Build Your Own Burrito

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This recipe is a great way to use up leftovers and is a quick and easy lunch or dinner on a busy day. Each burrito can be made how you like it with delicious toppings for kids and adults.

Build Your Own Burrito
Preparation Time
  • 10 minutes
Cooking time
  • 1 minute
Number of servings
  • 1
Serving Size
  • 1 burrito


  • Wrappers:
  • Whole wheat flour tortillas - 6 inch
  • Corn tortillas - 6 inch
  • Fillings 1/2 cup of:
  • Canned or homemade beans, drained or refried beans
  • Canned or leftover cooked chicken, cut in bite-sized pieces
  • Canned or leftover cooked beef, cut in bite sized pieces
  • Toppings 2-4 Tablespoons each:
  • Shredded lettuce
  • Homemade or canned salsa
  • Gaucamole or avocado slices
  • Red or green bell pepper, chopped
  • Onion, chopped
  • Shredded reduced-fat cheddar cheese
  • Non-fat plain yogurt or low-fat sour cream
  • Seasonings:
  • 1/2 tsp. Southwest Seasoning Mix (make your own, ingredient list and directions below Nutrition Facts Label)
  • 1/2 tsp. chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder


    1. Wash hands with soap and water. Chop pepper and onion on a clean cutting board.
    2. For one burrito, heat a tortilla on a large ungreased skillet until hot and soft, but not dry, about 30 seconds. Or heat tortilla in the microwave for 10 seconds.
    3. In another skillet mix choice of seasoning mix into beans, refried beans, beef, or chicken and heat through to 160° F.
    4. Put 1/2 cup of filling on heated tortilla, a little below the center, and add your favorite toppings.
    5. Fold sides of tortilla over filling so they meet in the center. Fold up bottom flap over filling and roll up, enclosing filling completely.
    6. Serve immediately or burrito will be soggy.

    Nutrition Facts Label: calculated with whole wheat tortilla, 1/4 cup dark chicken, lettuce, onion, peppers, 2 Tbsp. salsa, 1 Tbsp. cheddar cheese.

    Number of Servings 1, Serving Size 1 burrito, Calories 210, Total Fat 6 g, Saturated Fat 2.5 g, Trans Fat 0 g, Cholesterol 50 mg, Sodium 330 mg, Total Carbohydrates 24 g, Fiber 0 g, Total Sugars 5 g, Includes 0 g Added Sugars, Protein 14 g, Vitamin D 0 mcg, Calcium 158 mg, Iron 1 mg, Potassium 198 mg

    Southwest Seasoning Mix

    1/4 cup chili powder
    1/4 cup onion powder
    2 Tbsp. oregano
    2 Tbsp. basil
    1 Tbsp. cumin
    1/2 Tbsp. garlic powder
    2 tsp. thyme


    1. Mix ingredients together. Transfer to a small jar or zip-top baggie.
    2. Mixture can be stored in the freezer for several months.