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Shredded Beef and Bean Burrito topped with cheese, tomatoes, cilantro, and sour cream

Quick Shredded Beef Burritos

Quick Shredded Beef Burritos - a super easy recipe made with leftover shredded roast beef, a can of beans, a few seasonings and plenty of cheese! Microwave, bake, slow cook, or freeze them for later! 
Course Main Course, Main Dish
Cuisine Mexican
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 8
Author Amy


  • 2 c. cooked and shredded roast beef
  • 1 c. salsa
  • 1 16 oz. can refried beans
  • 2 Tbsp. Chili Powder
  • 2 Tbsp. cumin
  • 1 Tbsp. Garlic Powder
  • 2 tsp. oregano
  • 1 tsp. onion powder
  • 1 tsp. paprika
  • 2 c. shredded cheese (divided) cheddar, pepperjack, Monterey Jack, etc.
  • 8 flour tortillas 8-10 inch


  • In a large mixing bowl combine all ingredients, except tortillas and 1/2 a cup shredded cheese.
  • Divide meat mixture and spoon on one side of each tortilla. Fold edges over filling and roll tortillas up to make burritos.

Instructions for Baking Burritos

  • Spray a baking dish with non stick spray and layer burritos in dish. Sprinkle with reserved cheese. Cover dish with aluminum foil. Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes.
    Another option for bakign is to spray burritos with baking spray. Roll each burrito in a piece of aluminum foil. At this point burritos can be baked right now at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes. 

Instructions for Microwaving Burritos

  • Burritos my be microwaved for about 1 minute, depending on how hot your microwave cooks. Add toppings and serve immediately.

Instructions for Slow Cooking Burritos

  • Burritos can be layered in a greased slow cooker, sprinkled with cheese, and cooked on low for 3-4 hours.  You could also get creative here and smother the burritos in enchilada sauce, taco sauce, etc.
    I've cooked burritos wrapped individually in foil (see instructions for baking) in the slow cooker and it works really well too.

Instructions for Saving Burritos for Later

  • Burritos may also be refrigerated for up to 3 days, or frozen for up to 3 months. Freeze idividually wrapped in aluminum foil burritos in an airtight container or bag. They may be cooked later in the microwave, baked in the oven, or thawed and cooked in the slow cooker. 

Instructions for Serving Burritos

  • Regardless of your cooking method, burritos are fantastic topped with diced tomatoes, green onions, cilantro, salsa, sour cream, guacamole, olives, etc.


Taco seasoning, or burrito packets may be used in place of seasonings.