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15 Burrito Recipes for the Adventurous Eater

A handful of foods across the world have enthralled the American public in the last century. Items such as pizza, ice cream, fries, and burritos have presented Americans with the things they love most: choice.

Chefs in competition shows from all backgrounds and skill grades have shown us their mastery of these dishes. Depending on the show, you may have seen anything and everything added to these dishes.

There is something to eating a food that starts out exotic and becomes homespun. For those looking for less mundane burrito recipes, look no further.

We have a string of tastes to offer up to you. They come from all over the map with influences both foreign and domestic. The secret to a great burrito recipe pretty much comes down to making something tasty and then wrapping it up.

Off the Map Burrito Recipes

Traditional ingredients of a burrito can include beans, rice, and chilis. Some locations in Mexico, the birthplace of the undeniably desirable food item, included avocados or meats.

A burrito can be served dry, with just a tortilla (originally corn but now traditionally wheat flour). They can also be served wet, covered in sauce and expected to be eaten with utensils. Finally, they can be fried in oil or even baked to give a crispy exterior while still holding all the delectable insides away from prying eyes.

No matter your individual preference for what a burrito should be, we're going to tell you all sorts of new ways a burrito can be.

These recipes are presented with most common ingredients and what to e3xpect from the flavors. You can make it your own or find specific detailed recipes. We have some of those options in our blog.

1. Chorizo and Egg Burrito

Burritos can be for any meal, even dessert. That said, the most common secondary adjective to burrito is breakfast. Chorizo, of course, is an ingredient with a long history of its own.

What You'll Love

You got eggs, you got some beans, you got some flavor-rich meat. That is breakfast all over. For those not doing weight training and running for endurance, the blast of protein may seem a bit much.

Slamming down one of these little delights first thin in the day will get you going fast. Best of all, the ingredients survive rapid heating and can be fridged and rebuilt fast enough to take to the morning commute.

What You'll Need

  • Chorizo

  • Pepper Jack, shredded

  • Black beans

  • salsa

  • eggs

  • butter

2. White Bean Avocado Burrito

A vegan entry for those daring to taste the rich bounty of the earth with no frills. The flavor profile doesn't quit but finds news avenues to take you down with each bite.

What You'll Love

You get your zesty, you get your hearty, and you get your creamy all in one bite. The corn and mushrooms add enough bite to not feel like you are eating nothing.

The sauce combinations bring flavor all around. You will be surprised at how quickly you start tasting and how many faces you can go through in a moment. It isn't an overstatement to describe watching someone take on these savory pockets in tones of elation.

What You'll Need

  • Rice

  • white beans

  • avocados, chopped

  • vegetable bouillon

  • garlic cloves, diced

  • mushrooms, chopped

  • jalapenos

  • red, yellow, and green peppers

  • corn

  • cilantro, chopped

  • tomato sauce

  • salt, pepper, cumin, sugar, garlic powder

3. Black Bean and Crispy Rice Burrito

Looking for a mix of Southeast Asia in your Southwestern cuisine? This burrito fusion recipe gives you more than you might know you ever needed.

What You'll Love

Color isn't often thought of as an important component of a burrito. The wrapping conceals this element, after all. This burrito challenges that notion.

The vibrant combination of colors, carefully revealed with a center cut burrito, awaken the appetite.

The flavor profile has a healthy middle with some sweet highlights and a kick of spice. The texture of the crispy rice gives an interesting change-up that will have you experiencing the food and not simply consuming it.

What You'll Need

  • black beans

  • rice

  • mozzarella or Mexican queso blend, shredded

  • corn

  • butter

  • cilantro, chopped

  • onion, chopped

  • bell pepper, chopped

  • lime

  • salt, pepper, cumin

4. Garlic Mushroom Burrito with Sriracha Rice

You may be saying, "I see some interesting burritos, but where is the adventure?" How about we kick it all the way up and see if you can handle a burrito that looks like a dare.

What You'll Love

Do you like sriracha? Then you have come to the right place. A blend of sriracha, rice, and tomatoes makes for the wildest Spanish style rice you may have come across.

The mushrooms soak up the flavors well and give you a bit of a reprieve from the heat. Black beans and cheddar round out the flavor profile to leave you ready for more.

