Ever since I made a huge batch of these refried bean burritos, wrapped them in foil, and threw them in the freezer, coming up with lunches has been a breeze. And they’re hearty, filling lunches, too. Hearty refried beans mixed with salsa, rice, veggies, and cheese, all wrapped up and covered with more cheese on top. How can you go wrong?

A refried bean burrito on a green plate, cut in half.

The convenience factor is off the charts. I can only spare five minutes to wolf something down? Go to the freezer. Grab a burrito. No leftovers for my guy to take to work the next day? Grab a burrito. Simply craving a ridiculously delicious lunch? Grab a burrito. This refried bean burrito recipe has you covered!

In fact, “grab a burrito” may just be the answer to all of life’s problems. Not sure which preschool to enroll your toddler in? Grab a burrito. Seeking world peace? Grab a burrito.

A hand holds a burrito wrapped in foil.

Okay, so it may not solve everything. But when you’re eating one, it kinda feels like it.

This refried bean burrito recipe is so, so easy you almost feel guilty. I think that kind of recipe is the very best kind.

Refried Bean Burrito Ingredients

So here’s what you do. Break out a big bowl and stir together some refried beans (I usually use my homemade Crock Pot version), cooked brown rice, your favorite salsa, a can of green chiles, a little corn, and some shredded cheese – vegan or not – if you like.

If you’re making meatless burritos, you’re done with the filling! Wasn’t that easy?! Or you can break some out, if you want, and add a little cooked shredded chicken to a portion.

Two trays of refried bean burritos just baked.

How to Make Refried Bean Burritos

After you’ve stirred together the filling, just plop a bit onto a big flour tortilla, wrap it up, and lay it in a pan. Repeat a few times, sprinkle a little cheese/vegan cheese on top, and bake.

A close-up of a pan full of burritos with cheese, cilantro, and tomatoes on top.

Now that I’m eating dairy-free, I make a vegan filling for myself. I simply leaving out the cheese and, of course, omit the chicken. Sometimes I’ll add 1/2 teaspoon of cumin and a pinch of salt to amp up the flavor, then, if I’m serving them right away, I smother ’em a bit in a creamy vegan sauce and some veggies.


A close up of vegan refried bean burritos in wheat tortillas and smothered in avocado crema

How to Freeze Refried Bean Burritos for Later

Eat ’em now, eat ’em later. To freeze, you can either add them to a freezer bag as-is for shorter term or, for longer, wrap individual burritos in foil and mark them with a Sharpie.

Roll up a few of these easy refried bean burritos, bake 'em up, and eat them now or freeze individually for super-easy lunches and dinners down the road. And with brown rice and only a small amount of cheese, they're overall a pretty darn healthy choice, too. Can be easily made vegan, vegetarian, or meaty. #freezerburritos #vegetarian

To thaw, you can reheat in the oven, on a grill, over a campfire (we’ve done this!) or, of course, in the microwave (about 2 minutes on high).

And whenever you do eat them, try a little avocado, some salsa, maybe a little sour cream on the side.

Or straight-up! Seriously delicious either way.

Roll up a few of these easy refried bean burritos, bake 'em up, and eat them now or freeze individually for super-easy lunches and dinners down the road. And with brown rice and only a small amount of cheese, they're overall a pretty darn healthy choice, too. Can be easily made vegan, vegetarian, or meaty. #freezerburritos #vegetarian

And you’ll soon learn, when a bevy of these burritos are in your freezer, you’ll feel like you can conquer the world. If life give you lemons, you’ll know what to do. Eat a burrito.

More Burrito Recipes

5 from 7 votes

Refried Bean Burrito Recipe

Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 20 minutes
Total: 35 minutes
Author: Kare
Yield: 12
Easy, breezy, freezy. Roll up a few burritos, bake 'em up, and eat them now or freeze individually for super-easy lunches and dinners down the road. This flexible recipe can be made vegetarian, carnivorous, or vegan to satisfy every eater.


  • 15 ounces refried beans (one can; or two cups homemade refried beans [our favorite recipe])
  • 2 cups cooked brown rice*
  • 1 cup salsa (just use your favorite kind; any kind should do fine)
  • 15 ounces diced green chilies (one can)
  • 1 cup frozen corn kernels (thawed)
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese (divided)
  • 12 flour tortillas** (10-inch size)


  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • In a large bowl, stir together the refried beans, brown rice, salsa, chilies, corn, and 1 cup cheese. If adding chicken to half, move 3 cups of the mix to a separate medium bowl, add the chicken, and stir. If making a vegan filling (without cheese), add 1/2 teaspoon cumin, 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt, and 1/8 teaspoon pepper. Taste and add more seasoning if desired.
  • If the tortillas don’t seem pliable (likely to rip when you bend/roll them), place tortillas on a large plate and cover with a damp dishtowel. Microwave on high for 30 seconds to steam the tortillas.
  • One at a time, lay the tortillas flat and place 1/3 cup filling just below the center. Fold in the sides of the tortilla so that they nearly touch, then bring up the bottom of the tortilla, pulling the contents tight, rolling the burrito from the bottom upl, and keeping the sides tucked as you go.
  • Lay the burritos side by side in a 9-inch x 13-inch pan (or, if you’re making a meaty version and a vegetarian version, keep them segregated by using two 8-inch by 8-inch pans).
  • Sprinkle additional cheddar cheese over the top (omit for vegan version) and bake for about 20 minutes, until heated through, cheese is melted, and they’re starting to turn golden brown. Serve.


* Feel free to substitute white rice if you prefer. 
** If you’re a vegetarian, make sure you use vegetarian (lard-free) refried beans and lard-free tortillas.

Topping ideas:

Top with salsa, pico de galloavocado crema, sour cream or vegan sour cream, guacamole, diced tomatoes, diced avocados, fresh cilantro, or sliced scallions


Let cool and wrap individual burritos tightly in foil to freeze. To reheat, remove foil and wrap loosely in a paper towel. Microwave on high for about two minutes, flip, and cook for another minute or so until heated through. These can also be reheated on the grill or even over a campfire (keep them in the foil)! I’ve also plopped these directly in freezer bags for shorter-term freezing. Another make-ahead option? Make the filling ahead of time then assemble the burritos later on. The filling lasts in the refrigerator for about 3 days, or freeze in a freezer bag for several months.

Vegan/dairy-free option:

Leave out the cheese or sub vegan cheese. I also like to add an extra pinch of salt and pepper plus 1/2 teaspoon of ground cumin to amp up the flavor for the vegan version. 

Meat option:

Add cooked shredded chicken to the mix for the meat-eaters. 

Nutrition Facts

Calories: 234kcal, Carbohydrates: 32g, Protein: 9g, Fat: 8g, Saturated Fat: 4g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 2g, Cholesterol: 14mg, Sodium: 663mg, Potassium: 225mg, Fiber: 4g, Sugar: 4g, Vitamin A: 350IU, Vitamin C: 4mg, Calcium: 176mg, Iron: 2mg

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