Pantry Burrito Bowls

Pantry Burrito Bowls: The easiest vegan burrito bowls you'll ever make. Just a handful of simple pantry ingredients, and 20 minutes are all you need, to feed your family a delicious and filling meal.

Pantry Burrito Bowls - Veggies First Then Dessert

We've all been there, we forgot to take something out of the freezer to thaw for dinner, or it's the day before payday and there's next to nothing left in the fridge to feed your hungry family. To the rescue? Keeping some basic staples stocked in your pantry.

I always keep certain things on hand in my pantry, like canned beans, canned vegetables, salsa, rice, onions, cooking oil, vegetable broth, and seasonings. And with just those few ingredients, you can whip up a delicious and filling meal in about 20 minutes.

Veggies First Then Dessert - Chips and Salsa

Serving Suggestion: Serve burrito bowls with salsa and chips.

The Best Ingredients To Use In Your Burrito Bowls

Loading up your burrito bowl with beans and vegetables, is the best way to get the most flavor and protein into them. My favorites to use are canned black beans, corn, diced tomatoes, rice cooked with veggie broth and freeze-dried cilantro, season everything with your favorite seasonings, then top with chopped onion and salsa. Absolutely everything is from your pantry!

If you happen to have some of your favorite fresh toppings on hand, such as avocado, lettuce, tomato, and cilantro, feel free to use those too! This recipe is meant to use what you have on hand, so add your favorites and make this recipe your own.

Veggies First Then Dessert - Pantry Burrito Bowls

I add a teaspoon of pure olive oil to my canned beans while I simmer them. I seriously recommend you try it, before turning your nose up at the idea. A Guatemalan woman taught me this trick back in the mid 80's. It adds a wonderful creaminess to the beans, and is absolutely delicious.

This week Christie asked us to get creative and make a recipe using pantry staples! Be sure to check out our other #OurFamilyTable group members delicious recipes below!

Printable recipe

Pantry Burrito Bowls


1 - 15 ounce can of black beans
1 teaspoon pure olive oil
Salt, garlic powder, onion powder, and cumin, to taste
1 - 15 ounce can corn, drained
1 - 14.5 ounce can diced tomatoes, drained and rinsed
2 cups cooked rice or cauli-rice


Simmer beans and olive oil over medium-low heat in a small sauce pan for 4-5 minutes, stirring often. Season to taste with salt, garlic powder, onion powder, and cumin while the beans simmer.
Place the corn in a small saucepan over medium-low heat, with a small pat of vegan butter, and stir occasionally until heated through. Season to taste with salt and fresh ground black pepper.
Layer burrito bowls with cooked rice, black beans, corn, and diced tomatoes.
Serve with chopped onion, salsa, avocado, lime wedges, tortilla chips, or even corn tortillas and vegan cheese!

Serves 2 - 3

Veggies First Then Dessert - Vegetarian Burrito Bowls

  • I serve this with rice or cauli-rice, depending on what I have on hand, but quinoa would be great too, and would add even more protein to this dish. 
  • Cauli-rice is super easy to make and cook: Rice cauliflower with a grater, place 1 cup of cauli-rice in a microwave safe bowl, cover with a plate, and microwave for 3-4 minutes.
  • This recipe is great for meal prep, just portion out into sealed containers for individual meals for the week. 
  • For the carnivores out there, like my husband, add some sauteed seasoned chicken breast, cut into bite size pieces.

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  1. These are such an easy dinner idea. Plus if you have someone who wants it in a tortilla you can just make these as is and put out a few shells!

  2. Perfect for a Meatless Monday meal. Thanks April.

  3. This is great for those I don't feel like cooking nights. And everyone can make it the way they want it.

  4. I forget to take things out of the freezer more often than I'd like to admit! This recipe will be perfect for those days!

  5. Don't we all... that's why I always have a few of these pantry meal ideas on standby.

  6. What a fun and simple lunch or quick dinner. When it's this hot outside, I don't want to heat up the kitchen or the grill!


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