Easy Recipes With Ground Beef: Burritos and Chili


Marissa is the writer of ThePracticalMommy and the blog Mommy Knows What's Best. She is a stay-at-home mom to four and was a teacher.

Make these easy burritos with ground beef! Recipe below.

Make these easy burritos with ground beef! Recipe below.

Ground beef, or hamburger meat, is finely ground beef chopped by a meat grinder. It is a common staple in many homes because it is an easy food to work with and use in a variety of recipes, from simple hamburgers to chili.

Here you will find how to buy this meat, what its nutritional value is, and how to make two recipes using it.

How to Buy Beef: The Basics

Buying ground beef doesn't have to be difficult. You're basically going to be looking for two things: the amount of beef and the fat content.

Quantity: The amount of beef depends on what recipe you will be making. If you're not sure about a recipe, you can buy any amount and freeze what you don't use. Whatever you buy should be used or frozen within 2 to 3 days.

Fat Content: There are a few different levels of fat content that you can find: 90/10, 85/15, and 80/20 are a few that you may see most often. 90/10 means that there is 10% fat in the meat, and 85/15% means there is 15% fat in the beef. If you are watching your fat intake, choose the 90/10. If you'd like more flavor and texture, buy the 80/20.

About.com has a great article with further info on this meat, if you're interested.

Two burritos in sundried tomato tortilla wraps

Two burritos in sundried tomato tortilla wraps

1. Easy Burrito Recipe

My kids are in their picky eating stages, so I try not to make my meals too complicated. This recipe is great for kids who are picky about their food. You can choose the kind of salsa—chunky or smooth—to use, plus you can add whatever extras you'd like for the adults.

Tortilla Wraps

For this recipe, I used two different flavored tortilla wraps: sundried tomato and spinach. They added extra yummy flavors to the burritos!

Cook Time

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

10 min

30 min

40 min

Serves a family of four two burritos each


  • 1 pound ground beef, Angus ground chuck, 80/20
  • 2 small onions, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons taco sauce, mild
  • 1 cup shredded cheese, Mexican blend
  • 1/2 cup salsa, chunky or smooth
  • tortillas, large
  • hot sauce (optional)


  1. Brown the ground beef. As it turns brown, add chopped onions. Drain when onions are tender.
  2. Add in cheese, taco sauce, and salsa. Stir until cheese is melted.
  3. On a skillet or a flat grill, place tortilla shells. Let them sit for about 30 seconds to crisp.
  4. Spoon some of the burrito mixture onto the tortilla shells. Fold. In the seam, place a little shredded cheese to seal. Heat for about a minute.
  5. Serve hot.

Side Dishes for the Burritos

  • Spanish rice
  • Guacamole salad
  • Refried beans
  • Salsa and chips
  • Corn, or corn on the cob
  • Fruit salsa

2. Easy Chili Recipe

This is my husband's super-easy chili recipe. He throws it together in less than 30 minutes and cooks it for less than an hour. It's great for cool nights in the fall and winter when you want a warm meal that's easy to make.


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 can stewed tomatoes
  • 1 can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 can red kidney beans
  • 2 small onions, chopped
  • 2 to 3 medium chopped peppers, red, green, or jalapeño
  • chili powder, to taste
  • hot sauce, to taste, for added spiciness
  • salt (optional)
  • pepper (optional)
  • sour cream for topping (optional)
  • crackers for topping (optional)

For Spicy Chili

If you like spicy chili, add some hot sauce and use some jalapeño peppers. Be easy on the extra hot flavors, though! You want to still be able to enjoy the chili without burning your taste buds away.


  1. Brown the ground beef. Drain.
  2. In a pot, add all of the ingredients and stir gently.
  3. Simmer for close to an hour. Serve hot with a dollop of sour cream and some crackers, if desired.

How much easier can you get?

Variation: Chocolate Chili

For a different taste, try adding some semi-sweet chocolate. It doesn't overpower the other chili flavors, but it does enhance the flavors of the chili quite well. When my husband adds chocolate, he uses about 2 to 3 ounces of a semi-sweet chocolate baking bar.

What Should You Do With Leftovers?

If you're looking for ways to reinvent your chili leftovers, I've got to solution for you: stuffed bell peppers filled with chili!

Mild or Spicy Chili


jenn huey on July 11, 2014:

The recipe for the best Mexican Homemade salsa is one I will use in the future. You have a lot of information here

jenn huey on June 29, 2014:

Love the chili recipe and although its so hot outside I am craving a good chili

anne stewart on June 08, 2014:

these look great! :)

Lisa Ehrman on May 30, 2014:

What a delicious looking recipe for Beef Burritos. Thanks :)

Lisa G on April 18, 2014:

I always run out of things to make, constantly making the same things over and over. Thank you for the recipes.

Jerri Davis on March 09, 2014:

I use a lot of ground beef and chuck when I cook Thank you for these recipes. Jerri Davis

D on March 04, 2014:

Ummmmm, the burritos look delish! I haven't had beef or ground beef in ages but it's high in iron and especially good for those of use who tend to be anemic (my case) so will definitely be putting this recipe on my mental list. They look really good too.

Bill Elliott on January 09, 2014:

Thanks for the great recipe ideas, these look good and simple to make

Marissa (author) from United States on December 20, 2013:

David Smith, thanks for sharing that recipe! Sounds yummy!

