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Freezer Friendly Beef, Cheese & Beans Burritos

I love make-ahead meals, especially ones that require "virtually" no extra effort. Most of my make-ahead meals involve prepping an extra meal when I am preparing dinner. This time, I went out of my way to make these freezer burritos. The homemade version is healthier and cheaper; great for those nights when you need a quick dinner. Making these burritos made me hungry so I decided we would have beef burritos for dinner that night (see picture at the bottom of the post).

Mise en place: ground beef, cheese, refried beans and tortillas.

8 large 10" tortillas
1-1/2 lb ground beef, lean or extra lean
1 medium onion, diced
1/2 tsp ground cumin
1/2 tsp ground oregano
1/4 tsp salt
1 tbsp oil
2 cups refried beans (try this homemade refried beans recipe) or 1 can of refried beans (398 ml/14 oz)
2 cups shredded cheese (I used mozzarella but you can use any cheese)

1. Pour 1 tablespoon of oil in a pan over medium high heat.

2. Add in the onion and saute until the onions are soft and translucent.

3. To the same pan, add in the ground beef, cumin, oregano, salt and cook the ground beef is no longer pink.

4. Heat the tortillas in the microwave with a damp paper towel. Remove.

5. Equally divide the ingredients among the 8 tortillas. Layer the ground beef, then refried beans and shredded cheese in each tortilla.

5. Fold over the ends of the tortilla and roll them up. Repeat with the rest of the tortillas.

6. Wrap each burrito tightly with plastic wrap and place in a Ziploc freezer bag. Store for up to 2 months. Remember to date and label your Ziploc bag.

Reheating Instructions
Microwave: Remove plastic wrap and heat in the microwave for 2 to 3 minutes.

Oven: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Remove plastic wrap and wrap the burrito in aluminium foil. Heat for 30 minutes until cooked through. 

Serve with sour cream, salsa and shredded lettuce.

Dinner we had that night: I also added leftover rice, salsa and shredded lettuce.

Source: Adapted from Money Saving Mom

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