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frozen burritos air fryer

Frozen Burrito in Air Fryer

Summer Yule
Can you make a frozen burrito in air fryer? Absolutely! Cooking frozen burritos in an air fryer makes for a fast breakfast, lunch, or dinner.
5 from 4 votes
Prep Time 1 min
Cook Time 14 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Course Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine American
Servings 1
Calories 280 kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 frozen burrito 5-5½ ounces (142-156 grams)
  • burrito toppings (optional)

Instructions

  • Preheat the air fryer to 400°F (200°C) for 5 minutes.
  • Put frozen burrito on the hot air fryer tray (or in the air fryer basket) with the seam side down. Air fry for 7 minutes at 400°F (200°C). (Use the top rack position if using an air fryer oven.)
  • Flip the burrito and air fry an additional 7 minutes at 400°F (200°C).
  • Check the burrito with a meat thermometer to ensure it reached a minimum safe internal temp of 165°F (74°C). Add cooking time if needed. (Wrap the burrito in foil and continue cooking if it's becoming too browned.)
  • Let the burrito rest for 2-3 minutes before eating. Add burrito toppings, if desired.

Notes

This is a level 3 recipe (weight maintenance and active lifestyles). While most frozen burritos count as ultra-processed food, there are some better options out there. That said, nearly all frozen burritos use a white flour wrapper and contain a lot of highly processed added oil. 
Another potential downside to frozen burritos is that they can be very high in sodium. If you’re on a low sodium diet, it may be best to make homemade burritos instead.
In terms of maintaining a healthy body weight, one major thing to look at is the portion size.
The El Monterey XX Large Burritos and Don Miguel THE BOMB Burritos are hugely oversized. These burritos contain a lot of calories and are very high in net carbs (highly refined net carbs). It’s likely healthier foods are getting crowded off your plate if you choose one of these.
The El Monterey Bean & Cheese Burrito is one of the lighter options, at only 200 calories. If you choose the XX Large Bean and Cheese Burrito instead, you’re adding over 300 calories to your meal. It’s a huge difference!
Most “regular size” (5-5.5 ounce/142-156 grams) frozen burritos are in the 300-350 calorie range with 9-17 grams of protein. I wouldn’t consider them a complete meal by themselves. Consider adding some non-starchy vegetables and more protein to your meal to help keep you full.
If I’m having a light lunch, I might serve one of the higher protein frozen burritos with just a side salad. The Big Sur Breakfast Burrito, with 17 grams of protein, is a decent option for a light lunch with some added veggies. It uses the plant-based proteins tofu and seitan, and it also happens to be vegan.
Nutrition information is for one Amy’s Gluten Free Burrito with beans, rice, and cheddar cheese. The nutrients provided by your meal will vary depending on the brand and flavor of frozen burrito you make.

Nutrition

Calories: 280kcalCarbohydrates: 40gProtein: 9gFat: 9gSaturated Fat: 2gSodium: 580mgPotassium: 300mgFiber: 5gCalcium: 10% DVIron: 10% DV
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