Basic Rice and Bean Vegetarian Burrito

Vegetarian black bean and rice burrito
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  • 20 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins,
  • Cook: 10 mins
  • Yield: 6-8 servings
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Make a simple 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 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 (I also like this crockpot refried beans recipe). 

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. Personally, I like the crunch that lettuce adds, and while I could go either way on rice in a burrito usually, I can't deny the occasional need to use up leftover rice, 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. 

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What You'll Need

  • 1 15 ounce can black beans, drained
  • 1 1/2 cups prepared salsa
  • 1/2 tsp cumin powder
  • 1 3/4 cup leftover pre-cooked rice
  • 1 cup grated cheddar cheese
  • shredded iceburg lettuce (optional)
  • approximately 1/2 cup sour cream (optional)
  • avocado slices (optional)
  • 6-8 flour tortillas

How to Make It

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.

Spoon the rice and beans mixture onto the flour tortillas, dividing evenly. 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 guacamole are a few other possible options).

Wrap your burrito and serve hot.

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