The following method for what I call Frozen Burritos (EFBs) will leave you with a stack of healthy, delicious, and convenient meals that you can heat in the microwave faster than you can complete an order on Seamless. They’ll also beat the pants off anything you can find in the frozen-foods aisle at the grocery store. So, countless burritos later, here’s what I’ve learned about how to make a life-changing Emergency Freezer Burrito:
Large, burrito-sized flour tortillas are the best bet for your frozen burritos since they’re easy to wrap and the least likely to tear. Corn or alternative-flour tortillas (like spelt or sprouted grain) tend to be drier, which makes them more susceptible to tearing when rolling (a ripped burrito is a sad, sad thing). Choose something pliable and fairly thick so all those delicious fillings stay snug inside your burritos, and try to find a package that specifically says “burrito-size” on it (these will be around 10 inches wide). I’ve had good results with the Mission Foods brand of large, burrito-size flour tortillas.
The Rice and Beans
As with any burrito, rice and beans are essential to good frozen burritos. Not only do they add (cheap) bulk to your meal, they also provide a solid foundation upon which you can layer your wet toppings (more on that in a second). This minimizes the risk of your burritos getting soggy before they get a chance to freeze.
Vegetarian filling ideas
- Sautéed leafy greens
- Sautéed button mushrooms
- Roasted sweet potato
- Sautéed summer squash and zucchini
- Sautéed peppers and onions
- Roasted cauliflower or broccoli
- Caramelized onions
- Roasted corn
Although it’s not strictly necessary to add grated cheese to your EFBs, it can make a world of difference. A dose of gooey, melted cheese adds an element of creamy richness that just brings everything together.