Smothered Burritos

Smothered Burritos by Nutmeg Nanny

Growing up we used to go to this restaurant called Cisco and Charles. My favorite part about eating there was the HUGE burritos you would get. They were so big the burritos would go over the sides of the plate and the sauce would just barely fit on the plate. It was heaven.

Sadly the restaurant caught on the fire and they never re-opened. Then I ended up moving to New York and I haven’t really seen the whole “smothered” burrito craze take off around here. Also, can I just say growing up we always called them “wet burritos” but I just couldn’t type that. It just sounds dirty…and weird. So I went with smothered. Am I right? {A big giant thank you to Shelia from Eat2Gather for such an amazing recipe!}

Smothered Burritos by Nutmeg Nanny

Now, lucky for me the totally awesome folks at Tortilla Land send me some of their fresh corn and flour tortillas. A couple years ago I was lucky enough to receive some of their products and they were amazing. {I made delicious Southern style pinto beans} If you have never had fresh tortillas you are missing out on a lot of deliciousness in your life. One of my favorite ways to eat them is hot off the griddle with butter. That’s it. Just butter and a warm tortilla. It’s more amazing that you think…trust me!

Smothered Burritos by Nutmeg Nanny


Smothered (Wet) Burritos


For red sauce:

  • 1/2 cup crisco shortening
  • 3/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 heaping tablespoon hot mole
  • 4 cups beef stock
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4-1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 (8 ounce) cans tomato sauce
  • 1 (6 ounce) can tomato paste
  • 2 can water (use the tomato cans)

For burritos:

  • 2-1/2 pounds ground beef
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 (16 ounce) can refried beans with green chilies
  • 3 ladles of red sauce
  • 1 packet taco seasoning
  • 12 fresh flour tortillas
  • 8 cups Mexican blend shredded cheese
  • 1 cup guacamole
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • Lettuce, shredded
  • Tomatoes, chopped
  • Cilantro, chopped

Recipe from Eat2Gather


For red sauce:
Melt Crisco and sprinkle in flour. Whisk to combine. Keep whisking while the flour and crisco melt together and start to just bubble just a tad.

Whisk in mole (make sure the jar has been stirred) and once incorporated whisk in your beef stock. Give in a nice whisk together to make sure the sauce is nice and smooth.

Add in all your spices, whisk, and then whisk in your milk. Making sure to check that everything is smooth and there are no lumps.

Pour in tomato sauce, tomato paste and fill each tomato can with water and pour into the sauce. Whisk till smooth, cover and let simmer for about an hour. Making sure to whisk at least every 15 minutes so it does not stick to the bottom of your pot.

Once your sauce is ready start preparing your burritos.

Add ground beef and onions to a large high sided skillet. Brown the meat and drain off the excess fat if necessary.

Stir in refried beans, ladles of red sauce and taco seasoning. Mix together until hot. Keep the meat on low while you assemble the burritos.

Cook tortillas according to package directions and add a handful of cheese and a scoop of meat to the middle. Roll the burrito up, add to a plate and ladle red sauce over the burrito. Sprinkle with cheese, and melt the cheese under the oven broiler.

Top with guacamole, sour cream, lettuce, tomatoes and cilantro if desired.

* I was provided free product for this review and giveaway. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.

39 Responses to “Smothered Burritos”

  1. #
    Barbara @ Barbara Bakes — May 3, 2013 at 1:35 pm

    Smothered burrito are my favorite. Yours looks especially delicious.

  2. #
    Cassie | Bake Your Day — May 3, 2013 at 2:21 pm

    Amazing recipe! I am a fool for anything “smothered”…especially a burrito!

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    Kelly @ Hidden Fruits and veggies — May 3, 2013 at 2:35 pm

    I LOVE wet burritos. It’s funny, because the mexican places where I live (the authentic ones, anyway) ONLY serve burritos swimming in a pile of sauce– YUM!

  4. #
    Sheila — May 4, 2013 at 8:17 am

    WOW! How surprised was I to see your comment this morning! I am so glad you gave this recipe a try, it’s the best isn’t it?! It’s my Grandmas ; ) they are always the best. Thanks for sharing Brandy!
    BTW hahaha to the renaming of “smothered” You are naughty. I never thought of it that way, because that’s just what they are called here in the Mitten. WET burritos!….but now I will always think of it that way and want to say smothered.
    Much Luv, Sheila

  5. #
    Erica — May 4, 2013 at 1:16 pm

    ohmygosh…these look so good! Would love to win this giveaway

  6. #
    rebecca — May 4, 2013 at 3:02 pm

    looks like a great dish of comfort

  7. #
    Kate | Food Babbles — May 4, 2013 at 8:35 pm

    Holy guacamole, that looks GOOD!!!! I just want to face plant into that lovely dish of deliciousness. YUM! These will be made in my kitchen.

