child making a burrito

Burrito Night

Ordering take out has become a weekly tradition in my home in the past few months. Not only am I happy to support local restaurants, but I appreciate the break from meal planning, preparation and clean-up. One of the advantages of ordering off a wide menu, too, is that everyone can customize their order.

Burrito Night has also become a weekly tradition at my house, and it offers almost the same advantages as takeout. The kids love building their own burritos to suit their tastes and are excited to help in the kitchen​. ​Cooking the rice, beans and meat all take about 20 minutes from start to finish, and the kids prep the rest of the ingredients while I manage the cooking. Dinner is on the table in under 30 minutes if we all work together.

It’s fun to put on some music and play “restaurant” and everyone is happy with their “order.” Free guac for anyone willing to help with the dishes.

45 mins



Ground Beef

1 lb lean ground beef

1 cup diced onion

1 cup salsa

2 tablespoons taco seasoning (or 1 tablespoon chili powder + 1 tablespoon cumin)

1 teaspoon salt

Black Beans

1 15 oz can black beans and their juices

1 teaspoon cumin

1⁄2 teaspoon dried oregano

1⁄4 teaspoon garlic powder

1⁄2 teaspoon salt


2 ripe avocados

Juice of 1 lime

1 garlic clove, crushed

1⁄2 teaspoon salt

Options: 1 tablespoon chopped cilantro, 1 tablespoon chopped red onion or a little diced jalapeño for spice, 1⁄4 cup diced plum tomato

Other fixings:

Steamed white or brown rice (make according to package instructions)

Shredded lettuce

Shredded cheddar cheese


Sour cream

Tortillas of your choosing for the wraps


1. Make the beef.

In a large skillet over medium high heat, sauté diced onion and ground beef with salsa, seasoning and salt for about 15 minutes, until cooked through.

2. Make the beans.

In a small saucepan over medium heat, warm up black beans with seasonings. Set on low heat to keep warm.

3. Make the guacamole.

Mash avocados together in a medium mixing bowl and add lime juice, garlic, and season with salt. Add in other options, too, if you like!

4. Put it all together and wrap your burritos! We learned from this ​Youtube video​ and are pros now!



  • Shred cheese
  • Chop lettuce and other veggies
  • Make the guacamole
  • Set up the buffet with warmed tortillas, chips, and anything else you like


  • Cook the meat, rice, and beans
  • Help kids roll burritos
A photo of Cheryl.

Cheryl Knecht Muñoz

Cheryl is the Founder and Owner of Sugar Beet Schoolhouse, a cooking school for kids and their families in River Forest, IL. As a chef, instructor, and working mom, she is passionate about growing, cooking, and sharing good food together.



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