Marie’s lazy beef burritos

February 22nd, 2012
Please don’t hate me Mexico! I can already imagine my Mexican friend, Talty, shaking her head disapprovingly of this recipe (plus, she’s vegetarian!).
You see, there’s a dish that I’ve been making since I was young that I dare call burritos. The problem is when I see a real burrito with all the appropriate stuffing mine just doesn’t compare.
However, my family and carnivorous friends absolutely ADORE this recipe and now it’s too late to take the word “burrito” back.
After I wrote this post, my friend Talty told me this: “Fill a corn tortilla with anything and it’s a taquito, fill a wheat flour tortilla with anything, bake it and it’s a burrito.” I feel so much better!!

Also, she shared with me the Burrito Legend:
The legend says that there was this guy that used to sell meat in a town near the border, about 100 years ago. He had problems keeping the meat warm, so he wrapped the meat in a big wheat tortilla, and people really liked it. After a while he was selling so much that he had to get a donkey (“burro” in Spanish) to carry his meat/tortilla contraption around. People started referring to his food as the food from the “burrito” (little donkey) and after a while, it became known as a burrito.

Marie’s lazy beef burritos


  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 onion
  • 1 lbs extra lean ground beef
  • 1 c water
  • 2 tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tbsp cumin (or to taste)
  • 2 c salsa
  • 5 whole-wheat tortillas
  • 2 c grated cheese
  • sour cream


  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Spread half of the salsa in the bottom of a 9×13 baking dish. Reserve the rest of the salsa.
  2. In a large frying pan, heat olive oil on medium-high. Add chopped onion and ground beef. Drain fat when the beef is cooked.
  3. Add one cup of water, chili powder and cumin powder to pan. Increase high heat and stir frequently until most of the liquid has been absorbed.
  4. In your tortillas, put a pinch of cheese and add 1/5th of the meat mixture (reserve half of the cheese for later). Close the tortillas into burritos and lay in the baking dish on top of the salsa.
  5. Top your burritos with the rest of the salsa, and sprinkle with the rest of the cheese.
  6. Bake in the oven for 15 minutes and finish on broil until the cheese is nice and golden.
  7. Top with sour cream  and enjoy with a nice salad :)



4 Responses to Marie’s lazy beef burritos

  1. momsy says:

    C’était simple mais superbe!

  2. momsy says:

    je vais l’essayer ce soir.

  3. momsy says:

    chili and cumin…I will no longer buy the store-bought seasoning packages. yeah!

    • Marie says:

      I used taco spices but once I realized how much sodium was in there I switched my spices. It’s still far from a healthy burrito but it’s better than it was.

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