Leftover chili? Turn it into something fresh! Season the chili, add refried beans and layer into a tortilla, turning it into a burrito! Top with cheese and hot sauce for a delicious lunch or dinner. Freezer-friendly!
The answer to "What to make with leftover chili?" is: THESE! Easy Cheesy Chili Burritos.
★ Why You'll Love this Recipe ★
These burritos are so easy to make using leftover chili! So instead of eating chili for days, make something new with it.
Heat in the microwave or crisp in a pan.
These burritos can be heated in the microwave for an easy take-to-work lunch. Or you can heat and crisp them in a pan for a fancier finish that's great for dinner at home.
All you need is five ingredients plus hot sauce if you like heat!
Wrap them in plastic and these burritos are freezer friendly. So you can make a big batch, wrap them individually, and freeze them for an easy grab-and-go meal or snack.
★ Ingredients You'll Need ★
Here's everything you'll need:
- Leftover chili. If you don't have a favorite chili recipe. Check out my chili recipe! It's a Wendy's copycat and, if I do say so myself, is very delicious!
- Taco seasoning. You'll add this to the leftover chili to give it a boost of flavor transforming it into burrito filling!
- Tortilla shells. Soft taco shells of any size work but the larger ones are a bit easier to roll.
- Refried beans. You can go for pinto or black beans. Your choice! I prefer the flavor of the more authentic brands of canned refried beans. Rosarita Traditional Refried Beans is a good bet.
- Cheddar cheese. Shredded cheddar or a Mexican cheese blend works great.
- Optional: Franks hot sauce. I love the flavor of Franks to top off these burritos. It does make these pretty spicy though so feel free to leave off the hot sauce if heat isn't your thing.
★ Tips & FAQs ★
Are these chili burritos freezable?
Yes! These chili burritos are so easy to make and the best part is that they're freezable too.
Roll up each burrito in plastic wrap and freeze.
To defrost, simply unwrap, sprinkle some shredded cheddar cheese on top and some hot sauce and nuke for 1 minute on each side.
I love to make these burritos for lunches or easy dinners for busy weeknights.
Can you use canned chili to make these chili burritos?
Making these burritos is pretty much my favorite way to use up leftover chili. However, yes, you could also use canned chili. It's really not hard to make your own chili though. Make a bunch of it over the weekend, then you'll have plenty for leftovers going into the new week. Check out my Crock-pot Coriander Chili recipe.
We love to make a big batch of this chili on Sundays for football watching with the family. If you don't have time for that, then see if you can find a good organic canned chili to use.
What other types of freezable burritos are easy to make?
I sometimes make a similar burrito using re-fried beans and a mix of onions, green peppers and green chilies if I don't have leftover chili. In fact I just made a batch of about 9 burritos the other day!
The Mr. and I both like to eat these for lunch and if you freeze them, they pack well for lunches to go. You could bake them if you like them crispy but I pretty much always just microwave them.
Could these be made into a casserole?
I've actually never tried this before but you could line several of these up in a pan, top with enchilada sauce and cheese and make them to feed a crowd. You could fancy them up with jalapenos, sour cream, salsa, olive, etc. too. I'm thinking it would be really good!
Do you like a little spice?
I personally love hot sauce (or anything spicy really) and my favorite is Frank's. I love how it tastes mixed with cheddar cheese but feel free to use your own favorite hot sauce and/or salsa for topping.
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Cheesy Leftover Chili Burritos
- 4 6" tortillas
- ¼ cup refried beans
- 1 cup leftover chili
- 1 tablespoon taco seasoning more or less to taste
- Shredded cheddar cheese
- Frank's hot sauce (optional)
- In a mixing bowl, add taco seasoning to chili and stir to combine.
- Spread each tortilla with 1 tablespoon refried beans.
- Next, layer on ¼ cup chili onto each tortilla.
- To seal the burrito, fold in the two opposite sides in about ½" then fold in the other two longer sides as tightly as possible. Place seam-side down on a plate or wrap tightly in plastic wrap if planning to freeze.
- Top burritos with hot sauce as desired then sprinkle with shredded cheddar cheese. Microwave for 1-1:30 minute.*