Bean, Rice and Kale Burrito Recipe

You know what’s awesome? Weather that isn’t in the negative degrees! The past couple days, it’s been above zero here, which is starting to get me into that festive, it’s-almost-spring mood!

Logan had been bugging me to make burritos again, since they’re probably his favorite food. In fact, in an earlier discussion we had on what your last meal in life would be, he seriously considered burritos. As for me? I couldn’t even come anywhere close to narrowing it down!

Burritos are the epitome of fast, easy comfort food, at least to Logan and I. We eat burritos on a regular basis (often this black bean and sweet potato burrito), but today we were in the mood for a classic rice and bean burrito. And since we happened to have a stash of kale in the fridge, that naturally got thrown in the mix to make a happy, healthy and delicious burrito!
Bean, Rice and Kale Burrito Recipe

Makes 6 servings

1 and 1/2 c. brown rice, uncooked
3 c. vegetable broth (or 3 c. water + 1 bouillon cube)
6 cloves garlic, pressed
2 16-oz cans pinto beans, rinsed and drained (or 4 c. cooked pinto beans)
1/4 c. water
1 tbsp chili powder
1 tbsp soy sauce
1 tsp red wine vinegar
3 packed c. kale, chopped
1/2 tbsp olive oil
1/4 tsp salt
1-2 tbsp freshly-squeezed lemon juice

For assembly:
6 large flour tortillas
1-2 avocados, peeled, pitted and mashed with a fork
Hot sauce

1. Combine the brown rice, vegetable broth and garlic in a covered pot and bring to a boil. Turn heat to low and simmer for the amount of time your brown rice package suggests, typically 45-55 minutes. Fluff with a fork and set aside.

2. In a medium pot, mash the pinto beans with a potato masher, leaving some texture. Stir in the water, chili powder, soy sauce and red wine vinegar. Cook the mixture over medium-low heat until it develops a paste-like consistency, stirring frequently, about 10-15 minutes. Set aside.

3. In a large bowl, combine the kale, oil and salt, and massage the kale with your hands to soften the leaves. Once it’s softer and reduced in size, add the lemon juice and mix. Set aside.

4. It’s assembly time! Start by layering about 1/3 c. of the rice across the bottom half of a flour tortilla.

Next, spread about 1/3 c. of the pinto bean mixture across the rice.

Add a layer of salsa, hot sauce and mashed avocado.

Top it all off with a handful of the kale mixture.

Now here’s how I wrap the whole shebang up, step by step. Start by folding in the sides and pull the burrito edge closest to you over the rice/bean/veggie mixture.

While keeping the sides tucked in, pull the lip of the tortilla shell over top of the mixture, keeping it packed as tightly as possible.

Continue rolling, keeping it nice and tight, until you reach the end of the tortilla. The finished product should look like this:

At this point, you can grab it with ease and devour the delicious burrito! With practice, you’ll get really good at sealing the sides so that you don’t have a supremely messy eating experience. Not that those aren’t fun.

You can also slice it on the diagonal, like so:

I wish it was meal time so I could eat this all over again! 🙂

See you later, and hope spring’s peeking out where you happen to live!

  • Amber

    i love how everyone in saskatchewan has had those plates at some time 😉

  • Allysia

    Ha ha! You're so right. 😛 And they're definitely hand-me-downs!

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  • Jesse

    I love how easy and yummy this looks! Can't wait to try this one!

  • Allysia

    I pretty much eat some variation of this every week, at least once. I think the flavored rice makes a huge difference!

  • vido

    Made this today and loved it, very tasty. I also tried kale with your Sesame Street dressing, believe it or not it was my first time trying kale–the burrito the second and I'm totally a kale fan now. Add these recipes to the vegan mac and cheese I made the other day and your blog is 3 for 3 with me! Love that I found it. Thanks!

  • Allysia

    Thanks, I really appreciate your comments, for realz. 🙂 And turning people around to kale is one of my favorite pastimes, ha ha!