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Veggie burrito bowls

These veggie burrito bowls are the perfect easy Tex-Mex dinner – especially when they’re piled up with your favourite toppings!

A veggie burrito bowl topped with melted cheese and spring onions.

Can anything beat a bit of Tex-Mex? Give me anything with beans, rice, veggies and cheese, in any combination, and I’m more than happy. These veggie burrito bowls are the perfect example – they’re nothing fancy, just everything piled up in one big, beautiful heap – but my word, they’re good.

A vegetarian burrito bowl with rice and black beans.

What is a burrito bowl?

A burrito bowl is essentially a burrito – but un-burritoed.

It’s all the stuff you would usually find wrapped up in a big tortilla to make an amazing burrito, but served in a bowl instead. Rice, beans, and plenty of veggies.

I love a good burrito as much as the next person, but sometimes I fancy something a bit lighter, or (more likely) I just don’t have any tortillas to hand – and a burrito bowl is a great alternative.

Veggies and black beans cooking in a frying pan.

Black bean burrito bowls

These veggie burrito bowls are really, really straightforward to make. Start by cooking off some veggies in a pan – I went for spring onions, peppers and tomatoes – and add some black beans.

I know I go on about black beans all the time, but it’s only because they’re the ultimate bean – they’re little and soft, with a lovely deep flavour. They go perfectly in these burrito bowls, and hold up really well against the other smoky, spicy flavours.

Veggie burrito bowl mixture in a frying pan, with rice, black beans, tomatoes and peppers.

Brown rice

Next, add some cooked rice. I used brown rice, because it’s got a nice nutty flavour that works really well, and a lovely chewy texture. It makes these burrito bowls feel extra hearty.

White rice would work just fine too, of course!

Just mix it all together, and you’re basically done! A good splash of your favourite hot sauce ties everything in together and makes your lovely bowlful really tasty.

But don’t forget one of the most important parts of these burrito bowls…

Vegetarian burrito bowl with black beans, rice and vegetables.

The toppings!

A meal like this is just crying out for a few toppings. I say this every time I post this type of Tex-Mex recipe, but it’s true – Tex-Mex food is just perfect for topping with all sorts of tasty extras:

  • grated cheese (I melted mine in the microwave)
  • chopped spring onions
  • salsa
  • fresh coriander (cilantro)
  • sour cream
  • avocado or guacamole

Really, just go mad with toppings. Every topping you add will lift these veggie burrito bowls further and further into deliciousness!

Aerial shot of a veggie burrito bowl.

Can I make a vegan burrito bowl?

Absolutely! The main recipe of these veggie burrito bowls is actually vegan anyway. I added some cheese on top of mine, but you could easily swap it for vegan cheese, or just choose a few vegan toppings from the list above instead.

Alternatively, if you fancy something a bit different, you might also like my quinoa and roasted chickpea vegan burrito bowls!

It’s really hard to go wrong with these veggie burrito bowls.

A fork taking a big scoop of a veggie burrito bowl, with a string of cheese.

Veggie burrito bowls

These veggie burrito bowls are the perfect easy Tex-Mex dinner – especially when they're piled up with your favourite toppings!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Main meals
Cuisine: Mexican, Tex-Mex
Servings: 2 people
Calories: 504kcal
Author: Becca Heyes


  • 150 g (~ 3/4 cup) brown rice
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 3 spring onions, sliced
  • 1 bell pepper, diced (I used yellow)
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • ~ 12 cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 400 g tin black beans, drained (240g, or ~ 1 1/4 cups, when drained)
  • 2 tsp smoked paprika
  • Salt
  • Black pepper
  • 100 ml (~ 1/3 cup) vegetable stock
  • 1 tbsp hot sauce (however hot you like it)
  • Your choice of toppings, to serve, e.g. grated cheese, sour cream, guacamole, fresh coriander (cilantro), etc.


  • Cook the brown rice according to the instructions on the packet – I boil mine in plenty of water until it's just soft (around 20 minutes), then drain.
  • Meanwhile, heat a dash of oil in a large, deep frying pan, and add the spring onions, diced pepper and garlic. Cook over a medium heat for 5 minutes, until softened.
  • Add the halved cherry tomatoes, black beans, paprika, and a good pinch of salt and pepper. Cook for a few minutes more, until the tomatoes are just softened. You can squish them a little to release their juice if you like.
  • When the rice is cooked, add it to the vegetables, along with a little vegetable stock and a dash of hot sauce. Mix well to combine. Check the seasoning (you might want a little more hot sauce!), and serve with your choice of toppings.
Nutrition Facts
Veggie burrito bowls
Amount Per Serving (1 bowl)
Calories 504 Calories from Fat 89
% Daily Value*
Fat 9.9g15%
Saturated Fat 1.5g8%
Cholesterol 0mg0%
Sodium 283mg12%
Potassium 1006mg29%
Carbohydrates 90.4g30%
Fiber 13.8g55%
Sugar 6.6g7%
Protein 16.3g33%
Calcium 92mg9%
Iron 5mg28%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Note: Nutritional information is approximate, and depends on exactly what ingredients you choose. Information above is for 1/2 the recipe, not including toppings.

Fancy a more extravagant alternative to these veggie burrito bowls? Try my smothered burritos!

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Recipe Rating

Carrie Harvey

Sunday 29th of November 2020

I like the sound of this! I don't have any hot sauce though - we don't really like anything with more than a tiny hint of heat - so do you think sweet chilli sauce which we have would be just too alien in this?!

Becca @ Easy Cheesy Vegetarian

Monday 30th of November 2020

I think sweet chilli would be fine! Or just extra guacamole and sour cream :)


Saturday 26th of September 2020

This recipe looks amazing! We love a burrito bowl, we will be trying this one out for sure soon using the veg from our boxes. 

Becca @ Easy Cheesy Vegetarian

Monday 19th of October 2020

Hope you enjoy it!


Tuesday 16th of June 2020

I made this recipe yesterday and it was delicious! And super easy to make. Thank you.

Becca @ Easy Cheesy Vegetarian

Wednesday 17th of June 2020

Thank you Joanne! :)


Monday 6th of November 2017

Hi, Becca! This looks awesome. One question, though; have you found a way to lower the sodium without nixing on the flavour? Whether or not you have, your suggestions would be lovely. Hoping to make this soon! :)

Becca @ Amuse Your Bouche

Monday 6th of November 2017

Thanks Ellanor! I'm not that clued up on sodium, to be honest - which ingredients here are giving lots of sodium (other than the salt, obviously)? I guess you could just skip the added salt and maybe add some extra spice so it doesn't end up bland?


Wednesday 20th of September 2017

I made this tonight and I must say it was a very, very tasty dish! I'm definitely saving the recipe! I omitted the cheese though, and I served the dish with Greek yogurt mixed with some garlic, cucumber,a touch of olive oil and salt on the top! Yummy! Thank you for the great recipe!


Monday 6th of November 2017

Rad! What spurred the change? It sounds almost like a Mediterranean dish now! :D