Yummy Bean and Rice Burritos Recipe

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Homemade Bean and Rice Burritos are a classic comfort dish that’s both filling and nutritious.

This recipe not only offers a delicious meal that you can serve to guests but also packs the goodness of beans and rice, making it a perfect option for a wholesome family dinner.

Not only will you save money on this budget-friendly meal, but it will also allow everyone to enjoy cooking together.

Leftovers can even be stored in the fridge for a quick and easy lunch the next day, saving you even more money.

This is the recipe that’s always been a winner for me (plus it’s a family favorite!).

Bean and Rice Burritos Recipe

Bean and Rice Burrito Plate
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Yummy Bean and Rice Burritos Recipe

Bean and Rice Burrito Wrap
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 cup of rice
  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • Salt, to taste
  • 4 large flour tortillas
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar or Monterey Jack cheese (optional)

Instructions

    1. Cook 1 cup of rice according to the package instructions and set aside.
    2. In a large skillet, heat one tablespoon of olive oil over medium heat.
    3. Add the diced onion and minced garlic cloves, and sauté until the onion is translucent for about 5 minutes.
    4. Add the black beans to the skillet, along with the cumin, chili powder, and salt.
    5. Cook for an additional 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the beans are heated through and well combined with the spices.
    6. Warm the flour tortillas in the microwave for 30 seconds to make them more pliable.
    7. To assemble the burritos, spoon about one-quarter of the rice and bean mixture onto each tortilla.
    8. If desired, add 1/4 cup of cheese to each.
    9. Fold in the sides of the tortilla and then roll it up tightly, starting from the bottom.
    10. For a crispy exterior, lightly toast the burritos in a clean skillet over medium heat for 2-3 minutes on all sides.
    11. Serve with your favorite toppings such as salsa, sour cream, diced tomatoes, guacamole, or lettuce.

Nutrition Information:

Serving Size:

4

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 350Total Fat: 8gSodium: 600mgCarbohydrates: 55gFiber: 8gSugar: 1gProtein: 15g

You Can Customize Your Bean And Rice Burritos

The best thing about burritos is that you can customize them to suit your own tastes. 

I often switch up the kinds of beans I use in my recipe. Try using pinto beans or kidney beans for a completely different flavor profile.

If your family loves meat, then, by all means, add meat. For a non-vegetarian version, you can include cooked chicken, beef, or pork.

This is a great recipe to make vegan by omitting the cheese or using a dairy-free alternative. Feel free to make your burritos vegan, it will not take away from the flavor at all.

I like to occasionally add some heat to this burrito recipe by using jalapenos or hot sauce in the filling.

You can also just have an assortment of sliced fresh peppers for toppings if anyone in your family doesn’t like them as spicy.

To add more freshness and crunch, consider adding diced bell peppers, corn, or avocado to the filling.

This is a great way to throw in more veggies to make it even more nutritious.

Are these just for breakfast? Absolutely not! Just add scrambled eggs and diced potatoes to start your day with a hearty meal.

Success Tips

Here are several suggestions to assist you in creating a delicious meal, regardless of your experience level.

Warming Tortillas

I always heat the tortillas before I use them. 

This prevents them from cracking and makes them more pliable, which makes it easier to roll them into burritos.

Filling Quantity

If you want your burritos to close properly and maintain their shape, it’s important not to overfill them. 

Choose a smaller amount of filling to start with to avoid any filling from falling out or tearing of the tortilla.

Toasting Burritos 

Always use a non-stick skillet to ensure your burritos get the perfect toast without getting greasy.

This way, you can avoid the need for additional oil, which can give your burritos a heavy, greasy taste.

Seasoning Tips

Season each component of your dish separately because the beans may not need as much seasoning as the blander-tasting rice does. 

This way, every element will stand out with the most flavor impact, adding to the overall taste of your meal.

Keeping Burritos Warm

To ensure burritos remain warm and fresh for later serving, it’s a good practice to wrap them carefully in aluminum foil. 

This helps retain their heat and moisture, ensuring that each bite is as satisfying as if they were served right off the stove.

Tortilla Sizes

To make the perfect burrito, you may want to try various tortilla sizes. 

This will allow you to discover the ideal burrito-to-filling ratio that your family likes.

Money Saving Tips When Making Bean And Rice Burritos

The goal of these recipes is to get the most bang for your buck.

Here are some budget-friendly tips to prepare this dish.

#1. Buy In Bulk

To save money, I usually buy beans and rice in bulk. You can use them in many of your recipes and for batch cooking too.

#2. Use Seasonal Produce

You can purchase seasonal produce to enjoy the freshest toppings and produce. 

It is usually a lot cheaper than buying out-of-season fruits and veggies, and my family never notices the difference.

#3. Make Homemade Salsa

Instead of opting for store-bought options, I love to make my own homemade salsa and guacamole.

It is fun to add the flavors I love and, of course, to add that personal touch to any meal.

#4. Choose Cheaper Cheese

Instead of splurging on expensive cheeses, try more affordable choices. 

Even when you choose store brands, most cheeses will still melt well and taste great.

#5. Go Vegetarian

You can opt for vegetarian fillings, which are usually cheaper than meat and just as nutritious. 

Just because it’s burrito doesn’t mean it needs meat; a great option is to add grilled mushrooms and onions.

#6. Cook More For Later

By cooking meals in bulk and freezing them for later, you can save money and time, too. 

You can also buy the same ingredients for several different recipes, such as burritos and tacos.

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