Wet Burritos

Wet Burritos from Kathrynseppamaki.com #realfood

45387_10151622032686911_2066258178_nWhere I grew up in Michigan, it was always a treat to go to one of the local Mexican restaurants and order a wet burrito.  What is a wet burrito? It is a burrito, filled with ground beef, refried beans, lettuce, tomato and onions. It is then smothered with enchilada sauce and cheese, which is melted! Can I just say….YUM!! By the way, that is an actual wet burrito from our hometown favorite restaurant, The Beltline Bar in Grand Rapids MI to the left!

When I moved to SC more than twenty years ago, I discovered that wet burritos were more of a local and regional favorite up in Michigan and couldn’t be found down here, and I missed them! In fact, it is a tradition in our family that when someone else from the family goes up to Grand Rapids that they MUST visit our favorite Mexican restaurant while they are there. And they have to take pictures and text them to the rest of the family to taunt us!

Getting the Recipe

Many years after moving to South Carolina, my parents were given a recipe for the wet burritos from another transplanted Michigander. The original recipe calls for lots of canned and packaged items and wasn’t exactly clean OR gluten free. I’ve updated it so that it is now clean and can be done gluten free as well!

This recipe does have some flexibility with it. You can add veggies that you like, you can make it hot and spicy or keep it mild. It is really all about making it to your liking!1070105_10151622028431911_1828723322_n


The whole family got to come to the Beltline Bar in the summer of 2013 when we took a huge family vacation to Michigan together. So here is a photo of a lot of the family enjoying some great Mexican food! That was the first time my family had been there together in more than two decades! Tons of fun and lots of laughs were had….not to mention some fantastic food!

Wet Burritos from Kathrynseppamaki.com #realfood

Wet Burritos

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Serves: 6

Recipe Ingredients

  • 1 lb ground beef, pasture raised
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp unrefined sea salt
  • gluten free or corn tortillas
  • cheddar cheese, shredded yourself
  • lettuce, tomatoes, green pepper, onions all chopped
  • Enchilada sauce
  • 2 cups of salsa

Recipe Instructions

  1. In a skillet, add the ground beef and onions and brown beef fully.
  2. Fix the enchilada sauce recipe and when heated through, add the salsa. Heat fully
  3. On a plate, lay two 6 inch tortillas so that they are overlapping slightly.
  4. Line the center of the overlapping tortillas with beef.
  5. Top with lettuce, tomatoes, green peppers, onions.
  6. Fold tortilla over top.
  7. Spoon the enchilada sauce mixture over top to that the tortilla is covered.
  8. Sprinkle some cheese on top.
  9. If you want to melt the cheese you can place the burrito (on an oven safe plate, of course) in a preheated oven for a few minutes. The plate will be hot when removed from oven!


  1. Holy Crap when I saw this recipe I was as happy as kid at chucky cheeses’. I too am from GR and you can’t say you’re a Rapidian unless you had one of those burritos! All you need to do is find the recipe for a TACO BOY or a OLE TACO all meat burrito and will die a happy man! I wish these Wet Burritos were a state thing but alas it’s only a West Michigan GR thing, kinda like yesterdogs(which beat any coney island dog in the Detroit area)

    1. Wet burritos are even more difficult to find down in SC…although there is one restaurant that makes them…but they are NOTHING like those at Beltline Bar or the Dungeon! Enjoy!!!

      1. I will and thank you. Oh by the way if you’re ever in Norfolk this is Recipe Restaurant that’s in the Military Circle Mall that serves as white salsa today for you gotta try it. Unfortunately I do not remember the name of the restaurant.

  2. THANK YOU SO MUCH! My mother-in-law lived in Grand Rapids and she also worked at that very restaurant. They are the Best. It has been 15 years since my mother-in-law passed away and since we live in Tennessee we just can’t jump in the car to dine out for the night. But I have been tempted. She worked there and she and I made them at home which were awesome but mine seem to be missing something. I never wrote any of what she taught me down because she didn’t have recipes she just knew how much of each ingredients to add. I have searched everywhere for the recipe. And the funniest thing about asking people there wasn’t NOT 1 Mexican Restaurant that had ever heard of a “WET” Burrito. They would tell me they had never heard of it and it couldn’t been Mexican. I ate at that restaurant and have met and ate with the owner’s and their families and I guarantee they were from Mexico. But any ways I so appreciate you for posting this as does my family and I’m going to the store to get everything to cook this for dinner. My husband says “he’s hungry”. THANK YOU

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