Burritos with ground turkey and cheesy refried beans

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I am so embarrassed by how long it has been since my last post! Let that be an indication of how busy I’ve been the last few months. Work has been a whirlwind of projects, deadlines and traveling. My room mate and I have barely sat down to eat dinner together, which we used to do  every night. Both of our schedules are going to be insanely busy the next few weeks, so we thought we would dedicate this weekend for some quality roomie time. Since she had to work all day today, I decided to make her a yummy meal to come home to!

These burritos are delicious and take less than 20 minutes to make. They are also very filling, so it was a good end-of-day meal for the both of us.

  • 10 tortillas (I chose wheat)
  • 1.25 lbs ground meat (I used ground turkey)
  • 1 yellow onion, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon chile powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon oregano
  • 2 cups sharp cheddar, grated
  • 1 can refried beans

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

In a pan over medium heat add the vegetable oil and chopped onion and cook until slightly browned, about 5-6 minutes. Add the ground meat and use a spatula to break the meat into smaller chunks so it cooks evenly. Let the meat brown by cooking for an additional 5 minutes, then add all the spices – salt, pepper, cumin, chile powder and oregano.

Meanwhile, in a separate pan, heat the refried beans over low heat. Add 1 cup of the grated cheddar cheese, mixing in so it melts evenly.

Next, prepare the burritos by first heating the tortillas in the microwave so they are slightly softened. Using a spoon, add the meat mixture then the beans to the tortillas; then fold the sides and roll the tortillas. Add the burrito to a 9×12 inch casserole dish. Repeat for each tortilla, then sprinkle the remaining cup of cheddar cheese over the burritos. Place in the oven and cook, letting the cheese melt for about 10 minutes. Serve immediately.

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