Carolyn Malcoun

The burrito joint I frequented in college boasted a sign on its window that said, "Burritos as big as your head!"® And were they delicious! Lots of juicy meat, seasoned rice, all the accoutrements your heart could desire. And, yes, I measured once, and one of their burritos was about as long as my head.

Don't Miss: 9 "Bad" Foods You Should Be Eating

That was many more years ago than I'd like to remember, but apparently that idea caught on because plus-size burritos seem to be the norm these days. Indeed, a Taco Bell Grilled Stuft Steak Burrito packs 640 calories (and that doesn't even include guacamole!) and a Steak Burrito from Chipotle clocks in at a whopping 1,000 calories (that includes rice, black beans, steak, cheese, guacamole and salsa).

Don't Miss: 10 Mexican Food Favorites Made Healthy

But burritos are full of inherently healthy ingredients-lean meat, beans, fresh vegetables-so there's no reason they have to weigh you down. Lucky for us burrito lovers, the EatingWell Test Kitchen uses three tricks to make a stuffed steak burrito that clocks in at 471 calories and is a whole lot healthier:

1. Reduce the amount of steak and added black beans, which are virtually fat-free plus full of fiber to keep the burritos satisfying.
2. Use a full-flavored cheese, like sharp Cheddar or pepper Jack, so you can use less without sacrificing flavor.
3. Don't ditch the guacamole! It's full of heart-healthy monounsaturated fat. Just limit yourself to a tablespoon per burrito.

Don't Miss: Chef Rick Bayless's Roasted Garlic Guacamole and More Mexican Dips
Blueberry Margaritas and More Mexican Cocktails

Added bonus: They're ready in 30 minutes so you can have them anytime a craving hits.
Don't Miss: More Mexican Meals Ready in 30 Minutes or Less

Get the Recipe: Steak Burritos

What are your favorite ingredients to stuff in a burrito?

Related Links from EatingWell:

Advertisement