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Best Ever Smothered Wet Burritos Recipe

Best ever Smothered Wet Burritos

These beef and bean wet burritos are smothered with red sauce and melted cheese. Top with your favorites such as guacamole, sour cream, lettuce, onion, and tomatoes. I am often requested to make these when company comes over.

If you’re cooking for two, you can freeze the leftovers. To reheat – allow to thaw completely first then preheat your oven to 400 degrees F (200 C) and bake for 20 – 25 minutes until heated through.

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Have you ever had The Beltline Bar’s Famous Wet Burritos in Grand Rapids, Michigan or the wet burritos from The Grand Villa Dungeon in Grandville, Michigan? Then you will love this recipe! I think this recipe tastes even better and the best part is you can make them in your own kitchen without waiting hours in line for a table.

Want something to go with it? Try these Brownies with Raspberry Sauce or this Red Velvet Cake for Two.

What is the difference between a burrito, an enchilada, and a chimichanga?

What is a burrito?

A burrito starts with a flour tortilla that’s wrapped all the way around one or more ingredients in the style of an envelope. Burritos can be filled with just about anything, including meat, cheese, eggs, sausage, sauce, beans, and several types of vegetables. They are typically large and just one usually fills up a dinner plate. Some are smothered in sauce while others can be picked up and eaten with your hands.

What is an enchilada?

Enchiladas start with small corn tortillas and are wrapped around a filling and rolled up but the ends are not typically tucked in. They’re usually served in a bed of enchilada sauce or chili sauce with a sprinkling of cheese on top. They are typically small and several can fit on one dinner plate. Enchiladas are almost always eaten with a fork because they’re usually smothered with sauce.

What is a chimichanga?

Chimichangas are basically deep fried burritos. They can also be brushed with oil and baked in the oven to get a crispy outer shell. They start with a burrito sized flour tortilla and fillings vary but are usually filled with the same kinds of fillings found in burritos. Chimichangas are usually served with sour cream, guacamole, enchilada sauce, and cheese on top.

How to make Best Ever Smothered Wet Burritos:

Preheat your oven to 400 degrees F (200 C).

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In a frying pan over medium high heat, brown the ground beef and onion. Click for a medium skillet.

Cook and stir the beef and onions until evenly browned and onion is translucent.

ground beef and onion cooking in a pan

Drain the grease, and sprinkle in the garlic, cumin, salt and pepper.

Stir in the green chilies and refried beans until well blended. Turn off the heat, but keep warm.

ground beef and onion with refried beans and seasonings

In a sauce pan, combine the tomato sauce, no-bean chili, and enchilada sauce. Whisk together until mixed well, and cook over medium heat until heated through. Turn off the heat and keep warm. Click for a whisk.

red wet burrito sauce cooking in a sauce pan

Place a burrito sized tortilla on a plate. Try to divide the beef mixture into six equal portions. Place 1/6 of the beef mixture onto each tortilla.

Top the ground beef mixture with a little cheese. We like lettuce baked inside of ours but you can leave it out if you don’t want it. You can substitute or add other veggies as well.

tortilla with meat, cheese, lettuce

Fold in the left and right side of the tortilla over the filling, holding it in place with your fingers.

Then fold in the top and bottom sides of the tortilla over the filling, like an envelope, and place seam side down in 2 greased 9 x 13 oven safe dishes. Click for a 9 x 13 baking dish.

two baking dishes, each has 3 rolled up burritos in it

Pour the entire pan of sauce over the tops of the burritos.

two baking dishes with burritos covered in red sauce

Cover the top with cheese.

6 burritos covered in red sauce and shredded cheese

Bake in the preheated oven for 20 minutes until the burritos are heated through and the cheese is melted.

Top with more lettuce, tomato, sour cream and chives or green onions.

