Monterrey Burrito

How to Make Authentic Monterrey Burritos at Home


Are you ready to embark on a culinary adventure? Today, we’re diving into the heart of Mexican cuisine with a dish that’s both beloved and delicious: the Monterrey Burrito. You might be thinking, “A burrito is a burrito, right?” Well, not quite. The Monterrey Burrito has its unique flair, and I’m here to guide you through making this delightful dish right in your kitchen. So, put on your apron, grab your spatula, and let’s get cooking!

How to Make Authentic Monterrey Burritos at Home

A Brief History of the Burrito

Before we get our hands dirty (or rather, clean and ready for cooking), let’s take a quick detour into the history of the burrito. The burrito, a staple of Mexican cuisine, has a history as rich and varied as its fillings. Originating in Northern Mexico, the burrito’s name translates to “little donkey.” No, it doesn’t contain donkey meat! The name likely comes from the way the burrito can carry a load of ingredients, much like a donkey carries a load.

The Monterrey Burrito, in particular, is known for its hearty and flavorful fillings. Monterrey, a city in the northeastern state of Nuevo León, is famous for its grilled meats, which often find their way into these delicious burritos. The combination of savory meats, fresh vegetables, and zesty sauces wrapped in a warm tortilla makes for a truly satisfying meal.

How to Make Authentic Monterrey Burritos at Home

Ingredients You’ll Need

Let’s start with the essentials. Here’s a list of ingredients you’ll need to make authentic Monterrey Burritos at home:

For the Tortillas:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup warm water
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil

For the Filling:

  • 1 pound beef skirt steak (or chicken breast for a lighter option)
  • 1 large onion, sliced
  • 2 bell peppers (any color), sliced
  • 1 cup cooked black beans
  • 1 cup cooked rice
  • 1 cup shredded cheese (Monterey Jack or Cheddar)
  • 1 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1 lime, cut into wedges
  • Salt and pepper to taste

For the Salsa:

  • 3 ripe tomatoes, diced
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 1 jalapeño, seeded and minced
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • Salt to taste

Optional Toppings:

  • Sour cream
  • Guacamole
  • Hot sauce
How to Make Authentic Monterrey Burritos at Home

Making the Tortillas

First things first: the tortillas. Sure, you could buy them at the store, but making them at home adds an extra layer of authenticity and deliciousness.

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. Mix the Dough: In a large bowl, combine the flour and salt. Gradually add the warm water and vegetable oil, mixing until a dough forms.
  2. Knead the Dough: Turn the dough out onto a floured surface and knead for about 5 minutes, or until it’s smooth and elastic.
  3. Rest the Dough: Cover the dough with a damp cloth and let it rest for about 30 minutes. This helps the dough relax, making it easier to roll out.
  4. Divide and Roll: Divide the dough into 8 equal pieces. On a floured surface, roll each piece into a thin circle.
  5. Cook the Tortillas: Heat a dry skillet over medium-high heat. Cook each tortilla for about 1 minute on each side, or until it’s lightly browned and puffed up. Keep the cooked tortillas warm in a clean kitchen towel.

Now that we’ve got our tortillas, let’s move on to the filling.

Preparing the Filling

The filling is the heart of the Monterrey Burrito, and getting it right is key to achieving that authentic flavor.

Marinating the Meat

To infuse the meat with flavor, we’ll start with a simple marinade.

Ingredients for the Marinade:

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. Combine Ingredients: In a bowl, mix together the garlic, lime juice, olive oil, cumin, chili powder, salt, and pepper.
  2. Marinate the Meat: Place the steak (or chicken) in a resealable plastic bag or a shallow dish. Pour the marinade over the meat, making sure it’s well coated. Seal the bag or cover the dish and refrigerate for at least 1 hour, or overnight for the best flavor.

Cooking the Meat and Vegetables

  1. Grill the Meat: Preheat your grill or a grill pan over medium-high heat. Remove the meat from the marinade and grill for about 5-7 minutes per side, or until it’s cooked to your desired level of doneness. Let the meat rest for a few minutes before slicing it thinly against the grain.
  2. Sauté the Vegetables: In a large skillet, heat a bit of oil over medium heat. Add the sliced onions and bell peppers, cooking until they’re soft and slightly caramelized, about 10 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.

Assembling the Burritos

With our tortillas and fillings ready, it’s time for the fun part: assembly!

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. Lay Out the Tortilla: Place a tortilla on a flat surface.
  2. Add the Fillings: Start with a spoonful of rice and beans, followed by a generous portion of the grilled meat. Top with sautéed vegetables, shredded cheese, and fresh cilantro.
  3. Roll the Burrito: Fold in the sides of the tortilla, then roll it up from the bottom, tucking in the fillings as you go. Secure it with a toothpick if necessary.
  4. Warm the Burrito: If you like, you can place the assembled burrito in a hot skillet for a minute or two on each side to get a nice, crispy exterior.
How to Make Authentic Monterrey Burritos at Home

Making the Salsa

No burrito is complete without a fresh, zesty salsa. Here’s a quick and easy recipe for homemade salsa.

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. Combine Ingredients: In a bowl, mix together the diced tomatoes, chopped onion, minced jalapeño, and chopped cilantro.
  2. Season: Add the lime juice and a pinch of salt. Stir to combine.
  3. Let It Sit: For the best flavor, let the salsa sit for about 15 minutes to allow the flavors to meld together.

Serving and Enjoying

Now comes the best part: eating! Serve your Monterrey Burritos with a side of salsa, some guacamole, and a dollop of sour cream. Don’t forget the lime wedges for an extra burst of freshness. And if you like it hot, a splash of your favorite hot sauce will do the trick.

Tips for the Perfect Burrito Experience:

  • Warm Tortillas: Always start with warm tortillas. They’re more pliable and less likely to tear.
  • Don’t Overfill: It’s tempting to stuff your burrito to the brim, but overfilling makes it hard to roll and eat.
  • Get Creative: Feel free to add your favorite ingredients. Avocado, grilled corn, or even a handful of lettuce can add great texture and flavor.

Variations and Substitutions

While the classic Monterrey Burrito is a thing of beauty, there’s always room for variation.

Vegetarian Version

Swap the meat for grilled veggies like zucchini, mushrooms, and corn. Add some extra beans for protein, and you’ve got a hearty, meat-free burrito.

Breakfast Burrito

Scramble some eggs with cheese and sautéed onions, and add a few slices of avocado. Roll it all up in a tortilla, and you’ve got a breakfast of champions.

Spicy Chicken Burrito

Use chicken breast instead of steak, and add a spicy marinade with chipotle peppers in adobo sauce. Top with a spicy salsa for an extra kick.

Storing and Reheating

If you have leftovers (though I doubt you will), here’s how to store and reheat them:


  • In the Fridge: Wrap each burrito tightly in aluminum foil or plastic wrap and store in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
  • In the Freezer: For longer storage, wrap the burritos in foil and place them in a resealable plastic bag. Freeze for up to 3 months.


  • In the Microwave: Remove any foil and wrap the burrito in a damp paper towel. Microwave on high for 2-3 minutes, or until heated through.
  • In the Oven: Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C). Place the burrito on a baking sheet and cover with foil. Bake for about 15-20 minutes, or until heated through.


You’ve just made authentic Monterrey Burritos at home. Whether you’re feeding a crowd or enjoying a quiet dinner, these burritos are sure to impress. Remember, the key to a great burrito is fresh ingredients and a bit of love in the cooking process.

Now, sit back, relax, and enjoy the fruits of your labor. And don’t forget to share your culinary creations with friends and family—they’ll be begging for the recipe!

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