roasted vegetable burritos

$14.18 recipe / $1.42 each

So, I broke down last week and bought a burrito from the hospital cafeteria for lunch. It was SO good, but at $5.50 for the least expensive option, I knew I could do better.

I just finished tallying my cost for this recipe and I have to say, I’m sure I could have done much better. To be fair, I didn’t do any comparison shopping, I just ran in, got what I needed, and ran out. So, you might be able to make these for far less than I did. I did, however, make my own black beans instead of buying cans. That saved me a dollar or two. Oh, and I lucked out with the red bell peppers – on sale 10/$10! That’s a SUPER good price.

I seasoned up some regular old white rice, added my black beans (you can season those too, if you’d like), and then topped those with some amazing roasted vegetables. Roasting vegetables intensifies their flavor, and when you add herbs like I did, they become even more amazing. I suggest using whatever vegetables you can get for a good price (I was a bad example here), but the mushrooms really did make this special. So, get the mushrooms if at all possible!

Now I have 8 awesome burritos in my freezer just waiting to be grabbed for lunch in the morning. The recipe is enough for 10, but I already ate one burrito and I had previously used one of the tortillas for something else. To reaheat just place in a microwavable dish and nuke until hot.

Roasted Vegetable Burritos

Roasted Vegetable Burrito

4.8 from 6 reviews
roasted vegetable burritos
 
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Total Cost: $14.18
Cost Per Serving: $1.42
Serves: 10
Ingredients
  • 1½ cups dry white rice $0.75
  • 1 tsp salt $0.05
  • ½ Tbsp chili powder $0.07
  • 1 large zucchini $1.65
  • 1 medium red onion $1.93
  • 1 large red bell pepper $1.00
  • 8 oz. button mushrooms $1.49
  • ½ tsp salt $0.02
  • ½ tsp cumin $0.03
  • ½ tsp oregano $0.03
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil $0.32
  • 10 large flour tortillas $2.99
  • 3 cups (or 2 cans) black beans $0.75
  • 2½ cups shredded cheese $2.31
  • 1 bunch cilantro $0.75
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Chop the zucchini, bell pepper, onion, and mushrooms into bite-sized pieces. Toss the vegetables with 2 Tbsp olive oil, ½ tsp salt, ½ tsp cumin, and ½ tsp oregano. Spread the vegetables out over a large sheet pan and roast for 40 minutes, stirring once half way through.
  2. Combine the rice in a medium pot with 1 tsp of salt and ½ Tbsp of chili powder. Add 3 cups of water, place a lid on top, and bring up to a boil over high heat. As soon as it reaches a full boil, turn the heat down to the lowest setting and allow it to simmer for 20 minutes. After 20 minutes, turn the heat off and let it sit undisturbed until you’re ready to assemble the burritos. Fluff the rice just before using.
  3. When you’re ready to make the burritos, stack a few tortillas on a large plate, place a damp paper towel over top, and microwave for 30 seconds. This will make the tortillas more pliable as you wrap the burritos.
  4. Place ¼-1/3 cup of rice on a tortilla, add ¼ cup of black beans, ⅓ cup of the roasted vegetables, ¼ cup of shredded cheese, and a handful of fresh cilantro leaves. Roll the burrito tightly and wrap in plastic until ready to eat.
Notes
The burritos can be heated in the microwave (remove plastic wrap), baked in the oven (smothered with enchilada sauce), crisped in a skillet, or grilled in a countertop grill or sandwich press.

Roasted Vegetable Burritos

Step By Step Photos

whole vegetablesSince the vegetables take the longest to cook, get them going first. You can use any mix of vegetables, but I like to make sure that I have an onion, some type of pepper, and some mushrooms. The mushrooms get ULTRA delicious when roasted.

seasoned vegetablesCut the vegetables into bite-sized chunks and then toss with olive oil, salt, cumin, and oregano.

ready to roastSpread the seasoned vegetables out over a large baking sheet (cover with foil for easy clean up). Roast the vegetables in a preheated oven for 40 minutes, stirring once half way through.

roasted vegetablesNow the vegetables are all roasted and totally delicious. Try not to snack on them :)

cook riceWhile the vegetables are roasting, you can cook the rice. Combine the dry rice in a medium pot along with salt and chili powder. Add 3 cups of water, put a lid on top, and bring up to a boil over high heat. As soon as it reaches a boil, reduce the heat to low and let it simmer for 20 minutes. After 20 minutes, turn the heat off and let it sit, undisturbed, until you’re ready to make the burritos. Fluff the rice just before using.

