Easy Vegetarian Rice and Bean Burrito

Vegetarian black bean and rice burrito
Vegetarian black bean and rice burrito photo by Burwell and Burwell Photography / Getty Images
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  • Total: 20 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Cook: 10 mins
  • Yield: 6-8 servings

Make a simple and easy vegetarian rice and bean burrito using leftover rice, canned black beans, store bought salsa and cheese. If you're looking for a quick and easy bean and cheese burrito recipe, here's a basic Mexican food recipe to start with. Add whatever extra spices and veggies you like, such as some cayenne pepper or chili powder for a spicier vegetarian burrito. A vegetarian burrito recipe doesn't have to be fancy to be tasty!

The beauty of this recipe is in it's simplicity, but that doesn't mean that you can use it as a base and customize it to make it even better. Swap out the plain leftover rice, for example, for some prepared Mexican rice or Spanish rice, and, instead of canned black beans, use some homemade frijoles negroes or homemade refried beans (you might also like this crockpot refried beans recipe). And of course, if you need it to be vegan, just sub in some vegan cheese instead of regular cheese or you can also just omit the cheese altogether. 

While it's true that burritos are more popular as a Mexican-American food than as a Mexican food per se, that doesn't make them any less delicious! Some burrito purists insist that burritos should not be prepared with rice at all, and others insist that lettuce on a burrito is an anathema. While many vegetarians find that they like the crunch that lettuce adds to a burrito, some burrito enthusiasts tend to have very passionate opinions and strong debates on whether or not rice belongs in a burrito! No matter how you personally feel, one can't deny the occasional need to use up leftover rice at home, and this is a great way to do it.

Either way, recipes such as this one are perfect for vegetarians, as there's plenty of protein from the beans, and, with just a few simple ingredients, this is a great way for any one cooking on a budget or needing to feed their family fast. 


  • 1 15 oz. can black beans (drained)
  • 1 1/2 cups salsa
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin powder
  • 1 3/4 cup rice (cooked)
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese (grated)
  • Optional: shredded iceburg lettuce
  • Optional: 1/2 cup sour cream
  • Optional: avocado slices or homemade guacamole
  • 6 to 8 flour tortillas

Steps to Make It

  1. In a large skillet or frying pan over low heat, combine the black beans, salsa and cumin powder, stirring to combine. Add the pre-cooked or leftover rice and allow to cook just until hot.

  2. Spoon the rice and beans mixture onto the flour tortillas, dividing evenly.

  3. Top each tortilla with some grated cheese, sour cream, lettuce, and two or three slices of avocado, or any other toppings you'd like (green onions, chopped fresh cilantro, diced tomatoes, hot sauce and homemade guacamole are a few other possible options).

  4. Wrap your burrito and serve hot.

Like this recipe? Looking for more easy vegetarian recipes to try on a budget? If so, be sure to check out these 7 exciting ways to make rice and beans.