What You'll Need

  • Mushrooms, sliced

  • Cheddar cheese, grated

  • Rice

  • Black beans

  • Garlic, minced

  • Tomatoes, diced

  • Sriracha

  • Coriander, chopped

  • Salt, pepper, cumin, paprika, oil

5. California Carne Asada

Do you like to take the taste of several worlds, mash them together, and declare victory? If so, then you have to try out this hodge-podge creation.

What You'll Love

You get all of that lovely carne asada flavor and add to it other things you love. The fries give that starchy high but get melted down with the protein so you end up with less pasta gut feelings.

The pineapple and avocado cream balance out the heat and give a smooth finish. They also brighten the flavor with a sweet flourish to keep you taking that one more bite.

What You'll Need

  • Carne asada

  • sharp cheddar, shredded

  • pepper Jack, grated

  • fries (of your liking)

  • pineapple, peeled and sliced

  • avocados, blended

  • lime juice

  • mayonnaise

  • salt, cumin, garlic powder

6. Chipotle Shrimp Burritos

A spicy kicked-up shrimp resting on some rice and topped with cooling crema. What isn't to want to experience in this recipe? Perhaps with a selection of friends at an exclusive event?

What You'll Love

Lightly seared shrimp give just the right mouthfeel. You can enjoy the heat and the flavor without getting too much of either. The heat has a depth to it with smoky undertones and not just hot to be hot.

The avocado crema cools it down and refreshes the palate, so you avoid feeling shrimp bloat. The simplicity of the recipe also makes for a great range of experimentation in adding your own touch.

What You'll Need

  • Shrimp shelled and tailed

  • Rice

  • Chipotle peppers

  • Adobo sauce

  • Honey

  • Cilantro, leaves

  • Lime, juiced

  • Avocados

  • Sour cream

  • Green chile enchilada sauce

  • olive oil, cinnamon

7. Mujaddara Burrito

A Middle Eastern take on the burrito that brings earthy flavors and vegetarian goodness.

What You'll Love

For the non-carnivores in the world (we know you are growing in numbers) comes this hit of rich seasoning and tender grains. The mixture of yogurt sauce and pine nuts from the baba ghanoush adds a heat up and cool down that will tickle your nose.

Lentils and basmati rice can be filling in a hurry, so consider chopping down the size of these a bit. They also can be served hot or cold, though better warm. Consider taking these on a camping or fishing trip and letting them rest in the cooler until needed. They are an excellent summer treat.

What You'll Need

  • Brown lentils, rinsed

  • Basmati rice

  • Onion, sliced thick

  • Garlic cloves, minced

  • Cilantro, minced

  • Sugar, cumin, coriander, cinnamon, cayenne pepper

8. Barbacoa Burrito

A savory mix of slow-cooked meat and the fresh scintillating flavor of pic de gallo come together.

What You'll Love

Rich, dark flavors associated with the tender barbacoa beef make the center of this treat. The cilantro lime rice provides a bright note and a tangy of sweet and sour at the same time. Finally, the pic de gallo keeps you from feeling like you are wasting all of those calories.

An added bonus from all things barbacoa is how many ways you can change up the spices and make the dish your own. In many ways, it is the chili cook-off of burritos.

What You'll Need

  • barbacoa beef

  • cilantro lime rice

  • pico de gallo

9. Salmon Burrito

The fish taco has had its place in the hearts of foodies for too long. This challenger offers a combination of sweets and savories you may find surprising.

What You'll Love

The sauce that permeates the salmon and soaks into the extra hearty structure of the corn tortillas knows what it's doing. The heat can start out a bit much but gets brought into line by the sweetness of the tomato and the salty feta.

The salmon doesn't wimp out either. It maintains shape and keeps the flavors separated enough without overpowering.

What You'll Need

  • Salmon

  • Corn tortillas

  • Sweet potato

  • Feta cheese, grated

  • Broccoli, small florets

  • Ancho chili sauce

  • Plum tomatoes, diced

  • Onion, chopped

  • Raisins

  • Garlic, chopped

  • Salt, oregano, cumin, cinnamon

10. Smothered Sweet Pork

A sweet and savory recipe that can be a shortcut in a few places or done slowly for maximum control.

What You'll Love

Sweet pork gives you just enough sweet to not be sticky. It also provides a nice binder for the heat elements without overpowering and losing flavor.

The cilantro lime rice provides a rich backdrop to put all of that on. The back-end wins from the combination of cheese and enchilada sauce. As a wet and baked burrito, it also brings a plethora of textures to keep you interested bite after bite.

