Grand Rapids Wet Burritos

Wet Burritos

My husband grew up in Grand Rapids Michigan, and for as long as we have been married (15 years next week!) he has talked about a gal named Maria, and the Wet Burritos she made at the Mexican Restaurant he and his family frequently visited.  I assumed that a wet burrito was a burrito with salsa on top, but he assured me I was wrong.

Wet Burritos

And then it happened.  While going through his parents house, and packing his mother's belongings up to move in with us, I came across an old cookbook and found this inside!

It was Maria's Wet Burrito Recipe!  I couldn't believe what I was seeing and I was so excited to surprise Studhubs with his favorite childhood delight!  The only problem was that the handwriting was a little difficult to decipher, so this led to an extensive research endeavor, but I feel confident in saying that this West Virginia girl has done Grand Rapids proud with my interpretation of the Wet Burrito. And I have to admit, this bad boy was delicious. I can't wait to share this recipe with you!

Let's Get started...

Grand Rapids Wet Burrito:
*Prep Time: 20 min.  *Cook Time: 25 min.  *Difficulty:  Easy  *Servings: 8 LARGE burritos

Ingredients:


For the Gravy:
  • 1/2 c. Vegetable Oil
  • 1/2 c. All Purpose Flour
  • 2 c. Beef Broth 
  • 1 6 oz. Can of Tomato Paste
  • 1 8 oz. Can of Tomato Sauce
  • 1 tbsp. Taco Seasoning (Homemade Recipe HERE)
  • 1 c. Half & Half
  • 1 tsp. Salt
  • 1/2 tsp. Pepper
For the Filling:
  • 2 lb. Ground Beef
  • 1 Green Pepper, diced
  • 1 Onion, diced
  • 2 tbsp. Taco Seasoning (Homemade Recipe found HERE)
  • 1 10 oz. Can of Diced Tomatoes with Green Chilies
  • 1 16 oz. Can of Refried Beans
  • 1/2 Head of Lettuce, thinly sliced
  • 2 c. Sour Cream
  • 1 tsp. Salt
  • 1/2 tsp. Black Pepper
  • 8 LARGE Tortillas
  • 2 c. Shredded Cheese 
This recipe is going to take place in three steps, The Gravy, The Filling, and Assembling.  To get started we are going to begin with the gravy.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.



The thing that sets a Wet Burrito apart from a regular burrito is the gravy.  Yes, I said gravy.  This is how you make it.

Place a sauce pot over medium/high heat and pour in the oil.


Once the oil is hot add the flour.


Whisk the flour and oil, letting it cook for 1-2 minutes.


Next add the beef broth and let the gravy cook until it thickens.


Turn the heat down to low and add the tomato sauce,


Tomato paste,


Taco seasoning,


And half & half.
Whisk together until everything in incorporated and smooth.  Turn off the heat and your gravy is ready!


Now let's get to work on the filling!

Place a skillet over medium/high heat and add a little oil.  Let the skillet get nice and hot, then add the ground beef. Break it up with your spatula and let it begin to brown.


While the ground beef is starting brown, take the time to slice your lettuce and dice your veggies.


Now you can add the taco seasoning and


The green peppers and onions.
Let the ground beef continue to cook and let the vegetables soften.


Once the ground beef and vegetable are finished, add the tomatoes with green chilies and


Refried beans.
Mix everything together and let everything heat through.


I noticed that I was completely out of room in my skillet so I had to transfer everything to a bowl.


Now you can add the lettuce and


Sour cream.


Mix everything together and there is the filling.


Now we get to assemble everything!
Place a large dollop of gravy in the bottom of the baking dish and spread it around.

You can use any size dish you like.  As I said the recipe makes 8 large burritos, but since it is only my husband, mother-in-law, and I, I made three and prepped the rest in portions to freeze.


Now lay your tortilla on a flat surface and place a scoop of filling inside.
Fold over each side and roll the burrito closed.


Place into the baking dish seam side down.


Continue until the dish is filled.


Pour the gravy over the burritos.


Top with the cheese and place in the preheated oven for 25 minutes.

Wet Burritos

And there you have it!

A delicious Grand Rapids Wet Burrito!  It was so awesome when my husband came home that night from work to his surprise!  When he took the first bite he says "Wow Babe!  They taste just like I remember!"  I have to say, that was possibly the best compliment I have ever received.  So this Cinco de Mayo season shake your burrito making up with this AMAZING Grand Rapids Wet Burrito recipe!  You will be so glad you did!

And as always...

Happy Reading, Happy Eating, and Happy Living,
~The Kitchen Wife~

Grand Rapids Wet Burrito:
*Prep Time: 20 min.  *Cook Time: 25 min.  *Difficulty:  Easy  *Servings: 8 LARGE burritos

PRINTABLE RECIPE:

Ingredients:
For the Gravy:

  • 1/2 c. Vegetable Oil
  • 1/2 c. All Purpose Flour
  • 2 c. Beef Broth 
  • 1 6 oz. Can of Tomato Paste
  • 1 8 oz. Can of Tomato Sauce
  • 1 tbsp. Taco Seasoning (Homemade Recipe HERE)
  • 1 c. Half & Half
  • 1 tsp. Salt
  • 1/2 tsp. Pepper
For the Filling:



  • 2 lb. Ground Beef
  • 1 Green Pepper, diced
  • 1 Onion, diced
  • 2 tbsp. Taco Seasoning (Homemade Recipe found HERE)
  • 1 10 oz. Can of Diced Tomatoes with Green Chilies
  • 1 16 oz. Can of Refried Beans
  • 1/2 Head of Lettuce, thinly sliced
  • 2 c. Sour Cream
  • 1 tsp. Salt
  • 1/2 tsp. Black Pepper
  • 8 LARGE Tortillas
  • 2 c. Shredded Cheese 
Directions:
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. FOR THE GRAVY:  Place a sauce pot over medium/high heat and pour in the oil.  
  3. Once the oil is hot add the flour. 
  4. Whisk the flour and oil, letting it cook for 1-2 minutes.  
  5. Next add the beef broth and let the gravy cook until it thickens. 
  6. Turn the heat down to low and add the tomato sauce, tomato paste, taco seasoning, and half and half.  Whisk it all together until everything is incorporated and smooth. 
  7. Remove from heat and set to the side.
  8. FOR THE FILLING:  Place a skillet over medium/high heat and add a little oil.  Let the skillet get nice and hot, then add the ground beef. Break it up with your spatula and let it begin to brown.  
  9. While the ground beef is starting brown, take the time to slice your lettuce and dice your veggies. 
  10. Now you can add the taco seasoning, green pepper, and onion.  Let the ground beef continue to cook and let the vegetables soften. 
  11. Once the ground beef and vegetable as finished, add the tomatoes with green chilies and refried beans. Mix everything together and let everything heat through. 
  12. Now you can add the lettuce and sour cream.  Mix everything together.
  13. FOR ASSEMBLING:  Place a large dollop of gravy in the bottom of the baking dish and spread it around.
  14. Now lay your tortilla on a flat surface and place a scoop of filling inside.
    Fold over each side and roll the burrito closed. 
  15. Place into the baking dish seam side down.  
  16. Pour the gravy over the burritos, sprinkle on the cheese, and place in the oven to bake for 25 minutes.  
  17. Serve and Enjoy!


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