Healthy living

Beef and bean burritos

A vegie-packed beef con carne burrito – a fun, family dinner that the kids will love!

Preparation time: 15 minutes

Cooking time: 30 minutes

Serves: 6


  • olive or canola oil spray
  • 1 large onion, peeled and diced
  • 500 g lean beef mince
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin or coriander
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 2 tablespoons no-added-salt tomato paste
  • 1 medium zucchini, grated
  • 1 red capsicum, finely diced
  • 1 carrot, peeled and grated
  • 420 g can reduced salt corn kernels, rinsed and drained
  • 400 g can no-added-salt diced tomatoes
  • 400 g can no-added-salt red kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 12 wholegrain or reduced-fat tortillas or soft wraps (20 cm)
  • 2 cups grated reduced-fat cheddar cheese
  • 3 tomatoes, diced
  • 6 large lettuce leaves, shredded
  • 3 spring onions, trimmed, chopped (including green tops)


1. Spray a large non-stick saucepan with oil and place on medium to high heat. 

2. Cook onion for 3 minutes, stirring occasionally. 

3. Add mince and brown for 5 minutes, stirring to break up lumps. 

4. Mix through cumin, coriander, paprika and season with pepper; cook for 1 minute until fragrant. 

5. Add tomato paste, stir well to combine then add zucchini, capsicum, carrot, corn kernels, tomatoes and beans. Simmer uncovered for 20 minutes, or longer if time permits, stirring occasionally until thickened. 

6. If desired, heat tortillas in the microwave for 1 minute on high, or according to packet instructions. 

7. To serve, place 2 tortillas on each plate. Using a slotted spoon to remove excess sauce, top each tortilla with 1/2 cup beef mix and sprinkle with cheese. Add tomatoes, lettuce and spring onions then roll up to enclose filling.


Freezing information: allow cooked beef mix to cool before freezing in an airtight container for up to 3 months. Thaw overnight in the fridge then reheat in the microwave or heat through on the stove.


  • Replace beef with lean chicken mince.
  • For extra spice, add 1 teaspoon chilli powder.

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