This copycat Taco Bell Frito Burrito tastes just like the discontinued beefy Frito burrito from the fast food menu, and now you can easily make it even healthier at home!

Fill a flour tortilla with seasoned beef, nacho cheese sauce, rice, and crunchy corn chips, then fold it up with all the fixings for a family favorite Mexican meal.

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Taco Bell Beefy Fritos Burrito

Our Taco Bell Frito Burrito recipe creates a Mexican-inspired meal made to mimic the original Taco Bell Beefy Crunch Burrito, but even better than the fast food chain!

This delicious dish is loaded with layers of flavorful rice, seasoned meat, cheese, chips, and any of your favorite fixings, all bundled up in a south-of-the-border burrito. 

Making a Taco Bell beefy frito burrito at home means that you can use fresh ingredients and include your favorite fillings; make it vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free, it is so easy to build your own burrito, customized with wholesome food that you can feel good about feeding your family. 

Set up a homemade burrito bar and let your kids assemble their own supper when they return from after-school activities and sports and are ready to sit down for dinner – skip the drive-thru and serve a less expensive copycat that you can recreate in minutes.

Why We Love This Taco Bell Frito Burrito Copycat Recipe

  • Quick and easy to recreate fast food at home.
  • Uses a handful of simple ingredients.
  • Versatile recipe that can be adapted to include your favorite fillings.
  • Delicious dinner filled with meat, cheese, rice, and Fritos corn chips, all bundled and inside a burrito.
  • Prepare each part in advance and stuff your shell when you’re ready for supper.
Taco Bell Frito Burrito ingredients

Taco Bell Frito Burrito Ingredients

  • Mexican rice or Spanish rice
  • Unsalted butter
  • Yellow onion
  • Lean ground beef
  • Water
  • Taco seasoning: You can use a store-bought packet or a homemade taco seasoning
  • Salt
  • Black pepper
  • Ready-to-Use Nacho Cheese sauce
  • Fritos Original corn chips
  • Flour tortillas: I like to use the large burrito size.

Substitutions and Additions

  • Tasty Toppings: Feel free to add additional toppings to your burritos according to your taste. Some great additions include sour cream, sliced black olives, shredded iceberg lettuce, guacamole, shredded cheese, or diced tomatoes.
  • Change The Chip: You can substitute the original Fritos chips for the chili cheese or hot fire spiced ones if you want to add extra flavor or heat to your Taco Bell Frito Burritos.
  • More Meat Options: Feel free to use shredded chicken or beef, pulled pork, or ground turkey or chicken instead of ground beef in your burrito.
  • Bean Burrito: Use half the amount of rice in the recipe to make room for beans in your burrito. Try black beans, refried beans, or kidney beans to pack in plant-based protein. 
  • Vegan/Vegetarian Version: For a vegan or vegetarian burrito, simply leave out the meat or bulk it up with beans. Use vegan cheese instead of dairy cheese, and use plant-based butter. You can also use a gluten-free tortilla if you have gluten sensitivity.
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  • Large skillet
  • Wooden spoon

How to Make Taco Bell Frito Burritos

  1. Cook The Rice: Cook the rice according to the package directions.
  2. Brown The Beef: Cook the onion and butter until the onions are soft. Add the beef and cook until browned and cooked through. Drain any excess fat from the skillet.
  3. Stir In Seasoning: Stir in the water, taco seasoning, salt, and pepper to coat the ground beef Cook for another 4-5 minutes or until the liquids have reduced and beef is completely coated in sauce. Remove from the heat.
  4. Assemble: Layer the rice, beef, cheese sauce, and corn chips in the bottom third of a tortilla. Fold the bottom portion of the tortilla up and over the filling ingredients, then roll it up from the bottom toward the top until your filling is all enclosed.
    Pro Tip: Make sure that you are not overfilling your flour tortilla, or it will be very difficult to fold up.
  5. Serve: Serve and enjoy!
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Tips For Making The Best Taco Bell Frito Burrito

  • I used a 6.4-ounce box of Rice-a-Roni brand Mexican Rice cooked according to the box instructions. It yielded the 3 cups needed. Feel free to use whatever brand you choose. You just want to make sure you have 3 cups.
  • If you choose to add extra toppings, then you will want to reduce the amount of rice and ground beef in each tortilla so that you do not overstuff your tortilla, making it hard to close

How to Store Taco Bell Frito Burritos

  • To Store: You can prepare and store the cooked rice and ground beef in separate lidded containers in the refrigerator up to 24 hours ahead. Do not assemble until you’re ready to eat.
  • To Reheat: Reheat in the microwave before assembling.
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Frequently Asked Questions

Can I prepare my burritos in advance?

