Quarantine Kitchen: Cinco de Mayo Burritos

Hola, this Cinco de Mayo.

This Mexican holiday, an anniversary of a 1862 military victory over the French forces of Napoleon III, is mainly recognized now in music, dance, food, friends, and fun.  

Barry, my husband and quarantine partner, who has in the past been known for his chili (about 50 different types), has expanded his repertoire.  He  made delicious burritos out of what we had on hand.



Barry in the kitchen. I like his cooking!

You can too.  Use what you have.  Of course, make substitutes so you don’t have to go out to shop.


2 – 10-inch flour tortillas

1 – 15oz can refried beans

1 – large onion, sliced 

1 – 4 oz. can sliced mushrooms

1 – 4 oz can sliced green chilis

1/2 cup – shredded hard cheese (we had Gouda)

(You could also include canned corn kernels, drained; cooked rice, and cooked hamburger)

Optional garnish: finely diced red onion; lettuce; diced tomato or salsa; sour cream; fresh cilantro; avocado or guacamole


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray 9 x 13-inch baking dish with cooking spray and set aside.
  2. Sauté onions, add mushrooms & green chilis 
  3. Prepare each burrito: spread ¼ cup beans down center of tortillas; top with ½ of sautéd onion, mushroom, chili and 1/4 cup cheese.
  4. Fold in opposite sides of each tortilla, then roll up, burrito style. Place, seam-sides down, in prepared dish. 
  5. Bake for 20 minutes (until cheese melts). 

Ours were delicious and gone before I thought to get a photo.  Also, it’s good to note that the burritos are healthy.

Wikipedia notes, Joel Fuhrman who wrote Eat to Live, and Super-Immunity . . .  , “advocates what he calls a micronutrient-rich diet.[1]

A former competitive figure skater, he suffered a serious injury which removed him from competition. He says an alternative medicine therapy helped speed his recovery and led him to become a physician. His practice is based on his nutrition-based approach to obesity and chronic disease,”  Fuhrman says that if most of your diet consists of – more greens, onions, cooked mushrooms, legumes/beans, seeds, and berries, you will have a healthy diet.  Barry’s burritos have the onions, cooked mushrooms, and beans.  Plus add a green salad, and you will have a very healthy and satisfying meal for Cinco de Mayo — or any other day.

 Stay healthy.  Stay home.  Enjoy your own celebration wherever you are. 

Adiós, mis amigos, Renée

Banner photo from Business Insider



About reneeriley

Our blog was begun as a way to share our experiences in China. From August 2010 to July 2011, my husband, Barry Kristel, and I were at our University of Hawaii Maui College sister school, Zhejiang Agriculture and Forestry University in Lin'an, China, a city considered rural because it has only 500,000 people! We had a wonderful time. Then in February 2012, we returned to teach this time at our other sister school, Shanghai Normal University, in a city of over 21 million people. We've made many discoveries. Did you know that now Chinese girls, at least the ones who go to university, for the most part feel they are luckier than the Chinese boys? Did you know that Shanghai saved over 20,000 European Jews during WWII? Do you know how Chinese university students would deal with problems that come up in Dear Abby letters? What's it like to be on the Great Wall of China? Do you know how many Chinese girls had their feet bound and why? And we have recipes from many of the places we've visited. Among others, you can find instructions on how to fry cicadas from one of my ZAFU students and how to make chocolate-Kahlua waffles from my brother Mike in Gainesville. You can also look back to our earliest entry to see what we experienced in Oaxaca, Mexico, in 2006 during the mainly peaceful six months of protest until the Mexican government sent in the troops. Between our stays in China, Barry and I have been on the Mainland U.S. visiting family, friends and Servas hosts as we traveled home to Maui. We share those experiences too. Welcome to our blog! Aloha and Zài Jiàn, Renée and Barry

3 responses to “Quarantine Kitchen: Cinco de Mayo Burritos”

  1. Rosita says :

    Great recipe 😋 my mom LOVES those! And I’ve just checked older posts, already following urs on IG. CHeck messages there xx we’re all good here, B U T my city is on lockdown 😰 ppl kept ignoring how serious covid-19 was ‘til too late.. this virus is killing economy as well as livelihoods, and the problem is that our president seems to care more about economy then public health 😞 but I’m sure we’ll overcome this 💪🏼 We must spread love and awareness, not the virus nor misinformation 💓

    hope all is fine w urs,

    • reneeriley says :

      Hi Rosita: I’m so glad to hear from you. Your president and ours are very similar in this way. 😦 Stay home. Stay well. I still don’t know how to use IG, but I’m learning and will look for you there. :). Aloha, Renée x0x0x0x

      • Rosita says :

        I know. Some leaders simply can’t b called leaders as they don’t have any idea on how to manage such a crisis like this 😔 it’s heartbreaking and revolting tbh 🤬 and to check msgs on IG u just see the “>” signal on right and scroll there. And then u click on those ppl who dmed u xx my main acc is @sunny.dingo 💗 stay safe! 🤗

        With much love and hope,

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