Refried Bean, Rice, and Corn Burritos

Thursday, March 14, 2013


I'm a simple lady who likes simple recipes with simple, healthy ingredients.  Additionally, I like recipes that take little time but yield delicious and satisfying food.  These are the recipes I enjoy creating and sharing the most.  They are also the recipes I enjoy eating the most.    


Luckily, my husband shares the same sentiment.  He is a fan of subtle flavors and textures.  His favorite meals are ones with a variety of toppings and flavors.  Because of this, I often revert back to making him veggie burgers and tacos for dinner several nights a week.  But then I feel guilty, and try to come up with new ways for him to enjoy these types of meals.

While I was grocery shopping on Sunday morning, I had the epiphany of making burritos in a casserole dish, using simple ingredients and adding lots of toppings to appease Dayv's taste and texture buds.  Within an hour of starting, the burritos were finished baking and waiting to be enjoyed.  Needless to say, they were a big hit in this house, and a recipe I will add to our regular rotation of dinners.


Notes: The refried beans I used were from Trader Joes and the only ingredients were beans, water, and salt.  Make sure you read the ingredients to make sure they are healthy and minimal.  I have also made Richa's refried beans, slightly adapting the recipe by eliminating the spices, and have had great success.

Refried Bean, Rice, and Corn Burritos
inspired by Clean Foods
makes ten
10 corn tortillas
1/2 c rice
1/4 c frozen corn
1 c water
Earth Balance
1 15oz can refried beans(see notes)
1 c(+ more if desired) salsa
1/2 c shredded vegan cheese
toppings: shredded lettuce, diced tomatoes, avocado, vegan sour cream

In a medium pot, combine rice, corn, and water, and bring to boil.  Cover and reduce heat to low.  Cook until rice is done.

Lightly grease a 9x11" casserole dish with Earth Balance.  Preheat oven to 375.

Create a production line with one plate, rice, and beans.  Lightly grease a skillet with Earth Balance and place over medium heat.  Place one tortilla on the skillet, flipping after about 30 seconds, to soften.  Place on plate.  Scoop two heaping spoonfuls of beans into the center of the tortilla, lengthwise.  Next, scoop two heaping spoonfuls of rice next to the beans.  Tightly roll in the two sides of the tortilla so that the beans and rice remain in the center.  Place seam down on the casserole dish.  Repeat with the remainder of the tortillas. Spoon salsa over each burrito, completely covering the entire exposed side.  Sprinkle cheese on top.

Cover casserole dish with aluminum foil and place in oven for 15 minutes.  Remove from oven, and plate with additonal toppings.  Enjoy!

44 comments:

  1. oooh this is an awesome idea!! i love lots of toppings or sides with my meals too. that burrito plate has my name written all over it. i need to make some burritos in a casserole! I hear you about my spice levels:) most non indians who visit are usually ok with it, but i have seen some getting pink cheeks and ears :). ps: my mom doubles the amounts that i use in my recipes:)
    I love the simplicity of your dishes! fresh, simple and delicious.

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    1. thanks, richa! i take out the spices since dayv is so sensitive to them. i can handle more, though. but i'm definitely not someone who can handle very spicy food :)

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  2. I love those refried beans from TJ's... when I am busy or late with dinner (or lets be honest just don't feel like cooking), I open a can of beans, add it to a skillet with some green chiles and corn, while Jason dry-pan-heats some corn tortillas... and we end up standing there at the counter eating. Mmm so good! ;)

    I love the added crunch from lettuce - these look fantastic!

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  3. Burritos are one of my favorite fallbacks for a delicious & easy dinner. I love the idea of making a whole pan at once!

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    1. it's so easy with lots of leftovers! it saves so much time ;)

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  4. I love good simple food, especially when it comes to Mexican!! Bean burritos rock and yours look great!

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  5. Yummy Caitlin - the perfect meal in one! There is no such thing as too much Mexican and it is the one food I think we could eat everyday without tiring. There are so many ways to enjoy it - this looks fantastic! xo

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    1. thanks, shira! i agree, never enough mexican!

