Slow Cooker Beef Burritos


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Slow Cooker Beef Burritos make the perfect entrée for any occasion! Filled with shredded beef and refried beans they’re a hearty recipe that is great for a crowd! I mean, who doesn’t love Mexican food (or slow cooker recipes)? 

Once they’re fully prepared, they can be baked (or just pan fried if you prefer)! Serve with a helping of Mexican rice or zesty cilantro lime rice!

Close up of a beef burrito on a plate.

How to Make Beef Burritos

Burritos are one of my favorite foods (along with chicken enchiladas) and when I laid my eyes on these amazing burritos, I knew I had to have them. These beef burritos take a few steps but they’re not difficult to make and most of the time spent is hands off.

  1. Combine beef, onions, peppers and seasonings in a slow cooker. Cook until fork tender.
  2. Shred beef and combine with sauce.
  3. Place in tortillas with cheese and refried beans (add rice or any other add-ins you’d like).

Bake or Crisp

Ensure you wrap the burritos tightly to keep everything inside. Now that the burritos are prepared, you can either eat them as is, bake them or add them to a pan to crisp the outside.

  • To Crisp Burritos: Wrap burritos tightly. Brush a non-stick pan with olive oil and place burrito seam side down over medium heat. Cook until crisp and turn. Once all sides are crisp, serve warm with toppings.
  • To Bake Wet Burritos: This is my personal favorite way to serve burritos. Place filled burritos seam side down in a 9×13 casserole dish. Top with sauce (from the slow cooker) and cheese. Bake until heated through.

Overview of beef burrito ingredients in a crockpot.

How to Shred Mexican Beef

Put the cooked beef in a shallow dish. Using two forks, one in each hand, and shred each piece of beef until it is shredded the way you like it.

Most authentic burritos have shredded beef instead of ground beef in them and it doesn’t take much to make the real thing!

What to Add to Beef Burritos

The great thing about most Mexican-style foods like burritos is that each one can be completely different!

Assemble bowls of sour cream, salsa, olives, jalapenos, green chiles, sliced bells peppers, diced tomatoes, diced onions, guacamole, and black beans and let your guests add their favorite toppings! Don’t skimp on the cheese; everyone loves cheesy burritos!

Two image of slow cooker beef before and during being shredded.

Freezing Leftover Beef

  • To freeze beef bean burrito mixture, make sure it is thoroughly chilled before putting into a zippered bag with the date written on the outside so you know when to eat it by.
  • To thaw the mixture, take the bag or container out of the freezer and let it thaw overnight in the refrigerator. If you are pressed for time, you can thaw it in the microwave for a few minutes.

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Slow Cooker Beef Burritos

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours 40 minutes
Total Time 5 hours
Servings 6
Author Holly Nilsson
Course Dinner, Entree
Cuisine American
This is a delicious Slow Cooker Beef Burrito recipe loaded with tender shredded beef and beans! 

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs cubed chuck roast or stewing beef
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 large onion chopped
  • 1 poblano pepper chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 jalapeno chopped
  • 1 can enchilada sauce or homemade sauce (at least 19 oz)
  • 1 can refried beans
  • 8 12" flour tortillas
  • 2 cups Monterey Jack cheese
Optional Toppings
  • sour cream
  • tomatoes chopped
  • cilantro

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Instructions

  1. In a large pan brown beef cubes with oil. Place in crockpot with onion, poblano pepper, jalapeno, and garlic and cover with enchilada sauce. Cook on high 4 hours or low 7-8 hours.

  2. Once beef is fork tender, remove from slow cooker with a fork and shred.

  3. Preheat oven to 400°F and remove all onions and peppers from sauce and add about 1/2 cup to the beef, just until moistened. Meanwhile, heat refried beans on the stove top or in the microwave.

  4. Lay tortillas out on the counter and evenly divide hot refried beans and beef mixture in the center of each. Wrap tortillas (if you don't know how, most packages of tortillas will have directions on wrapping).

  5. Place the wrapped tortillas seam side down in a 9x13 pan. Top with sauce from slow cooker and cheese. Bake 10-15 minutes or until hot and cheese is melted.

  6. Serve with desired toppings.

Nutrition Information
Calories: 567, Fat: 34g, Saturated Fat: 16g, Cholesterol: 138mg, Sodium: 603mg, Potassium: 655mg, Carbohydrates: 24g, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 3g, Protein: 42g, Vitamin A: 383%, Vitamin C: 18%, Calcium: 357%, Iron: 5%

(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)

Keyword Beef Burritos, slow cooker, Slow Cooker Beef Burritos
Top image - a serving of beef burritos on a plate. Bottom image - Slow cooker beef burritos baked in a casserole dish.
Close up of a serving of slow cooker beef burritos.
A serving of slow cooker beef burritos on a plate.

 

This recipe was adapted from Joyously Domestic!

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