Leftover Beef Burritos

Leftover Beef Burritos are a fantastic way to use up leftover roast beef. Easy, quick, and awesome even if you’ve only got a little bit of beef!

I really like Mexican food. Enchiladas are a big fave (probably because of the crazy amount of cheese we put on them!) but I love nachos, tacos, and fajitas too. 

I love that style of eating where you just put plenty of ingredients and dips on a table and everyone helps themselves. It’s a fantastic social kind of eating and means that you can all have something slightly different, to suit your tastes, without missing out on eating together as a family

It’s a great way for families to eat, and it’s good fun, which can make family dinners less stressful.

Burritos with leftover roast beef are no different. We all have slightly different fillings and the kids love to layer theirs up and roll them for themselves. 

Don’t get me wrong, Leftover roast beef burritos are messy, but really amazing family food, and a fantastic way to use up leftover roast beef. 

leftover beef burritos, wrapped in foil, cut in half and stacked on plate.

What is a Burrito?

A burrito is a Mexican dish, typically with meat, rice, and beans wrapped in a flour or corn tortilla wrap. 

They are popular in Tex-Mex style restaurants and at street food style vendors, because they are easy to eat, and make a great takeout. 

What Do You Put in a Burrito?

I tell the kids that a burrito is basically a chilli, in a wrap. 

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You can put lots of different things in them really. This Family-friendly burrito recipe is fairly simple with leftover roast beef in a chilli type sauce, rice, beans, and some extras. 

But, you can also get burritos with pork, chicken, lamb, halloumi, roast veg, and even sausages!

How Do You Roll a Burrito?

Tightly, and carefully. 

I leave about an inch on either side clear, so I just pile my filling into a line in the centre with a gap. Then, I fold that empty inch in, towards the filling, and roll, as tightly as I can. 

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Then, for the kids, I wrap the Beef burrito tightly in foil and fold over each end. 

Next, I carefully cut the Beef and cheese burrito in half, and roll down (or rip) the foil. This just makes it easier for them to hold and eat, without it falling apart. 

You don’t have to wrap your burrito at all, or you can use baking paper, or beeswax paper if you have it. 

See a video of a burrito roll here.

How to Make a Burrito with Leftover Roast Beef

I make Shredded beef burritos. 

So, I basically leave the leftover roast beef in the fridge overnight, then the next day, I shred it with my fingers. 

Once it’s cold, it’s quite easy to just peel thin strips away, like pulled pork. You can also use a sharp knife to slice it though if you prefer. 

Then, because your beef is already cooked, it just needs warming through in a sauce. 

leftover beef burrito filling in frying pan, rice, cheese and warps surrounding.

I use onions, garlic, chilli flakes, cumin, paprika, chilli powder, and oregano for flavour, tinned tomatoes and stock to simmer it all away, and tomato puree to thicken it up. Simmer until you’ve got a thick, spicy sauce, and your beef is boiling hot before stirring through the kidney beans. 

You should cook your rice while your beef is simmering too. 

Then, it’s all about putting it together. 

What Rice Should You Use in a Burrito?

I use regular white rice, but you could use Mexican rice, brown rice, or anything else that you like really. A Burrito with rice is super flexible. Use what you’ve got, or what you like!

leftover beef burritos, wrapped in foil, cut in half and stacked on plate.

Are Leftover Beef Burritos Spicy?

With chilli flakes, chilli powder, and paprika, these Leftover beef burritos are a little spicy. But, they are also family-friendly, so not too much. You can skip the chilli flakes if you want a milder Burrito with beef.

Do Leftover Beef Burritos Need Cheese?

When I make my Easy burrito recipe, I add loads of cheese to mine, so do Robyn and Jim. I grate the cheese finely so that it melts into the rice and meat.

burrito filling with cheese.

Michael doesn’t like cheese though so doesn’t add any to his burrito. He seems to enjoy it as much as we do. 

So no, your beef burrito doesn’t need cheese…but personally, I recommend a good mature cheddar!

What Should You Serve with a Leftover Beef Burrito?

A Burrito with beans and rice is a fab meal because it’s all there in the wrap. You can add salad, soured cream, guacamole, tomatoes, onions, whatever you want. 

leftover beef burritos, wrapped in foil, cut in half on plate.

Then, you can serve with nachos, salad, other dips, maybe garlic bread. But, you don’t have to. You can totally eat a leftover roast beef burrito on its own and still be nice and full

More Leftover Beef Recipes

I love cooking with leftovers, so have a few recipes for using up leftover roast beef! Some of my favourites are:

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leftover beef burritos, wrapped in foil, cut in half and stacked on plate.

Leftover Beef Burritos

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  • Author: Donna
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 6 Burritos 1x
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Leftover Beef Burritos are a fantastic way to use up leftover roast beef. Easy, quick, and awesome even if you’ve only got a little bit of beef!


Units Scale
  • 200g Rice
  • 1 Tablespoon Cooking Oil
  • 1 Red Onion (Finely Diced)
  • 3 Cloves Garlic (Crushed)
  • 1 teaspoon Ground Cumin
  • 3 teaspoons Smoked Paprika
  • 1 teaspoon Chilli Powder
  • Pinch Chilli Flakes (Optional)
  • 0.5 teaspoon Oregano
  • Pinch Salt and Pepper
  • 250g Leftover Roast Beef (Sliced or Shredded)
  • 100ml Beef Stock
  • 400g Tinned Chopped Tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons Tomato Puree
  • 400g Tin Kidney Beans (Drained)
  • 6 Tortilla Wraps (Corn or Flour)
  • Grated Cheese, soured cream, salsa, guacamole, lettuce, tomatoes (to serve – optional)


  1. Heat the oil in a large frying pan over a medium heat.
  2. Add the onions and garlic and fry for 5 minutes until soft.
  3. Stir in the cumin, paprika, chilli powder and flakes, salt and pepper, and oregano.
  4. Add the beef and stir together well.
  5. Pour in the stock and tinned tomatoes and add the tomato puree.
  6. Bring to the boil, reduce to a simmer and cook for 15 minutes until the sauce is thick, stirring often.
  7. Cook the rice to pack instructions, drain, rinse and set to one side.
  8. Add the kidney beans to the beef and stir.
  9. Cook for a further 5 minutes.
  10. Lay the wraps flat, add rice, meat, sauce, cheese, dips, and other fillings as desired, in a line in the centre of the wrap, leaving 1 inch free on either side.
  11. Fold the empty inch in towards the centre, and roll the wrap over the filling, as tightly as you can, keeping the edges turned in, to create a burrito.
  12. Wrap in foil, or paper, to keep sealed.


  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Additional Time: 0 hours
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Category: Made with Leftovers
  • Cuisine: Mexican


  • Serving Size: 1 Burrito
  • Calories: 617kcal
  • Sugar: 9g
  • Sodium: 1019mg
  • Fat: 15g
  • Saturated Fat: 4g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 9g
  • Trans Fat: 0
  • Carbohydrates: 95g
  • Fiber: 10g
  • Protein: 27g
  • Cholesterol: 32mg

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Any nutritional information is given as a general guide only and may not be accurate. The information is provided using an online calculator and is specific to my ingredients. Please make your own calculations if you want precise information. 

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Donna Dundas
Donna Dundas is an experienced family food blogger who has been creating easy and wholesome recipes for over 7 years. Her blog is a must-read for anyone looking for filling and delicious recipe ideas, that reduce waste and minimise stress.

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