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  6. So delicious! I love meals like this for the end of winter. Deeply warming and kind of a nice distraction from the still cold temperatures at night. Also, with you on those TJ's refried beans. We stock up every time we're in America. I'm the crazy lady in the airport schlepping canned goods through customs at the bag inspection counter. So worth it though!

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    1. haha, that's awesome that you stock up on canned goods when you're here ;) i'd love to see you going through the airport ;)

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  7. This looks so delicious Caitlin!!! I like the idea of putting the burritos on top of the the salad, genius!

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    1. thanks, lady! and they look prettier, too. i think, anyway ;)

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  8. Looks amazing!!! And I love vegan mexican food - yum! :)

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  9. How perfect are these? I love Mexican food, so to find a recipe for vegan Mexican food is an absolute delight. I love the simplicity of this recipe, too! Thanks for sharing :).

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  10. This sounds great! Tacos and burritos are foods we come back to again and again too. They just always sound good! I've never had the refried beans from Trader Joe's, but I love refried beans in general. If you happen to get a copy of Viva Vegan, her homestyle refried beans are restaurant-quality and wonderful.

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    1. i've always wanted to get my hands on viva vegan! everything i've ever seen from it looks absolutely phenomenal. thank you for the recommendation!

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  11. I agree with you- sometimes simple flavors are best. I always love a good burrito or taco, but I love the idea of baking a bunch in the oven at once. I bet it saves times and makes for awesome leftovers! Definitely trying this the next time I need a quick, simple and delicious dinner. :-)

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    1. it totally saves time and there are tons of leftovers, which are always welcome in this house ;)

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  12. What a great meal! I love rice and beans as filling, plus corn adds a little crunch. Thanks for sharing!:)

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  13. Lovely blog!

    So many delicious vegan recipes.

    Thank you so much for inspiring people to eat healthy food!

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  14. These look super tasty! I love making things in a casserole to save on time and I also am a big fan of leftovers. :)

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    1. then these are perfect for you! i am a big fan of all of those things as well ;)

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  15. This looks so simple and tasty - and yes, great idea to make burritos into a casserole! Thanks for the inspiration.

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  16. I've never thought about doing burritos as a casserole, but my husband always buys these frozen burritos in sauce (I think they're from Cedarlane?) that are kind of the same idea. These look so fresh and tasty--definitely not a typical casserole at all!

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    1. thanks, lady! i love making burritos in a casserole dish!

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  17. Burritos in a casserole are a go to dish in my house! Love them! Though I've never put rice on the inside...will have to try that the next time around! Thanks for the recipe!

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  18. Oh yum these look so delicious right now. They're so hard to look at though while I'm in the middle of a carb-free week!! When I break my fast I think these will have to be one of the first things I make!! Thanks for a great recipe Caitlin!

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    1. thanks, lisa! i hope you enjoy them!

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  19. I'm a huge burrito/enchilada lover--yours look awesome! I especially love how bright & springy they are. Perfect meal, most def!

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    1. thanks, jes! i love their colors, too ;)

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  20. Oh yum! I loooooooooove burritos! And enchiladas. And tacos. And really anything Mexican. *hehe* These look awesome! I have to put them on my meal plan for next week! Awesome recipe sweetie!

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    1. yay! i love mexican, too, lady. no shame!

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  21. This is such a great idea! We love Mexican too, I was just writing in an upcoming post that Justin would be happy with Veggie Burgers every night of the week, but I love variety in my dinners :) This is a great change up on the standard veggie burrito! Love it!

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  22. [ Smiles ] Thank you for posting another wonderful vegan recipe!

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  23. Yum, this looks fantastic. What a wonderful Mexican vegan recipe! Thanks for sharing :) Cheers!

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  24. Totally doing this up tonight, though I think I'll use some of the fresh corn that's been languishing in my fridge since the weekend. Thanks!

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