Our Best Burrito Recipes (and Bowls!) for Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

It's surprisingly easy to recreate all your favorite build-your-own burrito restaurant menu items!

Beef and Bean Burritos
Photo: Karla Conrad

Wake up to a fast and filling breakfast burrito recipe! Or savor a vegetarian, beef, or chicken burrito recipe for lunch or dinner; there’s no wrong time of day to roll with it when you have these easy burrito recipes to guide the way. Prefer to skip the tortilla? Try our recipes for burrito bowls.

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Air-Fryer Breakfast Burritos

Brie Passano

After crunching the numbers to tally up how much we were spending at the coffee shop for a breakfast sandwich and java each day—not to mention the amount of time we were waiting in line—we were quickly convinced that there had to be a better way. So we took to the Test Kitchen to dream up a satisfying on-the-go morning meal that offers similar flavors, just at a fraction of the price. The resulting air-fryer breakfast burrito recipe delivers on that promise via a crunchy tortilla, eggs, avocado, and plenty of cheese. Plus, it can be ready to enjoy about as quickly as you can make it through the typical morning rush drive-through line.

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Carne Asada Burrito Bowl

Carne Asada Burrito Bowl
Carson Downing

If you’re serving picky eaters or diners with a variety of dietary needs or preferences, a recipe for burrito bowls is a recipe for success. “A crowd-pleaser every time,” one BHG fan confirms, after following the same method with flank steak and chicken breast. (The marinade works marvelously to infuse both with zip and juiciness.) Share that protein with seasoned black beans and rice, a toppings bar, and a stack of bowls and spoons and everyone can customize their meal masterpiece.

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Seven-Layer Chicken Burrito

seven-layer chicken burrito
Kelsey Hansen

Thanks to a few shortcuts you can transform seven-layer party dip from a snack to full meal territory in just 25 minutes. Get a head start on this chicken burrito recipe with store-bought salsa and guacamole, canned refried beans, and rotisserie chicken (or leftovers, if you have them!). Once you dress up the beans with a dash of smoky chipotles in adobo and stack on a mountain of fresh garnishes, no one will notice this fully-loaded Mexican meal isn’t made completely from scratch. 

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Beef and Bean Burritos

Beef and Bean Burritos
Karla Conrad

Inspired by the popular fast-casual restaurant chains with the array of protein, veggie, and salsa toppings, this burrito recipe is our go-to order. Start with a tortilla, stack on Cilantro-lime rice and black beans, add barbacoa-style beef chuck roast steak, and top to your heart’s content. We won’t charge you extra for guac at this burrito bar.

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Roasted Butternut Squash Burrito Bowls

overhead view Roasted Butternut Squash Burrito Bowls in bowls
Blaine Moats

Vegetarian burrito recipes don’t always fill us up as much as their peers that often come overflowing with steak, pork, or chicken. These burrito bowls buck that trend, though, and deliver a strong dose of flavor, fiber, and protein in a just-so-happens-to-be-vegan package. Brown rice, black beans, and meaty-textured, warmly-spiced roasted winter squash join forces for a healthy meatless meal that makes for an energy-boosting lunch or dinner.

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Flank Steak Fajita Burritos

Flank Steak Fajita Burritos
Andy Lyons

Prepare to take a bite of peak summer. That’s what you’ll get from this crowd-pleasing recipe that combines the best parts of fajitas and burritos, all in one handheld, produce-packed meal. This steak burrito recipe is leaps and bounds fresher than anything you could score from a fast food restaurant, thanks to a zesty lime, orange, and chipotle marinade, zucchini, and a shower of fresh herbs, 

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Crispy Chipotle Bean Burritos

Scott Little

Skip the tortilla. For the crispiest recipe for burritos ever, steal our secret: phyllo dough! That simple swap secures the hearty, savory filling of pinto beans, corn, brown rice, and cheese stays. Once you bake the burritos for 20 minutes, the exterior becomes shatteringly crunchy in the most craveable way.

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Pressure Cooker Black Bean and Spinach Burritos

Pressure Cooker Black Bean and Spinach Burritos

For this vegetarian burrito recipe, a pressure cooker makes quick work out of braising nutty whole grain farro—alongside black beans, red sweet pepper, vegetable broth, and spices. Then all that’s left to do is stir in fresh spinach, then wrap and roll inside a tortilla with plenty of tomato-avocado salsa.

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Burrito Bowls

Burrito Bowls with bowls of cheese, guac, and pilo
Blaine Moats

If your usual lightened-up fare leaves you raiding the snack drawer an hour later or less, this lower-carb burrito recipe is about to change your mindset. Dress up roasted cauliflower rice with taco-seasoned pork loin, a squeeze of fresh lime, and a zippy avocado mash. Grab a fork, and chances are slim that you’ll believe that the nutrition stats (less than 350 calories and 26 grams of protein) are accurate. Believe it!

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Beer-Braised Brisket Burritos

Beer-Braised Brisket Burritos

This brisket burrito recipe is what we might whip up if we could manifest our dream dinner. Brown the beef brisket in bacon drippings, then braise it in a sauce made with beef broth, Mexican beer, peppers, herbs, and aromatics. That protein is perfection on its own, but becomes completely irresistible once you stuff it inside a tortilla next to rice and beans.

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Turkey and Bean Burritos

Turkey and Bean Burritos
Jason Donnelly

Light in calories and prep time yet high in flavor and nutrition, this recipe for burritos centers around two lean proteins: canned beans and ground turkey. (Feel free to swap in ground beef, chicken, or a plant-based meat substitute if you prefer.) Sauté your protein picks with salsa, chili powder, and onions, and you’re ready to wrap and roll. 

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Pad Thai Chicken Burritos

Pad Thai Chicken Burritos
Karla Conrad

Why choose between pad Thai or burritos when you can enjoy both in the same bite? This chicken burrito recipe gets a generous dose of Thai flair from a sauce including sriracha, brown sugar, fish sauce, and tamarind. That savory, spicy, and sweet blend coats every ounce of chicken breast with flavor. Rice noodles, cabbage, and coconut curry sauce round out the feast, which you can enjoy immediately or freeze for up to one month.

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