I can’t offer you a plane ticket to the beach, but how about the best Vegetarian Burrito?! Chipotle lime rice, a hearty black bean and vegetable filling, and creamy avocado all wrapped up inside a soft tortilla, this filling meatless main is big on flavor and light on clean up!

Vegetarian Rice Bean Burrito with salsa on a plate

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No matter the weather, burritos give me carefree vacation feels, because they remind me of trips to California, where Mission burritos (named for the Mission neighborhood of San Francisco where they originated) reign supreme.

Plus, while I do love a good ol’ Chipotle Burrito Bowl, there is something about wrapping everything up in a big tortilla that makes a meal more fun.

This easy vegetarian burrito recipe is ready in 30 minutes and needs only one big skillet to prepare.

More eating, less washing. That’s carefree too!

Veggie and Black Bean Burritos with avocado on a plate

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“We made it today for lunch and just LOVE it!! So full of fresh veggie flavor and so easy and quick to put together.”

— Ana —

How to Make a Satisfying Vegetarian Burrito

It’s important to me that every vegetarian dinner recipe on this site is so filling and flavorful, you don’t miss the meat.

Burritos are great for vegetarians to eat, because they contain so many important food groups and it’s easy to add plant-based protein (thank you beans!).

  • Brown rice and black beans provide fiber and protein, two critical nutrients to help keep you full.
  • Avocado and cheese provide the satisfaction factor and make the burritos a little creamy.
  • Sautéed vegetables turn these healthy veggie burritos into an all-in-one meal.
  • Smoky spices like chipotle chili powder and cumin bring the heat and make these veggie burritos anything but bland.

Tip!

Burritos aren’t the only tasty way to enjoy filling meatless Mexican-inspired recipes. Check out Vegetarian Tacos, Vegetarian Enchiladas, Taco Soup, and Vegan Enchiladas.


The Ingredients

  • Vegetables. With an array of colorful, delicious veggies, these bean burritos are healthy and flavorful! Both the bell peppers and zucchini add wonderful sweetness.

Market Swap

While I love making these burritos with bell pepper and zucchini, you can swap them out for other vegetables that you can find in the store or have on hand. Corn, tomatoes, onions, and mushrooms would all be delicious.

  • Brown Rice. The rice helps hold the filling together and makes the burrito more satisfying.
  • Lime + Cilantro. Cilantro and lime zest and juice add brightness, acidity, and flavor to the rice.Perfect for making cilantro-lime rice.
  • Black Beans. Rich in plant-based protein and fiber, beans make burritos a healthy vegetarian option (and Bean Tostadas agree). Use a can for convenience or plan ahead and make your own Instant Pot Black Beans.

Substitution Tip

For a different twist, make this vegetarian burrito recipe with refried beans. Spread the beans onto the tortilla before adding the other toppings. See these Instant Pot Refried Beans for a recipe or mash up Crock Pot Pinto Beans.

  • Spices. Cumin and chipotle chili powder add earthy, smoky, and warm flavors to the filling.
  • Salsa. You can use any salsa or sauce you like here, even pico de gallo. If you like your burritos to be spicy, use a salsa with some heat.
  • Feta. Feta is an ideal cheese for these burritos. It’s salty and turns creamy against the warm filling.
  • Avocado. The butteriness of avocado is scrumptious with the burrito filling.
  • Flour Tortilla. Like a warm, lightly-toasted hug wrapped around the burrito filling. I used whole wheat tortillas for an extra nutrition boost. Could try gluten-free tortillas!

Dietary Note

For a low-carb version of this recipe, skip the tortilla and make a vegetarian burrito bowl with cauliflower rice. Or wrap in romaine lettuce!

The Directions

Rice and cilantro in a pot
  1. Heat the rice, then stir in the zest, juice, cilantro, and a pinch of salt.
  2. Sauté the peppers and part of the green onions with salt and pepper.
Vegetables being cooked in a pot
  1. Stir in the zucchini, cumin, and chipotle chili powder.
Vegetables and black beans in a pot
  1. Add the beans, salsa, and garlic, mashing the beans a little. Stir in the feta and remaining green onions.
Avocado slices on top of black beans and rice on a tortilla
  1. Fill your tortillas, then roll them tightly.
Four vegetarian burritos rolled
  1. Crisp the burritos in a skillet on the stovetop over medium-high heat. Slice in half, then DIG IN!

