Spicy wet burrito recipe

Wet Burrito Recipe

This wet burrito recipe will quickly become a favorite in your household. If you are tired of simple burritos, then our fabulous wet burritos are for you, as well as our homemade taco mix recipe. Indeed, try this budget friendly and healthy recipe today.

What is a Wet Burrito?

Super question. In brief, begin with your standard burrito, cover it with spicy salsa, and melt cheese on top. Due to the sauce & cheese, you generally eat wet burritos with a fork, but it is well worth this slight inconvenience. For the history buffs, the Beltline Café in Grand Rapids Michigan is said to have invented the wet burrito in 1966 according to Wikipedia.

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Wet Burrito Recipe

Our wet burrito recipe is a super way of energizing your typical burrito recipe. Complete with homemade wet burrito sauce recipe. While they take more effort, you will love these appealing burritos.
4.34 from 3 votes
Prep Time 1 hr
Cook Time 30 mins
Course Dinner
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 4 burritos
Calories 603 kcal


Bean Mixture

  • 1 avocado
  • 8 oz no salt pinto beans ( about 1/2 can )
  • 1/2 cup crushed tomatoes

Burrito Meat

  • 1 lbs ground beef (Laura's lean beef)
  • 1/2 cup crushed tomatoes
  • 1 onion (minced)
  • 2 Serrano peppers (minced)
  • 3 tbsp taco seasoning mix

Wet Burrito Sauce

  • 1 cup tomatoes
  • 1 tbsp onion
  • 1 tbsp cilantro flakes
  • 1/2 tbsp crushed peppers
  • 1 cup water

Burrito Toppings

  • 2 cups yellow cheese
  • 1 cup white cheese
  • 1 cup spinach roughly chopped
  • 1 cup plain greek yogurt
  • 4 large burrito tortillas


  • Making the bean mix
  • Add tomatoes, pinto beans, and avocado in a food processor. Blend into a nice consistency.
  • Making the meat mixture
  • Turn burner on high. In a large skillet, add 1 tbsp cooking oil. Then add onions and peppers. Cook for 1 minute.
  • Add 1 lb of hamburger. Break it down using a large wooden spoon. Turn the burner down to medium high. Finish browning the meat.
  • Add 1/2 cup of tomatoes and 3 tbsp of taco seasoning. (roughly 1 packet) Add 1-1/2 cups of water. Mix it all together. Allow to cook until most of the liquid is gone. (about 3 minutes) Turn off burner. Set meat mixture aside.
  • Prepare the burritos
  • In a large baking dish, add 1/4 cup of puree tomatoes, 1 tbsp of dry taco mix , 1 tbsp cilantro leaves and 1/2 cup of water. Mix together and set aside.
  • On a burrito sized flour tortilla, put a layer of bean mix, a layer of shredded cheese, a layer of meat mixture, topped with a spoonful of greek yogurt. Finally, top with shredded spinach.
  • Tuck in each side of tortilla, and roll the tortilla up. (a traditional burrito wrap). Place folded burrito in baking dish. Brush tops of each burrito with some tomatoes or salsa or taco sauce. Repeat steps until baking dish is filled. (should be 4 burritos)

Bake burritos

  • Place baking dish in oven at 350 F for 15 minutes. Remove from oven and top the burritos with shredded cheese.
  • Put back in the oven for 10 to 15 minutes or until the cheese is melted. Remove from oven and let cool for 5 minutes. Serve hot on plates.


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Keyword burrito, dinner, lunch, spicy

Spicy wet burrito closeup on a fork.

Healthy Ingredients

All things considered, this wet burrito recipe is health conscious. Markedly, we use grass fed beef, no salt beans, organic avocados, Greek yogurt and fresh spinach to create perhaps the healthiest burrito recipe ever made. As a matter of fact, comparing to published nutritional facts on Taco Bell’s website, our wet burrito recipe has 32% less calories, 49% less carbohydrates and shockingly 67% less sodium. To repeat, 67% less sodium!

Our Recipe (1)Burrito
Supreme (2)
Beef 5-layer
Burrito (2)
XXL Beef
Burrito (1)
Serving Size450 g470 g450 g430 g
Fat26 g29 g38 g40 g
Carbs57 g103 g128 g97 g
Sodium760 mg2280 mg2570 mg2140 mg

Budget Friendly Burritos

Surprisingly, even with all the healthy ingredients, these fabulous wet burritos are budget friendly too. With this in mind, a quick visit to the local taco bell ( No, I didn’t order anything! ) reveals the average cost of the equivalent beef burrito based on weight is $4.38. Conversely, we calculate our burrito is $2.85. ( see table above ) As Robin might say, “Holy awesome burrito Batman”.

Spicy wet burrito makes a perfect lunch.

Wet Burrito makes a great lunch

Spicy wet burritos are great for lunch because they are inexpensive, filling, and not overly difficult to make. Moreover, by design, the burritos are “soggy”, so they work perfectly when heated in a microwave. Accordingly, wet burritos are not designed to eat with your hands. That is to say, don’t forget to bring silverware for this lunch.

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6 thoughts on “Wet Burrito Recipe”

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    3 stars
    I followed the recipe and the burritos came out real soggy. Not very appetizing. I would use way less sauce in the baking dish. I did appreciate the history lesson though. Who would have thought this recipe was invented in Michigan?

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      Sorry to hear about the soggy and I have to admit that every time I make this recipe I think the same SOGGY thoughts. However, after a few tries, I started to like the “wet” part of the recipe. But you are right…The first couple of times were not very well received by my guests. In my kitchen though, we celebrate miscues as well as triumphs. 🙂

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      So right you are Melinda. Even as I was making this recipe, I was thinking, “Is this too much cheese?” Anyways, glad your family liked it.

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    5 stars
    You and your Healthy Eating! Why do you constantly ruin your recipes by making them healthy? ♻
    I live for double cheeseburgers and super-sized fries. As far as your wet burrito idea goes, they were delicious.

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      Thanks for your comments. Our wet burrito recipe is a crowd pleaser in our house. As far as “Healthy” goes, I can’t help myself. I turned 60 this year and food is all about healthy at this point.

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