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Veggie Bean Burritos Recipe (meatless)

It’s a bean-y week at Kitchen Stewardship®! We lo-oove Mexican at the KS household. It’s the kind of place where we say, “Mild salsa? Never heard of it!” I usually have 5-10 jars of canned salsa on hand in the basement.

One of my favorite meatless, bean-filled meals is this veggie bean burrito that I learned from my friend Lindsay. My husband, in typical fashion, always says that it would be better with meat. It would also be more expensive and not nearly as good of a meatless option for Lenten Fridays, however!

Meatless Veggie and Bean Burritos
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Recipe: Veggie Bean Burritos

This is really an any-time-of-year kind of recipe. It lends itself perfectly to utilizing garden bounty at the end of summer but also fits with sales at the grocery store throughout the winter. Since you can swap veggies in and out, it’s incredibly versatile and delicious every time. I like to add red peppers and maybe some leafy green veggies like spinach or kale – just a smidge.

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Meatless Vegetable Burritos with Black Beans

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  • Author: Katie Kimball
  • Prep Time: 20 mins
  • Cook Time: 20 mins
  • Total Time: 40 mins
  • Yield: 4-6 1x


A nourishing, simple meatless meal that makes a ton for leftovers or frozen meals! Kids and husbands will love veggie bean burritos.


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for the sauce:

  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed)
  • 1 small can green chiles OR chopped jalapenos
  • 1/2 Tbs. chili powder
  • 1/4 c. tomato paste (in glass jars, no BPA!) (freeze the rest for the next batch)
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1/4 tsp. ground coriander
  • dash cayenne
  • 8 oz. can tomato sauce
  • 1 c. water
  • (can sub 14 oz. can tomatoes for sauce and paste.)

for the filling:

  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 2 1/2 c. chopped veggies (green pepper, frozen corn, zucchini, fresh mushrooms) I almost always end up with twice this much, so I double the recipe, and a single batch of sauce covers it all.
  • 2 cans black beans OR 3-4 cups cooked dry beans
  • 1/2 c. water
  • 1 tsp. chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp. cumin
  • 68 large tortillas or cooked brown rice

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To make sauce:

  1. Sauté onion and garlic and ¼ c. water or olive oil 5 minutes.
  2. Add chiles and spices, stir and sauté a few minutes.
  3. Add remaining sauce ingredients, mix well and simmer about 15 minutes.
  4. Set aside.

To make filling:

  1. Sauté onion, green pepper, mushrooms in water for 5 minutes.
  2. Add other ingredients; sauté 10 more minutes.
  3. You can just fill tortillas and eat smothered with sauce, or put a little sauce in the bottom of 9×13 pan, put the filling in tortillas, top with more sauce and cheese and bake 15-30 minutes at 350 degrees.

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This meal almost doesn’t need any sides, but if you like a little more on the plate, check out my Homemade Refried Beans or Mexican Rice and Beans for some great options.

Gluten-free version:

Easy peasy – just serve the filling and sauce over cooked brown rice, like this:

Meatless Veggie and Bean Burritos

To make this recipe as frugal AND nutritious as possible, I do the following:

Meatless Veggie and Bean Burritos
  • I chop and freeze zucchini either from summer’s bounty at the Farmer’s Market or from the reduced produce section when I see them.
  • I always have green peppers in the freezer, too, from the summer or reduced.
  • I cook with dry beans and make a BIG batch, tossing an extra cup or two in the recipe to add bulk and nutrition, then freezing any extra in can-sized portions.
  • I choose jalapenos instead of the $1/can green chiles. I just froze a bunch tonight from the Farmer’s Market, organic for $1.50 for about a dozen. Huge savings there!
Meatless Veggie and Bean Burritos

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22 thoughts on “Veggie Bean Burritos Recipe (meatless)”

  1. These have been a favorite since we bought the Everything Beans book a few years ago. At the time we weren’t worried about gluten, but we are now gluten free. But I make cassava flour tortillas, and you can’t tell the difference! I too love that sauce. It’s great on so many t besides the burritos!

    Thank you, Katie!

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  3. Did you know…. your filling is great on a pizza? I was digging around for something to put on pizzas one night and found the leftovers in the freezer. Now I make it and freeze it so that I have it ready for pizza night. 🙂 Yummm!

    1. Amanda,
      That’s awesome!! I have some leftovers; totally should add pizza sauce and cheese, yum. 😉 Katie

  4. Made these tonite (eating them now)… Oh My Gosh!! They are so good! And I love the sauce for an enchilada sauce. I’ve been looking for one I could make from scratch, instead of the cans. In order to get the veggies by my 5-yr-old (he won’t eat anything that looks green… or looks suspiciously like veggies!), I cooked it all up, minus some of the water, and put it in the blender on high… viola, refried beans! *sneaky mom* Hope this helps others who have very picky eaters!

  5. Hello! I have one of those husbands too, and i’ve just had to tell him our food budget needs slashing so there will be a lot more rice and legumes on the menu. We also buy pasta cheaply (yes, I know, but that’s where we are at and it’s all baby steps, right?) and the kids love spaghetti bolognese. I find myself using far too much minced beef that way, but have discovered that red lentils make a great substitute! Just cook the sauce as you would, but with lentils instead of meat.

      1. Haven’t got anything planned for tonight’s dinner and took tortillas out of the freezer for yesterday’s lunch so might just go for it!

  6. the filling looks amazing – going to put this on next week’s meal plan! thanks for sharing! 🙂 Kelly

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  9. Kimi @ The Nourishing Gourmet

    This recipe sounds fabulous! Thanks for sharing as part of Pennywise!
    .-= Kimi @ The Nourishing Gourmet´s last blog ..$5 Dish: Scrumptious Pan Fried Apples =-.

  10. Nicole Feliciano

    perfect fall meal. I bet it would be nice for casual entertaining too. Hope to see you over at Momtrends.

  11. These sound really good. My husband, a confirmed carnivore, would move these over the plate lifting them occasionally to see where the meat was. It’s good to know I’m not alone. Have a great day.
    .-= Mary´s last blog ..Apfel Sahne Torte – Apple Cream Cake – Foodie Friday =-.

  12. Live.Love.Eat

    Wow, frugal, healthy and delish!
    .-= Live.Love.Eat´s last blog ..Roasted Vegetable & Mozzarella Panini =-.

  13. Great recipe. It looks delicious!
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  15. this looks fantastic!! And, it made me smile to know that I already do many of those tips to make this dish not only healthy but frugal too 🙂 thanks!
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  16. My son, at two, has just discovered salsa. He always loved to “dip” things, but now he loves salsa. So, I’m having to buy mild ’round these parts once in a while, but I hope to have him up to the standard “medium” by three at the latest! 🙂

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  17. I’m cracking up here. Whenever I make something vegan, my hubby always says, “This would be really good with _____” (fill in the blank with some variety of meat – chicken, ground beef, etc.). So I had to laugh when I read your comment about your husband saying that would be good with meat. 🙂
    .-= Rachel R.´s last blog ..Next Actions (wfmw) =-.

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