Vegan Burrito Bowl

Want to make a nutritious vegan burrito bowl at home? This recipe uses simple ingredients and takes just 30 minutes.

top down view of vegan burrito bowl topped with avocado sauce, black beans and chopped tomatoes

When you’re eating a burrito, half of the fillings fall out anyway. So why not make it a bowl from the start?

This vegan burrito bowl is a balanced meal with protein from beans, complex carbohydrates from rice, healthy fats from avocado, and fresh veggies to top it all off.

top down view of vegan burrito bowl on a bed of rice

This recipe is awesome for meal prep—you can make it ahead and enjoy it for lunches and dinners whether packed up or at home.

The vegan burrito bowl is also awesome for sharing with others, since everyone can customize their own bowl to how they like it.

Whether you eat fully vegan or you just want to eat more plant-based foods, this bowl is easily customizable for you!

Ingredients

To get started with making this vegan burrito bowl, you’ll need a few ingredients:

top down view of ingredients used to make burrito bowl including rice, tortillas, avocado, black beans, tomatoes and limes

Rice: This recipe calls for white rice, but you can use other types if you’d like. For more fiber and protein, you can substitute in another grain like brown rice or quinoa.

Tortillas: Instead of wrapping up all the ingredients into a tortilla, we’re going to make crispy tortilla strips. If you’d like to make this meal gluten free, feel free to choose a gluten-free tortilla, such as corn or rice.

Onion and tomato: You want to chop these fairly small, since you’ll use them to make pico de gallo—g a type of salsa that’s made of fresh, uncooked ingredients.

If you’re feeling extra fancy, you might want to try out this grilled corn pico de gallo recipe!

Avocado and guacamole: You’ll use the avocado to make guacamole. Avocados are a great source of heart-healthy, plant-based unsaturated fats. Make sure your avocados are ripe and soft so they’re ready to eat!

Black beans: Beans offer plant-based protein, iron, and fiber. This recipe uses no-salt-added canned beans, allowing you more control over how much sodium you’re eating.

Step-by-step instructions

This vegan burrito bowl recipe comes together in about the amount of time it takes to cook the rice.

top down view of rice cooking in a pot of water

First, cook the rice in salted water, according to package directions.

tortilla strips on a baking pan with olive oil

Preheat your oven to 350° Fahrenheit. Lay the tortilla strips on a baking pan evenly in one layer,

golden crunchy strips of tortillas on a baking dish

and bake until golden and crunchy.

chopped tomatoes in a small bowl

Next, it’s time to start the pico de gallo. In a bowl, combine tomatoes,

top down view of tomatoes, cilantro and onions in a bowl

onion, half of the cilantro,  salt, and black pepper. 

lime being squeezed into a bowl of chopped tomatoes, onions and cilantro

Add half the lime juice,

bowl of cilantro, tomatoes, onions and lime juice being mixed with a spoon

and mix together. Now you have pico de gallo for your vegan burrito bowl!

top down view of avocado and cilantro in a small blender cup

To make the guacamole, place avocado, remaining cilantro and lime juice, salt, and black pepper in a blender.

top down view of avocado pureed

Pulse until creamy. You can add about ¼ cup water to make the guacamole thinner, if desired.

top down view of rice in a bowl topped with crunchy tortilla strips, black beans, cilantro and avocado mixture

Serve the bowls with rice,

top down view of cooked rice in a large bowl

crunchy tortilla strips, black beans, pico de gallo, guacamole, green sauce, and cilantro.

close up of vegan burrito bowl loaded with toppings

Feel free to add any of your other favorite burrito fillings, like corn, lettuce, and other veggies.

Recipe FAQ

What can I use instead of rice in a burrito bowl?

Some great substitutes for rice include other grains like quinoa, millet, bulgur, couscous, or even mashed or roasted potatoes. If you’re looking to eat more veggies or reduce the carbohydrates in your meal, riced cauliflower or leafy greens are also nutritious choices.

Can burrito bowls be healthy?

Although many restaurants serve burrito bowls, you can also make a nutritious version at home so you have more choice over the ingredients.

You can make a balanced burrito bowl with a variety of vegetables, whole grains, beans, and whole food sauces and toppings.

Aim for half the meal as veggies, one quarter grains, and one quarter protein such as beans, with some healthy fats such as avocado.

Why are tortillas not vegan?

Many tortillas are vegan, but some contain animal ingredients such as milk powder. Check the ingredient list on the package to see if it contains any animal products. Tortillas can be made with wheat, corn, rice, or other grains—all of which are vegan.

What can I put in a burrito instead of meat?

Instead of meat, you’ll want to use another source of protein for a vegan burrito bowl. You can use beans or lentils, tofu, tempeh, seitan, or pre-made plant-based meat alternatives.

Texturized vegetable protein, also called TVP, is a high-protein soy product that can be used to resemble ground meat.

What is a vegan burrito made of?

A vegan burrito can be filled with a variety of typical burrito ingredients—including rice, beans, corn, salsa, guacamole, and vegetables like lettuce and bell peppers.

Tortillas are often already vegan, and you can add vegan cheese and meat substitutes as well.

side view of vegan burrito bowl

More vegan bowl recipes

Did you enjoy this vegan burrito bowl? Check out some of these other delicious vegan bowl recipes:

Now that you know how to make a delicious vegan burrito bowl at home, you can save yourself the takeout while fueling your body with healthy whole foods.

top down view of vegan burrito bowl topped with avocado sauce, black beans and chopped tomatoes

Vegan Burrito Bowl

Want to make a nutritious vegan burrito bowl at home? This recipe uses simple ingredients and takes just 30 minutes.
Prep Time 30 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 4
Calories 390 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup white rice
  • salt to taste
  • 4 tortillas cut into stripes (gluten free, if necessary)
  • 2 tomatoes chopped
  • ½ red onion chopped
  • limes juiced, divided
  • black pepper to taste
  • ¼ cup guacamole
  • ½ avocado
  • cups fresh cilantro plus additional for garnish
  • 1 cup no-salt-added canned black beans drained and rinsed

Instructions
 

  • Cook rice in salted water, according to package directions.
  • Preheat oven to 350º Fahrenheit, and bake tortilla strips until golden and crunchy.
  • Mix tomatoes, onion, half the lime juice, half of the cilantro, salt, and pepper to make pico de gallo.
  • Place avocado, remaining cilantro and lemon juice, salt, and pepper in a blender. Pulse until creamy. You can add about ¼ cup water to make the sauce runny, if desired.
  • Serve the bowls with rice, tortilla strips, beans, pico de gallo, guacamole, green sauce, and cilantro.

Nutrition

Calories: 390kcalCarbohydrates: 69gProtein: 10gFat: 9gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 5gSodium: 398mgPotassium: 644mgFiber: 9gSugar: 4gVitamin A: 991IUVitamin C: 24mgCalcium: 98mgIron: 3mg
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Want to make a nutritious vegan burrito bowl at home? This recipe uses simple ingredients and takes just 30 minutes.
Dairy Free | Dinner | Fast / Easy | Gluten Free | Lunch | No Added Sugar | Nut Free | Pescatarian | Recipes (Organizational) | Stovetop | Vegan | Vegetarian |

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