Spoon UIUC teamed up with Food & Wine magazine to increase awareness about the problem of food waste on our campus. With a microgrant of just under $100, we created 10 original recipes to show you how you can transform leftover late-night eats into something equally amazing the next day.

Attempting to heat a leftover burrito is quite possibly more challenging than the stats homework I’ve been avoiding all week. Seriously, I can barely get the thing unstuck from its container – not exactly appetizing.

So we came up with this Mexican fried rice recipe to transform lifeless leftover burritos into fiesta-worthy fried rice dishes. Extra cheesy. Extra easy. Extra good.

Carne Asada Burrito Mexican Fried Rice

  • Prep Time:10 minutes
  • Cook Time:7 minutes
  • Total Time:17 minutes
  • Servings:4-6 servings
  • Easy


  • 2 cups of rice, cooked
  • 1 jar of salsa
  • 1 cup Mexican cheese blend, shredded
  • 1 leftover burrito supreme
  • 1/2 avocado, for garnish
  • 3 eggs
  • Step 1

    Cook instant white or brown rice in microwave. Scramble eggs, and remove tortilla from burrito filling and set both aside separately.

    Photo by Julia Marks
  • Step 2

    Heat sauté pan and add rice and burrito filling. Mix and let cook for two minutes.

    Photo by Julia Marks
  • Step 3

    Add salsa, cheese and scrambled eggs to the pan and mix well. Let cook for five minutes or until cheese melts completely.

    Photo by Julia Marks
  • Step 4

    Slice avocado and serve over fried rice with extra cheese.

    Photo by Julia Marks