5 from 1 vote
6 skull shaped burritos set on a black cooling rack on a black and grey watercolor background
Burrito Skulls
Prep Time
30 mins
Cook Time
24 mins
Total Time
54 mins

Crispy skull-shaped homemade tortillas filled with taco meat, black beans, corn, and tomatoes. Serve with a side of sour cream or guacamole for Halloween or the Day of the Dead. 

Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: burrito skulls, burritos
Servings: 6
Author: Beth
  • 2 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ cup lard or shortening
  • ¾ cup water
Burrito Filling
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 pound ground sirloin
  • 1 packet taco seasoning
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 6 tablespoons black beans
  • 6 tablespoons corn
  • 6 tablespoons chopped tomatoes
Egg wash:
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon water
Optional Sauces
  • sour cream, guacamole, salsa
  1. Combine flour, baking powder, and salt in a mixing bowl and blend with a fork or whisk.
  2. Add half of the lard and use a pastry cutter to cut the lard into the flour.
  3. Add the remaining lard and continue to cut it into the flour until it resembles coarse crumbs.
  4. Slowly pour in the water stirring as you go until the dough comes together. Add at least ¾ of a cup of the water then only add any remaining water as needed. 

  5. Knead the dough on a flour-dusted cutting board until the dough is no longer sticky and comes together in a cohesive ball then cover the dough and set aside for 10-20 minutes.

Burrito Filling:
  1. Heat half of the oil in a large skillet set over high heat.

  2. Add half of the ground sirloin and cook until browned. 

  3. Remove from skillet and add the remaining oil then brown the remaining meat. 

  4. Add the other meat back into the pan and stir in the taco seasoning and water. 

  5. Bring to a boil then reduce heat to medium-low and simmer until most of the water has evaporated. 

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Cut the dough into 6 equal portions.
  3. Dust your work surface with flour.
  4. Roll out a portion of dough thinning out the edges.
  5. Drape the dough over one skull in a 6 cavity non-stick pan allowing the dough to form the skull shape.

  6. Fill with 1/6th of the taco meat. 

  7. Sprinkle on 1/6th of the cheddar cheese, black beans, corn, and tomatoes or your favorite burrito filling. 

  8. Fold the dough over the filling, cutting off any excess dough and pinching the seams together.

  9. Whisk together the egg and water then brush the top of the dough with egg wash.

  10. Repeat filling all 6 skulls.

  11. Bake for 24-26 minutes until the tops of the dough turn lightly golden brown. 

  12. Remove from oven and set pan on a cooling rack for a few minutes then turn out the burrito skulls onto the cooling rack. 

  13. Serve with a side of sour cream, guacamole, or salsa.