Friday, February 24, 2012

Slow Cooker Bean & Rice Burritos or Bowls ~ A Frugal Recipe for Stocking Up

Frugal, simple, speedy, nourishing, and bulk cooking would describe my focus in the kitchen these days. We've recently run out of a lot of staples that I buy in bulk, so my Azure Standard order this month was quite hefty, leaving very little to play with outside of those staples.  Thankfully, my family loves beans and rice, so this big crock pot of goodness has been a life-saver.  We get a lunch and dinner out of it, and even freeze enough for another lunch and dinner for after the baby is born.  And let's just tip our hats to this meal's money-saving talent.  Each burrito (made with organic beans and rice, organic sprouted or corn tortillas, organic, grass-fed beef, and organic, raw cheese and creme fraiche from grass-fed cows) costs a meager $1.08.  Now there's a dollar menu worth looking at.  Want to include some veggies in this meal?  Finely food process 1 bunch of broccoli or cauliflower and mix it in with the browned ground meat, then season it.  Your kids will never know what hit them. *Insert devious laugh*

Slow Cooker Bean, Rice, & Meat Burritos or Bowls
Makes 24 burritos or bowls
  • 2 cups dried beans of choice (pinto, black, or white, or a mixture)
  • 2 cups brown rice
  • 1 lemon or 3 tablespoons raw apple cider vinegar
  • Filtered water
  • 6 tablespoons taco seasoning, divided
  • 1 pound grass-fed ground meat (turkey, beef, venison, lamb...)
  • 1 bunch broccoli or cauliflower (optional)
  • 2 cups grated cheese of choice (we prefer cheddar and/or jack)
  • 1 cup creme fraiche (optional)
Optional garnishes:
  • chopped fresh cilantro
  • salsa
  • sliced olives
  • avocado slices
  1. 12-24 hours before serving (the longer, the better), soak beans and rice in a large, non-stainless steal bowl (I use the largest bowl from this set) along with the juice of one lemon.  Cover and soak 12-24 hours.
  2. Drain and rinse beans and rice, place them in the slow cooker along with 6 cups filtered water or bone stock and 3 tablespoons taco seasoning.  Stir and then cook on low for 6-8 hours.
  3. Once the beans and rice are cooked, brown ground meat.  Finely process optional broccoli or cauliflower in food processor and add to ground meat.  Season with 3 tablespoons taco seasoning and mix with 1/2 cup water.  Stir over medium heat until all the water is absorbed.
  4. Assemble burritos or bowls, each with a layer of beans and rice, meat, cheese, optional creme fraiche, and any optional garnishes you choose.  Serve immediately or freeze burritos individually or in a dish (like these) with the amount you'll need to feed your family a meal.  Freeze bowls in individual containers (I recommend these lidded glass containers) or in one large enough to feed your family a meal.


  1. I don't have all that organic stuff, but I'm trying to like beans (other than green beans). I like burritos (the only way I seem to be able to eat other beans, haha) so I am going to bookmark this recipe and may just give it a try sometime. :)

  2. Do you have a category or link for all your batch cooking recipes? I want I do this again for my next baby :)

  3. I don't yet but I'll work on that. :)

  4. Eating organic is the way to go for me. This is the perfect recipe for me and it looks very tasty. If you ever need a place to buy grass fed beef, I would recommend La Cense Beef. I order all of my meat from them and have it delivered directly to me. The meat has an amazing flavor and it is so convenient. You can’t beat it!!

  5. Okay... somehow I messed this up! The rice was total mush... any suggestions? At least it was a fairly inexpensive mess up on my part. Not sure what I did wrong. grrr...

  6. I'm sorry! What a bummer. It sounds like you need to cook yours about 1-2 hours less. Then the rice shouldn't get mushy.

  7. Tracie de la PenaMarch 3, 2012 at 8:58 AM

    I'll try that! It smelled great :-)

  8. My rice was total mush as well. And the beans are still a little crunchy! :(

  9. Wow. I would try this new recipe. I love tacos and burritos, and I follow one recipe everytime I prepare my meal. I would love to add new ingredients to have varieties of taste. beef jerky australia

  10. Do you have a newer crock pot? It might have cooked the rice too long. Another idea is to layer the beans in the crock pot first and the rice on top.

  11. Bummer! Is your crock pot newer? They cook really fast these days. You might want to try layering the beans on the bottom and the rice on top so it cooks with less heat.

  12. I had the same problem and my crockpot is from 1980. Did you ever try beans on bottom and rice on top? If so, did that help?

  13. Right up my alley! I love recipes like this. In fact, I'm making a pot of black beans today. I shared this on a Facebook page I curate titled "Cooking with Whole Grains & Whole Foods."


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