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Chicken and Black Bean Burritos (Freezer Friendly)

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Stock your freezer in advance with these hearty and nutritious freezer friendly burritos filled with tender chicken, black beans and brown rice.

Chicken and Black Bean Freezer Burritos to be frozen

We survived our first week back to school and it went by in a blink of an eye! I’ll tell you what, this busy back-to-school season is no joke.

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It’s definitely a little intense and a bit of an adjustment for our family. Since my kids don’t go to daycare, this is the first time we’ve ever had to set an alarm clock or be anywhere at a specific time every single morning. I still get paranoid I’m going to forget to pick him up on time. Can you tell he’s my first?

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Needless to say, I’ve been meal prepping like a boss. Not only does preparing food ahead of time reduce stress but it’s easier on our wallets and our waistlines which is always a win-win.

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Especially when you’ve just returned from a week of binging on guacamole and poolside refreshments in Mexico. #WorthIt

Freezer Burrito Recipe

One of the unexpected advantages of our Cancun vacation was discovering just how much my boys LOVE Mexican food. Assembled in just minutes, these make-ahead chicken and black bean burritos are way more delicious than anything you’ll find in the grocer’s freezer aisle.

Above all, making your own freezer burritos is much more nutritious because you can control the quality of ingredients. Speaking of, if you or one of your family members has a gluten intolerance, we love using Toufayan gluten-free wraps in lieu of flour tortillas. They come in a wide variety of flavors including Spinach, Garden Vegetable, and Savory Tomato.

When making these burritos, I used the original flavor. To make them even more pliable, I like to gently warm them for a couple of seconds on each side over an open burner. Don’t worry if they don’t look perfect, they will hold their shape really well since they will be heading into the freezer.

We made ours with leftover shredded rotisserie chicken, black beans and brown rice but feel free to mix and match with your favorite fillings. Pulled pork, kidney beans or quinoa would all be tasty ideas. As always, this recipe is more of a guideline than a specific recipe you must follow so get creative and have fun in the kitchen.

Frequently asked questions:

How long can these stay in a freezer for?

Up to 3 months.

How long does it take to reheat a frozen burrito in the microwave?

I would say 1-2 minutes would be good, depending on your microwave. Everything is fully cooked inside so it’s really a matter of making it warm enough to eat. Be sure to take the plastic off prior to re-heating.

Freezer Burrito Recipe

Chicken and Black Bean Burritos (Freezer Friendly)

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Stock your freezer in advance with these hearty and nutritious freezer friendly burritos filled with tender chicken, black beans and brown rice.
PREP: 15 mins
COOK: 1 min
TOTAL: 16 mins
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Servings: 8

Ingredients
 

  • 8 Toufayan tortillas or gluten free wraps
  • 2 cups shredded cooked chicken (rotisserie works well)
  • 2 cups cooked brown rice
  • 15 ounce can black beans (drained and rinsed)
  • 2 cups salsa
  • 1 cup shredded 2% mild cheddar cheese

Instructions
 

  • In a large bowl, mix together chicken, rice, beans and salsa.
  • Working in an assembly line, begin by filling one tortilla with 1/2 cup of the chicken and bean filling. Sprinkle with 2 tablespoons shredded cheese
  • To roll burritos, bring the bottom over the filling and then fold left and right side while you tightly roll the rest of the tortilla or wrap.
  • Continue until all of the tortillas are filled and wrapped.
  • To freeze, wrap each burrito individually in plastic wrap and place in a large resealable plastic bag before placing in the freezer.
  • To reheat, simply microwave until warm, about 60 seconds.

Recipe Video


Nutrition

Calories: 392kcalCarbohydrates: 43.3gProtein: 29.3gFat: 10.2gSaturated Fat: 2.8gPolyunsaturated Fat: 7.4gCholesterol: 58mgSodium: 922mgFiber: 7gSugar: 3.7g

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45 Comments

  1. Just made these with quinoa as you suggested subbing, along with black beans and added in some asparagus. Having a baby soon and your recipe sounded like a galactagogue haven :) they look great, can’t wait to have one!

  2. I’d love to make and freeze these,but was wondering how long they need to be heated in the microwave since we are dealing with chicken? And does heating them till sufficiently hot affect the tortillas ie harden them ? Thanks .

  3. Ok, this is probably a dumb question but it doesn’t state anywhere. It say add chicken,rice,beans and salsa in a bowl, my question is the rice cooked?

      1. This might sound silly but I was just wondering if you microwave them from frozen or if they need to be defrosted first? Thank you!

  4. Great Recipe! Question – do you recommend removing from plastic wrap before microwaving?
    Thanks! Will be looking for more make ahead ideas!

  5. Love all of your recipes! Can you please recommend a reliable and accurate nutrition calculator to calculate nutrition of recipes? Thanks!!

  6. I made these last night, after dinner and dishes. I made them on 12inch tortillas since my darlings are adults 24 and 21, the problem is that I am left -2 because as I was making them they had one each..
    Great base idea, made actually 12 just like these, chicken and two vegetarian (brown rice, yam puree, beans, caramelized onions and beans)…
    I never bought the already frozen ones, who knows what’s inside!! but I felt so happy to make these.
    Kids, well mine are adults but they play lots of sports and forever hungry.
    Thank you so much Liz for this great post.

    1. You are so right – who even knows what is inside the freezer ones!! So glad you enjoyed this!! Another idea if you ever have leftover filling – we spread it out in a casserole baking dish and top with shredded cheese and bake. The kids devour it!

  7. Back to school gets easier and harder every year! It’s a fun time of year, and eventually you get into a routine. Ha – setting alarms, that’s never fun.

    These burritos are awesome. I don’t know why I haven’t done this yet. Would make life a hell of a lot easier that’s for sure!

  8. I watched you on WoodTV this morning–great job, Liz!!! This is the recipe you demonstrated, right? It looks so good, I’m going to try it! We grew black turtle beans in the garden–I think I’ll cook some and use those!
    And….you’ll get used to the new schedule in no time too!!❤️ Our kids have been married and out of the house for many years and I still wake up at that old schedule time every morning!!????????.

  9. Katie @ Mom to Mom Nutrition

    Genius idea Liz! I’ve always made breakfast burritos ahead of time but never thought about making lunch or dinner burritos. PS. Asher looks as sweet as momma!

  10. I am so on board with anything freezer friendly! Meal planning really is such a life saver, healthier and just perfect for back to school season. These wraps look great–I need to try this brand…it is new to me and looks great.

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