Tuesday, May 10, 2022

Beef Quesarito (Taco Bell Recipe)

Beef Quesarito combines several Tex Mex favorites into one delicious restaurant meal, made easily at home! Recreate the famous Taco Bell™ Quesarito from scratch and enjoy one anytime!

Experience an explosion of textures and flavor when you bite into a homemade beef Quesarito.
Mexican rice and seasoned ground beef are balanced with creamy sour cream and chipotle sauce. And, of course, there’s plenty of shredded cheese, plus a gooey nacho cheese sauce!

titled (shown close up) beef quesarito
Once you know how to make a Taco Bell Quesarito at home, you’ll never have to worry if it disappears from the menu!

Even better, you can customize the ingredients and amount to your exact liking. Keep it slim or load it up without any additional cost.

taco bell beef quesarito ingredients in separate bowls on counter

Beef Quesarito

A scrumptious beef Quesarito is made with seasoned ground beef, lots of melted cheese, and Mexican-spiced rice that are layered between two warm tortillas and topped with chipotle sauce and sour cream. Then, everything is rolled up into one deliciously stuffed, portable meal.

Copycat recipes are always a favorite around here. What’s better than enjoying your favorite restaurant dishes without ever leaving home?

Wash down your homemade Taco Bell beef Quesarito with an ice cold Mountain Dew Baja Blast or a frosty margarita.

Need a side dish? Try this sweet and spicy Street Corn Salad, or keep it simple by pairing tortilla chips with homemade salsa and guacamole.

cooked ground beef with seasoning in skillet

How To Make A Taco Bell Quesarito

This Quesarito recipe has several different components that will need to be prepared first. You can find detailed ingredients and instructions in the recipe card below.

Once everything is cooked and ready, this dish comes together in a snap!

  1. Warm the tortillas. Wrap in paper towels and microwave until soft and pliable, about 10-15 seconds.
  2. Add some cheese. Spread on a layer of Taco Bell nacho cheese sauce, then top with freshly grated cheese. Microwave one at a time until the shreds are fully melted.
  3. Top with another tortilla and taco meat. Be sure to mound the ground beef in the center of the tortilla.
  4. Drizzle on the sauces. Top with more nacho sauce, along with the chipotle sauce and sour cream.
  5. Spoon on the rice. Spread Mexican red rice evenly over the surface, leaving space around the edges.
  6. Roll it all up! Fold in about an inch of two opposite sides, then roll it just like you would a burrito.

seasoned taco bell ground beef in pan

Tips and Tricks

  • Adjust the amounts. For a more authentic Taco Bell quesarito, decrease the amount of meat and rice. We just prefer ours bursting at the seams!

  • Choose the right tortillas. Burrito-sized tortillas make stuffing and rolling each beef quesarito much easier. Use the soft taco size if you prefer them tightly stuffed, or you need to stretch out the recipe to include more servings.

  • Use up leftovers! Unless you make additional servings, there will be extra meat, nacho cheese sauce, and rice. Save them for another meal, or repurpose them for walking tacos or enchiladas.

nacho cheese sauce in a large pot

Kitchen Tools You Will Need

  • Two Skillets - One for the ground beef and another for the rice

  • Medium Saucepan to make the nacho cheese sauce

  • Box Grater - As much as I love buying bagged shreds because it’s easier, freshly grated cheese melts down so much smoother and tastes better too.

  • Mixing Bowls - I like to have a variety of sizes on hand, and this set has them all.

mexican red rice in a skillet for taco bell quesarito

Beef Quesarito FAQ

How do you make a vegetarian quesarito?

You can easily replace the seasoned ground beef with your favorite plant based crumbles or a can of beans. Sautéed mushrooms or spicy tofu would be a delicious vegetarian option as well.

Does the Taco Bell beef quesarito have steak?

This menu item is typically prepared with ground beef, but you can certainly use thinly sliced steak instead! In fact, it would be just as tasty with some grilled chicken if you’re trying to reduce your red meat consumption.

creamy chipotle sauce in a clear bowl next to beef quesarito ingredients

Prep Ahead Instructions

After the individual ingredients are cooked, a Quesarito comes together quickly. So, it is best served as soon as everything is assembled.

However, you will need to have the ground beef, nacho sauce, and red rice cooked and ready to go before putting these together!

Feel free to prepare each dish up to a day or two in advance. Store them in separate containers in the refrigerator and reheat before layering into each beef Quesarito.

How To Store a Taco Bell Quesarito

Once assembled, this dish should be eaten immediately. Sour cream doesn’t reheat well after it’s been heated once, then chilled. Plus, the cheese sauce thickens as it cools.

