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About Taco Bell Bean Burritos
I have loved Taco Bell bean burritos from the moment my mom (of all people!) introduced me to them in high school. Twenty years later I still search out Taco Bells wherever I go, because they are a convenient, relatively healthful vegetarian option. Plus, they taste really good!
Bean Burritos Are Vegetarian
There are very few decent-tasting vegetarian options at fast food restaurants, but I'm happy to say that Taco Bell bean burritos are one. The ingredients in the beans are just pinto beans, soy oil, and salt; the cheese is real cheddar cheese prepared without animal-based enzymes; the onions are onions; and the tortilla is made with wheat flour, water, ground corn treated with lime, and vegetable oil.
Calories in a Bean Burrito from Taco Bell
The Taco Bell bean burrito has some pretty impressive nutrition facts:
Taco Bell Bean Burrito
calories from fat
Granted, the sodium is high (two bean burritos would put you near the recommended daily limit), but the cholesterol is extremely low and the amount of dietary fiber is exemplary. There are no trans fats, and saturated fat provides approximately 10% of the calories in the dish, which is right in line with government nutrition recommendations. All in all, a bean burrito provides some surprisingly balanced nutrition as far as fast food goes!
Fun Things to Do With Bean Burritos
Have you ever gotten the combo meal with ten bean burritos, but found it was too much for your family to eat all of them right away? Here are some other, more exotic uses for Taco Bell bean burritos.
- Use three burritos to build a Barbie doll sofa.
- Put one burrito in each coat pocket to keep your hands warm on a cold day.
- Place a warm, wrapped burrito behind you in the car for a lumbar support if your back aches from the long drive to Taco Bell.
What Not to Do With a Spare Burrito
Things I do NOT recommend using spare bean burritos for:
- dog food (Think of the gas!)
- seat warmers (Sure, the burritos are soft and all, and they conform to the shape of your behind, but then all the filling squishes out and makes a mess. SO not worth it.)
- a substitute football (It's impossible to throw a decent spiral with a bean burrito. If you don't believe me, go ahead and try it.)
These beans taste just like in the restaurant — yum!
You can never have enough sauce for your burritos (although a dozen bottles is a good start)!
Bean Burrito Recipe
Although you will miss out on the Taco Bell aesthetic experience, you can make your own bean burritos at home. Taco Bell facilitates this process by selling their own brand of refried beans and sauces.
- Lay out a large (12-inch) flour tortilla on a plate (or a piece of wax paper, for a more authentic fast food-style experience).
- Heat the refried beans in the microwave for about 45 seconds, and then put a large dollop (about 1/3c) in the center of the tortilla.
- Grate some cheddar cheese and put about half an ounce on top of the beans.
- Dice an onion and add a tablespoon to the tortilla.
- Sprinkle liberally with Taco Bell restaurant sauce.
- Fold two opposite sides of the tortilla inward to meet in the middle, and then roll it up from the bottom.
- Eat and enjoy!
What's Your Favorite Thing to Do with Bean Burritos?
What's your favorite way to eat bean burritos?
- For more Taco Bell nutrition information, go to http://www.tacobell.com/nutrition
- For U.S. government nutrition recommendations, see http://www.cnpp.usda.gov/sites/default/files/dietary_guidelines_for_americans/DG2010Brochure.pdf