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A close up on a blue china bowl holding a vegan burrito bowl with leafy kale, refried beans, slices of jalapeno peppers, and a slice of lime. Next to the bowl are red and green chillies and another slice of lime.
Vegan Burrito Bowl Recipe with Refried Beans
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
30 mins

Refried beans are rich, filling, and the centrepiece of this simple bowl. Add rice and lightly steamed kale for a delicious fully contained meal. Spice up the dish with slices of jalapeño peppers and lime juice.

Course: Main
Cuisine: Vegan
Keyword: Vegan burrito bowl
Servings: 4
Calories: 313 kcal
Author: Helen Best-Shaw
Refried beans
  • 250 g Mexican bean mix (frozen)
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 onion (small, diced)
  • 2 cloves garlic (crushed)
  • 1 bunch fresh coriander (choppd)
  • 1/2 lime (juice)
Burrito bowl
  • 1 handful kale leaves (whole)
  • 1 cup rice (long grain)
  • 1 jalapeño pepper (sliced finely)
  • 1 lime (quartered)
  • 1 avocado (cut into cubes)
To cook refried beans
  1. If using frozen beans, cook in a microwave according to the instructions on the packet. Reserve the water used for steaming.

  2. If using tinned beans, drain the beans, keeping back half a cup of the liquid. Then rinse well in a sieve under running tapwater.

  3. Heat the oil in a large frying pan over a medium ring. Fry the onion until it starts to turn translucent.

  4. Add the garlic and fry for about two more minutes.

  5. Add the cumin and stir well, so that the onion is evenly coated. Continue cooking for a few more minutes, until you can smell the rich aromas from the spices

  6. Add the beans and cook until soft.

  7. Add half the coriander and the lime juice. Mash the beans with a potato masher until they reach the desired consistency. You can also use a stick blender. If needed, to loosen the mixture, add the cooking water that was kept back in stage one. I prefer some texture, and not mashing the beans until they're too smooth.

  8. Add the remaining coriander leaves, check the seasoning and add more lime juice if wanted.

To make vegan burrito bowls.
  1. Cook the rice using to your favourite method and the instructions on the packet. I am a big fan of microwaving rice - quick, simple and fuss free.

  2. Cook the kale: microwave for 2 minutes or steam until just wilted

  3. Assemble the dish: line the bowl with the kale, add rice and refried beans to the middle of the bowl. Top with cubed avocado, sliced jalapeño and serve with a quarter of lime.

Recipe Notes
Nutrition Facts
Vegan Burrito Bowl Recipe with Refried Beans
Amount Per Serving
Calories 313 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Fat 4g6%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Sodium 9mg0%
Potassium 445mg13%
Carbohydrates 60g20%
Fiber 7g29%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 9g18%
Vitamin A 995IU20%
Vitamin C 25.8mg31%
Calcium 71mg7%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.