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Crock Pot Smothered Burritos will be a family favorite.  Tender beef smothered with cheese and more makes this meal so flavorful. The slow cooker makes it super easy! It’s a win all around.

Smothered Burritos on a plate topped with sour cream and pico de gallo
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As a busy mom of 8 kids, I rely on crock pot recipes. Dinner is cooking while I am away and everyone comes home to a home cooked meal. These burritos are everyone’s favorite because of how they taste and how filling they are.

If you are looking for new Mexican Crock Pot Recipes check out these – Slow Cooker Chicken Burrito Bowl Recipe, Slow Cooker Beef Barbacoa Recipe, and Slow Cooker Pork Carnitas Recipe.

Why We Love This Recipe

These smothered burritos are always on the menu when we celebrate Cinco de Mayo or for our Game Day Gatherings. The ingredients are simple and the slow cooker does all the work. The meat is cooked tender and juicy for a crowd pleasing burrito.

We love to serve with Best Mexican White Cheese Dip with chips and Mexican Rice for an easy dinner idea.

Ingredients

Smothered burrito ingredients - salt, pepper, taco seasoning, refried beans, chopped onions, shredded cheese, enchilada sauce, beef stew, green chiles

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Variations Ideas

  • Tortillas – We have only used regular flour tortillas in this recipe. But if you prefer you can use a low carb option or try it with corn.
  • Cheese – Make this recipe with different types of cheeses. Add in shredded mozzarella or Colby Monterrey Jack are great variations.
  • Seasoning – We love using the taco seasoning blend, but you can also add in seasoning that you prefer. Chili powder, garlic, and cumin combination always give it the best Mexican Food Flavor.
  • Toppings – These burritos are even better with your favorite toppings. Serve with sour cream, salsa, and Easy Guacamole Recipe with Salsa.

How to Make Smothered Burritos in the Crock Pot

Adding beef stew in the slow cooker with the seasoning, sauce and chopped onions

Step 1 – Add the beef, enchilada sauce, green chiles, onion, taco seasoning, salt and pepper to the crock pot.

Cooked beef mixture in the slow cooker with a wooden spoon

Step 2 – Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours or on high for 3-4 hours.

Spreading refried beans on a tortilla

Step 3 – Warm the refried beans in the microwave. Place a spoonful amount of refried beans on each tortilla.

Topping the refried beans on the tortilla with beef mixture and shredded cheese

Step 4 – Then top with the beef from the crock pot and sprinkle with the cheddar cheese.

Burritos in a slow cooker

Step 5 – Roll the burritos tightly. Empty all the remaining sauce from the crock pot and place the burritos in the crock pot.

Topping the burritos with beef mixture and shredded cheese

Step 6 – Drizzle the sauce over the top of the burritos and cover with all the remaining shredded cheese. Cook on high for 20 minutes to warm the burritos and melt the cheese. Serve and enjoy!

Recipe Tips

  • Cooking Time – Cooking time may vary depending on your slow cooker and the type of meat you use. You will know that your meat is cooked when it shreds easily.
  • Filling the Tortillas – Evenly distribute the beef mixture on to each flour tortilla. Make sure to not overfill so that you are able to tightly roll the burritos.
  • Shredded Cheese – For the best taste and for the best melty cheese, we recommend shredded cheese from a hunk. Pre-shredded cheese has added ingredients and may not melt as well.
Smothered burritos topped with melted shredded cheese

Serving Suggestions

Serve it with our easy Spanish rice recipe and you have a complete dinner for a busy weeknight meal. You can save even more time and learn how to freeze rice and you can make this meal even easier.

I love to grab the rice from the freezer in the morning and when we come home it is all ready to enjoy. We do this for lots of meals and it helps put together a quick meal.

It is so easy and helpful for busy weeknights. You can also use brown rice. Learn how to cook brown rice in the microwave for a quick side.

We have also used this Delicious Cilantro Lime Rice Recipe. There are lots of delicious options. Another great idea is Crock Pot Refried Beans. They are so easy in the slow cooker and really tasty.

Smothered burritos on a plate topped with pico de gallo and sour cream

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I Use Chicken?

Yes! You can substitute chicken for the beef. Just use 1.5 lbs of cooked chicken and make sure to shred the chicken first. This is delicious and another great option for the enchiladas. Learn How to Shred Chicken with a stand mixer. This recipe is so easy to switch things up. Just use what you have. The great thing about this recipe is how versatile it is.

What does Smothered Burrito Mean?

Smothered burrito means that a beef or bean burrito is wrapped in a flour tortilla and covered with red enchilada sauce and melted cheese. You may also have heard it called a wet burrito.

How to Store Leftover Burritos

Store the leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. When ready to reheat, this beef burrito reheats well in the microwave in 1 minute intervals.

Can I Bake Smothered Burritos?

You can also bake the burritos if you prefer.  Place them in a 9X13 baking dish, drizzle the enchilada sauce over the top of the burritos. Then top with the shredded cheese.  Bake at 350 degrees F for 8-10 minutes until burritos are cooked through and cheese is melted.

