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Best Frozen Burrito Casserole Recipe with Cheese

Frozen burrito casserole – the perfect dinner when you want a flavorful meal but you’re pressed for time. It’s absolutely delicious!

This frozen burrito casserole is one of my many easy dinner recipes for busy weeknights. It’s also perfect for a quick lunch with friends or on Sunday afternoon. If you enjoy Tex Mex or Mexican food, you’ll love this dish that’s also called a burrito bake. 

single serving of frozen burrito casserole with cilantro

Budget Friendly, Quick and Easy Burrito Casserole

If you’re anything like me, there are times when you’re hungry, but you don’t have the energy to stand in the kitchen for however long it takes to make a delicious meal for the family. That’s why I like to have a list of quick meals that taste good. If you look around my site, you’ll see plenty of options that are delicious and inexpensive.

This frozen burrito casserole is super easy. Next time you’re at the grocery store or placing an order for groceries, pick up a pack of burritos. 

burrito on a plate in front of the rest of the casserole

There are quite a few varieties out there, so choose the ones that sound good to you. Most grocery stores have several options of good freezer burritos.

For a yummy but easy meal, serve this frozen burrito casserole with a side salad or steamed vegetable and a slice of southern style cornbread. Your family taste the love with every bite.

Ingredients

This recipe is good for either 2 or 4 people, depending on appetite. If you are feeding a larger crowd, simply double all of the ingredients and use a larger baking pan or casserole dish.

plate with 4 frozen burritos

Here are the ingredients you’ll need:

  • Frozen burritos
  • Red enchilada sauce
  • Salsa
  • Shredded cheddar cheese (or any type of cheese you prefer)
  • Cilantro (optional)
  • Sour cream (optional)
salsa, enchilada sauce, and shredded cheese
sour cream and cilantro

I used beef and bean burritos because that’s my husband’s favorite type. I like rice and cheese burritos that are gluten free. Use whatever type of cheese you have on hand. I just happened to have a cheddar-Colby blend, so that’s what I used. If you don’t have enchilada sauce, you can use more salsa. And the opposite works as well. I’ve been known to use 2 cans of enchilada sauce when we were out of salsa.

How to Make Frozen Burrito Casserole

First, preheat your oven to 375˚ F. Grease an 11 x 7 inch casserole dish or baking sheet.

enchilada sauce in casserole dish

Pour about 1/4 of the enchilada sauce into the pan and spread it out evenly. Place burritos in the pan on top of the sauce.

burritos on top of enchilada sauce in casserole dish

Now, pour the rest of the enchilada sauce over the top of the burritos.

pouring enchilada sauce over burritos

I like to add the salsa at this point.

Adding salsa to the top of the burritos

See below for an alternate method of adding the sauce.

Place the pan in the oven and bake for 35 minutes. Remove the pan from the oven and sprinkle the shredded cheese over the top.

shredded cheese on top of the burritos with sauce and salsa

Return the casserole to the oven and bake until the cheese melts—approximately 5 minutes. Serve hot.

baked frozen burritos with melted cheese on top

Alternate Ingredients and Methods

*Alternate method of adding sauce: In a separate bowl mix enchilada sauce with the salsa. Then spoon the mixture over the burritos.

You can also use shredded Mexican cheese. This isn’t something I typically have, so I used what was in my refrigerator. Top the burritos with sour cream and cilantro if you like. We chose just the cilantro this time, but we often add sour cream or even plain yogurt.

Other favorite toppings you might enjoy:

  • Black olives
  • Black beans
  • Hot sauce
  • Green Chile
  • Green onions
  • Black pepper
  • Lime juice
  • Extra chili powder
  • Crushed red pepper

Another way of cooking this casserole is in a crock pot. Simply prepare the pot the same way you’d prepare the baking dish. Or use a large skillet that’s oven safe. Sometimes I use one of my iron skillets or my shallow Dutch oven for this and other casserole recipes.

serving of frozen burrito casserole in front of the rest of the casserole

More Tips for Making the Best Burrito Casserole

This casserole is absolutely delicious as is. However, there are some extra things you can do to make it even better. Here are a few ideas:

  • Add more of your favorite seasonings before baking it.
  • Allow the casserole to sit on the counter for 20-30 minutes so all of the flavors can meld before baking.
  • Double the cheese. I like to add several different types of cheese for more depth of flavor.

