Wet Burrito – a burrito that is loaded with your favorite fillings and then smothered in sauce. It is baked to perfection with melty cheese and then topped with whatever toppings you like!
When I was growing up we had Mexican food every Sunday night. It could be something basic like tacos or we often had Beef Enchiladas. But one of the things I always looked forward to was smothered burritos.
We would all build our burritos how we liked and then pour over the delicious sauce. It takes your average burrito to a whole new level.
What Are Wet Burritos
Burritos are made of flour tortillas that are filled with meat, cheese, and sometimes rice and beans. Then you it folded and easy to eat with your hands. A wet burrito is smothered with a spiced enchilada sauce. You really can top it with either red or green enchilada sauce. And you can even use this Homemade Enchilada Sauce if you like.
I often use a can of store bought enchilada sauce that I add a few spices to. If you want to make your own though, go for it. I just like to use a little help from the store sometimes.
What Ingredients You Need
- Flour Tortillas – use whatever brand you like, you just want the burrito size
- Meat – you really can fill these with whatever you want. Ground Taco Meat, Instant Pot Chicken Taco Meat or even Pork Tacos make great filling for your burritos.
- Rice – Instant Pot Spanish Rice, plain white rice or Cilantro-Lime Rice all work well
- Beans – Refried Beans or canned black or pinto beans work really well.
- Cheddar Cheese
- Enchilada Sauce
- Beef Broth
- Chili Powder
How To Make Wet Burritos
- Layer the flour tortillas with your filling. Fill with rice, beans, meat, and cheese. Fold over the edges and roll to completely close the burrito. Repeat with the rest of your tortillas.
- Arrange burritos in a baking dish while you make the sauce.
- Heat a saucepan over medium heat. Add butter to melt and whisk in flour until the flour is fully incorporated. Pour in the enchilada sauce, beef broth and chili powder. Stir until it is smooth and well combined.
- Once the sauce starts to thicken pour over burritos, top with the remaining cheese and bake for about 15 minutes until bubbly and the cheese is melted.
- Remove from the oven and then top with your favorite toppings.
What Do You Eat With A Wet Burrito
Did you know that you can make burritos ahead of time? You can fill them, roll them up tightly, and then wrap with foil or plastic wrap and store in the fridge or freezer. They will last in the fridge for about 4 days and the freezer for up to 3 months. Just thaw them in the fridge over night before baking.
These smothered burritos are great to make ahead, you just want to do the final step of baking and toping with the sauce when you are ready to serve. You will just want to add a few minutes to the baking time if your burritos are cold to start with.
What’s The Different Between Enchiladas and Wet Burritos
The real difference comes down to the kind of tortillas that you use. Traditionally enchiladas are made with corn tortillas. These Sour Cream Enchiladas are one of my favorite examples of an enchilada. It is basically a filled corn tortilla that is topped with sauce.
Technically if you use a flour tortilla to make those sour cream enchiladas you are making a wet burrito. It really comes down to corn tortillas = enchiladas, flour tortillas = wet burritos.
More Delicious Mexican Recipes
- Air Fryer Quesadilla
- White Chicken Enchiladas
- Fajita Veggies
- Breakfast Tacos
- Potato Tacos
- Crunchwrap Supreme
- Mexican Pizza
- 1 pound lean ground beef
- 1 packet taco seasoning
- 5 burrito sized tortillas
- 1 1/2 cups cooked rice (Spanish Rice, Cilantro-Lime Rice, or just white rice)
- 1 (15 oz) can refried beans
- 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese, divided
- 1 Tablespoon butter
- 2 Tablespoons flour
- 1/2 cup beef broth
- 28 oz can enchilada sauce
- 1 teaspoon chili powder
- Preheat oven to 350ºF.
- Heat a large skillet over medium high heat. Add ground beef, break up and cook for 5-7 minutes until it is fully cooked. Drain any fat in the pan. Add taco seasoning and water called for on the packet directions.
- In a saucepan melt butter over medium heat. Once melted stir in flour and cook for a minute. Slowly whisk in beef broth and enchilada sauce. Add chili powder and bring to a simmer until the sauce starts to thicken.
- Arrange tortillas and fill with beans, rice, ground beef and about 1 1/2 cups of the cheddar cheese. Fold the sides over and roll tightly.
- Spray a 13x9 inch baking dish with non-stick spray. Place burritos seam side down.
- Pour sauce over burritos. Sprinkle with remaining cheese.
- Place in oven and bake for 20 minutes until cheese is melted and everything is hot.
- Remove from oven and serve
Replace the ground beef with salsa chicken, pork, or any filling you would like.
Amount Per Serving Calories 539Total Fat 23gSaturated Fat 11gTrans Fat 1gUnsaturated Fat 10gCholesterol 80mgSodium 1794mgCarbohydrates 51gFiber 7gSugar 8gProtein 31g
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