44 Ideas to Satisfy Your Next Vegan Burrito Craving
The word “burrito” has a fuzzy provenance. It comes from the Spanish word for “burro,” translated it means “little donkey.” Possibly derived from the appearance of the packs donkeys carried, burrito describes a warm rolled tortilla with other food inside. Although burrito first appeared in the Dictionary of Mexicanisms in 1895, the precise origin of the modern burrito is not specifically known. It has Mexican roots, obviously, but the burritos of today might very well be a Californian innovation. San Francisco, Los Angeles, and San Diego all claim credit for various traditional styles.
The popularity of burritos has exploded. It’s been estimated that Americans eat about 386.26 million burritos each month and it’s not hard to see why. They’re delicious. There are wet burritos and dry burritos, grilled and baked versions as well. Deep-fried burritos aren’t burritos at all- they’re chimichangas. The filling can be anything- the combinations are limitless.
There are three simple rules for making the perfect burritos:
1. Pick the best shell. The best burritos use flour tortillas over corn because they’re more pliable. Corn tortillas will crack, even when warm. For the four tortillas, use whole wheat or plain. Vegetable-based tortillas are also available but are typically used in a wrap rather than a burrito. The difference being that the wrap is served cold while the burrito is served hot.
2. Don‘t overstuff! The trick to having a tightly wrapped burrito that won’t fall apart is not overstuffing the tortillas. The standard rule is to use only enough filling to fill one quarter of the tortilla. Do you need to brush up on your wrapping skills? Check out this tutorial, How to Wrap a Burrito (So It Doesn’t Fall Apart When You Eat It!).
3. Use proper ratio of fillers! Get the most flavor and nutrition by avoiding large amounts of filler ingredients such as rice. Instead, add nutrient-dense vegetables, beans, and plant proteins like tofu, tempeh, or seitan. Salsa, lime, or hot sauce can add another layer of flavor.
There is a simplistic beauty about a burrito- it can hold just about anything you can wrap a flour tortilla around. The possibilities are endless and only limited by your own imagination. Here are a few ideas to help inspire your next burrito craving.
- Better Than Chipotle Vegan Burritos
- Red Rice and Chili Black Beans Vegan Burritos
- White Bean & Avocado Baked Burritos
- Potato, Black Bean & Avocado Burritos
- Black Bean Burritos
- Quinoa Black Bean Burritos
- Slow Cooker Black Bean Burritos
- Spinach and Black Bean Burrito
- Grilled Vegan Burritos with Black Beans, Rice, Avocado & Salsa Crema
- Vegan Pizza Burrito
- Fully Loaded Vegan Burritos
- Vegan Sushi Burritos
- Spicy Fried Bean Sweet Potato Burritos
- Tempeh Sushi Burritos
- Teriyaki Eggplant Burritos
- Roasted Chickpea, Yellow Rice & Avocado Burritos
- Black Bean & Butternut Squash Burritos
- Cheesy Vegan Breakfast Burritos
- Easy Vegan Mexican Breakfast Burritos
- Vegan Hashbrown Breakfast Burrito with Avocado Slaw
- Vegan Egg Breakfast Burrito
- Vegan Breakfast Burrito with Black Beans, Tomato, and Tofu
- Spicy Vegan Breakfast Burrito
Build-Your-Own Burrito Fillings
Rice & Beans
- Cilantro Lime Rice
- Greek Spinach Rice
- Lentil & Cauliflower Rice
- Spicy Mexican Rice
- Mexican Pinto Beans
- Vegan Refried Beans
- Slow Cooker Refried Beans
Plant Proteins & other mains
- Jackfruit Carnitas
- Vegan Chorizo
- Spicy Tofu Burrito Filling
- Favorite Tempeh Taco [Burrito] Filling
- Vegan Chipotle Seitan
- Vegan TVP Taco [Burrito] Filling
- Vegan Cilantro-Lime Crema
- Creamy Chipotle Sauce
- Simple Vegan Red Sauce
- Mexican Roasted Red Chile Sauce
- Vegan Mexican Cheese
- Easy Vegan Guacamole
Don’t forget the salsa! Here are 4 Essential Steps to Making Homemade Salsa + 22 Recipes to Try.
Photo: KD Angle-Traegner