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 thatAmericans eat about386.26 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. Dont 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.

vegan burrito recipes





Build-Your-Own Burrito Fillings


Rice & Beans

Plant Proteins & other mains


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Photo: KD Angle-Traegner


John B
John B10 months ago

Thanks KD for sharing the info and many links.

Jim Ven
Jim Vabout a year ago

thanks for the article.

Siyus Copetallus
Siyus Copetallusabout a year ago

Thank you for sharing.

Fi T.
Past Member about a year ago

There're always ideas to get healthy

Elena Poensgen
Elena Poensgenabout a year ago

Thank you

Roxane Connor
Roxane Connorabout a year ago


Yvette S.
Yvette Sabout a year ago

Thanks for sharing

Steve A.
Steve Aabout a year ago

Satisfy Your Next Vegan Burrito Craving

Well that's an oxymoron!

Tiffany Schreiner
Tiffany Schreinerabout a year ago


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Karen Nabout a year ago

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