What to Serve with a Burrito Casserole

You can serve this delicious casserole with a simple salad of a lettuce wedge and fresh tomatoes. Or serve it with any of the following sides:

Corn Tortilla Chips – Make these crunchy corn tortilla chips in your air fryer, and you might never go back to store-bought chips again!

serving of frozen burrito casserole with chips on a plate

Refried Beans – We’ve always loved a side of refried beans with any Mexican dinner. If you want to add them to your meal, try these easy restaurant style refried beans from Julia’s Simply Southern.

Jalapeño Corn Muffins – Just the right amount of spice and a delightful crumb, these muffins make your Mexican dinner even more wonderful!

Mexican Rice – This Mexican style rice from Southern Bite is absolutely delicious! It also adds a festive touch to any meal.

Homemade Salsa – You’ll need to make lots of this homemade salsa because it will disappear quickly!

homemade salsa with chips

Classic Guacamole – Creamy and delicious, this classic guacamole is the perfect addition to your Mexican style dinner. Use it to top your burritos and dip your chips.

bowl of classic guacamole

Copycat Taco Bell Baja Sauce – There’s a reason this sauce is so popular: It’s absolutely delicious! And you’ll love the fact that it’s so easy to make!

bowl of baja sauce

Here are more tasty sauces and dishes to serve with burritos.

Quick Weeknight Dinner

Always keep a pack of burritos in the freezer and the rest of the ingredients in the pantry. You never know when you’ll need a quick weeknight dinner. And the beauty of this one is that you never have to sacrifice flavor, simply because you have limited time.

burrito with cilantro on a plate

And for Dessert

Don’t forget about dessert. Whether you’re serving a family meal or hosting a dinner party, everyone enjoys something sweet afterward!

Frozen Banana Swirl – Cool off and stay healthy with this yummy, refreshing treat. And it’s so easy that you’ll want to make it often!

Peanut Butter Balls – Anyone who likes peanut butter will love these tasty peanut butter balls! Add chocolate or leave them bare … it’s up to you!

No-Bake Pineapple Pie – How many ways can you say YUM? Watch the smiles around the table as everyone takes a bit of this wonderful dessert!

What to Do with Leftover Burrito Casserole

If you make enough of this burrito casserole for leftovers, you can enjoy this delicious meal again. I usually put the leftovers in a bowl and cover it in plastic wrap. It will last up to 3 days in the refrigerator. To reheat it, put it in an oven-safe pan, cover it in foil, and heat it in the oven at 350˚ F for about 20 minutes or until it is as hot as you want it.

You can also reheat it in the microwave. I typically put a serving on a plate with a paper towel over it and turn the microwave on high for 1 to 2 minutes. However, if this is a meal you want beyond that time, put it in an airtight container and freeze it. The casserole should last up to 3 months. Before reheating, allow the casserole to thaw in the refrigerator overnight. Then follow the directions for reheating a refrigerated casserole.

Serving of frozen burrito casserole on a plate with chips and another plate with just a serving of frozen burrito casserole.

Frozen Burrito Casserole – Family Friendly Recipe

The whole family will enjoy this so much that it just might become their favorite recipe. I saw this because my family has always enjoy all kinds of Tex Mex and Mexican recipes because we love lots of flavor.

serving of frozen burrito casserole

Frozen Burrito Casserole

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Additional Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes

Quick and easy but loaded with flavor, this frozen burrito casserole is a delicious family meal.

Ingredients

  • 4 frozen burritos
  • 1 can red enchilada sauce (10 ounces)
  • 1/2 cup salsa
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese (or other favorite cheese)
  • 2 tablespoons sour cream (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro (optional)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Grease 11” x 7” baking dish.
  2. Spread 1/4 can of enchilada sauce over the bottom of the baking dish.
  3. Place the 4 frozen burritos in the pan.
  4. Pour the remaining enchilada sauce over the burritos.
  5. Sprinkle the salsa over the burritos.
  6. Bake in the preheated oven for 35 minutes. 
  7. Remove from oven and sprinkle the cheese over the top.
  8. Return to oven and baked for an additional 5 minutes or until cheese melts.
  9. Top with sour cream and cilantro before serving.
Nutrition Information
Yield 4 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 577Total Fat 27gSaturated Fat 13gTrans Fat 1gUnsaturated Fat 12gCholesterol 61mgSodium 1634mgCarbohydrates 61gFiber 10gSugar 8gProtein 24g

The nutrition information is a product of online calculators. I try to provide true and accurate information, but these numbers are estimates.

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Annette Jones

Sunday 23rd of April 2023

I made it it was delicious.

Miz Helen

Wednesday 15th of March 2023

We sure have enjoyed featuring your awesome post. Thanks so much for sharing it with us on Full Plate Thursday, 631. Hope you are having a great week and come back to see us soon! Miz Helen

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