Dietary Note

Diehard carnivores can stir in shredded chicken (try Instant Pot Chicken, Crock Pot Shredded Chicken, or this simple method for How to Cook Shredded Chicken).

You can also add chopped grilled steak (see these Flank Steak Tacos for a cooking suggestion), or browned ground beef or turkey; this healthy Taco Salad has tips for seasoning ground meat.

Easy Vegetarian Black Bean Burrito on a plate

Storage Tips

  • To Store. Refrigerate burritos in an airtight storage container for up to 4 days.
  • To Reheat. Rewarm leftovers in a baking dish in the oven at 350 degrees F or in the microwave.
  • To Freeze. See “How to Make Freezer Burritos” below for a vegetarian burrito freezer tutorial.

How to Make Freezer Burritos

To freeze vegetarian burritos and reheat for later:

  • Prepare and toast the burritos as directed. Let cool.
  • Once the burritos are cool, place them in a single layer on a baking sheet. Freeze until solid.
  • Wrap each frozen burrito tightly with aluminum foil, then transfer it to an airtight freezer-safe storage container or ziptop bag. Freeze for up to 3 months.

To Reheat Frozen Burritos. Frozen burritos can be thawed in the refrigerator overnight or reheated straight from frozen. To reheat in the oven, place the aluminum foil-wrapped burrito on a baking sheet in the oven at 350 degrees F until warmed through. If reheating in the microwave, remove the aluminum foil before heating the burrito.

Vegetarian Burrito on a plate with salso

Leftover Ideas

Turn leftover burrito filling into a nutritious and tasty rice bowl. Top the bowl with avocado, shredded lettuce additional salsa, cheese, and Greek yogurt or sour cream. Serve it with tortilla chips for dunking.

What to Serve with Vegetarian Burritos

A vegetarian burrito cut in half on a plate

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Frequently Asked Questions

How Can I Make Vegan Burritos?

To make these burritos vegan (and dairy free), omit the feta cheese. You could also swap in a dairy free feta or other vegan cheese option you enjoy. You can use vegan sour cream as well!

Can I Bake the Burritos in the Oven?

Yes, you can toast your burritos in the oven instead of on the stovetop. Coat a large baking dish with nonstick spray and place the filled burritos in the dish seam-side down in a single layer. Lightly mist the tops with nonstick spray. Bake at 350 degrees F for 15-20 minutes, until the tortillas are lightly browned.

Can I Use a Different Grain in my Burritos?

If you don’t have any cooked brown rice on hand, you could swap it for cooked white rice or quinoa (quinoa fans, don’t miss my veggie-packed Mexican Quinoa).

Vegetarian Rice Bean Burrito

Vegetarian Burrito

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Fast and healthy, this vegetarian burrito with black beans, chipotle chili, and feta uses only one pot and is ready in less than 30 minutes!

Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 15 mins
Total: 30 mins

Servings: 6 medium or 4 large burritos

Ingredients
  

  • 1 1/2 cups cooked brown rice
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped cilantro
  • Zest and juice of 1 medium, juicy lime (about 3/4 tsp zest and 2 tablespoons juice)
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 red bell pepper cored and diced
  • 1 green bell pepper cored and diced
  • 1 small bunch green onions chopped (about 1 cup), divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt plus a pinch or two
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 zucchini ends trimmed and diced
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin reduce to 1 teaspoon if sensitive to spice
  • 1/2 teaspoon chipotle chili powder reduce to 1/4 teaspoon if sensitive to spice
  • 3 cloves minced garlic or 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 can (15 ounces) black beans rinsed and drained
  • 1/4 cup of your favorite salsa plus additional for serving
  • 4 ounces crumbled feta cheese
  • 6 whole wheat tortillas I used the 8-inch size. You can also use the larger, 9- or 10-inch burrito size for 4 bigger burritos
  • 2 medium ripe avocados sliced
  • Nonstick spray optional for crisping the outside
  • Non-fat Greek yogurt or sour cream, optional for serving
  • Additional lime wedges optional for serving