What You'll Need

  • Pork, smoked and shredded

  • Monterey Jack (or cheddar), grated

  • Cilantro lime rice

  • Black beans

  • Cilantro, chopped

  • Enchilada sauce

  • Salt, pepper, chili powder, brown sugar

11. Cheesy Baked Burritos

A billion calorie (and worth it) throwback to a time before, this casserole cooked baked creation delivers in taste.

What You'll Love

The taste profile on this burrito gets deep. The chicken adds a smoky quality and the lime brings out the succulents in the chicken and the cheese. The salty combination of cheddar and Jack smooths out at the end of a bite.

The biggest drawback is also a feature. That 15 minutes of cook time, while the mixture bakes together, can drive you crazy with promises of things to come.

What You'll Need

  • rotisserie chicken, shredded

  • cheddar, grated

  • Monterey Jack, shredded

  • black beans

  • rice

  • onion, chopped

  • garlic cloves, minced

  • lime juice

  • salt, pepper,

12. Sweet Potato and Black Bean

Borrowing some flavors from the other half of the South, this burrito brings a seasonal taste to the classic burrito.

What You'll Love

A bit like a summer salad in a tortilla, almost more a wrap than a burrito. This burrito combines the sweet potato and the smoky chipotle pepper together to hug your tongue.

The mixture of Jack and sour cream gets touched up by the sweetness of the red onion. The bites might feel light in the mouth, but be careful it can pack in the calories with the density.

What You'll Need

  • Sweet potato, diced

  • Black beans

  • Monterey Jack, shredded

  • Spinach, small bunch

  • Romaine lettuce

  • Red onion, chopped

  • chipotle peppers, chopped

  • Sour cream

  • Lime juice

13. Green Chile Smothered Burrito

Creamy, rich, and a touch salty, hearty burritos that bring a European flair. A joy to create as the filling and the sauce both allow for tweaking.

What You'll Love

The richness of the sauce alone should be familiar to most. You wouldn't be surprised to see this mixed and tossed on top of pasta or in a pot pie. The filling also has a certain pot pie quality to it.

If you think of yourself as a meat and potatoes kind of person, this the burrito for you. If it comes across as a bit mild, remember that adding some spicy salsa or hot sauce to arrive at the appropriate kick.

What You'll Need

  • Beef, ground

  • Cheddar, shredded

  • Red potatoes, sliced

  • Garlic clove, minced

  • Green chile, roasted, peeled, and chopped

  • Onion, sliced

  • Flour

  • milk

  • Chicken stock

  • Sour cream

  • Salt, cumin, oregano

14. Cheesesteak Burrito

Adding steak to a burrito isn't the most risque of concepts. Taking a beloved American classic and morphing into a quintessential blend of Tex-Mex is something else.

What You'll Love

Robust flavors of well-seasoned steak nestled inside a warm and inviting cheese capsule wrapped with gusto. Need more than that? This burrito provides a touch of sweet and savory just as the heat reaches maximum fervor.

A bonus common to the cheese-heavy burritos is how everything stays together and doesn't drip as it is eaten. Leave the plate behind and carry this bad boy on a park trip our outdoor excursion.

What You'll Need

  • rib-eye steak, sliced thin

  • provolone, sliced

  • Monterey Jack, sliced

  • avocado, sliced

  • cilantro, chopped

  • onion, sliced or diced

  • red peppers, diced

  • sour cream

  • pepper, salt, steak seasoning

15. Grilled Pizza Burrito

The only food that American's love to throw the kitchen sink at more than the burrito is the pizza. So here is a final recipe to bring those worlds together.

What You'll Love

All the sinful pleasure of a Hot Pocket pizza but with actual flavor and healthy bits too. The addition of chicken bolsters the flavor while not taking away from the traditional Hawaiian pizza flavors.

Mozzarella melts well and gives a right amount of gooey without going too salty. You might be convinced to try it in place of Jack in some other recipes after trying this.

What You'll Need

  • Chicken, grilled

  • Canadian bacon

  • Mozzarella, shredded

  • Pineapple, chunked

  • Green bell pepper, diced

  • Jalapeno pepper, sliced

  • Pizza sauce

  • Salt, pepper, oregano, thyme

A World of Tastes

If all these burrito recipes and burrito talk has struck your stomach with a serious craving, don't worry, we have you covered. For those looking to experiment in the kitchen, consider checking out some of our other recipe lists as well.

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