9 Back-to-School Burrito Hacks for Fueling the Year Ahead

Header image: Vegetarian Black Bean Breakfast Burritos from CHOW

It’s that dreaded time of year for many of us – back to school. Sure, it means sweater-weather and new school supplies, but it also means bidding adieu to the dog days of summer and our free time.  Plus, we come home honnngrayyy from class with very little time to throw together real dinner. Oh, and we need to pack something for lunch between classes AND grab breakfast on the go.

Sound overwhelming? Well, when you’ve had a few days in a row of $12 so-so salads purchased at the place on the corner and inhaled without pleasure, or chips and salsa for dinner…again…while catching up on Mr. Robot, we are here to help you hack.

Pick a night, set aside an hour or so, and bookmark this page for some serious freezer burrito hacks that will get you set for the return of homework and group project hell. They’re easy, they’re quick, and they’ll save your student budget for things that really matter. Like beers.

The most important things to remember are:

    1. Temperature – make sure your tortillas and your ingredients are all roughly room temperature. This way, the tortilla won’t crack in the middle (ugh major leak fail) and the ingredients won’t steam up the lovely burrito you just assembled, thereby creating a soggy mess.

      2. Sog factor – to ensure a delicious burrito upon defrosting or reheating, skip the soggers – that means guac, sour cream, and sauces. Don’t worry – we’re not here to deny you of these earthly pleasures, just keep them on the side! This way, you’ll have a great base-level burrito with a few clutch condiments added upon unwrap to prevent burrito soup.

        3. Wrap it like you mean it – a tight tortilla wrap is your friend. Then wrap it tightly again with foil and plastic wrap before freezing. Wrap it like those girls on Instagram wrap their bellies.

          1. Chorizo Breakfast Burrito

          This classic recipe scales up beautifully – go ahead, make 10 of them. Toss them in the freezer and you will actually be excited to get out of bed.  Pop it in the microwave while you’re getting dressed and you’ve got the ideal commuting breakfast with a kick. Get our Chorizo Breakfast Burrito recipe.

          2. Chicken, Bean, and Cheese Budget Burritos

          Good Cheap Eats

          It doesn’t get easier or cheaper (student loans, wheeee!) than these freezer flavor bombs. Save the $9 from that impulse burrito and make these babies instead. Get the recipe here.

          3. Vegetarian Black Bean Burrito

          Meatless Monday morning just got better with this vegetarian breakfast burrito. You won’t miss the meat because the roasted poblanos pack heat and the scrambled eggs bring the protein. Trust us, you’ll be full well past lunch. Get our Vegetarian Black Bean Burrito recipe.

          4. Sweet Potato Veggie Burrito

          The Vintage Mixer

          One of the best times to make freezer burritos is when you have seemingly random leftovers. Corn salad? Roasted squash or sweet potatoes? End of summer and early Fall produce are perfect to throw into a couple freezer burritos. Future you will thank you. Get the recipe here.

          5. Ham, Egg, and Green Chile Burritos

          Foxes Love Lemons

          You’re getting the hang of this now, right? A salty meat, some gorgeous scrambled eggs, and a hit of something hot and roasty? This one checks all the boxes. Get the recipe here.

          6. Carnitas Carnitas Carnitas (with Negro Modelo)


          You’ve made it this far, I trust you’re on board. This is not a burrito recipe. You’re beyond that. This is a recipe for the best damn carnitas you’ll make from one badass San Francisco chef. With beer in them. Make these carnitas, pop them into a few freezer burritos, and your friends will be trying to trade you their artisanal snack pack for this lunch win. Pro tip: Skip the guac and go easy on the salsa verde for your freezer version. Get our Carnitas recipe.

          7. The Old School

          Taco Tuesday of your youth? Crunchy shells, a packet of seasoning, maybe some queso? Makes you want to hit a late night fast food chain after your homework (read: happy hour) is done? This is the one to keep on hand. Simple. Unpretentious. Scarfed. Get the recipe here.

          8. Four Ingredient Green Chile Chicken

          Sarcastic Cooking

          It has 4 ingredients. Including the chicken. You put it in the slow cooker. It is impossible to mess this up. Make this meat, place into burrito, wrap and freeze. SEND. Get the recipe here.

          9. Heartburn-free Middle Eastern Burrito

          Eats Well With Others

          You made it this far! You love burritos! But maybe you’re craving something outside the standard Mexican-based fare. Try these incredible lentil and rice burritos (lentils have LOADS of protein and iron!) for a new twist on your freezer staples. Seriously just make these. Get the recipe here.

          Vanessa W. Simmons is a former cook living in San Francisco, helping to run a food business. She's probably hungry, but if not she could eat.

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