Don’t write this recipe off if you aren’t able to find or carry cheese with you. It will still be absolutely delicious, and a couple of simple substitutions will make sure you don’t feel like you are missing out.

Like most people, I have only ever made oozy soft burrito’s in the oven, or in a pinch, the microwave. I have discovered though, an equally amazing dish can be made using a fry pan, with only a watchful eye needed to ensure success.


  • ½ cup of rice
  • 400gm can of chilli con carne
  • 4 x medium sized soft tortillas
  • 400gm jar/can of salsa
  • 100gm bag of shredded cheese


  1. In a medium pot, cover rice with cold water, bring to the boil; simmer for 12-15 minutes or until cooked. Drain; set aside.
  2. In a small pot, heat chilli con carne until it comes to the boil. Remove from heat.
  3. Pour the jar of salsa into a fry-pan. Add 2 tablespoons of water and mix to combine.
  4. Lay a tortilla on a clean plate. Spoon 2 tablespoons each of chilli and rice in the centre of the wrap, in a long sausage shape to either end. Roll, and place fold side down into the salsa.
  5. Repeat with remaining tortillas and filling. Place each one, fold side down, in one even layer in the pan.
  6. Place pan on the cooker, turn on, to low-medium heat. Sprinkle the top of the tortillas with cheese.
  7. As the salsa begins to simmer around the edges of the pan, use a spoon to baste the top of the burritos, directly over the cheese.
  8. Continue to baste with sauce and cheese as it melts into the pan, until all the cheese has melted.
  9. Very carefully slide two onto each plate. If you have salad, serve it on the side


  • It is important to ensure your filling has been brought to the boil as the cooking of the burritos will not be sufficient to heat it all the way through from cold
  • A pre-cooked pack of rice will also very well. There is no need to preheat it before using
  • You must continuously baste the tops of the burritos with the surrounding salsa and melted cheese to ensure the bottom does not burn, and the cheese melts
  • A low heat must be used to prevent the bottom of the wraps from burning
  • You can make these as mild or hot as you like, choose your salsa according to your personal preference


  • Any pre-made can of chilli or beans can be used
  • Combine a can of chilli and beans to stretch the meal for more campers
  • Beans and refried beans are a great vegetarian substitute
  • Long-life Parmesan cheese can be used for a back-country expedition
  • Individual packets of mayonnaise make a great topping for these, if you are missing the sour cream!

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