Instructions
 

  • If using leftover rice, heat it gently in a saucepan or the microwave with a few tablespoons of water as needed to keep it from drying out (if you are cooking your rice fresh, you’ll need 1/2 cup uncooked and it will already be hot). Stir in the lime zest, lime juice, cilantro, and a pinch of kosher salt. Cover and set aside to keep warm.
  • Heat the oil in a large sauté pan over medium heat. Add bell peppers, half of the green onions, salt, and black pepper and sauté until crisp-tender, about 4 minutes.
  • Add the zucchini, cumin, and chipotle chili powder. Continue to sauté until the vegetables are tender, about 5 minutes. If it any point the veggies start to stick, drizzle in a little additional oil as needed.
  • Add the black beans, salsa, and garlic. Mash the beans a little, using either a fork or the back of a spoon. Cook and stir until the beans are heated through, about 2 to 3 minutes. Stir in the feta and remaining green onions.
  • Fill and roll burritos: place your tortilla on a work surface and top with a small scoop of rice (about 1/4 cup for 1 medium burrito), spreading it so that it runs horizontally left to right. Top with about 2/3 cup of the bean filling. Arrange a few avocado slices on top. Fold the left and right edges of the tortilla up and partially over the filling towards the middle. Keeping the sides folded in, lift the bottom edge of the tortilla (the one closest to you) up and over the filling, then tightly roll the burrito away from you to secure.
  • If you’d like to crisp the outside of the burrito (HIGHLY recommend), heat a medium nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Once the skillet is hot, coat with nonstick spray, then place the burrito in the pan seam-side down. Cook on each side for about 2 minutes, until lightly golden. Repeat with remaining burritos. Slice in half, then enjoy hot with desired toppings.

Notes

  • Leftover filling can be refrigerated in an airtight container for up to 5 days. Rewarm filling and fill burritos just before serving.
  • The recipe written as is will have a bit of a kick to it. If you are sensitive to spice, reduce the spices as indicated in the ingredient list.

Nutrition

Serving: 1(of 6) medium burritosCalories: 331kcalCarbohydrates: 37gProtein: 11gFat: 17gSaturated Fat: 4gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 17mgPotassium: 862mgFiber: 12gSugar: 4gVitamin A: 1230IUVitamin C: 62mgCalcium: 168mgIron: 3mg

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  1. I love this burrito filling. What’s not to love though? All of summer’s best veggies that makes dinner a cinch? I’m totally in. Pinned!

  2. We had burritos this weekend too! And my husband does something similar.. it has got to be the tortillas and the cheese!

  3. One skillet Mexican is something I can get down with, typically when I make Mexican I use approximately 1,000 dishes and generally create a giant mess, if I could eliminate those things Kevin would love me even more than he already does (since he inevitably does the dishes). Looks fab!

  4. Girl, I am all about the less-dishes-the-better kind of meals as of late. It’s no fun to stand over a sink full of hot sudsy water in the summertime. I love all the fresh flavors happening here! Beautiful!

  5. If summer veggie burritos were a song on iTunes, I’d buy it! I’m all for quick dinners that don’t involve doing a lot of dishes afterward. I’m not sure if I’ve ever had cumin in a burrito, but it sounds delicious!

    1. SOLD! Thanks so much. The cumin is a little different, but it adds a nice heat that really pumped up the vegetables. Definitely worth a shot if you like spice!

  6. I love beautiful, healthy food that tastes this good. Will I sing for you, hmmm, probably not, but I will go to the basement to get out my fiesta hat for these.

  7. These look absolutely gorgeous (and tasty)! I love these photos. Summer just seems to be made for fresh and light Mexican dishes like these. Can’t wait to try it!

  8. This recipe makes me so happy! I’ve been on a burrito kick lately but I’ve been sticking to boring 5-min bean and cheese burritos. This looks so much more interesting (and healthier)! Just what I need to freshen up my burrito craving. :)

  9. Veggies “smokin with Chipotle and cumin” how could I resist???! :)

  10. Oh yum. What an awesome way to get a keen veggie hit! I too am a little obsessed with Mexican. I think it’s the cheese plus spice plus creamy avocado (oh, avocado. I’d sing a love ballad to avo any day!). I cannot wait to make this! X

  11. Erin, love this Mexican veggie burrito!! looks so good! this would make my top 10 summer play list any day!

  12. This sounds delicious. I’ve checked the nutrition on it, and would add chicken to get the protein levels up to where I would want them. I live on the border with Mexico and have come to appreciate real Mexican food (as opposed to the one size fits all stuff you get at a lot of Mexican restaurants) that has not been dumbed down. Queso fresco would also work well for the cheese – if you can get it. It is salty the way feta is. A dish like this makes me glad that we have long summers here. :-)

  13. Erin these burritos look so delicious!! We had burrito for dinner last night! Will be trying your version soon!

  14. Fewer dishes definitely puts me in a good mood! These burritos look so good, Erin!

  15. Yum! I love burritos and this is something that I would definitely enjoy! Feta is one of my favorite kinds of cheese so that is a great plus!

