Beltline Bar Wet Burrito. Seasoned ground beef and beans wrapped in a flour tortilla, then it’s topped with a very mild and flavorful sauce and lots of cheese. This is a great alternative for those that don’t like the strong flavor of enchilada sauce.
There’s a restaurant/bar called Beltline Bar in Grand Rapids, MI, that is famous for their “Wet Burrito“. If you’re familiar with the area then you definitely know what I’m talking about.
I was introduced to these amazing wet burritos, when we first moved to Michigan from California. My family and I had tried various Mexican restaurants around the area, and walked away very disappointed. It wasn’t that the food was bad, we were just used to California Mexican, which in my opinion the mid-west cannot match.
When some friends of ours heard our complaints about the Mexican food they pointed us in the direction of the Beltline Bar, in particular their wet burritos, so of course we had to check it out. The restaurant wasn’t anything real fancy, minimal Mexican decor (yay!) and the menu had items that you’d expect to find at a Mexican restaurant with the exception of wet burritos.
When reading the description of these “famous” wet burritos it sounded like they were describing enchiladas. Now I have to say I’m not a big fan of enchiladas, they’re a little over the top in spices in my opinion. However, I had to try it, just for the sake of saying that I had and much to my surprise I was amazed. They were HUGE and enchilada like, but the sauce was very mild and didn’t overpower the burrito. They were delicious!
Recently, I was flipping through some old recipe books and I found the Beltline Bar Wet Burrito recipe. It was in a recipe book that the local teachers had distributed for a fundraiser. Of course, being that it had been years since I had my last wet burrito I made them. They were everything that I remembered them being and my kids, who hate enchiladas, loved them.
3 pounds ground beef
1 large onion, diced
1 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon chili powder
1/4 teaspoon ground red pepper
1 (16 ounce) can refried beans
2 (10 ounce) cans enchilada sauce
2 (8 ounce) cans tomato sauce
3 jars (12 oz) Heinz beef gravy
16 small flour tortillas
2 pounds Mexican blend cheese, grated
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Beltline Bar Wet Burrito
Preheat the oven to 350°F.
In a saucepan, over low heat, combine the enchilada sauce, tomato sauce and gravy, stirring occasionally.
While the sauce is heating, brown the ground beef in a large skillet. Drain, then stir in the onions and spices. Continue cooking until the onions begin to become translucent.
While the meat is still hot, combine the meat with a can of refried beans.
Warm the tortilla in a pan or in the microwave so that they are pliable enough for folding.
Place 2 heaping tablespoons of the meat mixture on a tortilla, top with cheese, lettuce and tomatoes.
Fold the tortilla and place it in a baking dish.
Pour the sauce over the burritos and top with lots of cheese.
Bake, uncovered at 350°F for 20 minutes. Serve with beans and rice.
Adding beef gravy to the sauce tones down the spiciness of enchilada sauce. Do you have any tips to make foods more mild so that your kids will eat them?
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Beltline Bar Wet Burrito
- 2 (10 oz) cans enchilada sauce
- 2 (8 oz) cans tomato sauce
- 3 jars Heinz beef gravy
- 3 pounds ground beef
- 1 large onion diced
- 1 teaspoon cumin
- 1 teaspoon chili powder
- ¼ teaspoon ground red pepper
- 1 (16 oz) can refried beans
- 16 small flour tortillas
- 2 pounds Mexican blended cheese grated
- lettuce shredded
- tomatoes diced
- Preheat the oven to 350°F.
- While the sauce is heating, brown the ground beef in a large skillet. Drain, then stir in the onions and spices. Continue cooking until the onions begin to become translucent. While the meat is still hot, combine the meat with a can of refried beans.
- Warm the tortilla in a pan or in the microwave so that they are pliable enough for folding.
- Place 2 heaping tablespoons of the meat mixture on a tortilla, top with cheese, lettuce and tomatoes. Fold the tortilla and place it in a baking dish. Pour the sauce over the burritos and top with lots of cheese.
- Bake, uncovered at 350°F for 20 minutes.