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Zucchini Filling for Burritos


Because I have lots of zucchini and no one here to eat the bread, soups or burrito fillings, I am going to try freezing this filling in single serving packet sized containers and see if this can become “fast food” in the months to come.

Here is one of my kids favorite uses of zucchini.

Vegetable Burritos (from a 1980’s Sunset Magazine)

1 large onion, chopped in big pieces
½lb. sliced mushrooms
1 large green pepper, seeded and diced
4 medium zucchini, diced
2 large tomatoes, diced
Olive Oil – virgin light
2 clove garlic, minced
1 small can diced green chilies (I recommend mild the first time)
1 can sliced black olives
12 oz. Jack Cheese, grated
12 oz. Cheddar Cheese, grated
1 tsp. chili powder, 1 tsp. cumin, 1 tsp. oregano

Sauté all veggies and spices in oil for a moment or two.   About 10 minutes at most,  cover and let simmer…remove lid and let the let the liquid evaporate away…at a gentle boil.

Add ½ the jack cheese and ½ the cheddar cheese.  Mix well.  Pour into a greased casserole pan.
Cover veggie mixture with remaining cheese.  Broil to a bubbly state right before serving.

More Ingredients for serving:
Burrito Tortillas (12) (I make my own)
Salsa (I make my own)
Avocado or guacamole
Sour cream and sunflower seeds.

Roll veggie mix into the tortillas and top with salsa, avocado, sour cream and sunflower seeds.

This is really a great company dish, I can make the day before and warm in the MW, or brown in the broiler in minutes before putting on the table.  I have found most folks like to spoon the mix of veggies onto the tortilla – roll and fold it – and top as they wish…this one is a favorite with any child that eats veggies…and a WOW for potlucks and adults.

It also uses a great deal of zucchini!!!.

What is your favorite zucchini dish?  Do you think it is a good thing to add to many dishes?

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25 Responses to “Zucchini Filling for Burritos”

  1. Vered | Blogger for Hire Says:

    Wow, this sounds really good! We’ve been eating less meat lately – this will be a welcome addition.
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    patricia Reply:

    I usually only make this about 2 times a year, but my family could eat it all week….I can not eat cheese right now so am trying to figure out how to use all this zucchini
    I have 12 medium zucchini on my counter right now?

  2. Jannie Funster Says:

    My favorite zucchini dish would have to be one with it pureed, as I am not a fan of its consistency, nor of eggplant’s.

    Oh, in muffins or sweetish bread would be good I think.

    Wishing I had a potluck to go to soon, they are always such fun. The next I know of is in early October.

    And holy cow — am I REALLY here before Hilary to comment?? First time, I think. I better post this quick, in case she beats me to the “Submit.” :)

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    patricia Reply:

    Yep you are here before Hilary…and I think those who like zucchini maybe already in burn out mode this year! But this is a great recipe

    This has quite a different taste and texture…so much cheese to – and certainly a lot of veggies

  3. Hilary Says:

    Hi Patricia .. sounds delicious – I love courgettes all which ways, but I’m into whole marrow at the moment, sauteed in hunks .. delicious.

    A whole day late! Things to do .. hence lateness …

    I put courgettes, zucchinis into lots of things .. I think an omelette with grated zucchini would be good …. and zucchini fritters would be good too ..

    You recipe looks good .. cheers Hilary
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  4. Laurie Buchanan Says:

    “…single serving packet sized containers”

    You’re one SMART cookie!

    patricia Reply:

    Thank you!
    I just heard someone say they made zucchini crab cakes…??

    I just have too much for one person and one freezer!

  5. Talon Says:

    Sounds delicious, Patricia. My favorite zucchini recipe is for a bread and it’s an old family recipe from a neighbor I had 25 years ago. I think of her every time I make it :)

    patricia Reply:

    Oh those old reliable recipes from friends – they are such good reminders…
    I have my mother in laws recipe for banana bread, which I put zucchini in also…but my favorite in chocolate chip zucchini bundt cake ( not on my list this year!)

