    dcfullest  |  May 22nd, 2008 at 12:29 pm

  • Monday night I served a “Let’s Dish” meal of chile pork chops w/black bean salsa thinking my 3 kids and husband would spurn the blackbeans and I would have a healthy lunch on Tuesday. Guess what - they fought over the black bean salsa and complained that I hadn’t made enough.

    Let’s see if this has the same affect;)

    maria  |  May 22nd, 2008 at 1:25 pm

  • Call me stupid, but where does the salsa go? In the meat mixture or is it just for garnich? I don’t like black beans, but I will make this. I know my kids will like it!

    Ann from St. Peter MN  |  May 22nd, 2008 at 1:54 pm

  • Crap - I can’t spell, either!

    Ann from St. Peter MN  |  May 22nd, 2008 at 1:54 pm

  • This is so timely, you have no idea!

    Nataly  |  May 22nd, 2008 at 2:12 pm

  • I’m just impressed that you can get a 3 y.o. to eat a burrito…..

    Shelly  |  May 22nd, 2008 at 2:26 pm

  • How many does this feed? Should I 1/2 it for a family of 4?

    Lorie  |  May 22nd, 2008 at 3:02 pm

  • Chris- about how many servings is this?? I mean I know how big your family is, but do you have left overs? I am trying to figure out if I should make a 1/2 or 1/3 recipe for my little family.

    Rachel  |  May 22nd, 2008 at 4:00 pm

  • Tacos/burritos are our go to meal when we’re not feeling inspired. Good idea to add black beans. If you put out diced tomatoes and shredded lettuce, sometimes they’ll throw those on too forgetting that they’re “healthy.”

    Heather's Garden  |  May 22nd, 2008 at 4:39 pm

  • I would like clarification on the salsa too please, because this is dinner tonight. Do we cook it or is it just for the topping?

    Melissa  |  May 22nd, 2008 at 5:05 pm

  • Never mind, I just reread it. Maybe if my husband reads the recipe while I cook it we can manage…

    Melissa  |  May 22nd, 2008 at 5:06 pm

  • Yum! Looks delicious! Of course, right now, I am starving - dental work will do that to you…

    suburbancorrespondent  |  May 22nd, 2008 at 5:11 pm

  • This looks yummy! I will definitly be trying this out soon.

    Erin  |  May 22nd, 2008 at 8:44 pm

  • dcfullest…..I knew that too, and was wondering the same thing. At least we can be nerds together.

    I wonder why being more finely shredded is considered fancy, though?

    Looks good…I’ll have to try this soon.

    Lesli  |  May 23rd, 2008 at 12:47 am

  • I like this one. My son has had tummy troubles lately, and this (sans salsa, and with less onion and garlic) would sit well in his tender tummy.

    Daisy  |  May 24th, 2008 at 1:11 am

  • Perfect! We eat a lot of black beans in our house (I have a Brasilian husband), and this is a perfect way to make them appealing to all!

    Laural  |  May 24th, 2008 at 1:58 am

  • Can I just say that I love how you present realistic recipes? Full of ingredients we all most likel already have at home and quick and easy to prepare. Love love love you for that!

    Sarah @ Ordinary Days  |  May 24th, 2008 at 9:10 pm

  • This looks like the perfect website for me. I am completely handicapped when it comes to cooking, but these recipes look attainable. To understand my handicap, read a few of my blog entries — especially on my recipe for grilled cheese (probably in the archives right now.) Can anyone else relate?

    Stef Kramer  |  May 25th, 2008 at 8:24 pm

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    Black Bean and Beef Burritos - Mom Talk  |  May 27th, 2008 at 6:27 pm

  • My children mostly seem to think that vegetables are merely dinner-table decorations as well!

    The 6-S Ranch  |  May 27th, 2008 at 10:19 pm

  • I made it last night to rave reviews. Your recipes are always winners.

    Lisa- Domestic Accident  |  May 28th, 2008 at 6:50 pm

  • [...] am totally making this for supper one day this [...]

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    Menu Plan Monday - Chaos Theory  |  August 11th, 2008 at 7:46 pm

  • you can cook for me whenever you like ;)

    william wallace  |  February 11th, 2009 at 6:11 pm

  • fancy cheese is just as fancy as fancy ketchup, i imagine.

    bri  |  January 10th, 2011 at 12:59 am