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Beef and Bean Burrito Skillet

A beef and bean burrito skillet hits all the right spots. A little bit beefy, a little edge of spiciness, nice and filling, a beef and bean skillet just satisfies so deeply. Can’t forget about all that melted cheese, either!

beef and bean burrito skillet in a pan

Beef and Bean Burrito Skillet

A skillet burrito keeps things simple. You cook everything in one skillet, and it goes pretty quickly. Then serve it with tortilla chips or put it in a flour tortilla.

If you like this, then you might enjoy my Mexican beef casserole too by the way.

Quick and easy beef and bean skillet burrito

Start with the right beef. You can certainly use any kind of hamburger, but I recommend lower fat ratio burger. It will help keep the greasiness down, especially when you add the melted cheese. If you decide to go with more fat, just make sure to drain it well after it is cooked.

Brown the beef on high heat, and once it is nearly cooked through add in your taco seasoning. Taco seasoning comes in premixed packets, but my favorite kind comes from Spiceology. LOVE THIS STUFF.

If you don’t have it or have a tough time finding it, then mix some cumin, salt, pepper, paprika, and cayenne.

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Season the beef liberally. The seasoning browns into the meat and helps the beef not get lost in the chilis.

beef and bean burrito skillet with melted cheese on top

Heat levels of the chilies

With the canned chilis, control your heat tolerance by using more or less according to personal taste. With canned chilis, you don’t have to worry about removing seeds and pith to take the heat down a notch.

I find most canned chilis don’t burn quite as much as fresh chilis. Although there are exceptions. The chilis in this recipe are not scorching. They bring the spice, but you don’t have to have the fire department number handy.

If you love Mexican-inspired casseroles you’ll love this Cheesy Tamale Casserole from Sugar Dish Me!

Easy beef and bean burrito skillet with sour cream and salsa verde on a tortilla, unrolled.

Is it a burrito if I don’t roll it in a tortilla?

Burrito is spanish for “little donkey”.

The name plays on the way a tortilla wraps up a bunch of ingredients the way a donkey carries its pack. Rolling up the ingredients in a flour tortilla serves a purpose. But if you don’t want to roll it up, then don’t worry about it. You can serve it open faced on top of a tortilla and enjoy it just as much. It may not be easy to pick up that way, but it isn’t going to taste any different right?

If you do want to roll it up, then ladle your ingredients about a third of the way up from the bottom of the tortilla. Leave about an inch and a half on each side. This gives you plenty of tortilla to fold over the ingredients. After you fold up the bottom over the ingredients, then fold in the sides. Continue rolling up.

Everything should stay inside, but the sauce will be saucy. If you are going to be picking up your burrito, then I suggest a little square of foil to wrap around it. You don’t want that chili sauce spilling out. It will do it even if you are the best burrito rolling champion the world has ever seen.

You do need fairly large tortillas to do it right though. You can soften the tortilla up a bit before you roll the ingredients up too. Just toss one or two tortillas over the skillet of beef and beans before you add the cheese. The steam from the meat and beans softens the tortilla up and also helps give it some “stick”. So, it helps keep the beef and beans in your tortilla. Much better than on your lap.

Serve my super popular CHURROS after this meal!

Simple beef and bean burrito skillet close up showing sour cream, chopped cilantro on top, and salsa verde

Serve your beef and bean burrito skillet “wet”

I love wet burritos. You can either use the liquids from the cans of chilis mixed with a bit sour cream, or you can use a can of enchilada sauce if you have one handy. Pour the sauce on.

Reserve a bit of your shredded cheese to throw on top, then broil the cheese for just a minute to melt and brown it up just a bit.

Use enough sauce so every bite gets a bit. Don’t use too much or people will wonder why you are licking the plate.

Close up of beef and bean burrito skillet

Refried beans for beef and bean burritos

Refried beans work great for these beef and bean burrito skillets. The mashed texture of the beans helps thicken up the sauce in the burrito filling. That comes in handy if you don’t want the burrito dripping out from the bottom.

However, you can substitute the refried pinto beans with black beans if you prefer. If you use black beans, then mash them up a bit.

Unless you buy vegetarian style refried beans, most refried beans do get made with lard. So, if you are looking to cut some calories, and don’t mind losing a bit of flavor, then black beans or vegetarian refried beans are the way to go.

Like Mexican flavors? Check out this Taco Pizza!

beef and bean burrito skillet on a tortilla

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Yield: 8 servings

Beef and Bean Burrito Skillet

Beef and Bean Burrito Skillet

Simple beef and bean burritos with rice all made in a skillet! Load up a flour tortilla or serve with a big bowl of chips. Easy family dinner!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes


  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 small can green chilies
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons taco seasoning
  • 1 can Rotel tomatoes with jalapenos or green chilies (or similar)
  • 1 can El Pato Salsa de Jalapeno (red can)
  • 1 1/4 cup water
  • 1/2 cup long-grain white rice
  • 1 small can refried beans
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese


  • Sour Cream
  • Cilantro


  1. Brown the ground beef in a large non-stick skillet with the green chilies and taco seasoning. Drain excess grease. When the burger is browned and broken up into small bits, add in the canned tomatoes, tomato sauce, El Pato, water, and rice.
  2. Stir, cover, and let simmer for 15-20 minutes, or until the rice is tender.
  3. Stir in the refried beans, remove the pan from the heat, place the cheese on top and recover. Let the residual heat melt the cheese.
  4. Serve with tortilla chips or tortillas, with sour cream, cilantro, and salsa to garnish

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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 307Total Fat: 17gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 79mgSodium: 701mgCarbohydrates: 12gFiber: 2gSugar: 1gProtein: 25g

Nutrition data provided here is only an estimate. If you are tracking these things for medical purposes please consult an outside, trusted source. Thanks!

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Nicole Johnson, a self-taught expert in grilling and outdoor cooking, launched Or Whatever You Do in 2010. Her blog, renowned for its comprehensive and creative outdoor cooking recipes, has garnered a vast audience of millions. Nicole's hands-on experience and passion for grilling shine through her work. Her husband, Jeremiah Johnson, also plays a pivotal role in recipe development, adding his culinary flair to the mix. Together, they form a dynamic duo, offering a rich and varied outdoor cooking experience to their followers.

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