Cheesy Refried Bean and Rice Burrito are easy, delicious and will fill you up. Both refried bean and rice does not have to be prepared from scratch.
You can use store-bought tortillas but if you really want flavor, try my Homemade Flour Tortillas with Butter. I promise, this is not tedious to make and flavorful.
When I left the Philippines, Mexican food was not as popular yet in my country.
Right after college, we moved to the US. We spent the first few months visiting relatives in major US cities before finally settling down.
Originally, I was asking my parents if I can join my friends in Japan and visit the Expo. That didn’t happened instead my parents took me to Disney Land.
I finally had the ride of my life with my Dad. It was a dream come true to ride the tallest roller coaster ever.
Honestly, I have no clue how we got away riding it 3x in a row without falling in line again. Either the attendants were so nice and they saw how excited I was or maybe their perception was we don’t speak English. Whatever the reason was, I was elated.
It seemed like after every ride I was hungry. Me and my Dad were always together while my Mom and Aunt tag along together.
It was always me and my Dad running around getting food or tickets for everyone. In fact, my Dad made me in charge of coordinating the whole trip.
My Dad was anxious to see how smart I was and if I was capable of asking the right questions to get to point A and B. It was definitely a learning experience.
Anyway, I’m not sure if it was in Disney Land or Sea World that I ordered refried bean burrito and tacos. After a bite, I said to my Dad, I don’t like it. I swore it tasted like gasoline.
My poor Dad was forced to eat it. I was young and didn’t know the value of money. Money exchange rate was high but I was clueless. My mom and I are similar. If we don’t like something, don’t expect us to shoved it in our mouths!
After many years and I started experimenting with cooking then I realized the spice that tasted like gasoline was cumin. It is used in many Mexican cuisine.
If you are not familiar with cumin, add it little by little when cooking. Taste the food and see if it is good enough for you. Cumin can overpower the taste of food, so it is best to start with ½ the measurement, then add more if you like.
My Dad loved Mexican food and was brave enough to try different cuisine. If he was here, I have no doubt he’ll enjoy all the food I am cooking for the blog. He was big on steak but he was also easy to feed.
When I was working, I hardly cooked. If they were staying with me, my mom was always in charge of cooking so I don’t believe my Dad knew I can really cook.
Tips in Making this Easy Cheesy Refried Bean and Rice Burrito
When I like something quick and easy, it is so convenient to use refried bean in can. The Rosarita (No Fat) Traditional is as good as it gets.
Rosarita refried beans come with whole beans and that’s how I like it. Whole beans add so much texture to this dish. Using a can of Rosarita will save you so much time.
If you have time and you prefer to make your own from scratch that will work as well. It will require more work but at least it is something you like.
For this recipe, I am preparing a simple refried beans sauteed in onion flavored with cumin and garlic powder. For an authentic Mexican taste, try my other refried bean recipe using more spices.
Again to make this easy Cheesy Refried Bean and Rice Burrito, I am using Vigo Saffron Yellow rice. This is completely seasoned and easy to prepare.
All I need to do is boil it in water for 20 to 25 minutes.
You can saute both the refried beans and rice in onion but I prefer to serve them separately. Some people might like just the refried beans or rice in their burrito.
Cheesy Refried Bean and Rice Burrito
- 1 16 oz Rosarita No Fat Traditional
- 1 medium yellow onion chopped
- ¼ teaspoon garlic salt
- ¼ teaspoon cumin add another ¼ teaspoon if you prefer
- 1 Vigo Saffron Yellow Rice cook according to label instructions
- 3 cups shredded lettuce
- ½ cup shredded cheddar cheese
- ¾ cup sour cream
- 10 homemade or store-bought flour tortilla
- slices of jalapeno optional
- your favorite salsa or hot sauce
- In a skillet over medium heat, saute onion until soft.
- Add refried beans. Cook for 2 minutes.
- Stir-in cumin and garlic powder. Continue cooking for another 2 minutes.
- Season with salt.
- Turn off heat and transfer to a serving bowl.
- While cooking refried bean, prepare and cook Vigo rice. Follow the label cooking instructions.
- Note: You can use white rice instead.
- Assemble Cheesy Refried Bean and Rice Burrito.
- Heat tortilla in cast iron or microwave.
- Transfer tortilla on a plate.
- Add 3 tablepoons of rice, 3 tablespoons of refried beans, 1 tablespoon sour cream, ¼ cup lettuce, some shredded cheddar cheese and some salsa or your favorite hot sauce. Roll into a burrito. Add some jalapeno if you like. Enjoy!