Vegetarian Burrito Bowl

By Rena Awada |

This delicious Vegetarian Burrito Bowl is loaded with seasoned black beans, corn, brown rice, cherry tomatoes, avocado, and any other favorite toppings. This easy vegetarian recipe is super versatile and perfect for meal prep dinner or lunch. These flavorful bowls are sure to become a family favorite!

top view bowl of burrito bowl with rice, beans, avocado, tomatoes, and rice

Are you a fan of burrito bowls? We love visiting restaurants like Chipotle or Qdoba where you go through a line selecting all the items you want in your bowl. 

Starting with a dollop of rice, you can add meat, beans, veggies, cheese, salsa, and whatever else you’re craving.

Did you know that it’s very easy to replicate the bowls at home? Although you won’t have a hundred items to choose from (and really, we probably don’t need quite that many!), you can make a very tasty meal simply and easily. This Vegetarian Burrito Bowl is one of our favorite meals to make when we are in the mood for a vegetarian meal.

Why you will love this Vegetarian Burrito Bowl recipe

  • So flavorful: This vegetarian burrito bowl is absolutely delicious, from the taco seasoned black beans, fresh cilantro, and vibrant tomatoes to the creamy avocado and sweet corn.
  • Healthy and filling: This dish is packed with plant-based protein, nutrients, and fiber to keep you full and satisfied.
  • Easy & customizable: Burritos bowls are easy to make and so versatile, that we could make them every day and never get bored! 
  • Perfect for meal prep: This recipe is perfect for meal prep! Simply prep all of the ingredients ahead of time and enjoy it all week long.
Vegetarian burrito bowl made with brown rice, corn, black beans, avocado and tomato.

Ingredients needed

A good healthy burrito bowl can really contain anything you like. Don’t get bogged down by the list of ingredients, just use your favorites and the ones that you have on hand. Here’s what we love to use:

  • Olive oil: For cooking the beans, corn, and garlic.
  • Black beans: These burrito bowls pack in plant-based protein thanks to a can of black beans! Feel free to sub with pinto beans.
  • Corn: A classic burrito bowl ingredient. It adds sweetness and crunch!
  • Garlic: Adds a ton of savory flavor!
  • Taco seasoning: A packet of taco seasoning is a convenient way to give flavor to the beans and corn.
  • Brown Rice: For the base of the bowl, we like to use brown rice for a heartier and healthier meal. You can prep it ahead of time or use the packets of already cooked rice that are readily available at the grocery store. Simply warm the rice up according to the package directions. If you prefer, make your bowl with quinoa instead of rice. If you’re looking for a low-carb option, try cauliflower rice.
  • Cherry tomatoes: Tomatoes add a pop of color and freshness to this dish. We like to use cherry or grape tomatoes because they are small and have a sweet flavor.
  • Avocado: Adds creaminess and is a great source of healthy fats. Sub with guacamole, if you’d like.
  • Lime: Drizzle your bowl with lime juice for a tart kick to add acidity and balance.
  • Greek yogurt: We love the creaminess that a dollop of either plain Greek yogurt or sour cream adds to the bowl.
  • Cilantro: Optional to garnish, fresh cilantro really elevates the taste with a lovely freshness.
  • Salt & pepper: As always, salt & pepper is important for bringing out all of the flavors in this dish.
Ingredients for burrito bowls divided into separate bowls.

How to make this Vegetarian Burrito Bowl recipe

  • Cook the beans and corn: Heat the oil in a large non-stick pan over medium heat. Add the beans, corn, and garlic, and sprinkle with the tacos seasoning. Sauté for 3-4 minutes, then season to taste.
Stirring together black beans and corn in a skillet.
  • Assemble the bowls: To assemble the bowls, divide the cooked rice among 4 serving bowls. Top with the bean mixture, cherry tomatoes, and avocado.
  • Serve: Enjoy with a dollop of yogurt or sour cream, lime wedges and garnish with cilantro.
Burrito bowl topped with sour cream and fresh cilantro.

Tips for Success

  • To save time, use brown rice or quinoa packets from the store, which take just 90 seconds to cook.
  • Burrito bowls are so easy to customize! The ingredients and measurements are simply suggestions. Feel free to add/swap any ingredients for your favs or what you have on hand.
  • You can enjoy this bowl while it’s still warm, at room temperature, or even cold. Such a great option for a grab-n-go lunch!

