Black Bean and Rice Freezer Burritos


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These have been the handiest things to have stashed away in the freezer.  We’ve eaten them for a quick lunch or when someone needs to have dinner at an odd time.  The heat up in the microwave and taste great.

I read about the idea on the SC Johnson website in a post written by Sandy of The Reluctant Entertainer.  She shared her method for freezer burritos, but didn’t share a recipe.  I took her idea and decided to create a black bean and rice filling.  In just a little time I had 20 delicious burritos in the freezer.

Here’s what you’ll need:

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  • 3 cups uncooked rice
  • 3 cans black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 2 packages taco seasoning
  • 8 oz Pepper Jack cheese, shredded
  • 8 oz Monterey Jack cheese, shredded
  • 20-25 burrito-sized tortillas (didn’t make it in the photo)

Cook the rice according to the package directions.

In a large bowl, stir the black beans and taco seasoning together.  Add the cooked rice and cheeses, stirring to combine.

Fill the tortillas with the rice and beans.  Wrap each burrito in plastic wrap and store in zip top freezer bags.  I had enough filling to fill a few more burritos, but ran out of tortillas.  I did put 20 burritos in the freezer.

To heat, microwave unwrapped on a plate.  For our microwave, 1 minute and 45 seconds is a good amount of time.  Serve with salsa if you like.

This post is being shown off at Tasty Tuesday, hosted by Beauty and Bedlam.

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  1. Tiffany, this looks great. I even have the ingredients on hand. I think I’ll put some in the freezer today. Thanks!

  2. My husband refuses to take leftovers to work and instead buys those nasty from-the-freezer burritos that are full of hydrogenated this and processed that. These? Are perfect, look super easy and give me a good excuse to nag him about taking lunch from home! 🙂

  3. These look so easy, sound good and would be great to have stashed in the freezer for the reasons you mentioned. I work from a menu plan, but sometimes after a long day you just don’t want to cook. This would keep us out of the drive-thru lane – cheaper and would have to be better for you.

    Thanks for sharing!

  4. I can’t wait to make these things…not for me but for the family…they love em and the frozen ones at the store are hig priced for what little bit you get….thanks and keep all the great recipes coming!

  5. I am visiting from Tasty Tuesday. Thank you so much for this post! You have inspired me to go ahead and make these for our freezer. They are great to have on hand for busy times when children need to eat before going to their sports activity. Angie xo

  6. This is genius, thank you! Finally a quick bite my husband can grab and the (very little) work is done up front. I will definitely be making these. I could have used one today, actually.

  7. I have also made something similar with refried beans spread onto the flour tortillas and then topping with taco meat (one of my kiddos doesn’t like cheese so she thinks this is great). They are quick and easy to prepare to put in the freezer and so convenient when you want a quick meal.

  8. I am always looking for good freezer meals! Thanks for sharing.
    Stopping by from Tasty Tuesday!

  9. These look wonderful! I’ll have to give them a try and know that I will enjoy having some in my freezer on the ready. Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  10. These look wonderful! I’ll have to give them a try and know that I will enjoy having some in my freezer on the ready. Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  11. Rice in the rice cooker now! I’m going to make some with black beans, some with pinto and some with refried (b/c that’s what’s in the pantry)! My hubby will love them!!!

  12. My husband and I both take our lunches to work. These would be perfect. Thanks for the great recipe.

  13. I make a combination of rice, chorizo sausage, black beans, diced tomatoes, green chilies, onions, and cheese. I take them to work for lunch. I take them from the freezer and put them in a pyrex dish, drizzle with some salsa (or you could even use enchilada sauce), and add some frozen corn (I like the bit of sweetness the corn contributes). By the time it’s lunchtime they are completely thawed and super quick to heat. I take a dollop of sour cream in a small pyrex container and a little extra cheese to sprinkle over top after I have heated in the microwave. Makes for a FANTASTIC lunch even at work!!

  14. I never thought about doing this. Thanks for sharing this recipe and idea. I am going to get to work on making these tomorrow.

  15. Do you reheat at 1 min 45 seconds for a frozen one or already thawed? These look great and my family love bean burritos. Can’t wait to load my freezer!