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Crock Pot Smothered Burritos

5 from 236 votes
Crock pot smothered burritos will be a family favorite.  Tender beef smothered with cheese and more make this meal so flavorful. The crockpot makes it easy.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 6 hours
Total Time 6 hours 10 minutes
Servings 6
Cuisine Mexican
Course Main Course
Calories 625

Ingredients

  • 2 lb. Stew Meat
  • 1 can Red Enchilada sauce 28 oz.
  • 1 can Green Chiles 4 oz.
  • 1/2 onion chopped
  • 1 tsp Taco Seasoning
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Pepper
  • 6 Burrito Size Flour Tortillas
  • 1 Can Refried Beans (16 oz.)
  • 2 cups Shredded Cheddar Cheese
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Instructions

  • Add the beef, enchilada sauce, green chiles, onion, taco seasoning, salt and pepper to the crock pot.
  • Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours or on high for 3-4 hours.
  • Warm the refried beans in the microwave.
  • Place a spoonful amount of refried beans on each tortilla.
  • Then top with the beef from the crock pot and sprinkle with the cheddar cheese.
  • Roll the burritos tightly.
  • Empty all the remaining sauce from the crock pot and place the burritos in the crock pot.
  • Drizzle the sauce over the top of the burritos and cover with all the remaining shredded cheese.
  • Cook on high for 20 minutes to warm the burritos and melt the cheese.

Recipe Notes

***You can also bake the burritos if you prefer.  Place them in a 9X13 dish, drizzle the enchilada sauce over the top of the burritos and then top with the shredded cheese.  Bake at 350 degrees F for 8-10 minutes until burritos are cooked through and cheese is melted.
 

Nutrition Facts

Calories 625kcal, Carbohydrates 52g, Protein 52g, Fat 22g, Saturated Fat 10g, Cholesterol 40mg, Sodium 2471mg, Potassium 163mg, Fiber 7g, Sugar 14g, Vitamin A 1342IU, Vitamin C 10mg, Calcium 386mg, Iron 4mg

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  1. Carrie Barnard says:

    Yes you can freeze them.

  2. Deneen says:

    5 stars
    Kudos for sharing a yummy recipe for us. Not only did my hubby and I enjoy them but I then shared with my bestie and her sister. Living in AZ. we eat a lot of mexican food, and these were soooooo good! Easy to make. A winner for sure. Making them for the second time right now.

  3. Lacy Ostrander says:

    4 stars
    Are these able to be frozen?

  4. Carrie Barnard says:

    Yes, that would be delicious too.

  5. Michele Davis says:

    Could you use green enchilada sauce instead of red?

  6. Carrie Barnard says:

    Yes you can.

  7. Jody says:

    Could you freeze premade burritos before cooking?

  8. Kelly Mays says:

    5 stars
    These burritos are full of flavor and were a hit with my family! This is a great tasting, easy crockpot recipe that will be on regular rotation.

  9. Kathryn Canty says:

    5 stars
    These are delicious! My husband and I both loved them!

  10. Joyce says:

    Just made this last night. It’s so good. I used a Boston Butt roast instead of stew meat. Cooked it in the slow cooker till it was nice and shred-able. Heated back in slow cooker with all the ingredients except cheeses, refried beans and tortillas. I then assembled the burritos in a casserole dish. Drizzled sauce on top with cheese. baked in 350 degree oven for about 10-15 minutes. Delicious!

  11. Chasity Powell says:

    5 stars
    super easy and the whole family loves it.

  12. Melissa Aduddle says:

    5 stars
    These were so delicious and easy!! All my hungry growing boys loved them!

  13. Carrie says:

    I think it would work great in this recipe!

  14. Nichole says:

    Thoughts on using a chuck roast in place of the stew meat?

  15. Joni says:

    5 stars
    My family rated this recipe a HIT, it is now in our monthly rotation. I can see many different uses for the slow cooked meat…street tacos, enchiladas, soup…etc. I substituted elk for the beef and it was perfection.
    Also, thank you for the taco seasoning mix recipe. I’ll never buy that spice mix again!

  16. Jennifer Smith says:

    5 stars
    My family LOVES this recipe! My husband isn’t a fan of red sauce but even he loves this recipe. It is so delicious and so easy!

  17. Lauren says:

    5 stars
    These were a great meal to prep and cook while at work, added some green salsa verde and the the brown rice made it super filling!

  18. Michelle Alexander says:

    These were delicious and made them twice in one week for my brother and mom. My husband and I eat a lot of Mexican food ate least once a week.

  19. Carrie says:

    I’m so glad you enjoyed them! Thank you!

  20. Diane says:

    5 stars
    These were soooo good and easy to make! I could not lay the 6 burritos flat in my crock pot so I had to put 3 on the bottom and 3 on the top. Made it a little tough to get the ones out of the crock pot that were on the top but I managed and we all enjoyed!! Will be making these again.