Variations

Because these bowls are filled with so many different textures and flavors, they’re actually perfect for customizing to your taste preferences. Here are some options we can recommend:

  • Meat options: If you’re not plant-based, try adding our cilantro lime chicken, grilled shrimp, or even ground turkey cooked with taco seasoning. To keep these bowls vegan, simply omit the Greek yogurt or use a vegan substitute.
  • More veggies: Feel free to increase the veggie goodness in these bowls. We love sautéed zucchini, bell peppers, carrots, onion, mushrooms, and roasted cubed sweet potato!
  • Make it a salad: Want to keep this meal super light? Turn this recipe into a salad by leaving out the rice and adding lettuce.
  • Add cheese: Feta cheese or cotija cheese crumbles would add a tasty element to these bowls. You can even try adding a sprinkle of shredded cheddar cheese.
  • Add some crunch: Pair with tortilla chips or top these bowls with crunchy tortilla strips!
Vegetarian burrito bowl made with brown rice and black beans.

Frequently asked questions

Are burrito bowls healthy?

Like most recipes, burrito bowls are as healthy as you make them. It depends on what you add to your bowl. This meatless bowl is just over 200 calories if you make it with brown rice and plenty of vegetables. It’s a nutrient-rich, wholesome meal. We recommend choosing healthier toppings like black beans, chopped tomatoes, brown rice, etc. to increase nutritional benefits and keep the calorie count low. We also love adding avocado for some healthy fats and Greek yogurt for a boost of protein!

Are burritos or burrito bowls healthier?

Again, depending on what you add, generally, burrito bowls are much healthier than burritos because they skip the huge tortilla and they go easy on the sauces. This burrito bowl recipe contains really clean ingredients and it’s also very light, yet filling at the same time!

How to meal prep burrito bowls?

These bowls are fabulous to make in advance and enjoy later. You’ll just want to be sure to pack the cooked ingredients together and the fresh ingredients separately. I like to make individual servings in meal prep containers. Here’s how: divide cooked and cooled rice between 4 containers, top with cooked and cooled beans and corn, and cover and store in the fridge. Prep any fresh ingredients and store them in separate plastic bags or airtight containers, so you can reheat the warm ingredients without heating the fresh ingredients.

Storage

Burrito bowls will last in the fridge for up to four days. However, the avocado will start to brown after a day or two. We recommend adding a drizzle of lemon juice or lime juice to the avocado to help prevent browning.

If you’re using this recipe for make-ahead meals, we recommend storing the components of the dish separately. Store the rice with the black beans and corn in one container and the fresh ingredients in separate containers.

To reheat these bowls, simply microwave them until they are warm throughout. You can also reheat them in a skillet over medium heat if you prefer.

More bowl recipes to try

White bowl filled with rice, black beans, corn and topped with sour cream.

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top view bowl of burrito bowl with rice, beans, avocado, tomatoes, and rice

Vegetarian Burrito Bowl

Delicious Vegetarian Burrito Bowls are loaded with seasoned black beans, corn, brown rice, cherry tomatoes, avocado and any other favorite toppings. This recipe is super versatile and perfect for meal prep dinner or lunch. These easy, flavorful bowls are sure to become a family favorite!
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican, tex mex
Diet: Gluten Free, Vegetarian
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 238kcal
Author: Rena

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 (15 oz) can black beans drained and rinsed
  • 1 (9 oz) can corn drained and rinsed
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 tbsp taco seasoning
  • Kosher salt and ground pepper to taste
  • 2 cups brown rice or cooked quinoa
  • 2 cups cherry tomatoes quartered
  • 1 hass avocado sliced
  • Lime wedges to serve with
  • Plain greek yogurt or sour cream to serve with
  • Fresh cilantro to garnish

Instructions

  • Heat the oil in a large non-stick pan over medium heat. Add the beans, corn, garlic, and sprinkle with the tacos seasoning. Sauté for 3-4 minutes, then season to taste.
  • To assemble the bowls, divide the cooked rice among 4 serving bowls. Top with the bean mixture, cherry tomatoes, and avocado.
  • Serve with a dollop of yogurt or sour cream, lime wedges and garnish with cilantro.

Notes

  • To save time, use brown rice or quinoa packets from the store, which take just 90 seconds to cook.
  • Burrito bowls are so easy to customize! The ingredients and measurements are simply suggestions. Feel free to add/swap any ingredients for your favs or what you have on hand.
  • You can enjoy this bowl while it’s still warm, at room temperature, or even cold. Such a great option for a grab-n-go lunch!

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 238kcal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 8g | Sodium: 137mg | Potassium: 490mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 496IU | Vitamin C: 23mg | Calcium: 27mg | Iron: 1mg
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