Quick Easy Pinto Bean Burrito Recipe

Kid Friendly Meal: Refried beans, salsa, salad fixings, vegan or dairy sour cream and cheese, tortillas


How to get your kids to eat beans: Burritos, with refried pinto beans, are easy to make, kids love them, and they're packed with nutrition.

This is a perfect veggie meal to serve when you're busy or tired and everybody's starving! You can have this meal-in-a-tortilla ready to eat in 20 minutes - or less.

Total prep & cook time: 20 min

4 Servings

Nutrition Info Per serving, 237g: 380 cal, 175 calories from fat, 39g carb, 20g fat, 742 mg sodium, 8g fiber, 12g protein; low Cholesterol; good source Vit K. Estimated glycemic load 20


  • 4 burrito-sized tortillas (8 - 10 inch)
  • 1 cup refried beans, canned or make your own
  • 1 Roma tomato diced
  • 2 cups chopped lettuce
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
  • 1 cup Guacamole or chopped avocado
  • 1/2 cup sliced black olives
  • 1/2 cup shredded non-dairy or dairy cheese
  • 1/2 cup non-dairy or dairy sour cream
  • Any kind of salsa, hot as you like it
  • Optional: canned hot peppers
  • Optional: cooked brown or white rice
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  1. Heat the beans
  2. Heat the tortillas in a frying pan or on a griddle
  3. Spread 1/4 cup refried beans on one half of each tortilla
  4. Top each tortilla with everything you want in your burrito
  5. Fold in the side of each tortilla, then fold over the opposite sides to make an envelope
  6. If you put too much in your tortilla, you won't be able to close it, and will have to lighten the load, or eat it as a salad on a tortilla
  7. Devour. Nom Nom Nom

Recipe Tips:

*Note: If you're going to soak and cook beans, it's worth making extra, to freeze in small amounts for future meals (think soup).

Serve with rice, roasted potatoes or salad.

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Our refried bean recipe is fairly bland because most kids aren't fond of hot spicy food. If you (or your kids) like spicy, heat things up by adding hot salsa, or hot sauce. Use non-dairy or dairy cheese and sour cream depending on your preference.

Children 7 and up can easily make this tasty bean recipe by themselves, if the ingredients are prepped. Older kids, 10 and up, can prep the ingredients. Burritos are the kind of recipe that makes cooking fun and easy even for little kids.

You can add almost anything to a burrito besides refried pinto beans: refried black beans, corn salsa, borracho beans, salsa, guacamole, lettuce, cilantro, olives, jalapeno peppers, fresh mozarella cheese, vegan cheese, vegan or dairy sour cream, cooked brown or white rice. You are only limited by what you like and how much your tortilla will hold.

Reduce the fat and the sodium in this recipe by reducing or eliminating sour cream, cheese and avocado, and-or using low sodium fat free beans, low sodium, low fat cheese & sour cream. Making your own refried beans is another way to reduce fat and sodium.

If you cook your own beans, make double to freeze for future tasty pinto bean recipes, like Borracho Beans, or Pinto Bean Soup.

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