Frozen Bean and Veggie Burritos

Homemade Frozen Bean and Veggie Burritos

Written by Becky

Though I’m still very much so enjoying cooking during pregnancy, I am doing a bit less of it. I find myself more tired, too tired to make more than one meal a day.  These homemade frozen veggie burritos are the perfect answer to those tired days, when I can’t muster the energy to whip up something for lunch or when I don’t have a plan or the energy to make a plan for dinner.

Frozen Bean and Veggie BurritosI’ve made these a few times now and the recipe I’m giving you is more than easy.  It takes a little time to roast the veggies and wrap each burrito but really it’s quite simple.  We usually make two versions, so lunch doesn’t become too mundane – Black Bean and Roasted Veggie Burritos and Bean and Cheese Burritos. Sometimes I add rice, other time I skip the rice, in lew of more hearty vegetables.  And of course, feel free to make adjustments for your own preferences… more cheese, less spice, more beans etc etc!

Frozen Bean and Veggie Burritos

Besides feeling a bit more tired lately and in need of a quick and easy lunch, I have had a few bouts of anxiety.  There’s so much going on as you wait the last two month for a baby’s arrival, yet there’s also so much waiting. We had one shower which was a huge blessing, but also gave me a bit of anxiety as I’m usually in the party planner seat not the spotlight.  We are setting up the nursery and making all of the decisions like co-sleep or bassinet, cloth diapers or disposable, bouncer or swing, and do we really need a monitor in a tiny house, or just how “required” is a rocking chair?  These are the seemingly petty thoughts that have been pervading my mind and causing sleepless nights.  It’s crazy how these material things just slip into our world when a few months ago I had no idea what Graco, Chico, or The Bob were.

Frozen Bean Burritos

I truly do desire to have a simple life but it’s a constant battle, no matter what stage of life you’re in, fighting for that simplicity and searching for what’s a true need verses a desire or cultural expectation.  Someone I just briefly met during my pregnancy told me, there are just a few things a child truly needs:  love, food, and structure.  Though my life and home may not be quite that simple those are the things I do want to focus on most instead of getting wrapped up in all the rest.  My hope is for life like a simple bean and cheese burrito… any maybe a few added veggies for good measure.

Here are some step by step pictures for making your own frozen burritos:

Frozen Burritos

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Frozen Bean and Veggie Burritos

Frozen Bean and Veggie Burritos

Frozen Bean and Veggie Burritos

Homemade Frozen Bean and Veggie Burritos

Total Time: 1 hour

Yield: 10 burritos

Ingredients

  • 1 sweet potato
  • 2 tablespoon olive oil, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • salt and pepper
  • 3/4 cup corn
  • 3/4 cup frozen spinach
  • 1 can of black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1/2 jar of salsa (6 ounce jar)
  • 4-6 ounces of Pepper Jack cheese
  • 1 package of whole wheat tortillas (10)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Chop the sweet potato (skin on or however you prefer) into 1/2 inch cubes. Toss the potato with the olive oil and sprinkle with cumin as well as a little salt and pepper. Spread potato cubes out on a cookie sheet and bake for 15-20 minutes.
  2. After about 20 minutes, stir the potatoes and add in frozen corn. Add a touch more oil if potatoes look dry or are sticking to the pan. You may also add a little more cumin and salt if desired.
  3. Bake for an additional 10-15 minutes or until potatoes are crisp on the outside but tender on the inside and corn is slightly toasted.
  4. In a large skilled heat a tablespoon of olive oil. Add frozen spinach and black beans. Stir to combine and defrost. Add in the potatoes and corn and mix together. Remove from heat.
  5. Change your oven temp to low or about 200 degrees.
  6. Set out your salsa, cheese and tortillas.
  7. Heat tortillas in the oven or on the stove top for a couple minutes each or until they are more malleable and easy to roll. Fill with about 3 heaping tablespoons of the potato bean mixture. Top with cheese and about a tablespoon of salsa. Fold two sides in, then roll the burrito up. Set aside then repeat with remaining ingredients.
  8. To freeze, wrap tightly in plastic wrap, then place in a the freezer.
  9. Reheat by removing wrap, and microwaving for 1 minute, cut in half then heat for an additional 30 seconds.
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Frozen Bean and Cheese Burritos

Homemade Frozen Bean and Cheese Burritos

Total Time: 1 hour

Yield: 10 burritos

Ingredients

  • 2 cans refried beans
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin (optional)
  • salt and pepper
  • 10 flour tortillas
  • 1 cup cheese, Cheddar or Pepper Jack
  • 1/2 jar of salsa (using a 6 ounce jar)

Instructions

  1. In a pan, heat up the refried beans. Season to taste with salt, pepper, and possibly cumin. Remove from heat.
  2. Set out your tortillas, cheese, and salsa.
  3. Heat tortillas in the oven (at 200 degrees) or on the stove top for a couple minutes or until they are more malleable and easy to roll.
  4. Fill the tortillas with about 3 heaping tablespoons of the refried beans. Top with cheese and about a tablespoon of salsa. Fold two sides in, then roll the burrito up. Set aside then repeat with remaining ingredients.
  5. To freeze, wrap tightly in plastic wrap, then place in a the freezer.
  6. Reheat by removing wrap, and microwaving for 1 minute, cut in half then heat for an additional 30 seconds.
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Comments (13)

  1. I need something like this in my life. When lunchtime is crazy and I decide to skip it because I don’t have the time to make myself a meal. So sorry about the anxiety! Babies do come with so much stuff, it’s true. I fought the battle too, but I figured out what I needed and what I didn’t, some before and some after he was born. You’ll get there!

  2. I loved what you said here: “My hope is for life like a simple bean and cheese burrito… any maybe a few added veggies for good measure.”

    Couldn’t agree more :)

  3. This just reminded me my mom used to make bean burritos and freeze them for busy days. I love these variations. Elote, one of my favorite restaurants, does a veggie burrito that I LOVE. This reminds me of that too.

  4. Becky I love this meal-prep idea! I’ve been working long hours and looking for ways to save time on prepping lunch. At the same time, I’m a little hesitant because I’m not a fan of frozen foods. Do the burritos unfreeze well? I hate using the microwave and prefer using the toaster-oven for reheating. What do ya think? (love the pics- as always!)

    • I bet they would be even better in the toaster oven. When you freeze them you can freeze them first on a cookie sheet then wrap them in plastic – that should help them freeze well. And if you want an extra layer you could also wrap in foil or put in a large plastic ziplock.

  5. The only thing I would suggest is to use something other than plastic wrap – it just makes the burrito have plastic smell and flavor that bums me out when I’m on my lunch break.

    Another suggestion is add avocado but just don’t freeze and they should stay green when wrapped up in burrito in frig for a few days.

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