Cheesy Burrito Pie

12 Servings
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes

Cheesy Burrito Pie is an easy dinner recipe, putting a fun, tasty twist on classic beef burritos with your favorite Mexican flavors.

This is the perfect Weeknight Dinner that takes inspiration from a classic Beef Burrito Recipe and turns it into a shareable, cheesy casserole dish. It’s easy, filling, and absolutely delicious! 

Sabrina’s Cheesy Burrito Pie Recipe

My Beef Burrito Pie is the perfect way to put a new twist on Mexican night. Instead of standard burritos or tacos, this delicious burrito casserole is a simple way to feed the entire family. No need to prep individual servings, just layer beef, beans, and cheese between tortilla layers and bake!

After baking this Burrito Casserole recipe, you want to give it a couple of minutes to cool because the filling will still be very hot. Just don’t wait too long! You want to serve the Mexican recipe while it’s still warm so you get the delicious melty cheese in every bite.

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Ingredients

  • 12 8-inch Flour Tortillas: The base of this recipe is made with simple flour tortillas. They act as the breading in between the layers of meat, beans, and cheese. 
  • 2 Pounds of 85/15 Ground Beef: The ground meat makes this a hearty dish that’s sure to fill up the whole family.
  • 1 Whole Diced Yellow Onion: The onions will cook with the beef and will provide so much flavor and will also soak up the moisture and the flavor from the beef while they cook.
  • 3 Cloves of Minced Garlic: Garlic adds a distinct savory flavor to your beef mixture. Mince the cloves well so they blend in with the mixture. If you want to use jarred minced garlic, follow the directions on the jar to add the equivalent of 3 cloves.
  • 14 Ounces Diced Tomatoes: Canned tomatoes are great to use here for flavor and moisture. When buying your tomatoes look closely at the can as some diced tomatoes also have other seasonings.
  • 8 Ounces Diced Green Chiles: These chiles will add a little bit of heat and wonderful flavor to your casserole. Don’t worry, it is a mild heat so your dinner can still be enjoyed by those who do not love spicy food. You can omit these if you already know you do not like chiles.
  • ½ Cup Sliced Black Olives: Sliced olives will bring salty flavor to the burrito pie. If you don’t like olives you can leave them out, but maybe add an extra pinch of salt to the filling instead.
  • 16 Ounces Salsa: Use a salsa that you enjoy eating, whether it be mild or hot. That way you’ll be sure to enjoy the flavor it brings to your Burrito Pie. You can also make your own following this Salsa recipe, or use an alternative like enchilada sauce.
  • 4 Cups or 2 Cans Refried Beans: You can use canned refried beans or make your own by following this Refried Beans recipe. 
  • 2 ½ Cups Cheddar Cheese: Adding in layers of cheddar cheese to the delicious burrito casserole makes it wonderfully melty and gooey. With four layers of shredded cheese, this is the perfect recipe for cheese lovers. If you don’t have any cheddar you could also use a Mexican cheese blend, or any other cheese you might enjoy in a burrito.
Cheesy Burrito Pie ingredients in bowls
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Kitchen Tools & Equipment

  • 8×8-inch Baking Dish: Using an 8×8-inch dish for this recipe is a great size to hold all the ingredients and still have a thick pie with good layers. If you use a larger dish you will have to spread out your ingredients and will have a thin Burrito Pie.
  • Large Skillet and Wooden Spoon: You’ll need a large skillet to cook your meat mixture and bean mixture. Make sure it is large enough to hold at least 2 pounds of ground beef and an onion, with room to stir. A wooden spoon is great for stirring, and works well no matter what type of skillet you use. You can use another favorite spoon for mixing if you want.
  • Large Bowl: A separate bowl is needed to hold your cooked beef mixture while you make the bean mixture in your skillet.
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How to Make Cheesy Burrito Pie

Time needed: 45 minutes.

  1. Prep Time

    Start by preheating the oven to 350 degrees, then spray an 8×8-inch baking dish with nonstick cooking spray. 

