A Healthy Beef Burrito Recipe

This healthy burrito recipe has everything you want in a family meal entrée.

a. Yummy taste

b. It is good for you

c. Quick to fix

d. Made from leftover beef

e. Contains vegetables, a fruit, and beans

f.  Made with whole grains

You ask, how can one healthy burrito recipe have it all? Well, listed below are just a few reasons why the ingredients used to make these burritos are important in a healthy well-balanced diet. So, let’s check them out together.

Olive Oil – Even though olive oil is a monounsaturated fat (also known as a MUFA), and a healthier fat, it should be used sparingly.

Onions, Peppers and Tomatoes – As you read down the list of ingredients, you will see that you will be using a fresh onion and green pepper. Both of these vegetables will add not only taste but also nutrition to your meal. Next on the list are canned tomatoes; while tomatoes are typically referred to as a vegetable, they are actually from the fruit family. So, you will, in reality, be adding vegetables as well as a fruit to this dish.

Black Beans Black beans are part of the legume family. They not only provide beneficial fiber, but they also supply protein.

Beef Some people question whether beef should be included in our diets. But red meat is a great source for protein and iron. Just remember to limit the serving size. A healthy serving size is comparable to a deck of playing cards. Shop for beef that is hormone and antibiotic free. And the best beef comes from grass fed cattle.

Whole Grains – Now, let’s talk about the whole grain brown rice and the tortillas. Whole grains, because of their high fiber content, are important to a healthy diet. In addition to fiber, whole grains provide many other important nutrients.

Cheese and Sour Cream – While there are a lot of pros and cons dealing with the value of diary products in the diet, there is no denying the fact that we need calcium everyday to keep our bones and teeth healthy. One way to get the calcium we need, without the fat, is by using low-fat or fat-free diary products.

Now, let's gather the ingredients to make this healthy burrito recipe:

1 tbsp. olive oil

1 large onion, chopped

1 large green pepper, chopped

1 can diced tomatoes

1/2 tsp. onion salt

1/8 tsp. garlic powder

3/4 tsp. chili powder

1 can Bush’s Seasoned Recipe Black Beans, drained and rinsed

2 cups cooked beef, chopped

1 cup Uncle Ben’s Whole Grain Fast & Natural Instant Brown Rice

Santa Fe Tortilla Company Homestyle Whole Grain Tortillas

Shredded cheese, your choice (I used Colby & Monterey Jack)

Sour cream, optional

Let's Cook

Measure the olive oil into a 10-inch stainless steel frying pan.

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Chop the onion and the green pepper, and place them into the frying pan. Cook over a low heat until they become soft, yet a little crisp.

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Add in the can of tomatoes and the seasonings. Stir to blend all the ingredients together.

Next, add the drained and rinsed black beans.

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Healthy Burrito Recipe - Meat and Veggie MixtureCredit: Southerngirl09

Stir in the chopped cooked beef. This cooked beef is a planned leftover from a pot roast that I cooked the day before.

Cook the rice according to the directions on the package.

Let the beef and vegetable mixture simmer on low heat while the rice cooks.

When the rice is done, it is time to put these delicious burritos together.

Healthy Burrito Recipe - Filling the TortillasCredit: Southerngirl09

Place one tortilla on a plate, cover with a paper towel, and place it in the microwave for about 20 seconds. About one third of the way on the tortilla, place a row of rice, cover this with the beef and veggie mixture, and sprinkle on the shredded cheese. If using sour cream, then spread a little on top of the cheese. Fold the sides in, over the ends of the filling, and then fold the edge of the tortilla (closest to you), over the burrito filling, and roll tightly.

If you are planning to hold and eat your burrito, then it will need to be wrapped in foil to hold it together. Otherwise, wrap them as tightly as possible, and they can be eaten using a knife and fork. Another option is to layer the ingredients in individual bowls for serving.

In Closing

Healthy Burrito Recipe - Rolled and Ready to EatCredit: Southerngirl09

While the healthy burrito recipe above is made using leftover beef, it can also be made with leftover rotisserie chicken or leftover roast pork. If you have fussy eaters at your house, then try this beef burrito recipe. Once all the good veggies and ingredients are all mixed together, wrapped up in a tortilla, they will enjoy the tasty burrito, and not think about what is in it.

This Mexican burrito recipe is basic, so play around with the ingredients to make it your personal recipe. For instance, my husband doesn’t like things too spicy. So, I tone down the spices. And if you don’t have any tortillas, then make this up, and serve it in individual bowls. Surprise your family tonight, and make this healthy burrito recipe; it is a family pleaser.