  8. #
    Jamie | Thrifty Veggie Mama — May 4, 2013 at 10:14 pm

    Oh yum! Smothered (agree that it sounds way better than wet) burritos might be on the menu this week!

  9. #
    marla — May 4, 2013 at 10:46 pm

    These are perfect burritos! Happy Cinco de Mayo 🙂

  10. #
    Judit + Corina @WineDineDaily — May 5, 2013 at 12:35 am

    Your burritos looks absolutely delicious 🙂

  11. #
    Tracey — May 5, 2013 at 7:46 pm

    That is one seriously amazing looking burrito!! We didn’t have Mexican food a lot when I was a kid, but I’m more than making up for it now 🙂

  12. #
    Reeni — May 5, 2013 at 8:38 pm

    Heehee smothered does sound better! These look insanely good! That sauce has a bajilliion things in it – I bet it would be good on lots of stuff!

  13. #
    sally @ sallys baking addiction — May 5, 2013 at 8:40 pm

    You had me at “smothered” I love these! Happy Cinco de Mayo 🙂

  14. #
    Aimee @ ShugarySweets — May 5, 2013 at 9:39 pm

    Happy cinco de Mayo! I’m all over this. In it. Bathing. Weird much? I freeakiinnnnggg love anything smothered and mexican. Oh, that so is not coming out right….

  15. #
    katie — May 5, 2013 at 9:45 pm

    This looks so dang good! Happy Cinco de Mayo, friend!

  16. #
    Sandra's Easy Cooking — May 6, 2013 at 7:59 am

    Those look absolutely delicious, and i know i would love eating them as well as my kids. Yummy and mouthwatering pictures!

  17. #
    claire @ the realistic nutritionist — May 6, 2013 at 10:02 am

    I want to crawl into that burrito and never come out.

  18. #
    Joanne — May 6, 2013 at 3:00 pm

    I’ve been sent TortillaLand tortillas to review also in the past and LOVE THEM! I wish they would come to the east coast! Those smothered burritos look insane. In the best possible way.

  19. #
    Stefanie @ Sarcastic Cooking — May 6, 2013 at 4:12 pm

    I want to smother so many things in that red sauce!!! Definitely droolworthy!

  20. #
    Alison @ ingredients, Inc. — May 6, 2013 at 5:45 pm

    these look amazing! Love your site

  21. #
    Carolyn G — May 6, 2013 at 6:25 pm


  22. #
    ashley - baker by nature — May 6, 2013 at 8:31 pm

    I just want to… need to… got to come over and burry my face in a plate of these burritos. I’ll be over in 5.

  23. #
    Aggie — May 7, 2013 at 6:52 am

    My husband always orders his burritos this way and I always feel regret that I didn’t as well – these look absolutely amazing!!

    I was lucky to try tortillaland a few years ago too, they changed me!! I can’t find them near me, they are definitely the best tasting tortilla I’ve ever had!

  24. #
    Gina — May 7, 2013 at 10:23 am

    Oh my word- that looks so good. Stomach is growling now.

  25. #
    jacquie — May 7, 2013 at 7:56 pm

    not sure if I have ever even had a burrito smothered or otherwise. what is the matter w/ me?

  26. #
    Shanna@ pineapple and coconut — May 8, 2013 at 1:02 am

    Oh I will need to make these soon! Smothered burritos are amazing!!

  27. #
    Averie @ Averie Cooks — May 8, 2013 at 2:41 am

    You made this food look amazing! And I have tried to shoot beans and the like and it’s very tricky. My hat is off to you…and all that guac! 🙂

  28. #
    Trisha @ Vignette — May 8, 2013 at 2:07 pm

    These photos really made me hungry – that smothering sauce looks divine!

  29. #
    Donalyn@The Creekside Cook — May 8, 2013 at 4:30 pm

    These look ridiculously good Brandy – just like from our old favorite Mexican place that sadly is no longer open. They’re going on my “to try” list for the very near future!

  30. #
    Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking — May 9, 2013 at 1:39 pm

    Oh my goodness do these burritos look mouthwatering, Brandy! Lovely recipe and a great giveaway!

  31. #
    Rachel Cooks — May 10, 2013 at 7:39 am

    I wish I was eating this for breakfast — I’m not even kidding you.

  32. #
    Feast on the Cheap — May 11, 2013 at 12:03 pm

    Starving and now craving these. Yum.

  33. #
    Deborah — May 11, 2013 at 9:13 pm

    I grew up in New Mexico, and smothered burritos are very popular there. I think I’m going to be craving one now – this looks amazing!!

  34. #
    carrian — May 13, 2013 at 10:09 am

    I totally want to shovel that all in my mouth. FOR REAL

  35. #
    kita — May 17, 2013 at 7:55 am

    Forget the giveaway – Im here for that amazing smothered delicious burrito

  36. #
    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — August 7, 2013 at 1:10 am

    You had me at “smothered”! Now when can I come over for dinner?!


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