This Vegan Burrito Bowl Recipe combines seasoned black beans and fajita veggies for a healthy and delicious meal that's sure to satisfy. You need just 6 ingredients and 20 minutes to put together this oil-free & totally delicious Chipotle-style feast!
Heat a nonstick or cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat.
Wash and cut the bell peppers and onions into strips.
Add the peppers and onions, along with the seasonings (listed above, ½ to 1 teaspoon each), to the hot skillet. Let the veggies sear and give off their own liquid to keep them from sticking. Stir every few minutes so that different sides touch the hot skillet. If they start to burn, turn down the heat and/or deglaze the skillet with 2 tbsp of water.
(If you're not using quick-cooking rice, start the rice first!)
After you place the veggies in the skillet. Measure the rice, add to a mesh strainer, and rinse.
Add the rice and 1 ½ cups of water to a medium pot. Place over high heat and bring to a boil. (Most rice follows a 1 to 1.5 ratio of rice to water: see package instructions, as the ratio could vary depending on your chosen brand).
After the rice begins to boil, turn down the heat to medium or medium-low and simmer (covered) for about ten minutes or until the rice is done (see package directions, as all types of rice require different cooking times.
After the fajitas are nicely seared and cooked but still firm, remove from the skillet and place in a bowl for serving.
Drain and rinse 1 can of beans. Add the beans, seasonings (listed above, ½ to 1 teaspoon each), and ½ cup water directly to the same skillet (no need to wash in between). Heat over medium until the beans are warm and the water in reduced.
Remove the beans and place in a bowl for serving.
Other Prep Work
While the other food is cooking you can prep the other ingredients. Wash and cut or tear the lettuce. Collect and prepare your salsa and other garnishes.
Assemble the Vegan Burrito Bowls
Place all of the components in different bowls on the table and let everyone build their own burrito bowl from their favorite ingredients and garnishes. Enjoy!
Choose whatever quick-cooking rice you have on hand. For the photos, I choose a 10-minute brown rice.
I like to use red and green bell peppers, but feel free to choose yellow, orange, or whatever you have.
I used romaine lettuce here, but I have also used spinach or mixed greens.
I prefer this with tomatillo or salsa verde, but again, use whatever you have.
Feel free to mix up the seasonings based on what you have available.
For a dish like this, you don't need to measure the spices per say. Just add about ½ teaspoon of each and taste. If you think it needs more, add a little more.
Another fun addition to this meal is corn (canned or frozen). Add to the skillet when you are heating with the beans.