Monday, 12 August 2013

Frozen bean and cheese burritos

- - - - This post was updated on 31 August 2014 - - - -

I'm kind of torn about posting this because it's just so simple to do that those of you with kids could probably get them to do it whilst you watch on, but I thought I'd post it to give an idea of how simple it is to make a quick snack like this.

I'm a huge fan of not very authentic Mexican food, it's my go to food when I can't be bothered to cook anything else. I always have refried beans and tortillas/wraps in the house. The idea behind this method is that you spend a short amount of time making a batch of burritos before chucking them in the freezer and forgetting about them until someone wants a snack in a hurry.

This is all you'll need.

Now, I'll start off by warning you that no matter how hard you try, you'll never get a good shot of refried beans. They look and smell like cat food in the tin and they don't look much better in the saucepan.

No really, look.

How can something that look like that taste so good?

Anyway, back to it.

Empty two cans of refried beans into a saucepan and slowly begin to heat.

Add some grated cheese.

At this point you can add spices if you want to heat up the beans. In this case I left them plain.

Give everything a good stir. Keep stiring so the beans don't stick to the bottom of the pan.

Get your clingfilm ready. Whatever you choose to use make sure it's microwave safe.

The next step is optional.

Get the brownie you've been baking out of the oven.

Next up are your wraps. I used these pretty small Tesco wraps because that's all they had other than Mission (which I don't like), normally I would have used a larger variety.

Again, this won't be attractive...

Add cheese.

At this point you can also add picante sauce/salsa, pickled or fresh chillis etc.

Wrap em up!

Wrap the burritos individually in the clingfilm.

Write on your Ziploc bag, I usually tend to stick with what's in the bag and when I made them. It's also a good idea to write re-heating instructions on the bag.

Pop them in the freezer and you're done.

To heat them, tear off one sheet of kitchen towel and place on the bottom of your microwave, put one burrito on the towel. Heat for 1-3 minutes depending on the wattage of your microwave. 

It feels like such a con to even blog about something just so simple but freezing snacks and meals became something I really got into when we moved into this house, for a few months I had a bunch of breakfast burritos (post coming about those soon) in the freezer that I could just grab when I was in a rush or fancied something a bit different in the morning. There's really not a lot that you can't cook in large batches to freeze.

Oh, those brownies? Turned out like this.



  1. Love it! Especially the option brownie-step :p

    1. Ha! I'm always open to throwing a brownie in here and there.

  2. Black bean and corn quesadillas are pretty good too. I like the idea of these but I can't fold burritos properly. :(

    1. They're super easy to fold once you know how - Matt had to teach me!

      I could do step by step photos to show how I fold them, not sure if that would make for a weird blog post. Otherwise I'm sure there are plenty of websites out there that can show you :)

  3. Haha, I totally agree on the refried beans! They look so rank, and taste so good... It shouldn't be possible! xx

    1. They remind me so much of the cat food my grandparents use to feed their cat, they smell and look soooo bad!


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