How To Make A Truly Glorious Thanksgiving Burrito

Thanksgiving is on the horizon, and we foodies couldn't be more excited. I mean, the only thing better than the actual holiday is Thanksgiving leftovers — am I right, or am I right? And this Thanksgiving burrito recipe is the perfect way to eat all of those leftovers, all at once. There's just something so comforting about those classic fall dishes, even beyond Turkey Day. We're talking about everything from sweet cranberry sauce to delicious savory stuffing. Is your stomach grumbling yet?

In honor of this glorious holiday and all of its awesomeness, I present to you a burrito recipe made with Thanksgiving leftovers. Of course, I don't mean any offense to your standard batch of leftover turkey, stuffing, and gravy. I love all of those just the way they are. However, it also doesn't hurt to get a little creative with it. That's what makes food so darn fabulous.

After all, it goes without saying that the classic burrito already has a cult following of its own. Bring in the Turkey Day leftovers and what do you get? The kind of marriage that you only see in fairy tales. Plus, it's an easy autumn recipe that will give you a break from your 16th turkey sandwich. And, like most burritos, you can customize your creation to your heart's desire. It's the best kind of foodie-win a girl can ask for.


  • Soft tortilla shell
  • Kidney, pinto, or black beans, or chickpeas
  • Turkey (ham, chicken, or tofu are also great options)
  • Cranberry sauce
  • Gravy
  • Stuffing


1. Place the tortilla on a flat surface, such as a plate or a cutting board. Add your meat of choice. While turkey may be the obvious option for Thanksgiving, some people like to switch it up. You do you!

Want to make this a meatless Thanksgiving dish? Swap out the meat and bring in tofu or tempeh.

2. Add some stuffing. If you're anything like me, you might be tempted to make a stuffing burrito. I know I can't be the only one.

3. Bring in the beans. Again, you can go a few different ways with this. Pinto, kidney, and black beans are all classic burrito options, but you can also go for chickpeas.

4. Add some cranberry sauce for that quintessential Thanksgiving touch. Drizzle on some of your favorite gravy.

This recipe used a gravy-salsa verde concoction to really bring in the burrito vibes. Want to make your own? Simply combine equal parts gravy and salsa verde. Yum.

5. Now, here's the exciting part. Fold the sides of the tortilla shell inwards.

6. Fold up the bottom half, bring it around and under the fillings, and roll into a burrito.

Serve it with a side of more stuffing (duh) and a cranberry sauce Jell-O shot or two. If you're looking to make a ginormous, Chipotle-level burrito, opt for extra large tortilla shells. That way, the burrito can hold all of the Thanksgiving goodness in one go.

The best part of this recipe is that you can customize it depending on whatever you have leftover from the holiday. Mashed sweet potatoes? Baked squash, apple, or eggplant? Oh yeah. Now we're talking.

Basically, you can have it your way when it comes to this Thanksgiving burrito. Play around with flavors and see what you come up with. However, I'm warning you now: there's a good chance you'll be making this all year round.

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Image Credit: Kirsten Nunez