South Your Mouth

southyourmouth.com · Mar 15, 2021

Smothered Beef & Bean Burrito Bake


An easy Mexican-inspired casserole recipe made from flour tortillas stuffed with beef, cheese and refried beans smothered in a velvety, savory cheese sauce.

My men-folk are “meat & potato” guys and aren’t too fond of many vegetables. And even though one is 50 and the other is almost 15, I do just what I did when my kids were little: I hide, sneak and smuggle vegetables in everywhere I can.

I shred carrots into meatballs and meatloaf, I add finely diced mushrooms when I’m browning ground beef, I add fresh spinach to anything I can say “oh, it’s just herbs” when they ask “what’s this green stuff?”

I had this idea for a burrito bake where I wanted big, thick, beefy burritos to bake in this cheesy sauce (which is, btw, completely magical) but I didn’t want to have to use five pounds to meat to accomplish it.

And I didn’t want to add rice to the them because I always serve my Mexican Restaurant-Style Rice as a side dish with meals like this.

Hmmm…

So I decided to add refried beans and cheese to the filling and see what happened. What happened is I got six thick meaty burritos that were cheesy and delicious and two big boys who were none the wiser.

Mwaahh-ahh-ahh-ahh-ahhhhhh!!

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