Vegan Burrito Bowls: A Budget-Friendly Dinner

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Summer days are long and hot, so no one wants to spend hours in the kitchen after a fun-filled day at the beach or park. Burrito bowls can be quickly assembled with ingredients that you prepare ahead of time. Plus, they can be made with plant-based and budget-friendly ingredients.

Burrito bowls are traditionally served with meat, cheese, sour cream, and other animal products. These ingredients can be expensive, but there’s an easier and more cost-effective way to enjoy burrito bowls without spending a lot of time and money. The hack? Stick to plant-based ingredients.

Why Vegan?

I have followed a vegan lifestyle for several years. This transition made sense to me because I love farm animals and wanted to reduce my carbon footprint. My family has been very supportive of my plant-based diet and they frequently enjoy the meatless meals I make for them. Score!

You don’t have to be vegetarian to enjoy meat-free recipes. So why would a meat lover opt for a veggie bowl? There are a few reasons:

  • Cutting back on meat and cheese can help reduce your grocery bill, especially for big families. Animal products are expensive; legumes and grains are more affordable.
  • Beans, rice, and vegetables are also health-promoting foods. They are full of protein, fiber, vitamins, and minerals.
  • Choosing the veggie option every now and then goes a long way for the environment.

Are Burrito Bowls Budget-Friendly?

Yes! Here are some tips to make burrito bowls even more affordable:  

  • Buy dried grains and legumes in bulk. You can instantly save money by purchasing large bags of dried rice and beans. Cook them yourself on the stove top or with a pressure cooker. In a hurry? Canned beans and frozen rice are huge time-savers.
  • Use plant-based ingredients. There’s a misconception that vegan and vegetarian foods are expensive. Some specialty items may be costly, but forego the expensive meat alternatives for a meal that is satiating, nutritious, and flavorful without the large grocery bill.
  • Prepare your own toppings. We’ve all bought pre-made salsa, guacamole, and even chopped onions for the sake of convenience. If cutting back on costs is your priority, consider preparing these items yourself. Stock up on tomatoes, onions, avocados, limes, bell peppers, and cilantro to make big batches of fresh pico and guac for the whole week.

Assembling Your Veggie Burrito Bowls

Since there are no rules to burrito bowls, you can pick and choose the ingredients to your liking. Try different combinations to spice things up. Here are some ideas to get you — and your taste buds — excited!


  • White rice, brown rice, Spanish rice, or cilantro-lime rice
  • Black beans, pinto beans, or refried beans
  • Chopped tomato or pico de gallo
  • Sliced avocado or guacamole
  • Other toppings like corn salsa, fajita veggies, tortilla strips, hot sauce, lettuce, onion, and cilantro


Tags: Healthy Recipes, Salads, Vegan Recipes, Quick Recipe Ideas, Sunday Dinner Ideas, International Cuisine

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Lacey Bourassa

Lacey Bourassa is a health and wellness writer living in Southern California. She specializes in writing about food, nutr... See Full Bio

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