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Easy Recipes With Ground Beef: Burritos & Chili

Updated on January 5, 2017
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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. | Source

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, its nutrition, and 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.

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 two-three days.

There are a few different levels of fat content that you can find: 90/10, 85/15, 80/20 are a few that you may see most often. 90/10 means that there is 10% fat in the meat, as 85/15% means there is 15% of 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.

Nutrition Example: Angus Ground Chuck 80/20 (Used in Recipes)

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 4 oz
Calories 290
Calories from Fat207
% Daily Value *
Fat 23 g35%
Saturated fat 9 g45%
Carbohydrates 0 g
Protein 20 g40%
Cholesterol 80 mg27%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

Easy Burritos

Two burritos in sundried tomato tortilla wraps
Two burritos in sundried tomato tortilla wraps | Source

Even Picky Eaters Like These

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 time: 10 min
  • Cook time: 30 min
  • Ready in: 40 min
  • Yields: Serves a family of four two burritos each

Ingredients

  • 1lb ground beef, Angus ground chuck, 80/20
  • 2 small onions, chopped
  • 2 Tbs taco sauce, mild
  • 1 cup shredded cheese, Mexican blend
  • 1/2 cup salsa, chunky or smooth
  • tortillas, large
  • hot sauce, optional
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Ingredients: taco sauce, shredded Mexican cheese, wrapsI used chunky salsa. If you don't like the texture, choose a smooth salsa. Optional ingredient: hot sauceBrown the meat and add the onions and taco sauce. When onions are tender, it's time to add other ingredients. Add in shredded cheese and salsa. Spoon mixture onto a tortilla wrap. On a griddle or in a pan, warm wraps.
Ingredients: taco sauce, shredded Mexican cheese, wraps
Ingredients: taco sauce, shredded Mexican cheese, wraps | Source
I used chunky salsa. If you don't like the texture, choose a smooth salsa.
I used chunky salsa. If you don't like the texture, choose a smooth salsa. | Source
Optional ingredient: hot sauce
Optional ingredient: hot sauce | Source
Brown the meat and add the onions and taco sauce.
Brown the meat and add the onions and taco sauce. | Source
When onions are tender, it's time to add other ingredients.
When onions are tender, it's time to add other ingredients. | Source
Add in shredded cheese and salsa.
Add in shredded cheese and salsa. | Source
Spoon mixture onto a tortilla wrap.
Spoon mixture onto a tortilla wrap. | Source
On a griddle or in a pan, warm wraps.
On a griddle or in a pan, warm wraps. | Source

Instructions

  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

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

Easy Chili

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.

Ingredients:

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

Mild or Spicy Chili

How do you like your chili?

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Spicy Chili?

If you like spicy chili, add some hot sauce and use some jalapeno 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.

Instructions

  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.

How much easier can you get?

Optional:

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

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      jenn huey 3 years ago

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

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      jenn huey 3 years ago

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

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      anne stewart 3 years ago

      these look great! :)

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      Lisa Ehrman 3 years ago

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

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      Lisa G 3 years ago

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

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      Jerri Davis 3 years ago

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

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      3 years ago

      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.

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      Bill Elliott 3 years ago

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

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      Marissa 3 years ago from United States

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

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      David Smith 3 years ago

      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.

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      Jaafar Husin 3 years ago

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

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      Rosie 3 years ago

      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.

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      Hannah Chase 3 years ago

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

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      maribel r 3 years ago

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

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      Marissa 4 years ago from United States

      Thanks, Shirley!

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      Shirley Carr 4 years ago

      Like the easy chili recipe

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      Marissa 4 years ago from United States

      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. :)

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      newusedcarssacram 4 years ago from Sacramento, CA, U.S.A

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

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      Wesley Meacham 4 years ago from Wuhan, China

      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.

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      Marissa 5 years ago from United States

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

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      Bill 5 years ago from western pennsylvania

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

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      Marissa 5 years ago from United States

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

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      Simone Haruko Smith 5 years ago from San Francisco

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

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      Marissa 5 years ago from United States

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

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      Mary Craig 5 years ago from New York

      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.

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      Marissa 5 years ago from United States

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

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      LikaMarie 5 years ago

      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.

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      Marissa 5 years ago from United States

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

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      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.

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      Marissa 5 years ago from United States

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

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      Marissa 5 years ago from United States

      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! :)

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      Handicapped Chef 5 years ago from Radcliff Ky

      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./

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      Dee aka Nonna 5 years ago

      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.

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      Marissa 5 years ago from United States

      unknown spy, thanks for reading and commenting! :)

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      IAmForbidden 5 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

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

      thanks for sharing

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      Marissa 5 years ago from United States

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

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      Marissa 5 years ago from United States

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

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      earth angel Susan 5 years ago from Central Flordia

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

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      Joana e Bruno 5 years ago from Algarve, Portugal

      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!

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      Marissa 5 years ago from United States

      Angela Brummer, thanks for reading!

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      Angela Brummer 5 years ago from Lincoln, Nebraska

      Really nice hub!

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      Marissa 5 years ago from United States

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

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      kelleyward 5 years ago

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