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Beef and Bean Burritos for David (recipe by “Oishii!”)

These burritos are for David, who has requested them many times, and until recently I had neglected to oblige! The ingredients are a step up from the typical flavorless can of refried beans and packet of taco seasoning thrown in your everyday burritos. In my version I make the refried beans from scratch and mix my own seasonings before stuffing the tortillas.

Feeds a hungry family. Tastes great with Mexican-style red tomato rice. The leftovers make an easy, delicious supper. Freeze or refrigerate and reheat.


  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil (divided)
  • 1.2 pounds ground sirloin
  • 2 cups onion, chopped (divided)
  • 4 large cloves garlic, chopped (divided)
  • 1/2 large jalapeno, seeded and minced
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • kosher salt to taste
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1  10-ounce can of enchilada sauce (divided) OR 1 cup tomato sauce (divided)
  • 1  15-ounce can pinto beans
  • 10 ounces grated sharp cheddar cheese
  • 8 medium size (8″) flour tortillas
  • optional garnishes: sour cream, lettuce, chopped tomato, salsa, Tabasco sauce, scallions


Heat large frying pan over high heat. Add 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil. Brown ground sirloin. Add 1 cup of onion, 2 cloves of garlic, and jalapeno pepper. Mix in seasonings: chili powder, oregano, coriander, cumin, and kosher salt. Add water and either 1/2 can enchilada sauce or 1/2 cup tomato sauce. Bring to a boil. Turn heat down to low and simmer until liquid evaporates. Set aside.

Make the refried beans. Heat small frying pan over medium high heat. Add remaining 1 tablespoon vegetable oil. Brown remaining cup of onion and remaining 2 garlic cloves, and cook until onion softens. Add pinto beans with the juice and simmer over medium heat. Mash the bean mixture and when there is no liquid left remove from heat. Sprinkle with kosher salt to taste. Beans will be somewhat thick.

Preheat oven to 350° F. Oil a 9″ x 13″ baking dish.

Warm tortillas in a dry frying pan to make them pliable. Spoon ground beef filling and refried beans in a 2:1 ratio in lower half of each tortilla. Top with some cheddar cheese.  Fold tortilla partially over filling,  fold in sides, and finish rolling up. Put burritos into the baking dish seam-side down. Spread the remaining 1/2 can of enchilada sauce or 1/2 cup tomato sauce over the burritos. Sprinkle with additional cheese and bake in oven for 20 minutes until cheese is melted and bubbly. Top with any garnishes: sour cream, lettuce, chopped tomato, salsa, Tabasco sauce, scallions.

Yields 8 burritos.

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