1 can refried beans 1 pound ground beef 2 pounds shredded cheddar cheese 1 can (6 ounce size) tomato paste 3 cups water 2 teaspoons cayenne pepper 1 1/2 tablespoon chili powder 2 1/2 teaspoons salt 2 teaspoons cornstarch 2 teaspoons distilled white vinegar 1 tablespoon minced dried onions 2 tablespoons canned jalapeno slices fresh burrito tortilla shells
First brown the beef in a pan, finely breaking up the meat with a fork.
Combine the tomato paste with the water in a saucepan over medium heat. Stir until smooth. Add the cayenne pepper; chili powder, salt cornstarch, vinegar, and dried onion and stir. Chop the jalapeno slices very fine. You can use a food processor, but don't puree. The best kind of jalapenos to use are those bottled for nachos or pizza. Add them to the mixture. Heat the mixture to boiling. Continue to stir about 3 minutes and remove from heat.
Once the beef is cooked drain all of the fat out. Add half of the refried beans to the beef. Slowly add 2 1/2 cups of the tomato sauce mixture. Add half of the cheese, and cook over low heat for 10 minutes, stirring constantly. Let simmer for 30 minutes. Spoon 3/4 cup of the chili into each tortilla, add cheese and tomato sauce mixture (as desired) and wrap up the tortilla.
I also followed the advice by CHILITOHEAD and it was awesome!! I recommend cooking it that way.
Jul 30, 2013
Followed Chilitohead's advice and these turned out great!!! Way better than Taco Bell.
Mar 2, 2013
I bought a large 12oz can of tomato paste and made a separate pot of sauce with the leftover 6oz.. But i left out the jalapeÃ±os in the extra sauce because I added them to the meat sauce mix. I also only used 2-1/2 cups of water. Great! Oh and I used a food ninja to chop up the browned meat!! Perfect! Great recipe for those craving a chili cheese burrito....
Oct 27, 2012
Chilitohead got it right!!! Reduce the water to 2-1/2, reduce the cheese to 1pd, add extra chili powder (about 3tbs), make beef mixture seperate from sauce but combine at the end and simmer low just 10 minutes to make quick chili cheese burritos that are far better than taco bells. For best results drain the fat off and dice the meat with a fork as fine as you can get it. This makes soo many burritos, it's impossible to say there are mearly 8 burritos, we were able to make about 30. Warms up easy as leftovers too.
Aug 11, 2012
What are "burrito tortilla shells"?
I am familiar with Taco Shells and Tortillas. I've never heard of a Burito Shell.
Are they new?
Where would one purchase"Burrito Tortilla Shells"?
CDKitchen Note: It probably is just referring to burrito size tortillas.
Sep 25, 2011
Followed some of the suggestions here to tweak this recipe to be more like Taco Bell's. Read the reviews and try it yourself, you'll be happy you did. It was really good. I did use fat free refried beans only because I seriously need to cut a few calories wherever I can :)
Apr 9, 2010
Yo Quiero Taco Bell
No need to head out late night to Taco Bell when the craving hits any more, this recipe is hands down awesome with just a couple of modifications (most of which are listed in the other reviews). My friends loved this.
Jul 13, 2009
You HAVE to follow these modifications to re-create the chilito, and only then does this recipe get 5 stars! For 8 servings (as originally written), use 1 lb of cheese instead of 2, 2 1/4 c. water instead of 3, <1/2 tsp cayenne pepper, 1/4 c. chili powder, 2 tsp salt, and of course dissolve cornstarch in water before adding. Make the sauce separately as directed, but when it comes to combining the ingredients at the end, just put everything together and stir over low for 10 minutes, and it's ready to serve. After years, I finally satiated my craving for a chilito...
May 5, 2008
My family and I were very happy with this recipe. The only thing I would do differently, would to cut down on the water. I would only use 2-2 1/2 cups.It turned out well.
Apr 9, 2008
wow, taste just like taco bell. I used just plain store bought burrito shells, and microwaved them for a minute. I will make them again soon. thanks
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