With pantry staples including rice and beans, roasted veggies, and assorted toppings, these vegetarian burrito bowls are one of my go-to family meals since it’s easy to pull together AND it’s easy for everyone at the table to customize their own servings.

grain bowls with black beans and veggies

Vegetarian Burrito Bowls

Rice and beans often seems like a fairly boring meal to serve, but it’s actually one that I love because it’s so easy to dress up with simple toppings! These burrito bowls are easy to prep ahead (should you have the time) and easy to serve family style so everyone can decide exactly how they want their bowl.

Just like Chipotle…sort of anyway, ha!

If you’re looking for a kid-friendly bean recipe to try, this is a great one. You can use canned beans here or cook them in the slow cooker.

TIP: Family-style meals are a great way to limit power dynamics at the table by giving the kids more choice into what goes onto their plates.

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Ingredients You Need

To make this dinner you’ll need:

TIP: I like to have fruit on the table for most meals to ensure that the kids see a food they immediately like.

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Step-by-Step Instructions

Here’s a look at how to make this easy recipe. Scroll down to the bottom of the page for additional details.

  1. Prepare your rice.
  2. Prepare your beans. If using canned beans, rinse and drain them to remove excess salt and the liquid from the can.
  3. Prepare your veggies.
  4. Set everything on the table and let the family help themselves.

TIP: You can make all of the components of this up to 3 days ahead and store in an airtight container in the fridge. You can also use store bought precooked rice to simplify things.

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Adult serving of rice and beans with toppings.

Best Toppings for Burrito Bowls

We like shredded lettuce, shredded cheese, sour cream, salsa, avocado, and guacamole on our burrito bowls, but you can really top with any taco toppings you prefer.

How to Serve Burrito Bowls to Kids

You don’t need to make too many modifications to burrito bowls when serving them to little kids since they’re already deconstructed. Let the kids decide which foods they’d like to try, encourage them to try a few more without pressure if they only ask for cheese, and let them mix it together or keep it separate.

For a baby, you can serve their food directly on his highchair tray and they can eat with their hands.

baby-in-high-chair-with-grain-bowlBest Tips for Success

I’d love to hear what you think of this recipe idea if you try it, so please comment below to share!

This post was first published March 2020.

grain bowls with rice and beans

Easy Vegetarian Burrito Bowls

Prep the rice, beans, and veggies ahead if you can or want to. They store well in the fridge and simply need to be reheated. The nutrition information in this recipe will vary based on the ingredients you choose to use.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Cuisine Mexican
Course Dinner
Calories 446kcal
Servings 4 -6

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups uncooked rice
  • 14.5 ounce can black beans or about 2 cups fully cooked dry beans
  • 2-4 cups Roasted sweet potato, Roasted Zucchini or roasted asparagus, or 2 cups warmed frozen corn
  • Toppings such as shredded lettuce, shredded cheese, sour cream, salsa, avocado, and guacamole

Instructions

  • Prepare the rice according to package directions.
  • If using canned beans, rinse and drain them in a colander in the sink.
  • Prepare the veggies.
  • Place everything, including the toppings, onto the table and let everyone assemble their bowls, helping the littler kids as needed.

Notes

  • Slow Cooker Beans: Place 1 pound dry beans into a slow cooker. Add 6 cups water. Cook on LOW for 8 hours or until soft.
  • You can make dry beans in the instant pot by following this recipe for Instant Pot Pinto Beans.
  • You can make all of the components of this up to 3 days ahead and store in airtight containers in the fridge. Store any leftovers in airtight containers for 3-5 days.
  • You can use store bought precooked rice to simplify things.
  • Try canned or cooked dry beans such as black beans or pinto beans
  • Try veggies such as roasted sweet potato, zucchini or asparagus, or warmed frozen corn.
  • I like to have fruit on the table for most meals to ensure that the kids see a food they immediately like.
  • Try toppings such as shredded lettuce, shredded cheese, sour cream, salsa, avocado, and guacamole on our burrito bowls, but you can really top with any taco toppings you prefer.

Nutrition

Calories: 446kcal, Carbohydrates: 93g, Protein: 15g, Fat: 1g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 1g, Sodium: 41mg, Potassium: 669mg, Fiber: 12g, Sugar: 3g, Vitamin A: 9441IU, Vitamin C: 2mg, Calcium: 67mg, Iron: 3mg
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