However, you can store each component in separate containers in the fridge to make more Quesaritos another day. Everything will keep in airtight containers for 3 to 4 days.

beef quesarito close up


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closeup of taco bell quesarito

Yield: 4 quesaritos
Author: Donna Elick
taco bell beef quesaritos, stacked

Beef Quesarito (Taco Bell Recipe)

Beef Quesarito combines several Tex Mex favorites into one delicious meal. Make the famous Taco Bell™ Quesarito with this copycat recipe!

Prep time: 5 Min  Cook time: 45 Min  Total time: 50 Min


Taco Bell Ground Beef
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons onion flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon beef bouillon
  • 1/2 teaspoon granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
Nacho Cheese Sauce
  • 16 ounces Velveeta cheese food
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 cup evaporated milk
  • 5 tablespoons pickled jalapeno juice (brine from a can of pickled jalapenos)
Mexican Red Rice
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 medium white onion, diced
  • 1–3 jalapeño peppers, seeded and minced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 cups long-grain jasmine rice
  • 2 cups reduced sodium chicken stock
  • 1 (14.5-ounce) can fire-roasted diced tomatoes
  • 8 ounces tomato sauce
  • 2 tablespoons Mexican Seasoning Blend (link recipe)
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
Creamy Chipotle Sauce
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon Mexican Seasoning Blend
  • 1 teaspoon chipotle peppers in adobo sauce (finely chopped)
  • 8 soft-taco size flour tortillas
  • 1 cup Nacho Cheese Sauce
  • 2 cups grated colby jack or Mexican cheese blend cheese
  • 2 cups Taco Bell Ground Beef
  • 2 cups Mexican Red Rice
  • 1/2 cup sour cream (or more, to taste)
  • 1/2 cup Creamy Chipotle Sauce


Ground Beef
  1. In a skillet over medium heat, brown ground beef. Use a spatula or a meat chopper to break the meat into small pieces.
  2. Add the remaining ingredients to the skillet and bring to a simmer. Continue cooking and breaking apart meat until most of the liquid has been absorbed (about 5 minutes.)
  3. Nacho Cheese Instructions:
  4. Cut Velveeta into cubes and place in a medium saucepan.
  5. Add cayenne pepper, evaporated milk and 4-5 tablespoons brine from a can of pickled jalapenos.
  6. Heat over medium-low, stirring constantly with a silicone spatula until cheese is fully melted and sauce is combined.
  7. Taste for flavor and adjust with additional cayenne pepper and/or jalapeno brine.
  8. Use while hot; sauce thickens as it cools.
Mexican Red Rice
  1. Warm the oil in a 10-inch skillet over medium heat. Once you can feel the heat when you hold your hand 6 inches above the skillet, add the onion and jalapeños to the pan and cook until the onions begin to soften, 2 to 3 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  2. Add the garlic and stir. Continue cooking for 30 seconds.
  3. Add the rice and stir until it is well coated in the oil. Cook until the rice starts to brown, 3 to 4 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  4. Add the chicken stock, tomatoes,tomato sauce, corn, seasoning blend and salt. Stir to combine and bring to a boil.
  5. Cover the pot, decrease the heat to a simmer and cook until the rice is cooked through, 12 to 15 minutes.
Quesarito Assembly
  1. Warm flour tortillas by wrapping in paper towels and heating in the microwave.
  2. Place one flour tortilla on a microwave-safe plate. Spread ¼ cup nacho cheese sauce over the flour tortilla. Sprinkle with about ½ cup of grated cheese.
  3. Microwave for 45 seconds at a time until cheese is melted.
  4. Top melted cheese and cheese sauce with a second flour tortilla.
  5. Mound about ½ cup prepared taco meat in the center of the tortilla.
  6. Drizzle more nacho cheese sauce, creamy chipotle sauce, and sour cream over the meat.
  7. Add about 1/2 cup Mexican red rice on top of the sauces.
  8. Fold in the sides and roll up the quesarito like a burrito. Enjoy!
  1. Adjust the amounts of the fillings to taste. We like a nice stuffed quesarito, but smaller amounts of meat and rice would be a closer match to the Taco Bell quesarito.
  2. You will have leftover meat, nacho cheese sauce, and mexican red rice. Adjust portions to suit your taste.
  3. Use burrito size flour tortillas to make stuffing and rolling the quesaritos easier - they are well stuffed with the soft taco size tortillas and portions in this recipe.

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Originally published May 2022


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1 comment:

  1. I’ve been making tacos since I was a kid and have tweaked my own recipe several times over the years, can’t wait to try out this recipe! After reading the recipe it sounds amazing and I’m eager to see how they compare with my own.


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