  16. What a great idea!! I will have to try these…great for lunches or that in a hurry meal…thanks!

  17. Thank you Tiffany! You inspired me and I made these today after I read your post and I wrote a post about my burritos {beef}. I linked back to your original post too!
    Angie xo

  18. I’ve definitely done this!! I add a bit of salsa into the bean (or beef, because we do both!) mixture as well. SOOO handy!! You’re reminding me that I need to make another batch. 🙂

  19. Oh, aren’t these the best? You know I just love more ideas for the freezer. Makes those hectic meal times so much easier. 🙂

  20. Thanks for posting! I’m going to make them soon. Just to change things up a bit, I like to cover burritos with a can of red or green chile sauce and bake it. It turns out more like enchiladas I guess, but who cares what it is? It tastes great! I always have just used organic frozen burritos when they go on sale, but this looks like a much more cost effective way.

  21. Filled my freezer today with these…only after filling our bellies first! Yum-mo!

  22. As far as I can tell, this is at least $11-12 worth of materials to make 20 burritoes. I bought a bag of 30 at Costco for $9… now the Costco ones have a lot more trash to throw away 🙁 so it is still worth it for me to make some myself…. I could cut the cost by using dry beans and making tortillas from scratch, but that would increase my time-costs considerably. I think I’d rather find a way to repurpose the trash from the Costco burritoes.

    Black beans, 69 cents /can, $2.07
    Cheese, 8 oz packaged, 2/$4 on sale
    Rice, .69 to $1.29 depending on the store
    Taco packets, 2/$1
    tortillas, $3.49

  23. I just made these – they are the bomb! Thank you so much for sharing !!!!

  24. I made these and have been happily eating them for lunch all week. They’re so good, I look forward to lunch every day. Thank you!!!!

  25. Just finished making these. Can’t wait to try. They were so easy, and the best part is I made them with leftovers. I had made a huge pot of pinto beans and some white rice, so all I had to add was the cheese and seasoning!
    Great idea, thanks for sharing!

  26. Made these for the first time the other day. My kids absolutely LOVED them! So does my hubby! I love having something this good in the freezer to rescue me when my day goes crazy and I can’t pull off the supper I’ve planned. I will be making these for years to come, I’m sure. Thanks, Tiffany! 🙂

  27. Since coming across this recipe, I have made it twice now. It is so fast and easy and it’s so nice to have these waiting in my freezer whenever I’m in a hurry! We have also added chopped cilantro and a little salsa. They are really good! Thanks!

  28. Question- do you not cook your rice all the way when making these to freeze?

  29. You are inspireing me to cook all of this! It is making me hungry! We may have mexican foods everyday for a while. My family of 8 my get tired of it but I think hubby and I will love it! Thank you for the recipes! I love pinterest and have them there for a reminder to make them. Thank you!

  30. Well, just made this recipe and although it tasted good, the beans were kind of crunchy. However, I am assuming that after I heat the burritos up in the microwave, they will get softer. Anyway, I only had enough filling for 15 burritos so I guess the amount of burritos depends on how much filling you put in them. Mine came out pretty big.

  31. how long can you freeze them for?

    • Vanessa, you can freeze them for several months or even longer as long as they are wrapped well. They may lose a little quality if you freeze them longer, but they will still be safe to eat.

  32. Have been making these for years, they are so convenient. I have found that by covering them with a paper towel and flipping them every 30 secs till hot, keeps them from drying out in the microwave!!
    Look forward to your recipes each week 🙂

  33. Would it be alright to add shredded chicken into the burritos??

  34. This is perfect, Tiffany! Thank you. I’m going to make these this weekend so I have something healthy and filling to eat when I get home late from class on Mondays and Wednesdays.

  35. I just made these — and I could barely fit it into the biggest bowl I own … so I have to ask, where do you get your bowls? Otherwise, I’ll be shrinking this recipe next time I make it.

  36. Ruth Ann says:

    These look great.
    It’s really difficult to find tasty 2 serving recipes.
    Sometimes a full size recipe doesn’t scales down well.
    I get tired of leftovers but freezing portions fills the bill.
    I’m thinking I’d also like to try these with shredded chicken added.


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