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Build Your Own Burrito Bar

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With 5 kids I love any dinner idea that is easy to make and something the entire family will enjoy.  This build your own burrito bar is a simple way for everyone to enjoy dinner and be able to customize it however they want.

Once the burrito bar is ready, I usually make a few easy side dishes to go with it.  My family loves having a batch of Spanish Rice, warm tortilla chips with my famous Homemade Salsa or fresh Guacamole on the side.

a burrito cut in half on a plate loaded with chicken, salsa and guacamole with a side of tortilla chips is one way you can make dinner with a burrito bar

Burrito Bar

If you’re looking for an easy dinner tonight- we’ve got you covered! Putting together a build your own burrito bar can be as simple or as fancy as you want it to be. This is one of those dinners I use all the time. It can be tailored to fit every budget, dietary need, allergy, taste preference etc.

Lay out any ingredients that work well for your family and then let everyone add what they want to their own burritos- everyone is happy. This works especially well for picky kids (and husbands)!

two hands rolling in the process of rolling up a tortilla with beans and rice inside to make a burrito

Burrito Bar Ideas

So what I thought I would do today is make a list of all the ingredients my family uses or has used for our burrito bars so when you’re planning your menu this week (or planning for dinner tonight) you can have a bunch of variety to go off of.

If you’re feeling extra ambitious, you should try this recipe for the best Homemade Flour Tortillas to add to your burrito bar.  I prefer the ease of just using store-bought tortillas but there’s nothing like the taste a fresh made one.

Burrito Bar Ingredients

Here’s a list of the ingredients you can put in a burrito.  We typically use all of these when setting out a burrito bar but by no means is this an exhaustive list.  I will also open up the comments on this post so you can add  any ingredients to the list that I may have forgotten. Here we go:

  • Tortillas – flour or corn
  • Refried beans
  • Black beans
  • Spanish rice
  • Cheese
  • Tomatoes
  • Avocado
  • Sour cream
  • Salsa
  • Lettuce
  • Onions
  • Cilantro
  • Olives
  • Bell Peppers

Burrito Bar Tip

We always have left over ingredients when we’re done having dinner.  What I love about a burrito bar is that the ingredients are so simple you can either have burritos again the next day or save the ingredients for numerous other dinner recipes.  One of my favorites to use up the extra ingredients are these Crock Pot Chicken Tacos.  Simply store all of the extra ingredients in an airtight container and put them in the refrigerator.  They should stay fresh for up to five days after you cut them up.

More Easy Dinner Ideas

How To Make Your Own Burrito Bar


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Burrito Bar

This build your own burrito bar is a simple way for everyone to enjoy dinner and be able to customize it however they want.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword burrito, dinner
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 8 People
Calories 180 kcal


  • Tortillas- flour or corn
  • Beans- re-fried beans black beans, kidney beans
  • Meats- ground beef strip steak, grilled chicken
  • Spanish Rice
  • Cheese shredded
  • Lettuce shredded
  • Tomatoes diced
  • Olives sliced
  • Bell Peppers diced
  • Onions diced
  • Cilantro
  • Salsa
  • Sour Cream
  • Guacamole


  1. Heat the tortillas, beans, meats and rice, then serve the rest fresh!
  2. Serve with some chips and salsa, Spanish rice, re-friend beans, corn-on-the-cob etc.


a stack of tortillas and tomatoes in the background with a text overlay that says build your own burritos


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