As I  mentioned yesterday, beans are a healthy and filling food.  My favorite way to enjoy them is as a part of Mexican food!  A few times a month, I’ll create a  “Taco Bar” for dinner – lots of veggies, beans, rice, some meat, salsa and guacamole and let the family each create their own meal – tacos, burritos, salads, whatever.  It’s always a hit, but I also always end up with TONS of leftovers.

This time around I got the idea (thanks to several Pinterest boards) to use the leftovers to create a bunch of burritos for quick and easy lunches.  I turned a show on Netflix and went to town, and it worked out perfectly!

Freezer Burritos:

Step one:  Set out all your potential burrito ingredients:  beans, meat, cheese, salsa, onions, peppers, and tortillas (corn or wheat).  I wouldn’t include sour cream or guacamole although they would be great served on top of these once they are thawed.  Next, get some paper towels and aluminum foil.  I did use a lot of aluminium foil which I wasn’t thrilled about but I figure since there isn’t any actual food on them I’ll at least be able to re-use them later.

Step two:  Place a paper towel on a square of aluminum foil.  On top of the paper towel set a tortilla.  Fill the tortilla with desired ingredients.

Delaney's Birthday 2013 003Step three:  Roll up the burrito, then wrap it in the paper towel and then the whole thing in the aluminum foil.  Place in a freezer bag and label – I did a mix of bean burritos and chicken and bean burritos – perfect for meals on the go!

Delaney's Birthday 2013 005Step four:  To heat these up, pull one out of the freezer, take off the aluminum foil, and re-heat in the microwave for 1-2 minutes (leave it in the paper towel).  If you don’t use a microwave, remove the paper towel too and re-heat in the oven at 250 until warmed through.

The corn tortillas fell apart on me when I re-heated, but they still tasted delicious with a fork!  I suspect I just filled them too full.

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What a great way to use up leftovers!

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