  16. I love that you just serenaded me in this post – you’re so funny/awesome…now, excuse me while I stuff my face with a burrito or two!

  17. More eating, less dishes <<<< You're speaking my language here, girl! These burritos look like the most fantastic dinner I've ever seen and I kinda want to marry them. Yum!

  18. I love happy, healthy food like this! Especially when cheese is involved, duh. ;) Such a yummy looking dish!

  19. This looks like a farmer’s market on a plate. I love it! Nothing beats a good veggie burrito – the colors are so beautiful!

  20. Looking at this definitely makes me happy :) Love all the beautiful summer veggies in these burritos – looks so healthy and delicious!

    1. Ann, I went to town on just the filling myself! I think it would be great mixed up with rice as well. Thanks so much!

  21. I would listen to your summer veggie burrito song lol! Definitely looks yummy and perfect for summer :)

  22. Mmmm … these take me way back!! When I graduated from high school, my mom planned my graduation party – and we had a burrito and taco bar (I know, super fun!) – but she planned for about 1,000,000 people coming. Soo … we had chicken and steak and cakes and cookies and fresh veggies and taco shells and tortillas left over. Like, for WEEKS. My best friend came over every day, and we made veggie burritos with fresh veggies. So yummy and totally healthy!
    These remind me of that time, and I just want to eat these all over again! The sautéed veggies are a little more mature than what we had in the crisper, and I pick black beans, too!! YUM!!

  23. I love these summer veggie burritos and would love to hear a burrito song! For some reason the summertime makes me want to eat tacos and burritos everynight and fill them with lots of vegetables. These look pefect!

  24. these look so delicious and definitely so perfect for summer.. recreating the recipe for my vegetarian household. thanks for sharing!

  25. Straight to the Billboard Top 10 for sure. Let me know if you need a back up singer/dancer, I’d be keen to apply for that role. LOL!
    Mexican foods are my go too when Im not feeling the love, gauranteed to pick this little lady up. :)

  26. Erin, if it’s alright with you, my husband and I will chime in on the chorus of your veggie burrito love song :)))!!! We made it today for lunch and just LOVE it!! So full of fresh veggie flavor and so easy and quick to put together, just what I am looking for in a summer dish. The burrito filling is so tasty I think I could eat the rest of it straight out of a bowl as is, as if it were chili but a lighter summer version, although wrapped up in a tortilla is also so good! Thanks for sharing another great recipe!5 stars

    1. Sing away Ana, and thank you!!! I’m so excited to hear that you and your husband enjoyed this recipe. It was one of our favorites this summer too, and I totally agree that it is worth eating right out of the bowl. Thanks so much for trying it and for taking time to let me know how it turned out!

  27. Hi Erin, Just wanted to let you know this is still one of our favorite recipes, and I’ve just found out it’s kid friendly too!
    My three year old loved it today! I made a few easy swaps – garbanzo beans instead of black beans and stuffed it in a pita to make it easier for her to eat. I also used queso fresco instead of feta since it has a lighter taste and no cilantro. Still, I wasn’t sure how she’d take to it, so I told her we were going to have “pita sandwiches with garbanzos!” both of which she loves, and she was psyched. She gobbled it all up. Would recommend this version to anyone who has kids who like to eat out of a pita. Best, Ana5 stars

    1. Ana, what a wonderful endorsement! I’m so glad the recipe is a winner for both you and your daughter! Thank you so much for taking the time to report back and leave this wonderful comment.

  28. Oh so good! I did add a little bit of frozen corn to the mix and some ground red pepper for even more heat. I’m not a big cumin fan so I dropped the amount drastically, but they turned out so good. I will definitely make them again.5 stars