Freezer Burrito Recipe with Chicken and Quinoa

This Freezer Burrito Recipe with Chicken and Quinoa is the perfect make-ahead recipe for healthy school lunches or quick dinners!

Freezer Burrito Recipe with Chicken and Quinoa

This week is bittersweet for me, as one of our sons is heading back to college. The good news is that the other one is home for a sweet season, and we’re savoring every moment with him. Back in the day, when kids went off to college, parents waved goodbye as they drove away. This week we’re not driving with him, but we’ll be waving goodbye as he drives off with friends to head back to school. The dynamics of our family will be changing once again. It’s all good, because it’s a season of life. We’ve let our kids choose their path for colleges and careers, our responsibility not to choose the path we wanted our boys to take, but to ask questions, make suggestions, and guide them. You might call it a collaboration process, but it’s all part of the road-map of being a parent.

Freezer Burrito Recipe with Chicken and Quinoa

Khan Academy.

Khan Academy has been a huge resource tool for all 3 of our kids in their studies. When they have problems learning in college, they turn to the internet to get free lessons and videos. Two weeks ago our oldest son, who just graduated from U of O, was giddy over the fact that Khan Academy now has the MCATS posted on their site. Every day for the last 2 weeks, he’s been studying at least 2 hours a day. Studying and working this next year is part of his journey to get in to medical school.

Freezer Burrito Recipe with Chicken and Quinoa

Our other son studied in China over the summer, taking 15 credit hours of Mandarin (above with his cutie-patootie friend). He’s since finished with his Mandarin degree, but is working now on international business. Both hard workers, we’re proud of our sons and their drive to “get it done” … and fast!

Freezer Burrito Recipe with Chicken and Quinoa

Tying this in with food, last year I made Black Bean Burritos with Cheese and Summer Squash for the boys to take to college. They’d live off of these healthy bites of substance and yummy flavors (beans, quinoa, sometimes rice, chicken, beef – I make all different combinations).

Freezer Burrito Recipe with Chicken and Quinoa

Freezer Burrito Recipe.

My son and I whipped up a rather large batch of freezer burritos. (By the way, I love having a new helper in the kitchen!)

I like to call it the 4-Ingredient Freezer Burritos, because it’s basically 4 cups each of the key ingredients! You take 4 cups of cooked quinoa, 4 cups of diced chicken, 4 cans of beans, 4 cups of salsa. (We used 2 pints of my Home Canned Salsa.)

We put chicken breasts on the grill, but you can use rotisserie chicken or even boiled chicken breasts. Any kind of chicken will work!

Freezer Burrito Recipe with Chicken and Quinoa

Mix together in a giant bowl (I often double this recipe!) all ingredients, and salt and pepper to taste!

Freezer Burrito Recipe with Chicken and Quinoa

What comes next is filling the tortillas with the mixture, and adding cheese and sour cream or any other toppings that you wish (and that will freeze well).

Freezer Burrito Recipe with Chicken and Quinoa

I like to keep it simple by only adding sour cream, but sometimes we freeze them plain.

Freezer Burrito Recipe with Chicken and Quinoa

Fold, wrap, and freeze. When it’s time to eat them, simply discard the plastic wrap, wrap the burrito in a paper towel, and microwave for 1 1/2-2 minutes, or until heated through. At this point you can add extra toppings if you prefer.

Length in freezer.

Wrap individually in plastic and freeze up to 3 months.

Pack for school lunches.

You can also pack these burritos for lunch in morning (frozen), so by lunch the burrito is mostly thawed and only needs 1:00-1:30 (depending on how large you make them) to heat in the microwave!

Hungry boys? Pack 2!

So many options!

Healthy eating.

Such a healthy approach to eating better in college. I know our sons appreciate mama’s touch with yummy food as they walk into their apartment, starving, and wanting something healthy to eat! So cheers for frozen burritos, kids that are doing well in life, and not taking for granted the blessings that we’ve been handed with healthy food, families, and love to spread to those around us!

Do you have any freezer meal ideas or recipes that would benefit a college student?

Freezer Burrito Recipe with Chicken and Quinoa

Freezer Burrito Recipe with Chicken and Quinoa

Yield: 12 large burritos, 24 small

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour

Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes

This Freezer Burrito Recipe with Chicken and Quinoa is the perfect make-ahead recipe for healthy school lunches or quick dinners!

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups cooked quinoa
  • 4 cups cooked chicken, diced (grilled, rotisserie, boiled, baked - any kind of chicken)
  • 4 cans Bush’s beans (such as black, kidney, or pinto), drained
  • 4 cups of salsa
  • Salt and pepper to taste (optional to add 1 T. chili pepper and 1 tsp. cumin)
  • Tortillas

Directions:

  1. In a large bowl combine the cooked quinoa, diced chicken, drained beans, and salsa.
  2. Salt and pepper to taste.
  3. Fill tortillas with quinoa mixture, depending on the size of the tortilla. Add sour cream or cheese (optional).
  4. Wrap tightly, roll in plastic wrap, and freeze.
  5. MICROWAVE: Pull out of the freezer and remove the plastic wrap. Wrap the burrito in a paper towel, and microwave (frozen) for 1 1/2-2 minutes, or until heated through. At this point you can add extra toppings if you prefer.
  6. OVEN: Remove burritos from plastic wrap; rewrap individually in aluminum foil. Place on a baking sheet; bake at 400 degrees for 30-35 minutes. Remove foil, and bake to crisp for another 5 minutes.
  7. For extra flavor, serve with hot sauce!

