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Combination Burrito with Chili Gravy

This burrito brought tears to my eyes. Not because it was spicy. Not because it was difficult to make. But because this is the burrito of my childhood. Last fall I shared a recipe for my childhood favorite restaurant salsa.

You see this burrito is a burrito I would get cravings for when I left home the first time. College was four hours away from this restaurant and I usually went home on holidays which meant that the wait time and lines were long. These days I am living closer to home but still far enough away that I don’t get to eat there very often.

I love a challenge in the kitchen and this burrito was a challenge. Over the years I have slowly picked apart some of the important components. The ground beef  in the burrito is no longer a secret to me. I posted about it years ago. The refried beans are still a mystery. If you know how to make runny refried beans please let me know! As for now I am purchasing the most delicious refried beans from my favorite Mexican grocery store.

This gravy makes an ordinary burrito extraordinary. What would you rather have, a plain ole boring burrito or, one smothered in gravy and cheese and topped with lettuce, tomato, and onion? I hope you chose the smothered one!

You will have to plan ahead a bit since the ground beef takes a hour to cook. Trust me for the softest and most flavorful ground beef you will want to follow my Mexican Ground Beef recipe. You could always just brown the ground beef if you are in a time crunch but it won’t be the same.

Mix up a batch of margaritas and snack on some chips and salsa and pretend every day is cinco de Mayo! Ole!

cinco de mayo


  1. This is an absolutely fantastic recreation! I know the restaurant you speak of and haven’t been able to recreate the burritos until I found your recipe.

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