Best ever Smothered Wet Burritos Recipe

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Yield: 6 Large Burritos

Best Ever Smothered Wet Burritos

Best ever Smothered Wet Burritos

These beef and bean burritos are smothered with red sauce and melted cheese. Top with your favorites such as guacamole, sour cream, and tomatoes.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 4.5 oz can diced green chile peppers
  • 16 oz can refried beans
  • 7 oz can tomato sauce
  • 10 oz can enchilada sauce
  • 15 oz can no-bean chili
  • 6 flour burrito size tortillas (12 inch)
  • 2 cups shredded lettuce
  • 1 cup chopped tomatoes
  • 2 cups shredded Mexican blend cheese
  • Dried chives for garnish

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F (200 C).
  2. Brown the ground beef and onion in a skillet over medium high heat. Cook and stir until evenly browned and onion is translucent. Click for a medium skillet.
  3. Drain grease, and season with the garlic, cumin, salt and pepper. Stir in the green chilies and refried beans until well blended. Turn off heat, but keep warm.
  4. In a saucepan, combine the tomato sauce, no-bean chili, and enchilada sauce. Whisk together until mixed well, and cook over medium heat until heated through. Turn off heat and keep warm. Click for a whisk.
  5. Place a burrito sized tortilla on a plate and place about a 1/2 cup of the ground beef mixture onto the center. I divide the beef mixture into six equal portions.Top with a little cheese and lettuce. You can substitute or add other veggies as well.
  6. Fold in the left and right side of the tortilla over the filling, holding in place with your fingers. Then fold in the top and bottom sides of the tortilla over the filling (like an envelope) and place seam side down in greased 9 x 13 oven safe dish. Click for a 9 x 13 baking dish.
  7. Pour the entire saucepan of the sauce over the top.
  8. Cover the top with cheese.
  9. Bake in the preheated oven for 20 minutes until burritos are heated through and cheese is melted. Top with more lettuce, tomato, sour cream and dried chives.

Notes

  • If your cooking for two, you can freeze the leftovers.
  • To reheat - allow to thaw completely first then preheat your oven to 400 degrees F (200 C) and bake for 20 - 25 minutes until heated through.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

6

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 1057Total Fat: 31gSaturated Fat: 13gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 13gCholesterol: 108mgSodium: 1511mgCarbohydrates: 140gFiber: 13gSugar: 11gProtein: 54g
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Jodi

Monday 29th of June 2020

I've been to both the Beltline and the Villa. I am living in Arizona now. Can't wait to try these!

Zona

Tuesday 30th of June 2020

Hi Jodi, I hope you like them as much as we do! Enjoy :)

Susan

Monday 15th of June 2020

I haven’t tried the Wet Burrito recipe yet but we used to go to The Beltline Bar in Grand Rapids and have never found anything like it. I woke my husband up to tell him what I found and he said save that recipe. We can’t wait to try them, our mouths are watering already!

Zona

Tuesday 16th of June 2020

Hi Susan, I sincerely hope you enjoy these delicious burritos! We make them almost once a week lol.

Melody

Monday 1st of June 2020

140 carbs for one burrito. Is this correct?

Zona

Monday 1st of June 2020

Hi Melody. That is probably correct and very high carb however, the nutrition information listed is a guideline only, is calculated automatically by third party software, and absolute accuracy is not guaranteed. Running the ingredients through another nutrition calculator could provide different results. Thank you for your question.

Tammy Doty

Saturday 30th of May 2020

So glad I made these best thing I ever made from Pinterest. My family loves them. Will be a regular meal in our house.

Zona

Sunday 31st of May 2020

Hi Tammy, that's a huge compliment, thank you so much :)

Sheila

Thursday 7th of May 2020

I haven't been to Beltline in GR but this looks great! I live in Saginaw and we used to have a restaurant here that served a wet burrito to die for! This sounds similar except they put lettuce and tomatoes on top. Can't wait to try your recipe. Stay safe until Whitmer reopens Michigan!

Judy

Friday 15th of May 2020

Judy can you make this the night before?

Zona

Friday 8th of May 2020

Hi Sheila, we usually top ours with lettuce and tomato right before we eat them as well. Delicious! Let me know how you like the recipe once you try it. You stay safe and healthy too!

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