    I have so much on my plate right now…I am going to take a week off of blogging and put some other items on the top of the list – I could use some play time too

  6. Jannie Funster Says:

    Hey, just checking back in my favorite “fish tossing scotch downing woman.”

    Yes, cheese can really pack a consistency whallop in a great way. I bet I would love this recipe if I gave it a try.

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    patricia Reply:

    I think these single serving packets will make this a great fast food item we can eat at home.

    It is such a good value when zucchini is plentiful and that counts for quite a lot this year :)

  7. Sam Juliano Says:

    Smart size restriction there! I must say I love friend zucchini, but that is not a healthy way to eat it, so I’ve stayed with teh sauteed in tomato sauce, which goes well for an apetizer. Your recipe there is fantastic! The freezing idea is most interesting. I’ll have to tell that to my wife Lucille.

    On another note Patricia, we have a monster hurricane bearing in on us in the NYC area that is posing some serious danger. They have already shut down the city’s subway system as of noon tomorrow, hours before “Irene” is to strike.
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    patricia Reply:

    Zucchini is good! and the freezing idea is working well – also I use the big zucchini for my lowfat zucchini parmigiana which easily translate to the freezer.

    I have been hearing all about the hurricane and that is big time news even here – along with the earthquake….

    You folks are certainly having more than your share.

    I am going to take a week off from posting…the garden needs my attention and we are having a bazaar heat wave? What a strange year

  8. suzen Says:

    Hi Patricia! Sounds yummy and I do the same thing with single servings in the freezer when I’m up at the lake house alone. It’s tough to cook for one!

    I love this veggie and use it shredded in a myriad of things, and sliced with onions and mushrooms sauted and put on pasta is another fav. My zucchini plants at home were victims of the violent wind storms (per hubs who is “watching” my garden in my absence) and they became uprooted and died. Only zucchini I’ll have this year is from the farmers market, sadly.


    patricia Reply:

    We had a $400 water bill when I left my husband in charge of the yard and I went to the UK 3 years ago…He grew up in the desert and we live on the edge of the rain forest!

    We are having a bit of a heat wave….the deer are feasting on the apples and they ate all the zinnias – I can not haul up and down the deer fencing to take care of the garden when my partner is not here. Actually he is more the gardener…I am more the frugal – budget director cook…

    It is way too much work for me to do alone right now while he is touring on his bike…and way too much food

  9. rob white Says:

    That’s a good one, Patricia. I love Mexican food and this time of year the Zucchini abounds.

    patricia Reply:

    It is very yummy and using what comes out of the garden fresh is good for the body and saves a dollar or two

    Thanks for coming by.

    I am taking a week off from writing and posting to put the garden up on the priorities list…I will be back :)

  10. Chris Edgar Says:

    Hi Patricia — I like how you began this post by launching into how much zucchini you have around the house — I always appreciate posts that come from a place of simple, down-to-earth, firsthand experience — particularly when they involve tasty veggies.

    patricia Reply:

    then you will appreciate that I put 20.4 pounds of steamed beets in the freezer today…
    oh these veggies are in deed yummy….and this recipe is quite simple and it is working out to be great fast food done at home!

  11. Sara Says:


    I’m passing this on to the CHEF. I’ve recently discovered that I like zucchini. Given I also like burritos…what a perfect combination and healthier!

    I’ll give it a try and thanks for the recipe:~)

    Have a great day.
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    patricia Reply:

    Hey Sara,
    It is a yummy recipe and I am finding it good frozen in single serve packets too…
    I am trying to take this week off…and here I am and still reading my favorite blogs..

    I loved your story post…the head mystery!

  12. J.D. Meier Says:

    I’ve had burritos on the mind so this is the perfect filling 😉

    patricia Reply:

    These are yummy JD…and easy…
    I am reviewing a book on Monday you might be interested in? FYI

  13. EdenSol Says:

    YUM! Zucchini is one of my very favourite veggies! Cannot wait to try this recipe! Looks delicious!

    patricia Reply:

    I am having this for supper tonight – from one of the frozen single serve bags I put in the freezer – I am substituting a collard greens giant leaf for the tortilla and giving that a try…

    It is very yummy, but I should warn you that it makes a big batch.