$0.11 each 76% savings save $39.66 yearly
I ate a shameful number of frozen burritos in college.
Particularly my freshman and sophomore years while still figuring out the balance between school, work, and learning "cooking skills." The bland-brown filled bricks were quick, they were easy... they exploded in the microwave and leaked brown goo all over the plate... and... uh... they tasted like feet... wrapped in soggy cardboard.
I still turn to frozen burritos on days my girls have gymnastics and we don't get home till dinner time, or for quick easy lunches that everyone will eat and enjoy.
Only now, I make my own frozen burritos. So much healthier. So much tastier. So much cheaper.
When I told my husband I was going to do this post, he took a peek at the pictures I took in preparation. After looking through the camera, he decided it was absolutely hilarious that I felt it necessary to take photos for each step of folding a burrito. I'm sure many of you will find it equally hilarious... In which case, I'm glad I could provide you with a good laugh. I even used the perfectly round store-bought kind for pretty pictures. :)
I've folded about a billion burritos in my life, so if you want some visual aides to make some very good-looking, uniformly-shaped, practically-folded burritos that don't allow for any filling to squeeze out the ends when your kids start eating them... well, then you've come to the right photo line-up... otherwise just look and laugh. Either way, I put a smile on your face.
Frozen Bean and Cheese Burritos
1/2 recipe Crockpot Refried Beans (or 4 cans refried beans)
1 recipe Simple Flour Tortillas (or 40 soft-taco sized tortillas)
8 oz. cheese (grated)
Place about 3-4 TBSP of beans and a sprinkling of grated cheese on one side of the tortilla, leaving 1 - 1 1/2 inches of empty tortilla space above, below, and to the side. Fold top and bottom inward.
Fold the bean and cheese side of the tortilla inward... you can see where I'm going with this...
Fold bean and cheese side completely over. Nice and neat so far...
Tuck the last flap of the tortilla over the top of the burrito to finish. TA DA!! Now aren't you glad I did the silly step-by-step photos? It's so cute!... (Maybe cute isn't the right word, but still...)
Brown both sides of the burrito on MEDIUM heat. Brown the flap side first, to help it stay closed. I use a non-stick skillet or griddle. No oil or cooking spray necessary. You can skip this step, but I find it helps the tortilla stay firmer, and not become slightly soggy after being microwaved.
The finished products... okay these pictures are making me hungry. I know what I'm having for lunch!
Put into freezer bags. Reheat as desired in the microwave at 50% power for 3 minutes, or thaw and reheat on a skillet or griddle (my favorite way). Serve with salsa, sour cream, sliced avocado, pico de gallo, cilantro, or guacamole.
Mmmmmmm... beany cheesy goodness!
~ Savings ~
Cost Breakdown of Crockpot "Refried" Beans:
4 lbs dry pinto beans - $3.68 = $0.92/lb = $1.84
3 lb onion - $1.96 = $0.245 each = $$0.49 for 2 small
26 oz. salt - $0.42 = 122.75 tsp = $0.003/tsp = $0.023
32 oz. jarred minced garlic - $4.48 = 181 tsp = $0.025/tsp = $0.216
8 oz. black pepper- $3.84 = 37.75 tsp = $0.102/tsp = $0.204
2 oz. cumin - $3.12 = 22 tsp = $0.142/tsp = $0.284
Total Recipe Cost: $3.06
Cost per Cup: $0.19
Cost Breakdown of Simple Flour Tortillas:
25 lb all-purpose flour - $6.78 = 94.5 cups = $0.071/cup = $0.568
12 oz baking powder – $1.69 = 70.875tsp = $0.024/tsp = $0.144
26 oz. salt – $.42 = 122.75 tsp = $0.003/tsp = $0.009
48 oz. vegetable shortening - $4.28 = 227 T = $0.019/T = $0.304
Total recipe cost = $1.03
Per tortilla = $0.03
Cost Breakdown of Frozen Bean and Cheese Burritos:
1/2 recipe Crockpot Refried Beans = $1.53
1 recipe Simple Flour Tortillas (40) = $1.03
8 oz. block cheese (sale price) = $1.67
Total recipe cost: $4.23
Cost per Burrito: $0.11
El Monterey Bean and Cheese Burritos frozen (8 ct.): $3.49
Cost per Burrito: $0.44
"Over a year" scenario:
Make Frozen Bean and Cheese Burritos 3 times = $12.69
Buy equivalent El Monterey Bean and Cheese Burritos = $52.35
*Money Saved: $39.66