Comfort food, indeed; burritos -- from mild to hot-and-spicy with Tex-Mex seasoning, fiber-rich beans and serotonin-producing melted cheese -- are a fast, easy way to a snack on the go. While a homemade bean-and-cheese burrito can be fresh, tasty and creative, it’s hard to measure the calorie count. With prepared burritos, it’s a lot simpler.
Prepared Fast-Food Burritos
Patronize the right fast-food joint and you can have a hearty burrito in hand in moments. A typical fast-food bean-and-cheese burrito weighs in at 379 calories. Around 61 percent of the calories -- 231 -- come from carbs, largely from the complex carbs provided by the beans; a little over 3 percent of calories come from simple sugars. This burrito offers almost 14 grams of protein, providing 54 calories, or about 14 percent of total calories. A little over one-quarter of the calories come from total fat, but only 10 percent of the burrito’s calories come from saturated fat; the rest come from polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats.
Some frozen burritos may have a lower calorie count. A typical store-bought frozen bean-and-cheese burrito contains 285 calories, of which around 175 calories, or almost 62 percent, come from carbs. A little over 9 grams of protein translate to about 36 calories, or about 13 percent of calories. Fat content is 8-plus grams -- 73 calories -- or 26 percent, with saturated fats representing 5.5 percent of total calories.
May Fredenburg has been writing for publication for more than 30 years. She has covered topics ranging from education, health and nutrition to business and politics. She holds a Bachelor of Science in education and has taken classes in audio engineering and video and film directing and producing.