David Smith on December 20, 2013:

We really like using ground beef to cook with. Last night I made what we call Hamburger Mushroom Stuff, basically simple goulash type of dish. Brown 2 lbs. hamburger in pot and season with season salt, beef base or bouillon and ground garlic, sometimes I'll add a small can of mushrooms with the liquid halfway through the browning process. Add a large can of cream of mushroom condensed soup with about 1/4 to 1/3 the water called for. Add a few tablespoons of sour cream (we like the Mexican sour cream) and bring to boil, stirring often. Let it simmer on low for about 30-45 minutes then spoon over egg noodles. Sometimes we do rice instead of noodles. Easy to make and really yummy.

Jaafar Husin on November 08, 2013:

These look delish! Can't wait to try them out! Thanks for sharing. :)

Rosie on November 05, 2013:

This is really cool information - when it comes to beef, you think you already know what you need, but there is more to know! I love burritos, I've never made them, this is a great recipe.

Hannah Chase on October 25, 2013:

I love ground beef. Thank you for the recipes! Those borritos look so yummy. I love those tortillas.

maribel r on October 22, 2013:

We are going to try to make these since we love mexican food. Looks good.

Marissa (author) from United States on August 01, 2013:

Thanks, Shirley!

Shirley Carr on August 01, 2013:

Like the easy chili recipe

Marissa (author) from United States on September 18, 2012:

Wesley Meacham, thanks so much for reading, commenting, sharing, and pinning! Come back and let me know what you think if you try them! :)

newusedcarssacram, thanks for reading! Glad you found the recipes awesome. :)

newusedcarssacram from Sacramento, CA, U.S.A on September 17, 2012:

Just awesome...I'll surely try this out soon...up!

Wesley Meacham from Wuhan, China on September 17, 2012:

These are both good recipes. I love that you give a lot of information too on ground beef and safety. Voting up. Also sharing with followers and pinned.

Marissa (author) from United States on June 22, 2012:

handymanbill, thanks! I'm glad you like the recipes. :)

Bill from Greensburg Pennsylvania on June 21, 2012:

Great looking recipe's I am going to try a couple of those thanks

Marissa (author) from United States on June 13, 2012:

Simone, I hope you were able to satisfy your burrito craving! ;) Thanks so much for reading and for your comment!

Simone Haruko Smith from San Francisco on June 13, 2012:

Quite the useful Hub! I especially appreciate your purchasing tips. Dang... I want a burrito now.

Marissa (author) from United States on June 11, 2012:

tillsontitan, thank you so much! I appreciate your feedback. :)

Mary Craig from New York on June 11, 2012:

Ground beef is the best. It is so versatile as your great recipes show. This was a nice idea to share and simple enough for anyone to do. Thanks for the recipes. Voted up and useful.

Marissa (author) from United States on June 10, 2012:

LikaMarie, that's great that your 12 year old isn't a fussy eater! I'm glad you like the recipes. Thanks for reading!

LikaMarie on June 09, 2012:

Thank you for the recipes! I love to cook, and sometimes I need a good meal in a crunch. I'm lucky that my 12 year old is NOT a fussy eater.

Marissa (author) from United States on June 09, 2012:

teaches12345, that's a great idea to baste the lean burger to give it more flavor! Thanks for reading and commenting. :)

Dianna Mendez on June 09, 2012:

Love your recipe idea. THanks for the advice on buying ground beef. I find that the higher the fat content, the juicier the burger; but I am limiting my fat intake so I baste it with olive oil to make it better.

Marissa (author) from United States on June 09, 2012:

Handicapped Chef, those other ground meats would work well in both recipes! Thanks for the suggestion! :)

Marissa (author) from United States on June 09, 2012:

Dee aka Nonna, that's a great idea for moms to have a box of inexpensive, simple, and tasty recipes! Thanks for reading and commenting! :)

Handicapped Chef from Radcliff Ky on June 09, 2012:

Loving your recipes very easy plus you can twist them up a little by using ground chicken, turkey, lamb or veal, even ground pork will work nice hub thanks for sharing./

Dee aka Nonna on June 09, 2012:

All your receipes are wonderful. I had to smile when I started to read because I remember one time when we we growing up and times were lean, my mother found every creative way to make a meal using ground beef and we never got tired. I think every mom should have a box of inexpensive and tasty receipes. Great hub.

Marissa (author) from United States on June 08, 2012:

unknown spy, thanks for reading and commenting! :)

Life Under Construction from Neverland on June 08, 2012:

i always cook ground beef with mixed vegie, with lumpia and other recipes. but haven't tried this one yet. :)

thanks for sharing

Marissa (author) from United States on June 08, 2012:

earth angel Susan, those are all great ideas for leftover chili! Thanks for reading and commenting. :)

Marissa (author) from United States on June 08, 2012:

algareview, I wasn't so sure about the chocolate in the chili, but it's actually not too bad! :) Thanks for reading and commenting!

earth angel Susan from Central Flordia on June 08, 2012:

Nice Hub! I like to use my leftover chili for nachos, burritos, enchilada casserole, chili cheese fries and chili-mac.

Joana e Bruno from Algarve, Portugal on June 08, 2012:

Hi, really nice recipes, it seems both easy and delicious. I really love mexican food, so I'm sure going to try these, I had never heard about adding the semi-sweet chocolate to the chilli, that got me really curious. Voted up and useful and sharing! Stay well!

Marissa (author) from United States on June 08, 2012:

Angela Brummer, thanks for reading!

Angela Brummer from Lincoln, Nebraska on June 08, 2012:

Really nice hub!

Marissa (author) from United States on June 08, 2012:

kelleyward, thanks! I like keeping things simple. :)

kelleyward on June 08, 2012:

ThePracticalMommy, this is a great hub for quick and easy meals. Thanks for sharing! Kelley

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