With lots of vegetables right in the mix and a simple slow cooker method, this Easy Beef Burrito Recipe is an easy family dinner for the little kids and the parents at the table! And, you can simply add the ingredients to the slow cooker in the morning and the burritos are ready to roll come dinnertime.

beef burritos on plate with sides Beef Burrito Recipe

We regularly have Mexican foods on Tuesday nights, so this Slow Cooker Beef Burrito RecipeĀ  is now firmly in our family dinner rotation. You can get it going in the morning, it makes plenty for dinner and lunches the next day, and it’s super versatile and yummy!

The beauty of this meal is that there are a nice amount of vegetables right in the mix so you don’t have to worry about making additional sides, and those veggies add lots of flavor and moisture (and nutrition).

They blend in though, so there aren’t big chunks to raise alarm bells.

Plus, the whole thing cooks in the slow cooker while you’re off doing other things!

how to make beef burritos step by step

Step-by-Step Instructions

Here’s a look at the process of making these burritos. Scroll down to the bottom of this post for the full recipe.

  1. Assemble your veggies. (photo 1)
  2. Place the vegetables into a food processor. (photo 2)
  3. Grind until finely chopped. (photo 3)
  4. Gather your spices. (photo 4)
  5. Add to a slow cooker along with the beef, salsa, and spices. (photo 5)
  6. Cover and cook. (photo 6)

TIP: I like the smaller size of tortillas meant for fajitas since they are often a more proportional size for kids. You can use larger burrito-size if you prefer.

how to make beef burritos step by step 2

How to Make Homemade Burritos

Once you have the filling ready, this is how to assemble the burritos.

  1. Stir in prepared rice. (photo 1)
  2. Place some into the center of each tortilla. (photo 2)
  3. Sprinkle with cheese and warm briefly. Fold in the sides. (photo 3)
  4. Roll up. (photo 4)
  5. Place onto a sheet pan if you plan to reheat them later. (photo 5)
  6. Serve with whatever simple sides you like! (photo 6)

Easy Beef Burrito Recipe for Kids

My 10 month old likes to feed herself the filling of these burritos, which again is pretty messy, but at least it makes her happy! And my older daughter loves picking up her beef burrito and eating it like a grown up!

Nutrition-wise, there is iron and protein from the beef, Vitamins A and C and fiber from the veggies, and fiber and complex carbs for balanced energy from the rice and tortillas.

beef burritos cut on plate with corn and kiwi

What can I do with the leftovers?

This recipe makes a decent amount of filling, so I use it to make 8 burritos and then serve any leftovers over rice or make them into burritos to store in the freezer for future meals.

Can I make these ahead?

You can make the rice a few days ahead, or even store the filling or prepared burritos in the freezer until you’re ready to make this dinner. They hold together decently well without cheese, though everyone in my family loves these with cheese, so do add it if you can.

Serve these burritos with salsa or sour cream for dipping and try not to stress if your toddler takes it apart and eats it in components. Because they very well might!

Best Tips for Success

  • Serve any leftovers over rice or make them into burritos to store in the freezer for future meals.
  • You can make the filling ahead of time and/or make the whole recipe ahead and store in the fridge or freezer until ready to serve.
  • Use mild salsa to keep the flavors mellow enough for the kids.
  • Try not to overfill your tortillas to ensure that they are easy to roll up.
  • I like the smaller size of tortillas meant for fajitas since they are often a more proportional size for kids. You can use larger burrito-sized tortilla if you prefer.
  • Prepare your rice ahead of time or use purchased precooked rice.
  • Serve some of the filling alongside cut up strips of tortilla for little kids.
  • You may also like Easy Rice and Bean Burritos, Shortcut Toddler Meals, and Breakfast Burritos.

I’d love to hear what you think of this recipe, so please chime in below in the comments!

easy beef burritos on plate

Slow Cooker Beef Burrito Recipe with Veggies

If you want to make these vegetarian, try using 2 cups rinsed and drained black beans or pinto beans instead of the ground beef.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 7 hours
Total Time 7 hours 15 minutes
Cuisine Mexican
Course Dinner
Calories 254kcal
Servings 8 burritos plus leftovers

Ingredients

  • 6 cups roughly chopped veggies such as carrots, onion, sweet potato, and/or butternut squash
  • 4 garlic cloves, smashed and peeled
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 3/4 cup crushed tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups fully cooked short grain brown or white rice
  • 8 fajita-size tortillas (or medium tortillas about 8 or 10 inches)
  • Salsa, sour cream, or guacamole (optional)

Instructions

  • Place the bell pepper or carrot, onion, sweet potato, and garlic into a food processor.
  • Grind until finely chopped.
  • Add to a slow cooker along with the beef, crushed tomatoes, and spices.
  • Cover and cook on HIGH for 4-5 hours or LOW for 7-8 hours.
  • Stir in prepared rice and let sit for 5 minutes.
  • Place about ½ cup into the center of each tortilla.
  • Sprinkle with cheese and warm for about 10-15 seconds in the microwave.
  • Roll up into burritos, folding the sides in and then rolling up. Serve warm with salsa, sour cream, or guacamole as desired.

Notes

  • Store the leftover filling and use as a topping for rice as burrito bowls. Or make additional burritos and wrap individually in plastic wrap or foil and store in the freezer. Remove from wrapping and reheat in the microwave for 1-2 minutes, turning halfway through.
  • Serve any leftovers over rice or make them into burritos to store in the freezer for future meals.
  • You can make the filling ahead of time and/or make the whole recipe ahead and store in the fridge or freezer until ready to serve.
  • Use mild salsa to keep the flavors mellow enough for the kids.
  • Try not to overfill your tortillas to ensure that they are easy to roll up
  • I like the smaller size of tortillas meant for fajitas since they are often a more proportional size for kids. You can use larger burrito-size if you prefer.
  • Prepare your rice ahead of time or use purchased precooked rice.
  • Serve some of the filling alongside cut up strips of tortilla for little kids.

Nutrition

Calories: 254kcal, Carbohydrates: 24g, Protein: 13g, Fat: 12g, Saturated Fat: 5g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 5g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 40mg, Sodium: 443mg, Potassium: 607mg, Fiber: 5g, Sugar: 6g, Vitamin A: 16397IU, Vitamin C: 8mg, Calcium: 72mg, Iron: 3mg
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  1. Hello,
    Love your recipes! So does my son! Which type of ground beef do you use in this recipe, (i.e., 80/20, 85/15, 90/10, etc)?
    Thank you!

  2. The whole family liked this one! I stuffed the filling into a quesadilla to make it easier for my 13 month old to eat and he loved it! Thanks for another great recipe.

  3. 5 stars
    We used carrots, butternut squash, and red peppers as the veggies. I made two versions, one with ground turkey and one with beyond meat. We didn’t use the slow cooker but the stove top pan. My one and a half year old could not stop eating it!! He didn’t really care for the tortillas but more of the filling which is the good part.