Easy Vegetarian Bean Burritos

These fast-food inspired pinto bean burritos are fresh and flavorful. Prepare for lunch in under 30 minutes or freeze for a grab-and-go meal. 

After driving across the country twice, and countless many other long roadtrips in the car, I’ve had my share of fast food burritos (I’m looking at you, Taco Bell). Although they can be a good option in a pinch, fast food burritos are often high in sodium and saturated fat.

These vegetarian bean burritos are a healthy homemade alternative to classic fast food bean burritos. And they’re made in under 30 minutes!

Hand holding a vegetarian bean burrito. The burrito is cut so that you can see the inside.

The pumpkin seeds and sweet corn are a nod to one of my favorite northwest fast food chains, Taco Time.

When I lived in Portland, I loved the fast food restaurant Taco Time for their vegetarian burritos. There’s no Taco Time in Georgia, so I’ve committed to making my own fast food-inspired burritos.

To make these vegetarian bean burritos we’ll use classic ingredients like “refried” pinto beans, sweet corn, crispy romaine, and shredded cheddar cheese. You can easily make these into vegan burritos by swapping out the cheddar with vegan cheese.

Pack nutrition into your burrito, one bite at a time

Left image shows whole pinto beans in a blender. Right image shows blended pinto beans.

Protein: Pinto beans are high in fiber and plant-based protein. Control the sodium content by cooking pinto beans from dry, or choose canned pinto beans labeled “low sodium”.

Carbohydrates: Carbs give your body the energy it needs to get you through the day. Try a wheat tortilla for complex carbohydrates and extra fiber, or stick with a traditional white flour tortilla.

Overhead view of ingredients used to make vegetarian bean burritos: lettuce, cheese, tortillas, pumpkin seeds, corn, beans, and chipotle sauce.

Veggies: Romaine lettuce, sweet corn and green onion are the main veggies in this recipe. Try adding sliced radishes, fresh bell pepper, or sauteed zucchini for an extra serving of veggies.

Healthy fats: Pumpkin seeds are a good source of Zinc and hearty healthy fats. For the chipotle sauce, use greek yogurt in place of sour cream for a lower calorie, higher protein dressing.

And let’s not forget the best part of this burrito: chipotle dressing

This dressing is super easy to make and packed with flavor. It’s made with canned chipotles in adobo sauce, fresh garlic, lemon juice, and greek yogurt. So creamy and flavorful, it really ties the burrito together.

Meal prep vegetarian bean burritos

These burritos are great to make ahead for last-minute grab-and-go meals. Freeze a foil-wrapped burrito for up to 3 months. Remove the foil and reheat in the microwave for 2-3 minutes.

Easy Vegetarian Bean Burritos

These vegetarian burritos are made with fast-food style pinto beans and a creamy chipotle sauce.

  • Prep Time 15 mins
  • Cook Time 5 mins
  • Total Time 20 mins

Servings: 4 burritos

Calories: 504kcal

Ingredients

Vegetarian Bean Burritos

  • 2 cans (14 ounces) low sodium pinto beans, drained and rinsed ~3 cups
  • 1/2 cup water or vegetable broth
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 4 12″ flour tortillas
  • 2 cups romaine lettuce chopped
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup sweet corn
  • 1/2 cup green onions sliced
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin seeds
  • hot sauce or salsa optional

Chipotle Sauce

  • 6 ounces plain Greek yogurt
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice from one medium lemon
  • 1 chipotle chili pepper from a small can of canned chipotles
  • 1 tablespoon adobo sauce from canned chipotles

Instructions

  • In a blender or food processor, combine pinto beans, vegetable broth, and garlic powder. Blend until smooth. Add to a saucepan over medium heat. Heat until warmed through, stirring as needed.
  • Add yogurt, garlic, lemon juice, chipotle chili pepper, and adobo sauce to clean blender. Blend until smooth. 
  • To make one burrito: Add 1/2 cup pureed beans to the center of a tortilla. Divide remaining toppings evenly between 4 tortillas. Drizzle with 1-2 tablespoons chipotle sauce. Roll up into a burrito. 
  • To freeze burritos: Roll assembled burrito tightly into foil. Freeze for up to 3 months. To reheat, remove foil and place burrito on a microwave safe plate. Microwave for 2-3 minutes, or until thawed through. 

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