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easy, five-layer burritos

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Easy, Five Layer Burrito | A Nutritionist Eats

I love Chipotle. (Is there anyone who doesn’t? Please, make yourself known. We need to talk.)

But I never order a burrito – always a salad. When we were in Mexico, we had the most-delicious burritos EVER and I started to wonder if I was missing out with my typical Chipotle order. I’ve since ordered a burrito at Chipotle, and then at a local Mexican joint, Cactus, but neither compare to the one from Burrito Revolution.

Easy, Five Layer Burrito | A Nutritionist Eats

So for now, I’ve decided that I’ll stick with salads (or burrito bowls!) at Chipotle, tostadas at Cactus and make my burritos at home.

These five-layer burritos have just that: five layers of refried beans, avocado, pico de gallo, sour cream and shredded lettuce. On their own, these ingredients are nothing special, but when combined they make a delicious, easy and nutritious dinner that comes together in minutes. And that’s something we can all use more of.

Easy, Five Layer Burrito | A Nutritionist Eats

It’s hardly a recipe, but more of a reminder / new dinner inspiration.

Here’s my tortilla theory: sprouted is best, followed by whole-grain/corn/flour. I understand that sprouted tortillas aren’t for everyone….and if you solely look at the nutritional facts between flour and whole-grain flour tortillas, the differences are pretty small (think 2 grams of fiber), so I say, eat what you prefer! If the white flour tortilla tastes much better, you’re bound to feel more satisfied after eating it. (And this topic is one that probably deserves a whole post, because it applies to many foods!)

Five-Layer Burrito | A Nutritionist Eats

Dinner is served.

nutrition facts: 333 calories, 11 grams of fat, 48 grams carbohydrates, 12 grams fiber, 6 grams sugar, 13 grams protein

Five-Layer Burritos

by Emily Dingmann

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Keywords: entree high fiber vegetarian soy-free beans Mexican

Ingredients (4 servings)

  • 1 avocado
  • salt
  • 1 head romaine lettuce
  • 1-15 oz can refried beans
  • 4 tortillas
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 cup pico de gallo


Prepare ingredients: mash avocado (squeeze some lime over it if desired) and season with salt. Wash and thinly slice romaine lettuce.

Heat refried beans in microwave or over stove until hot.

Heat tortillas until warm if desired.

Layer on beans, avocado, sour cream, pico de gallo and lettuce on tortilla, and roll! How to Wrap a Burrito

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  1. Mercedes

    I seriously don’t know what I would do if I couldn’t eat Chipotle whenever I wanted it! I love this idea for a simple, yet healthy and delicious dinner!

  2. Lori

    What a gorgeous burrito! Chipotle is our go-to when we are out and about and need something quick – mostly salads though, too, but I love their burritos. We also have a Mexican place here that makes an amazing burrito with corn, pasilla peppers and zucchini!

    • Emily

      I 100% agree with you Chelsea! The other day I had rice + refried beans + cheese, heated together and topped with some hot sauce, it was AMAZING!

  3. erin

    Oops! Hit enter too soon 🙂 That should have said… we are OBSESSED with Chipotle! I am embarrassed to tell you how often we eat there 🙂 I’m all about the salad there, too, but def need to make these burritos at home. YUM!

  4. Kelly Rogers Victor

    What an easy dinner for the kids, healthy and ready in about 5 minutes! I love doing taco/burrito “bars” for my family for dinner– lots of the good stuff you mentioned, plus brown rice, minced cilantro, sliced scallion, low-fat shredded Mexican blend cheese, hot sauce, black olives… the possibilities are endless!