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Wet Burritos

These easy Wet Burritos have a ground beef and refried bean filling wrapped in a large tortilla 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 and bake for 15-20 minutes or until heated through.

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Best Ever Smothered Wet Burritos

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 burrito 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.

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Beltline Wet Burrito Recipe

How to make Wet Burritos:

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

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 begins to soften.

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.

Wet Burritos Sauce cooking in a sauce pan.
Wet Burritos Sauce

Try to divide the ground beef mixture into six equal portions.

Then Place a burrito sized tortilla on a plate and add 1/6 of the beef mixture onto the 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.

Bean and Beef Burrito on a tortilla with cheese, lettuce.
Bean and Beef Burritos

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 making sure to overlap well so no filling can escape.

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.

Repeat with the other 5 tortillas.

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

two baking dishes with wet burritos covered in red sauce.

Cover the top with the remainder of the cheese.

6 wet burritos covered in red sauce and shredded cheese.
Beltline Bar Wet Burrito

Bake in the preheated oven for 15-20 minutes until the burritos are heated through and the cheese is melted.

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

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Wet Burritos Recipe

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Yield: 6 Large Burritos

Wet Burritos Recipe

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

This Wet Burritos recipe has a ground beef and refried bean filling wrapped in a large tortilla smothered with red sauce and melted cheese. Top with your favorites such as guacamole, sour cream, lettuce, onion, and tomatoes.

Ingredients

  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 2 tsp minced garlic
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 4.5 oz diced green chile peppers
  • 16 oz refried beans
  • 8 oz tomato sauce
  • 10 oz enchilada sauce
  • 15 oz chili no-beans (Hormel)
  • 6 flour burrito tortillas (about 12 inches)
  • 2 cups shredded lettuce
  • 3 cups shredded Mexican blend cheese
  • Chopped green onions (for garnish)
  • Any additional desired toppings

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Brown the ground beef and onion in a skillet over medium high heat. Cook and stir until evenly browned and onion begins to soften. 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. Divide the beef and bean mixture into 6 portions in the pan.
  6. Place a burrito sized tortilla on a plate and place 1/6 of the ground beef mixture onto the center.
  7. Top with a little cheese and lettuce. Leave the lettuce out if you don't want it baked inside. You can substitute or add other veggies as well.
  8. 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) making sure to overlap well so no filling can escape.
  9. Repeat with the other 5 tortillas.
  10. Place seam side down in two greased 9 x 13 oven safe dishes. Click for a 9 x 13 baking dish.
  11. Pour the entire saucepan of the sauce over the top of the burritos.
  12. Top with the remaining cheese sprinkled over all evenly.
  13. Bake in the preheated oven for 15-20 minutes until burritos are heated through and cheese is melted.
  14. Top with more lettuce, tomato, sour cream and dried chives, or your choice of toppings.

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 and bake for 15-20 minutes until heated through.

Nutrition Information

Yield

6

Serving Size

1

Amount Per Serving Calories 1204Total Fat 41gSaturated Fat 18gTrans Fat 1gUnsaturated Fat 17gCholesterol 140mgSodium 1998mgCarbohydrates 145gFiber 13gSugar 13gProtein 63g

Nutrition information is a guideline only, is calculated automatically by third party software, and absolute accuracy is not guaranteed.

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Saturday 18th of June 2022

These are great. Tried them your way. I have done many things with them now. I use about any kind of meat: beef,chicken,chorizo,pork,steak and red or green sauce. Never tried the lettuce inside but it works!! Great eating for sure!

Roger

Saturday 4th of June 2022

1st visit to the Beltline Bar was 1978 when friends recommended the Wet Burritos there. We then lived in Lansing then & went with them. Since then I have compared every wet burrito I've had to the Beltlines' version & sadly none have ever been as good as theirs.Even had a restuarant Owner friend in Lansing try to duplicate 'em for his restaurants menu after we took him there once to try them. I will try your receipe soon & Thank You for the memories!

Zona

Sunday 5th of June 2022

Hi Roger, It's true! Everywhere I go the wet burrito is never as good as Beltline bar. I hope you enjoy this one until you can get back there in person to have another one of theirs. Thanks for the comment :)

Michele Tabor

Sunday 27th of March 2022

These are superb!! My husband and I love the burritos at Beltline Bar and so glad that I came across this while searching for burrito recipes. These are excellent! We did ours with shredded rotisserie chicken. Thank you!

Zona

Monday 28th of March 2022

Hi Michele, sound delicious! I'm so glad you enjoyed them, thanks!

Linda Wynn

Saturday 5th of March 2022

Absolutely delicious! My husband loved them. Will be adding to my rotation

Tiana

Thursday 17th of February 2022

What brand of red enchilada sauce do you use?

Zona

Thursday 17th of February 2022

Hi Tiana, I'm not picky for enchilada sauce. Any brand will do. For me, I just make sure it's labeled "mild" because I don't like things too spicy.

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