This Vegetarian Burrito is made with healthy pantry ingredients, comes together quickly, and has so much flavor. It’s a staple meatless recipe that’s perfect for a busy weeknight meal.
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You know those weeks where you don’t have time to grocery shop, but your family still needs to eat? Or when you just want to clean out the pantry? Let me introduce you to my favorite pantry clean-out recipe – vegetarian burritos.
These family-friendly burritos are so flavorful you won’t believe the main ingredients are leftovers and pantry ingredients.
Reasons you’ll love this recipe
- Healthy pantry ingredients – It’s very likely you have everything right now in your kitchen to make these burritos.
- Super easy to make – Everything gets made in one pan and then folded into a burrito.
- Affordable – If you’re looking for cheap healthy recipes, then this rice and beans burrito should go to the top of the list.
- Vegetarian – You won’t even miss the meat in this high-protein plant-based burrito.
- Versatile – Use whatever ingredients you have on hand to get creative with flavors.
- Can be made ahead of time – The rice and beans mixture can be made up to 5 days in advance for easy veggie burritos all week. I’ll give more meal prep tips below.
- Leftover cooked brown rice – many vegetarian burrito recipes use cilantro lime rice. This is good, but I like to keep it simple by using leftover brown rice and adding some extra flavor.
- Onion, jalapeno, and garlic – this trio is the flavor foundation.
- Taco seasoning – I always reach for my homemade Whole30 taco seasoning when making this recipe. You can also use store-bought packets.
- Black beans – Beans add protein and fiber. I always seem to have an extra can of black beans in my pantry, but pinto or any bean will work.
- Salsa – I use a medium salsa to keep the filling family-friendly but use your favorite salsa to switch up the flavors and heat.
- Lime juice – A squirt of lime juice and a handful of cilantro adds a delicious fresh flavor to the rice filling.
- Flour tortillas – I find the large burrito shells work best to hold the filling. However, use whatever size you have available.
Turn this into a vegan burrito – It’s easy to keep this burrito dairy-free with vegan sour cream and vegan cheese.
Make a burrito bowl instead – If you want to skip the tortilla, scoop the filling into a bowl and add your favorite toppings. Creating a veggie burrito bowl is especially helpful if you want a gluten-free option.
Switch up the beans – Black beans, pinto beans, or any bean will work in this vegetarian burrito.
Increase the heat – Use extra chili powder or sprinkle in a little bit of chipotle powder or cayenne to spice up the filling. You can also use hot salsa or a dash of hot sauce to add heat.
Add more vegetables – Saute some chopped bell peppers or mushrooms. You can also use frozen corn in the filling. This plant-based burrito is delicious with any vegetables you need to use up.
Add shredded chicken or beef – I know I’m singing the praises of this meatless burrito, but I won’t stop you if you want to add meat! This Mexican shredded chicken, shredded beef, or pulled pork is fantastic with this black bean and rice filling.
Use quinoa – swap the rice for quinoa for extra protein and fiber.
- Large skillet
- Spatula or a large spoon
- Meal prep containers to store the filling.
- Souper cubes to freeze the filling.
How to Make a Vegetarian Burrito
- In a large pan or skillet, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the chopped onion and jalapeno and cook for 3-4 minutes or until the onion becomes translucent and fragrant.
- Stir the minced garlic in with the onion and pepper, then cook for another 1-2 minutes.
- Stir in the taco seasoning and salsa into the skillet, cook for another 1-2 minutes or until it gets hot and starts to bubble.
- Add the black beans and cooked rice to the salsa mixture and cook until hot, about 5 minutes. Stir the mixture a few times as it cooks.
- The last thing to do is stir in the cilantro and lime juice. Remove the rice and bean filling from the heat.
- To make the burrito, start by laying a burrito shell flat and spread a tablespoon of sour cream over the top. Spoon 1/2 cup of rice and bean mixture into the center and top with taco cheese, avocado, and other favorite toppings.
- Fold in the sides and roll-up.
How to Store the Recipe
You can make the black bean and rice filling up to 5 days ahead of time. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
When ready to serve, heat the filling in the microwave and continue with making the vegetarian burrito.
How to Freeze
You can free the burrito filling ahead of time. Portion out using 1-cup silicone trays (like Souper cubes) or freezer containers or bags and freeze up to 3 months.
When ready to serve, place the rice and bean filling into a microwave-safe container and heat for 2-3 minutes or until hot. Continue with making the burrito.
Vegetarian Burrito (Black Beans and Rice)
- Large skillet
- Cooking spoons or spatual
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 cup chopped onion
- 1 jalapeno seeds removed and chopped
- 2 medium cloves garlic minced
- 1 tablespoon taco seasoning
- 1/2 cup medium or hot salsa
- 1 15-ounce can of black beans drained
- 2 cups cooked brown rice
- 1 tablespoon lime juice
- 1 tablespoon chopped cilantro
- 5 burrito-style tortilla shells
- sour cream
- taco cheese
- avocado slices
- In a large skillet or pan, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the chopped onion and jalapeno and cook for 3-4 minutes or until the onion becomes translucent and fragrant.
- Add the garlic and cook for another 1-2 minutes.
- Stir in the taco seasoning and salsa, cook for another 1-2 minutes or until it gets hot and starts to bubble.
- Stir in the black beans and rice into the salsa mixture and cook until hot, about 5 minutes. Stir the mixture a few times as it cooks.
- Stir in the cilantro and lime juice.
- Lay a burrito shell flat and spread a tablespoon of sour cream over the top. Spoon 1/2 cup of rice and bean mixture into the center and then top with taco cheese, avocado slices, and any of your favorite burrito condiments. Roll up and enjoy!
Other Vegetarian Recipes
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