Beef and Cheese Burritos: An easy recipe using ground beef, canned cheddar cheese, and salsa to make the best burritos at home!
Let me fill you in on a little “weeknight meal,” secret that I have.
Beef and Cheese Burritos
I’ll never forget the day my mom made these for the first time, when I was a kid. I ran to the stove, (super hungry, dying to know what we were having for dinner.) I looked in the pan, looked up at her, and kinda “snarled” my nose and asked what it was. She said,
Oh Jess, this is a new recipe I’m trying. I think it will taste better than it looks.
My mom never lied to me, so I knew I should give it a try.
I’m SOOOO glad I did. I make this quite often, now that I have a family of my own.
Easy Burrito Recipe
This is a great recipe for a quick, weeknight meal when you don’t have anything planned on the menu and you probably already have the ingredients on hand!
4 Ingredients are all you need: (Plus any toppings you may want.)
What do you put in a burrito?
For a classic burrito, you’ll want ground beef and cheese and seasonings like a taco seasoning packet. However, some burritos also include beans, and of course any preferred toppings.
But for this recipe, you only need 4 ingredients to create the BEST burrito that’s great for lunch or even a busy weeknight.
For the full recipe ingredients and instructions, you’ll find the free printable recipe card at the bottom of this post. However, I’d love to walk you through the step-by-step process with images so you can grab more helpful tips along the way!
What kind of cheese goes on a burrito?
First, the kind of cheese that makes this burrito recipe really good, is the cheddar cheese soup that you can find in a can. It’s already a creamy texture that heats right up and gives the burrito the classic flavor that you’re looking for. DO NOT add water to the soup!
Can you add additional cheese as toppings? Absolutely… but the canned cheddar cheese is definitely enough “cheese” flavor so additional is not necessary.
What kind of salsa to use for burritos?
You can use your favorite kind of salsa for this recipe but I’d recommend a red salsa like we used here, instead of a green, Verde type of salsa.
But it can be “chunky”, “restaurant-style” or any type/brand that you prefer! I’d just make sure it’s a flavorful salsa, instead of a bland type… because using salsa in this recipe replaces the “seasoning” that you may need for other burrito recipes!
How to Make Burritos
First, brown 1 lb. of ground beef and cook until done.
When beef is fully cooked, drain the grease if needed.
Return the beef to the pan, and add your cheddar cheese soup and stir until well blended.
Next, add in your 1/2 cup of salsa and stir until blended.
Let the burrito mixture simmer for a couple of minutes to let the cheese and salsa cook into the beef and heat through.
Spoon meat and cheese filling down the center of a warmed tortilla, and load that baby up with your desired toppings, and you’re golden.
Burrito Topping Ideas
If you need topping ideas for your burritos, these are our favorites! They’re very similar to the taco toppings I recommend too!
- Cheese, shredded
- Lettuce, shredded
- Tomatoes or Pico (get the best recipe here!)
- Black Olives
- White, Red or Green Onions
- Refried Beans
- Mexican Rice
- Extra Salsa
- Taco Sauce
- Guacamole (easy and favorite recipe here!)
- Sour cream
- Limes, sliced
- Tortilla Chips
This literally takes only about 10 minutes to make and our kids LOVE them!
Beef and Cheese Burritos
- 1 pound ground beef
- 1 10-ounce can cheddar cheese soup undiluted (see notes)
- 1/2 cup salsa
- flour tortillas
- sour cream
- shredded cheese
- black olives
- In a medium skillet, brown ground beef over medium heat
- Add in the can of cheddar cheese soup, and salsa
- Stir and let cook 1-2 minutes
- Serve on tortilla and top with additional desired toppings
How simple is that!?
Give ’em a whirl. I almost bet they’ll become a family favorite.
What toppings do you put on yours? Let me know below. I’d love some ideas for a new spin on things!
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