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Weeknight Turkey and Bean Burritos

These might look pretty unassuming, but let me tell you — they have been the biggest hit of anything I have made for dinner this past month. Bold statement but totally true.

I don’t know about you guys, but I think homemade burritos are usually pretty…well…boring. I mean they are FINE but always an afterthought (oh! didn’t make it to the market as planned today…I guess it’s burrito night). They aren’t exciting like homemade pot pie, chicken piccata or seafood enchiladas. They are just…burritos. Meh.


They really are different, you guys. Adam told me repeatedly while eating that it was the best burrito he’s had in a long time and I nodded in agreement. It’s the seasoned ground turkey meat, I’m sure. You could, of course, use ground beef instead but as the weather is finally warming up over here, we are aiming to eat a bit lighter. 

Other than the seasoned turkey meat, all you need are refried beans (thanks, Trader Joe’s!), cheddar cheese and whole wheat tortillas. I added a healthy splash of hot sauce in mine and Adam’s, and we all enjoyed some sour cream and guacamole for dipping. You should have seen Luke taking down a whole burrito. I wish I could have captured it on video.

My humble recommendation to make your life easier, is to prepare these during naptime, stick in the fridge and then just reheat in a warm (325 degree) oven for about 20ish minutes when it’s dinner time. I am all about make ahead meals, and these fit the bill. 

I hope you guys like these! I have been trying to develop more EASY family friendly dinner recipes lately because that is what you all told me you wanted to see most of when I asked the question on Instagram last month. If you have any requests, please let me know — I want to cook food you guys will actually make and really enjoy, so if there is something you are itching to see more of, lemme know! 

Weeknight Turkey and Bean Burritos
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
25 mins
Course: Main Course
Servings: 4 people
  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • 1 whole yellow onion diced
  • 1 T olive oil
  • 2 1/4 tsp chili powderr
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 cup grated cheddar cheese, divided
  • 4 whole whole wheat tortillas
  • sour cream for serving
  • hot sauce or salsa for serving
  • guacamole for serving
  1. Heat the oil in a large, heavy-bottomed skillet over medium heat. When hot, add the diced onion and cook for about 5 minutes until soft. Then, add ground turkey, working to break it up into small clumps with a wooden spoon.

  2. Once turkey loses it raw color, add the chili powder, cumin, salt and oregano. Stir well to combine and keep cooking until turkey is done.

  3. Open your can of refried beans and put about 1/4 cup down the center of every tortilla. Follow with the same amount of ground meat and, finally, cheese. Optionally, you may add hot sauce to the inside of the burrito here as well.

  4. Fold up burritos and serve. I recommend making these in advance and reheat in a 325 degree oven for 15-20 minutes until hot. 

  5. Serve with guacamole, hot sauce and sour cream.

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  • Christina @
    April 20, 2017 at 6:55 am

    My husband has become obsessed with refried beans since moving to Texas…he will love these and i will definitely be making them next week!

  • Audrey
    April 20, 2017 at 7:02 am

    This recipe looks amazing! And I LOVE the Tapatio in the background. 😉

  • Julia Mueller
    April 20, 2017 at 7:27 am

    It’s funny how the simplest recipes are always the best! I could definitely put these turkey bean burritos on repeat and never tire of them. The burrito-loving boyfriend would definitely be up for that as well! Bravo, sister!

  • Tina
    April 20, 2017 at 8:59 am

    Can you advise as to whether these might be freezer friendly? Look delicious!

  • Hannah
    April 20, 2017 at 9:04 am

    So glad you’re back!! Annnnd, these look so delicious and perfect for a busy weeknight when I always feel rushed after daycare pick up!

  • Kirby
    April 20, 2017 at 10:28 am

    Yum, bookmarking these for my next grocery shopping trip! Thanks!

  • Nicole
    April 20, 2017 at 10:43 am

    Sounds delicious and perfect for our weekly menu. I think the refried beans are missing from the ingredients though.

  • Carrie this fit chick
    April 20, 2017 at 11:32 am

    I love easy and healthy recipes!!! Mexican is a favorite cuisine of mine!

  • I love lists
    April 21, 2017 at 1:00 am

    […] These bean burritos look fab. Gonna add them to our meal prep. […]

  • Annie
    April 21, 2017 at 3:45 am

    We have a go to burrito recipe but these are WAY healthier. Can’t wait to give them a try!

  • Susan
    April 21, 2017 at 5:53 pm

    Just found your blog again. I am ecstatic that you are continuing the blog. I use many of your recipes from your old blog and I look forward to new ones.

  • Caroline Judy
    April 24, 2017 at 7:17 am

    so glad you are back!

  • Hannah Rankin
    April 24, 2017 at 10:55 am

    Making tonight! I think the beans are missing from the recipe list though??

    • Kellie
      April 30, 2017 at 2:36 pm

      Yeah they are. Guess I have to go back to the store!

  • Marcus
    April 24, 2017 at 5:18 pm

    Don’t forget the can of refried beans!

  • Rachel
    April 29, 2017 at 7:40 am

    Such a great, easy weeknight idea. I added the can of refried beans right to the turkey mixture, and I also threw in a can of rotel since I didn’t have any salsa and the meat/bean mixture seemed a little dry. It was perfect. Thanks!

  • Heather Warner
    May 2, 2017 at 5:50 am

    Did you use breast meat or the light and dark combo? I made these last night and used the ground breast meat and mine were not as “saucy” as yours. I am thinking it was the lower fat content. Also, did you know you have a post from years back with this exact same title for PBS? 🙂

    • jenna
      May 2, 2017 at 2:18 pm

      hah! no, I didn’t remember that. And yes, I usually always use dark meat because it’s juicier and just more flavorful. I’m sorry yours was dry!

  • amanda
    June 19, 2017 at 5:18 pm

    could you freeze them

  • Sallie
    January 27, 2018 at 11:00 am

    What’s your favorite whole wheat tortilla?