These Taco Bell Frito Burritos should be served immediately. As the burritos sit, the Frito corn chips will start to get soggy from the cheese sauce and meat. You can prepare all the ingredients ahead of time to make assembly quick and easy. I like to store my cooked Mexican rice and seasoned ground beef in separate lidded containers in the refrigerator up to 24 hours ahead. When I am ready to serve dinner, I will rewarm the rice and ground beef in the microwave (according to factory instructions) for about 45 seconds to 1 minute. Then I will assemble the burritos.

Can I use small-sized tortillas for my burritos?

The large burrito-size flour tortillas work best to assemble the burritos as written for the recipe. You can certainly adapt this recipe to use smaller (soft taco-sized) flour tortillas. Note that you will need to reduce the amounts of each filling ingredient for the assembly if this change is made. You should also note that you will yield more than 6 burritos if the smaller tortillas are used.

Can I use homemade taco seasoning instead of a package of seasoning for this recipe?

You can absolutely use homemade taco seasoning for this recipe. Click here for my delicious Homemade Taco Seasoning recipe.

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Taco Bell Frito Burrito

Serves — 6
Taco Bell Frito Burrito is the ultimate copycat recipe made to mimic the fast food menu item, but even better because it's healthier. Filled with fresh and flavorful ingredinets, making a homemade Mexican meal takes only minutes to make with all your favorite fixings folded inside a flour tortilla.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes

Ingredients
  

  • 3 cups cooked Mexican rice see tips
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • ½ cup chopped yellow onion
  • pounds lean ground beef
  • ½ cup water
  • 1 ounce packet of taco seasoning
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • 15 ounces can Ready-to-Use Nacho Cheese sauce warmed according to can directions
  • cups Fritos Original corn chips
  • 6 large flour tortillas burrito size

Instructions
 

  • Cook the Mexican rice according to the package directions. While the rice is cooking, you will prepare the ground beef and the other filling ingredients.
  • In a large skillet, on medium-high heat, add the unsalted butter and chopped onions. Cook the onion for 1-2 minutes or until the onions are soft.
  • Add the lean ground beef to the skillet and cook the beef for 7-8 minutes or until browned and cooked through. Drain any excess fat from the skillet.
  • Turn the heat down to medium-low and add the water, the packet of taco seasoning, salt, and black pepper to the ground beef. Stir to coat all the ground beef with the seasonings. Cook for another 4-5 minutes or until the liquids have reduced and the ground beef is completely coated in taco seasoning sauce. Remove from the heat.
  • To assemble each burrito, you will lay one large flour tortilla onto a plate. In the bottom third of the tortilla, add ½ cup of prepared Mexican rice. You will want to spread it into an even layer but avoid going all the way to the edge. You will use the edges to fold up your burrito.
  • Top the rice layer with ½ cup of the seasoned ground beef, followed by 1½-2 tablespoons of the warmed nacho cheese sauce, then a handful (about ¼ cup) of Fritos corn chips. You will want to make sure that you are not overfilling your flour tortilla, or it will be very difficult to fold up.
  • Once you have added all your filling ingredients (including any of the optional ones suggested in the tips), you will fold the bottom portion of the tortilla up and over the filling ingredients.
  • Next, you will fold both sides of the flour tortilla up to meet the filling ingredients.
  • While holding the folded-up sides of your tortilla, you will very gently roll the tortilla up, starting from the bottom and rolling towards the top until your filling is all enclosed into the large flour tortilla.

Jenn’s Notes

Storage:
  • To Store: You can prepare and store the cooked rice and ground beef in separate lidded containers in the refrigerator up to 24 hours ahead. Do not assemble until you’re ready to eat.
  • To Reheat: Reheat in the microwave before assembling.
Tips:
  • I used a 6.4-ounce box of Rice-a-Roni brand Mexican Rice cooked according to the box instructions. It yielded the 3 cups needed. Feel free to use whatever brand you choose. You just want to make sure you have 3 cups.
  • The large burrito-size flour tortillas work best to assemble the burritos as written for the recipe. You can certainly adapt this recipe to use smaller (soft taco-sized) flour tortillas. You will need to note that you will need to reduce the amounts of each filling ingredient for the assembly if this change is made. You will also need to note that you will yield more than 6 burritos if the smaller tortillas are used.
  • You can feel free to add additional toppings to your burritos according to your taste. Some great additions include sour cream, sliced black olives, shredded iceberg lettuce, or diced tomatoes. Any, or all, of these would be delicious. You will need to note that if you choose to add some or all of these toppings, then you will want to reduce the amount of rice and ground beef in each tortilla so that you do not overstuff your tortilla, making it hard to close.
  • You can substitute the original Fritos chips for the chili cheese or hot fire spiced ones if you want to add extra flavor or heat to your Taco Bell Frito Burritos.

Nutrition Info

Calories: 873kcal | Carbohydrates: 110g | Protein: 37g | Fat: 31g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 82mg | Sodium: 1572mg | Potassium: 589mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 882IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 166mg | Iron: 5mg

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