Green Burritos

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Green Burritos are stuffed with seasoned chicken and an amazing cheese sauce, then wrapped and baked in 30 minutes! After baking, they’re smothered with pepper jack cheese, diced avocado, salsa verde, cilantro, and a squeeze of fresh lime. It’s a FIESTA in a dish!

green burritos in an orange dish with a side of lime and salsa verde
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Why This Recipe is Amazing

Burritos are one of my favorite things. But, these Green Burritos are nothing short of amazing! What makes them so great? The filling is made with cream cheese, seasoned chicken and sour cream for an over-the-top cheesy experience.

If that’s not enough to entice you, imagine cool avocado and fresh cilantro mixed with a zesty salsa verde sauce, then slathered on top of each burrito. The flavor is off the charts!

This dish is perfect for weeknight dinners or special occasions like Cinco de Mayo. It also tastes pretty incredible alongside a Blueberry Sriracha Margarita!

seasoned chicken chopped with a knife on a white cutting board

Ingredients

  • cooked chicken – rotisserie chicken or grilled chicken tenders
  • flour tortillas – to wrap the burritos
  • cream cheese – the base for the filling
  • sour cream – adds creaminess
  • pepper jack cheese – the perfect cheese with a little kick
  • fresh cilantro – adds tons of flavor
  • salsa verde – a mild green tomatillo sauce
  • avocado – cools things down
  • limes – adds a zesty twist
chicken filling beside six tortillas that have been seared

Instructions

  • Sear each tortilla in a pan or over gas flame on stove for a few seconds. This adds a nice char to the tortilla, but you can optionally heat them in the microwave.
  • In a separate bowl, mix the cream cheese and sour cream with a mixer until creamy.
  • Add pepper jack cheese, chicken and cilantro.  Blend well.
  • Spoon a generous amount of filling into the middle of each tortilla, then spread with a knife. Fold the tortilla over and place it in an oven-safe baking dish. 
  • Continue adding burritos to the dish in a row.
  • Sprinkle the burritos with 1 cup of the pepper jack cheese, then bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes until bubbly.
  • Cool burritos for 10 minutes before adding toppings.

Add Toppings

  • Spoon salsa verde down the middle of the burritos while they’re still in the dish.
  • Sprinkle avocado and cilantro down the middle as well.
  • Add lime wedges as a garnish.
  • Serve with sour cream if desired.

Recipe Tips

  • Sear the tortillas on the stovetop in a skillet or directly over a gas flame for a few seconds if you want a nice char. They heat up fast, so be careful!
  • Burritos fold easier if they are warmed by searing or placing in the microwave for a few seconds.
  • The chicken filling is packed with cheese and sour cream, but it’s pretty thick. This helps it stay inside the tortilla while baking.
  • This recipe works well in a 6 x 9 inch baking dish with 6 inch tortillas. If you use a bigger dish, you might want to increase the tortillas to 10 inches.
  • Be sure to spray your baking dish with cooking spray to avoid sticking.

What’s the Spice Level?

This recipe is very mild because our family can’t eat a lot of spicy food. The filling has very little spice from the pepper jack cheese.

The only ingredient that has a mild kick is the Salsa Verde, but you can find green salsa with no spice at your local market. If you love spicy food, you can always add jalapeños or green chiles to the filling before baking.

burritos smothered with avocado, cilantro and lime with sauce

Serving Suggestions

Serve Green Burritos with black beans and yellow rice for a Mexican style meal. Be sure to provide a bowl of extra salsa verde and green chiles or jalapeños for the spicy folks in your family!

A dollop of sour cream is also a great topping if you want to cool things down.

If you love dishes with tons of flavor, try my other lip-smacking recipes!

Recipe Card

limes, cilantro, salsa verde and avocado top green burritos in an orange dish.

Green Burritos

Green Burritos are stuffed with seasoned chicken and an amazing cheese sauce, then wrapped and baked in 30 minutes!
5 from 2 votes
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Course: Main Dishes
Cuisine: Mexican
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories: 663kcal

*See notes in blog post for detailed tips, photos and instructions.

Ingredients

BURRITOS

  • 3 cups cooked chicken diced
  • 1 tsp. seasoned salt
  • 6 flour tortillas 8 inches
  • 8 oz. cream cheese
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • 3 cups pepper jack cheese divided
  • ¼ cup fresh cilantro chopped

TOPPING

  • 1 cup salsa verde
  • 1 avocado diced
  • ¼ cup cilantro chopped
  • 2 limes cut in wedges
  • sour cream optional

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Sprinkle chicken with a dash of seasoned salt and cook on a grill, or use rotisserie chicken. Dice into small bites.
  • If desired, sear each tortilla in a pan or over gas flame on stove for a few seconds. This adds a nice char to the tortilla, but it is not required. Take care not to burn the tortillas. It only takes a few seconds for them to char.
  • In a separate bowl, mix the cream cheese and sour cream with a mixer until creamy.
  • Add 2 cups of the pepper jack cheese, chicken and cilantro.  Blend well.
  • Spoon a generous amount of filling into the middle of each tortilla, then spread with a knife. Fold the tortilla over and place it in an oven-safe baking dish that has been sprayed with cooking spray. 
  • Continue adding burritos to the dish in a row.
  • Sprinkle the burritos with 1 cup of the pepper jack cheese, then bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes until bubbly.
  • Cool burritos for 10 minutes before adding toppings.

TOPPING

  • Spoon salsa verde down the middle of the burritos while they're still in the dish.
  • Sprinkle avocado and cilantro down the middle as well.
  • Add lime wedges as a garnish.
  • Serve with sour cream if desired.

Notes

  • If desired, add green chiles or jalapeños to the filling for extra heat.
  • Save prep time by using rotisserie chicken if you wish.
  • Searing the tortillas for a few seconds on the stovetop creates a nice char on the burrito. Use a skillet or place directly over gas flame. Be careful! Tortillas can burn quickly.

Nutrition

Calories: 663kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 37g | Fat: 46g | Saturated Fat: 23g | Sodium: 1290mg | Potassium: 600mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin C: 12mg | Calcium: 532mg | Iron: 3mg

Nutrition info is an auto generated estimate.

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6 Comments

    1. Yes! That’s one of the nicest perks about these burritos. They come together quickly! 🙂

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