  2. Ground Beef

    Add the ground beef and diced onions to a large skillet over high heat. Break the meat apart with a wooden spoon as you brown ground beef on all sides. Add the garlic and cook for another 30 seconds, until it’s fragrant. Transfer the beef mixture to a bowl and set it to the side.Cheesy Burrito Pie garlic being added to a pan

  3. Bean Mixture

    Reduce the stovetop to medium heat, and add the diced tomatoes, chiles, olives, refried beans, and salsa to the same pan you cooked the meat. Stir until the mixture is well combined and heated through.Cheesy Burrito Pie bean mixture in a pan

  4. Base and Bean Layer

    Place 3 tortillas in the base of the prepared baking dish. Top that off with ⅓ cup refried beans.Cheesy Burrito Pie bean mixture spread in baking dish

  5. Beef Layer

    Layer with ⅓ cup ground beef mixture.Cheesy Burrito Pie beef mixture spread in baking dish

  6. Cheese Layer

    Add a layer of ½ cup shredded cheddar cheese.Cheesy Burrito Pie beef mixture topped with cheese

  7. Repeat Layers

    Make sure to spread each layer of tortilla and filling out evenly over the surface of the pie. Repeat the layering process three times. Top off the pie with the final tortillas and another layer of cheese.Cheesy Burrito Pie before baking

  8. Cooking Time

    Put the Beef Burrito Pie in the preheated oven and bake for 30 minutes.Cheesy Burrito Pie after baking

  9. Serve

    Remove the pie from the hot oven, and top it off with sour cream, salsa, minced cilantro, or guacamole. Cut pie slices and serve while the dish is still warm.Cheesy Burrito Pie slice on a plate with salsa and sour cream

Can Cheesy Burrito Pie be made ahead?

Cheesy Burrito Pie is best made on the day you want to serve it. However, you can prepare the layers ahead of time so all you have to do is assemble the pie before heating and serving. Make the ground beef mixture, and the refried bean mixture ahead of time and store them in the refrigerator over night. 

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Nutritional Facts

Nutrition Facts
Cheesy Burrito Pie
Amount Per Serving
Calories 437 Calories from Fat 207
% Daily Value*
Fat 23g35%
Saturated Fat 10g63%
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 8g
Cholesterol 75mg25%
Sodium 1343mg58%
Potassium 478mg14%
Carbohydrates 30g10%
Fiber 6g25%
Sugar 6g7%
Protein 26g52%
Vitamin A 569IU11%
Vitamin C 11mg13%
Calcium 282mg28%
Iron 4mg22%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Recipe Tips & Tricks

  1. Avoid an Overly Crispy Top
    • The top of the Beef Burrito Pie will crisp up a little bit while it bakes, but if you make sure the shredded cheese is spread evenly and covers the top tortilla layer, it will help keep the top from becoming too crispy.
  2. Obtain Maximum Cheesy Texture
    • To make sure you get ultimate cheesy flavor and texture in your pie, you can freshly grate your cheese before you begin assembling your layers. Pre-shredded cheese is fine too, but it includes fillers that make it a little less creamy once melted.
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What to Pair With Cheesy Burrito Pie

Enjoy Cheesy Burrito Pie with your favorite Mexican sides like Mexican Rice, Mexican Street Corn/Elote, or you can simply toss together your favorite side salad to balance out this hearty meal of a main dish.

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How to Store 

  • Serve: Serve the Beef Burrito Pie while it’s still warm, and don’t leave it at room temperature for more than 2 hours.
  • Store: You can cover the dish in aluminum foil to store any leftovers in the fridge for up to 3 days.
  • Freeze: To freeze the delicious burrito casserole, tightly cover it in plastic wrap followed by tin foil to make sure no moisture gets in. You can keep it frozen for 3 months. Reheat it in the oven when you’re ready to eat the leftovers.
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Ideas to Serve Cheesy Burrito Pie

After baking the Cheesy Beef Burrito Pie, you can add any extra toppings you like. In the recipe we’ve recommended sour cream, Salsa, or Guacamole. You could also try other favorites like hot sauce, Red Taco Sauce, or fresh veggies. Any fillings and sauces that you enjoy in regular burritos would taste great in this casserole.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Can I add other layers to Cheesy Burrito Pie?

You can add more layers to the Burrito Pie, like rice or a layer of whole beans, or change the layers up any way you like. Just remember that you’ll have to make the layers thinner in order to fit in your baking dish.

