Easy Vegetarian Rice and Bean Burrito

Rice and Bean Burrito

The Spruce Eats / Cara Cormack

Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 10 mins
Total: 20 mins
Servings: 6 to 8 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
483 Calories
12g Fat
77g Carbs
17g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 6 to 8
Amount per serving
Calories 483
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 12g 15%
Saturated Fat 4g 22%
Cholesterol 14mg 5%
Sodium 1111mg 48%
Total Carbohydrate 77g 28%
Dietary Fiber 8g 28%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 17g
Vitamin C 2mg 12%
Calcium 176mg 14%
Iron 5mg 28%
Potassium 451mg 10%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Burritos are a great way to combine a few ingredients together into a delicious handheld meal. They're extremely versatile, and can be made to please meat lovers and vegetarians alike. This quick and easy vegetarian bean burrito calls for leftover rice, canned black beans, store-bought salsa, and cheddar cheese. (For a vegan variation, use vegan cheese or omit it altogether.) There's plenty of protein from the beans, and they make for a satisfying and filling dish.

Add whatever extra seasonings and veggies you like, such as sautéed peppers, chopped tomato, or some cayenne pepper or chili powder for a spicier vegetarian burrito. Although some purists insist that burritos should not be prepared with rice at all, this recipe is an ideal use for leftover rice, is quick to put together, completely customizable to your family's tastes, and is budget friendly.


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  • 1 (15-ounce) can black beans, drained

  • 1 1/2 cups salsa

  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin

  • 1 3/4 cups cooked rice

  • 6 to 8 large flour tortillas

  • 1 cup grated cheddar cheese

  • 1/2 cup sour cream, optional

  • 1 cup shredded lettuce, optional

  • 1 large sliced avocado, optional

  • Hot sauce, to taste, optional

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Ingredients for easy vegetarian rice and bean burrito recipe gathered

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  2. In a large skillet or frying pan over low heat, add the black beans, salsa, and ground cumin, stirring to combine.

    Black beans and salsa in a saucepan for burritos

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  3. Add the precooked or leftover rice and allow it to cook just until hot. (Alternatively, mix the ingredients in a microwave-safe bowl and heat in the microwave.)

    Rice, beans, and salsa in a pot with a wooden spoon

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  4. Warming the tortillas will make them more pliable for rolling; you can heat them quickly in the microwave or in a dry, hot skillet. Place warm tortillas in between clean cotton towels to keep warm before serving.

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

    Rice and beans in tortillas

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  6. Top each with grated cheese and sour cream, lettuce, 2 or 3 slices of avocado, and a splash of hot sauce if you like.

    Burrito topped with cheese, sour cream, and avocado

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  7. Wrap the burritos and serve hot.

    Burritos wrapped alongside toppings such as green onions and cheese

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  8. Eat whole or slice in half and enjoy.

    Vegetarian burritos sliced in half and stacked on top of each other

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Recipe Variations

The beauty of this recipe is in its simplicity, but that doesn't mean you can't use it as a base and customize it to your liking.

  • Swap out the plain rice for some prepared Mexican rice, brown rice, or Spanish rice.
  • Instead of canned black beans, use some homemade frijoles negros or homemade refried beans.
  • Other fillings to consider include green onions, chopped fresh cilantro, diced tomatoes, pickled jalapeños, and homemade guacamole.
  • Pump up the flavor and complexity of the cumin by toasting cumin seeds in a small frying pan and then grinding them in a spice grinder or with a mortar and pestle.
  • Use vegan sour cream, plain yogurt, and/or cheese.
  • If you are not a vegetarian, add some leftover meat that's been diced, shredded, or cut into small pieces. Ground beef, turkey, or chicken also work well.

How to Store Rice and Bean Burritos

These burritos will keep for three or four days, well wrapped in aluminum foil in the refrigerator. Wrap loosely in foil and reheat in a 350 F oven until hot. You can also cut them in half, wrap them, and freeze them for later use. They can be reheated in the microwave or the oven.


You can double this recipe very easily. If you have leftover rice or beans that you won't use up within a few days, you can freeze it. It's helpful to freeze these foods separately in 1- to 2-cup increments in a zip-close freezer bag. You can add them frozen to a hot pan that's cooking with other burrito ingredients, and they'll cook quickly.