Here are some tips for great frozen burritos.

Shutterbean writes the date on them with this.

Tessa makes freezer breakfast burritos – watch her video!

10 great freeze-ahead burrito recipes

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44 comments

  1. Could you share how you cooked the chicken?

    • Dee, I just added to the recipe, we put chicken breasts on the grill, but you can use rotisserie chicken or even boiled chicken breasts. Any kind of chicken will work!

  2. This recipe would also be perfect to take to a family who just came home from the hospital and needs lots of food. LOVE it.

  3. I totally remember last years burrito post, and I love them both! I have been doing that since I read your recipe last year :).

  4. You are such a good mama, and I know they appreciate you even when they’re off galavanting the world. I love the idea of packing burritos away for later. You so smart, mama.

  5. How long and at what temp do you reheat the burritos after they’ve been frozen? Expecting my first baby in three weeks and thinking my family might love if I freeze a batch of these!!

  6. Considering you only put them in the oven for 2 minutes when they are frozen, are they pretty much served chilled then? Can’t imagine that 2 minutes would make something go from frozen to warm. Just wondering what to expect, thanks!

  7. How long and at what temp do you reheat these? Would love to make these this week. Thanks!

  8. I think that must be 20 minutes in the oven. We make breakfast burritos to freeze and heat them about 20 minutes wrapped in foil at 350 degrees.

  9. I can’t wait to try these! I know I’ve had those grocery store bulk bags of frozen burritos and they are piping hot after 2 minutes. These would be much healthier and the possible variations to the ingredients make it too fun! Thanks!

  10. What tortillas did you use for the burritos? It is difficult to find good ones that are not highly processed. TIA

    • I use a variety. I buy whole wheat and multigrain from Trader Joe’s, but these were the spinach and tomato wraps because it’s what my boys requested. Sometimes I make them with the really healthy ones, and then sometimes I give in to their requests! ha ha. Thanks for asking Julie!

  11. Have you ever just left them out to thaw and then eaten them? Considering these for my middle schooler’s lunch. . .but he won’t have an oven at his disposal!

  12. Have you cooked them in the microwave? If so for how long. Also do you flavor your chicken, turkey, or beef when you cook it or does flavor come from salsa?

    • Yes, you can add cumin or chili powder (added) and you pop in the microwave for about 2 minutes! Thanks Katie!

    • You can add chili powder or cumin if you’d like, Katie. But for these I used salt and pepper and the flavor DID come from the salsa! I like to keep the recipe simple so my kids can make it. :)

  13. I’m wondering how well rice freezes if I were to sub rice instead of quinoa. I’m looking for some easy freezer meals as I’m about to have a baby…not wild about quinoa though :)

  14. i was just wondering if you could tell me the nutrition values of the frozen burritos… carbs, protein etc. thanks!

    • I don’t have this info, Cathy, but you could make them low carb with just chicken and quinoa, or even chicken and beans, a tiny bit of salsa, and buy the low-carb tortillas!

  15. I love the addition of quinoa. I made something similar to have the freezer for my kids while Ken and I are way coming up here in October. Once less thing for the sitter to think about if I have meals in the freezer!

  16. Can you add cheese? Also, any substitutes for those who do not like beans?

  17. do you think this would work without the gorilla she’ll? More like a burrito bowl of sorts?

    Thanks!

  18. Wow, these look delicious. I am gonna try some this week. Trying to put together easy lunches and weeknight dinners. May I ask if you have any advice for freezing? (ie, the pic looks like plastic wrap, but do they require anything else?)

  19. Hi there, love this idea! I struggle with taking something to work for lunch so this is perfect. Do you know how long the burritos last in the freezer?

  20. Are their nutrition facts for this recipe?

    • Hi, Kevin. I don’t provide that here on RE, and also I figured everyone will be making different sizes/proportions, depending on what size of tortilla they want to use. My kids like them BIG, but I personally like them on the smaller side :)

  21. Thank you for this recipe! I tried printing it by clicking on the Print Recipe link, but it said there was an error and that the page was moved or doesn’t exist . Is there another link I can try to print it? Thanks!

  22. The link didn’t work on my computer with Safari, but I tried a different browser and was able to print it :) Thanks again!

  23. My husband and I made this together last night. The filling is so good just on its own that you don’t need the wrap. But we of course made it according to the recipe. Love it!!

  24. I made these last night for the freezer and had one for lunch today, one of my new favs!! Love that I have a healthier thing to grab when i’m in a hurry or too lazy too cook when i get home from work!

  25. Just made another big batch of these. They are sensational.
    Use my own salsa recipe and then make them up as per your instructions.
    Thanks for the great recipe!

  26. Just made these for this weeks lunch. I work at a middle school and often eat my lunch while doing lunch duty! These look delish. Thanks!!

  27. We absolutely love this recipe in our house! I always have at least one bag of these in the freezer for lunches when we don’t have leftovers to eat. Thank you for posting this! My husband loves them!!

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