What is the difference between Burrito Pie and a Burrito Casserole?

A Burrito Pie is essentially a casserole, however it comes out looking a little more like a pie when you layer the tortillas on the side of the baking dish as well as the bottom and the top. 

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Recipe Card

Cheesy Burrito Pie

Cheesy Burrito Pie is an easy dinner recipe, putting a fun, tasty twist on classic beef burritos with your favorite Mexican flavors.
Yield 12 Servings
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Course Dinner
Cuisine American, Mexican inspired
Author Sabrina Snyder

Ingredients
 

  • 2 pounds ground beef , (85/15)
  • 1 yellow onion , diced
  • 3 cloves garlic , minced
  • 14 ounces canned diced tomatoes
  • 8 ounces canned diced green chiles
  • 1/2 cup black olives , sliced
  • 4 cups refried beans , (recipe) or 2 cans
  • 16 ounces salsa
  • 12 flour tortillas , 8-inch
  • 2 1/2 cups cheddar cheese , shredded

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees and spray an 8×8-inch baking dish with baking spray.
  • To a large skillet add ground beef and onions on high heat.
  • Break apart while cooking until beef is well browned.
  • Add in garlic and cook for 30 seconds.
  • Remove beef from the pan and set aside.
  • Reduce heat to medium, add in diced tomatoes, diced chiles, olives, refried beans and salsa.
  • Stir well until heated through.
  • Add 3 tortillas to your baking dish, then top with ⅓ of the refried beans, ⅓ of the meat mixture and ½ cup of cheese.
  • Repeat two more times, then end with a final layer of tortillas and 1 cup of shredded cheddar.
  • Bake for 30 minutes, uncovered.
  • Serve with sour cream, salsa, minced cilantro, or guacamole.

Nutrition

Calories: 437kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 26g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 8g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 75mg | Sodium: 1343mg | Potassium: 478mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 569IU | Vitamin C: 11mg | Calcium: 282mg | Iron: 4mg

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Variations

  • Vegetables: You can add your favorite kinds of vegetables into the Beef Burrito Pie. Green onions, minced garlic cloves, bell pepper, or Jalapeño pepper would all work well mixed into the refried bean mixture.
  • Beans: Along with the refried bean mixture, you could also add other kinds of beans. Black beans, pinto beans, kidney beans, or a mixture of beans would all taste great. Drain most of the liquid before adding the beans into the pie layers, otherwise, they’ll make the tortillas soggy.
  • Cheese: You can also add different kinds of shredded cheese to the cheesy burrito casserole. Try Monterey Jack, provolone, Pepper Jack, or mozzarella to give the recipe some extra cheesy flavor.
  • Ground Meat: You can replace the ground beef with ground turkey or ground chicken in this recipe. You can also use a vegetarian meat replacement in this recipe. 
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About the Author: Sabrina Snyder

Sabrina is a professionally trained Private Chef of over 10 years with ServSafe Manager certification in food safety. She creates all the recipes here on Dinner, then Dessert, fueled in no small part by her love for bacon.

Sabrina Snyder is a professionally trained personal and private chef of over 10 years who is the creator and developer of all the recipes on Dinner, then Dessert.

She is also the author of the cookbook Dinner, then Dessert – Satisfying Meals Using Only 3, 5 or 7 Ingredients, published by Harper Collins.

She started Dinner, then Dessert as a business in her office as a lunch service for her coworkers who admired her lunches before going to culinary school and becoming a full time personal chef and private chef.

As a personal chef Sabrina would cook for families one day a week and cook their entire week of dinners. All grocery shopping, cooking and cleaning was done along with instructions on reheating. As a private chef she cooked for private parties and cooked in family homes in the evenings for families on a nightly basis after working as a personal chef during the day.

Sabrina has been certified as a ServSafe Manager since 2007 and was a longstanding member of the USPCA Personal Chef Association including being on the board of the Washington DC Chapter of Chefs in the US Personal Chef Association when they won Chapter of the year.

As a member of the community of food website creators Sabrina Snyder has spoken at many conferences regarding her experiences as a food writer including the Indulge Food Conference, Everything Food Conference, Haven Food Conference and IACP Annual Food Professionals Conference.

Sabrina lives with her family in sunny California.

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