Taco Bell Chili Cheese Burrito Recipe

Taco Bell Chili Cheese Burrito
Here is a copycat recipe for the chili cheese burrito from Taco Bell restaurant. The chili cheese burrito combines chili flavored ground beef, refried beans and cheddar cheese in a tortilla. To prepare this burrito—ground beef is first browned in the pan and then mixed with refried beans. A sauce is prepared separately and then mixed with the meat and beans and simmered on the stovetop. The sauce mixture gets its flavor from various seasonings and minced jalapeno peppers. These burritos are kind of messy so you might want to eat them with a fork! I like to serve them with Frito chips on the side. Enjoy.

Taco Bell Chili Cheese Burrito

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Taco Bell Chili Cheese Burrito

Yield: 4 Servings


  • 1 (16 ounce) can refried beans
  • 1lb ground beef
  • 16 ounces shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 (6 ounce) can tomato paste
  • 2 ¼ cups water
  • ½  teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 4 tablespoons chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • ¼ cup cold water
  • 2 teaspoons distilled white vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon dried minced onions
  • 2 tablespoons canned jalapeno slices (minced)
  • 10 inch flour tortillas


  1. Brown the ground beef in a large skillet over medium-high heat while breaking the meat up into small pieces with a spatula.
  2. In a saucepan combine the tomato paste and water over medium heat. Stir until smooth. Add cayenne pepper, chili powder, salt, vinegar, and dried onion and stir. Add the minced jalapenos. Heat the mixture to boiling. Mix the 2 teaspoons of cornstarch with ¼ cup of cold water and pour into the sauce pan and stir. Reduce heat and simmer for 3 minutes or until the mixture has become thick. Remove from heat.
  3. Once the beef has browned, drain off any excess grease. Add half of the refried beans to the beef. Slowly add 2 ½ cups of the tomato sauce mixture. Add half of the cheese and cook over low heat for 10 minutes, stirring constantly. Let simmer for 30 minutes. Spoon ¾ cup of the chili into each tortilla, add cheese and tomato sauce mixture as desired. Wrap up the tortilla.


12 Responses to “Taco Bell Chili Cheese Burrito Recipe”

  1. Tacobell — July 14, 2015 @ 2:01 pm

    There is no refried beans in a chili cheese burrito.

    This is some kind of beef and been burrito.

  2. Teresia — August 25, 2015 @ 3:14 am

    The beans are added into the chili mix. When I make chili at home, I always have added refried beans. It adds good flavor and also helps thicken the chili.

  3. Sonia — January 13, 2016 @ 2:32 pm

    Can these be frozen?

  4. chase — April 21, 2016 @ 9:15 am

    I worked at TB when i was younger.there are NO beans added. It was “ground beef” season packet and water. No tomato paste or sauce of any kind was added either. Im sure it tastes fine but not a copycat recipe.

  5. Sonia — April 29, 2016 @ 7:36 am

    These burritos are very good, I think the beans help thicken up the filling and there was probably some type of tomato in that season pack used by TB

  6. Morgan — September 7, 2016 @ 12:51 pm

    Why does it call for 16 oz of beans if you only use half of them?

  7. jamie — October 14, 2016 @ 11:19 pm

    Morgan because most cans sold are 16 oz in size for the smallest not a lot of people make their own.

  8. Diane M Ransom — April 8, 2017 @ 7:55 am

    Does anyone know %100 how to make a chili cheese burrito just like taco Bell does??? I’ve tried so many different recipes and it never turns out the same. I live in Michigan and they stopped selling them and I really love them, can someone please help me with the right recipe.

  9. Angel — November 26, 2018 @ 2:16 pm

    Made this. Taste nothing like a chili cheese burrito from taco bell

  10. Courtney — January 10, 2019 @ 3:09 pm

    I am here in the Ohio Valley; our Taco Bell’s no longer have the Chilito on the menu board, but you can still order it! They still have all the ingredients it takes to make one.
    We have been able to order them for the last 12 years!

  11. Jill — January 12, 2019 @ 4:03 pm

    FYI- The Taco Bell at Lakeside mall still sells chili cheese burritos

  12. Naomi — February 5, 2019 @ 8:41 am

    The beans take place of the oats that are in taco bells seasoned beef, I assume. I like the beans better. This recipe is great. If you want to make it taste more like taco bell , seasoning wise, add some garlic powder, onion powder, oregano, paprika, sugar, cocao, a little extra jalepeno juice (to desired taste) and a few dashes of liquid smoke. About a half a teaspoon of each should do. Thanks for the recipe! Peoples taste buds are different when it comes to seasonings. So I just dont understand the complaints.

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