Adobo Beef Burritos

Adobo refers to a sauce that combines peppers and tomatoes with vinegar and spices to brighten its flavor. It's used in a variety of Mexican foods, including canned chipotle peppers (smoked red jalapeños), which add a key flavor to these burritos.

Adobo Beef Burritos wrapped and open face
Photo: Adam Albright Photography Inc
Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs
3 1/2 cups meat mixture


  • 1 ½ pound ground beef or uncooked ground turkey

  • 1 large onion, halved and thinly sliced

  • 4 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped

  • ½ cup lower-sodium beef broth

  • ½ 6 ounce can tomato paste (1/3 cup)

  • ¼ cup cider vinegar

  • 1 canned chipotle chile pepper in adobo sauce, finely chopped, plus 1 tablespoon adobo sauce

  • 2 teaspoon ground cumin

  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano, crushed

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • 6 - 8 10-inch flour tortillas, warmed

  • 2 cup hot cooked long grain white or brown rice

  • 2 cup shredded lettuce

  • ½ cup sour cream

  • ½ cup salsa

  • ¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro


  1. In a 4- to 5-quart pot cook beef, onion, and garlic over medium-high until browned. Drain off fat. Stir in bell pepper, beef broth, tomato paste, vinegar, chipotle pepper and adobo sauce, cumin, oregano, and salt.

  2. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, covered, for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.

  3. Spoon beef mixture on tortillas. Top with rice, lettuce, sour cream, salsa, and cilantro. Fold in sides of tortillas and roll up.

Tortilla Swaps

If you or someone at your table is grain-free, try swapping out the tortilla with lettuce leaves (Romaine, butterhead, or iceberg); red, green, or napa cabbage leaves; cassava- or coconut-flour wraps; bell peppers, halved lengthwise and seeded; or Roma tomatoes, halved lengthwise and seeded.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

599 Calories
24g Fat
64g Carbs
31g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 599
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 24g 31%
Saturated Fat 9g 45%
Cholesterol 85mg 28%
Sodium 1063mg 46%
Total Carbohydrate 64g 23%
Total Sugars 8g
Protein 31g
Vitamin C 34.4mg 172%
Calcium 235mg 18%
Iron 7.2mg 40%
Potassium 737mg 16%
Fatty acids, total trans 1g
Folate, total 59.4mcg
Vitamin B-12 1.9mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.5mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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