So what do you do with all that leftover chili? You make your own burritos! These are really easy to make, and then you have an easy go-to meal for when you don't want to spend a lot of time or effort cooking.
There are 2 ways to do this. First, my mom's method to cook for a group, and second, my method for individual servings (that you could microwave in a rush or take in your lunch). I'll list both here.
Prep time: About a minute per burrito, plus cook time (see below as the 2 methods have different cook times)
Good for leftovers: hmm. haha. they ARE leftovers. so yes.
servings: however many you have extra beans for.
cost: about 25-50 cents per burrito or less.
"large" burrito size tortillas. You can also use extra large but this size burrito is easier to store I think.
leftover chili or pinto beans, even black beans
grated cheese (optional)
salsa or your favorite hot sauce or taco sauce (optional)
Place 1-2 scoop of beans on your tortilla, closer to one side rather than in the middle. Add salsa and cheese if desired. Roll your burrito- if you have trouble with this like I do, check out this video I found which was really helpful. I'm no expert burrito-roller, so it took me a few tries to get the right amount of beans so it wouldn't explode, and to get the folding process down right. Thus, my first few are a little sloppy-looking, but once I got it figured out they worked out fine. Repeat to make as many burritos as you want.
Mom's multiple serving method:
|you can fit more burritos in a larger |
casserole dish...but I can't, since it
wouldn't fit in my toaster oven!
I have a mini fridge (not much freezer space!) and no oven (just my toaster oven). Plus, I like to have some burritos wrapped in smaller portions to microwave instead. So here's the way I do them:
My individual serving method:
Spray a casserole dish with non-stick spray, line up your burritos, and cook them at 300 degrees for 10-15 minutes. Let them cool a bit, then place in freezer bags. I found 3 burritos to fit one quart size bag just perfectly if they were rolled will; for my ones that didn't roll so perfectly I fit 2 burritos to a bag. Freeze them, and next time you need a meal, pop one of those in the microwave for 3 minutes or so. OR if you have a toaster oven, defrost in the microwave for about 2 minutes, and then cook in the toaster oven for another 2-3 minutes so it comes out crispy :).