tortillasWhen you’re ready to assemble, you can make the tortillas more pliable by microwaving them with a damp paper towel over top. I do a few at a time as I’m making the burritos.

rice and beansIt’s really easy to accidentally over fill the burritos to the point that you can’t roll them up. So, you might have to play around with the quantities. I used about 1/4 to 1/3 cup of rice and 1/4 cup of beans per burrito.

roasted vegetable mix…and about 1/3 cup of roasted vegeatbles.

cheese cilantroAnd lastly, 1/4 cup of shredded cheese and a small handfull of fresh cilantro.

rolled burritosRoll the burritos up and wrap each one in plastic. To freeze, place them in a heavy duty freezer bag. If you need instructions on how to roll a burrito, click here.

freezerHahah, okay, I had to document this… this is the first and last time my freezer will ever be so clean, neat, and tidy! See what a hurricane can do for you? :D

71 Comments

  1. Prem says:

    Awesome recipe

  2. Yum! Just made these and loved them! Before assembling, I mixed all the filling together except the cheese and cilantro. It made assembling them a little bit quicker.

  3. Kelly says:

    I made these tonight and used the BBQ to roast the veggies then to brown the burritos. My 11 year old son asked if he could take them for school lunches – a hit!!!

  4. Ciara says:

    I was wondering what your opinion is on using corn tortillas for this recipe. I have celiac disease so i was wondering what you thought would be the best choice for making this dish gfree! thank you!!

    • The only drawback to corn tortillas is that they are not as pliable as flour tortillas and tend to crack and break when bent. They might not wrap around the filling nicely. Instead, you could make a layered “burrito casserole” where the corn tortillas are laid flat in layers between the filling. Then just bake until everything is heated through.

  5. Sara says:

    I’ve made these a bunch by now and I love them. My tips: I make them, roll them, and quickly roast the rolled burritos (seam down) on a sheet in the oven to crisp. Then freeze on a sheet, THEN wrap. Unwrap, then, Microwave wrapped in a paper towel. Also, I roast especially liquid-y veggies separately (like zucchini?) and seed them. Whole beans are better than refried. I can’t tell you how much I love flexible recipes like this. Easy breezy, and totally delish. You rock.

  6. Robbyn says:

    I just want you to know that I have tried # of your recipes this week. All I can say is…you are the bomb! Every one of your recipes were delicious! Please keep them coming.
    Recipes that I’ve made: Dragon Noodles, Roasted Vegetable Burritos and Black Bean Burritos. All were very good!
    Thanks for sharing!

  7. Becky says:

    So I made this recipe and it was to die for! I made some changes because I’m trying to cut calories (grrr) and I like quinoa over rice. I just topped the quinoa with the veggies, black beans, and a smidge of cheese and sr. crm. The rest of the family had it on tortillas. It was soooooo good with the quinoa. I used the salt and chili powder, and then just followed the package directions for the quinoa. yum!!!! Thanks for another great recipe!

  8. I added chipotle salsa and some shredded chicken to mine. Got 6 burritos total. I was skeptical that I wouldn’t have enough salsa or moisture in these, but they were excellent. Can’t wait to try a couple with enchilada sauce on top, too!

  9. Amanda Morey says:

    Love these! How long do they last in the freezer?

  10. Esther says:

    To that person who freezes flour tortillas, do you have any brands that you would recommend that don’t stick?

  11. Esther says:

    You mentioned seasoning the black beans and I know you cook your own. Would you do this the same way the not refried beans are seasoned by any chance?

  12. Hannah says:

    These are fantastic!

  13. Anonymous says:

    I made these last night and they were a hit! Thanks, Beth!

  14. Julie says:

    This recipe is perfect for busy college students. What other recipes do you suggest for busy college students on the go?

    • Definitely check out the Hearty Black Bean Quesadillas, Dragon Noodles, and Oven Fajitas, all of which can be found in the lists on the side bar. Some of them take a little bit to cook, but then once it’s done they’re great to eat off of for the rest of the week!

  15. I went to that “How to Wrap a Burrito” page, but you do it differently. He leaves one end open, but you don’t. Did you just fold both ends over and roll? I’m taking these camping so I probably can’t use the method in the link.

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