Vegetarian Burrito Bowl Recipe

This vegetarian burrito bowl recipe is bursting with spices and flavor. It’s delicious and easy for your Meatless Monday dinner recipe or add chicken, beef, or shrimp if you prefer the carnivore version.  Burrito rice bowls are an easy solution to busy week nights when you need a healthy dinner on the table, FAST. 

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Vegetarian Burrito Bowl Recipe

What’s in a burrito rice bowl?

So, what do you put on a burrito when you go to Chipotle for lunch?  Just about everything, right?  Well, those same ingredients can go in a vegetarian burrito bowl recipe   without the mess of a tortilla wrap.   Just a few suggestions include corn, diced tomatoes, red onion, cheese, cilantro, and the list goes on and on. 

You can use either brown or white rice when making rice bowls, however, keep in mind that brown rice takes about an hour to cook. Make it on the weekend for a really fast weeknight meal. 

Like this burrito bowl recipe?  Try these rice bowls, too:

  • Shrimp Fajita Rice Bowl Recipe This Shrimp Fajita Rice Bowl Recipe is a quick dinner recipe with bold Mexican flavors.  Loads of shrimp, peppers and onions with plenty of fajita seasoning served over rice with fresh cilantro. 
  • Sweet Chili Alaska Salmon Bowl Recipe with Brown Rice.  If you need healthy seafood recipes, this sweet chili Alaska Salmon bowl recipe is the perfect addition to your meal plan! 
  • Blackened Shrimp Bowl Recipe with Corn Salsa. This blackened shrimp bowl recipe is loaded with flavor and is a delicious dinner recipe that is as pretty as it is tasty.  

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This Mexican veggie burrito bowl just begs for fresh avocados.  You can either dice up avocados right before serving, or drizzle your burrito bowl with avocado cilantro crema, which is an avocado based creamy sauce that is delicious as a last minute topping. 

Prefer a vegetarian burrito bowl recipe with Indian flavors instead of Mexican?  That is easy to do!  Just substitute cauliflower and chickpeas for the corn and black beans and sprinkle with cumin. 

Central American food basics, frijoles and rice

Vegetarian Burrito Bowls with Beans

Meat can be incredibly expensive, especially when you buy organic and sustainably raised varieties. However, meat is not a necessity in our diet. It can easily be replaced with a number of cheaper and healthier alternatives. Stock up on protein alternatives for dinner this month. 

Black beans are one of my favorite vegetarian sources of protein and they are incredibly versatile.  Of course, you can make burrito bowls vegetarian using just about any type of bean you want.  

Mexican salad with cashew based garlic sauce

Black bean burrito bowl meal prep tips

This vegetarian burrito bowl recipe took less than 30 minutes to make and most of that time was just cooking the rice. If you cook up your rice ahead of time, you can have this easy Meatless Monday recipe done in about 15 minutes. Great for a busy weeknight meal or any night you are just too tired to cook something complicated!

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I chose to buy mostly organic items but the recipe works just fine with conventional items as well. Want to meal prep burrito bowls for the whole month>  Here are a few tips:

  • Save money by cooking black beans from scratch.  You can freeze cooked beans so make them up ahead of time and freeze them back in 1 cup serving sizes. Check out Delish to learn how.
  • If you want to meal prep burrito bowls, skip the fresh tomatoes and use jarred salsa instead.  You can freeze it or just keep jars of it in your pantry.
  • Cook the rice for your vegetarian burrito bowl recipe ahead of time!  This is the most time consuming step of this rice bowl recipe. 
  • Add seasonings to boost flavor.  Freezing foods often takes some of the freshness out of the meal.  For added flavor, season with  adobo sauce, fresh lime juice, fajita seasoning, or whatever other Mexican flavors you prefer.

Mexican Chocolate Dipping Sauce with Fresh Strawberries 2

Finish your Mexican dinner recipe with dessert!

Of course, since no good meal is quite complete without dessert, make this delicious Mexican dipping chocolate. With fresh strawberries in season this month, this was the perfect ending to a delicious dinner!  

Vegetarian Recipe Burrito Rice Bowl 2

Vegetarian Burrito Bowl Recipe

This healthy Mexican burrito bowl is loaded with rice, beans, and lots of fresh ingredients. Let me know if you try my vegetarian burrito rice bowl recipe and I would love to know what YOUR favorite Meatless Monday recipe is!

Yield: 4 servings

Vegetarian Burrito Bowl Recipe

closeup of burrito bowl with toppings

This vegetarian burrito rice bowl makes an easy Meatless Monday recipe or Cinco de Mayo dinner idea.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes


  • 4 tablespoons olive oil (divided)
  • 2 cups basmati rice
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 (15.5-oz. can) black beans, drained, rinsed
  • 1/2 cup onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • juice of 1 lime
  • 1 avocado, pitted, peeled, diced
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
  • 1 cup corn kernels
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • Sour cream and shredded Cheddar for topping


  1. In a large pot, heat 2 TBSP olive oil over medium heat. Add minced garlic and saute 2 to 3 minutes.
  2. Add in rice and saute another 2 to 3 minutes until rice is starting to get fragrant.
  3. Pour in water and stir. Bring to a boil
  4. Turn down heat and cover. Simmer on low for 15 to 20 minutes or until rice is tender and water is absorbed.
  5. Remove from heat.
  6. While rice is cooking, heat a small pot over medium heat and add in remaining 2 TBSP olive oil.
  7. Saute chopped onion for 5 minutes or until translucent
  8. Add in the black beans, chili powder and cumin. Stir and remove from heat.
  9. To serve:
  10. In a bowl, place about 1 cup of rice, 1/4 cup beans, 1/4 cup corn, a handful of cherry tomato halves, and a handful of avocado chunks.
  11. Top with a handful of cheddar, a spoonful of sour cream and a sprinkle of cilantro. Squirt a bit of lime juice over the whole thing and enjoy.
  12. (You should have enough for about 4 bowls worth of food!)

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 460Total Fat: 25gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 19gCholesterol: 9mgSodium: 594mgCarbohydrates: 54gFiber: 8gSugar: 10gProtein: 10g

Nutrition information not always accurate





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