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Fast Mexican Recipes for the Busy Vegetarian

Updated on August 30, 2017

Quick Vegetarian Burritos

Fast Mexican Recipes for the Busy Vegetarian. I'm always looking for a fast and easy cooking for a vegetarian meal like burritos. One of my favorite quick meals is made from frozen cheese and bean burritos. Of course I add some veggies to the meal to round it out and make the most out of nutrition.

I start with a prepackaged burrito add lots of veggies, salsa, and dairy products just like Mexican recipes suggest. The plain frozen burrito takes on a gourmet appearance and taste as good as it looks and taste like most real Mexican recipes. If takes about 5 minutes to prepare and when you come home from work tired and hungry that it certainly a bonus. You probably didn't even have the strength to wait in line at a fast food restaurant or the grocery store. I know I don't.

Here's the package I start from. Just enough calories to make a good dinner. I love Mexican recipes and this one is so easy I make it often. My family just can't get enough of it.

Finished Meal in About 5 Minutes

This is what the finished product looks like in about 5 minute it's one of my easiest Mexican recipes. Maybe you can do it faster, but that's about how long it take me to Microwave the burrito and chopped the veggies. You could do it faster if you pre-chopped everything before hand.

My family feels like they are sitting down to a gourmet meal when I prepare them. They are nutritious and provide the basic food groups. The calorie content is mostly from the burritos themselves, since we all know that the veggies are low in calories. Choose cheese or vegan style substitutes for toppings, grated or sliced. Most Mexican recipes require a lot more work than this one.

I always use a real plate rather than a paper one, it just makes it feel special that way. Besides there is very little clean up since there are no pots or pans to clean afterward.

Dressed Burrito Recipe

2 burrito recipe


2-frozen burritos



green or sweet onion

cheese or cheese substitute

sour crème (Light)

premade salsa


Place 2 burritos on to a large plate and microwave 1 minute. Turn over the burrito and cover with cheese, microwave 1 more minute. (It' Done)

While waiting for the burritos to microwave chop lettuce, tomatoes and onion.

Remove burrito from the microwave. Dress with lettuce, tomato and onion, top with sour crème and salsa.

5 minutes to a gourmet meal

Extreme Burrito Toppings


I love burritos and once I top them with veggies and sauces the are just the same as eating one in out. After a hard days work it is nice to relax at home and enjoy a meal without all of the distractions of eating in a restaurant. You can slip into something comfortable, turn on your favorite TV show, or just listen to music. I love to eat at home, it is much more relaxing than rushing through a meal with noisy people sitting all around.

If you like eating in too this is the perfect meal for you. Little work to make and if you cook on a paper plate the clean-up is quick too. Take my advice stay in and learn to relax at dinner.

Is cooking difficult after a long day?

Some Advice for the Too Tired to Cook Days

--Prep your vegetables several days in advance.

Make it Fast

Prepare Frozen Burritos Fast

Even More Easy Ideas

Ever had Breakfast for Dinner?

Shake it up a bit. Have breakfast for dinner, pancakes, waffles, cereals, veggie sausage links bacon with eggs make quick and easy dinners. Beside being easy to make, they are nutritious add a little juice and milk what could be better? Don't skip dinner, you will be hungry later and likely to snack on high calorie, low nutrition foods. Besides sleeping on an empty stomach is not easy.

Keep plenty of fresh veggies on hand

Keep plenty of fresh veggies on hand
Keep plenty of fresh veggies on hand

Veggie dogs wrapped in cresent rolls. Pop in the oven dinner in minutes.

Veggie dogs wrapped in cresent rolls.  Pop in the oven dinner in minutes.
Veggie dogs wrapped in cresent rolls. Pop in the oven dinner in minutes.

Make cupcakes on the weekend, freeze for later. Simply thaw and eat.

Make cupcakes on the weekend, freeze for later.  Simply thaw and eat.
Make cupcakes on the weekend, freeze for later. Simply thaw and eat.

How often do your eat vegetarian?

Do you eat vegetarian food exclusively?

Do you come home too tired to cook dinner?

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    • CampingmanNW profile image

      CampingmanNW 3 years ago

      I'm always on the prowl for something new and different for a recipe to cook. I'm no vegetarian, but I must say, these recipes look and sound delicious. Thanks for sharing

    • shana273 profile image

      shana273 4 years ago

      I love to cook. These recipes look delicious!

    • LluviaDeArte profile image

      LluviaDeArte 4 years ago

      YUMMY. What a great fresh lunch dish! So quick,easy and healthy. Thank you.

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      Mandy Stradley 4 years ago

      Mmmm! I could seriously live off of beans and rice.

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      June Parker 4 years ago from New York

      Mexican food is one of my faves. Love it anyway it comes!

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      Jack 4 years ago

      I love these bean and cheese burritos. I will try this idea. Thanks.

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      Leah J. Hileman 4 years ago from East Berlin, PA, USA

      I eat a lot of those burritos, too. I'm single and busy and it's not only hard to cook for one person, but also I don't often budget enough time for a lengthy meal preparation. This is a good idea as an alternative.

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      fotolady49 lm 4 years ago

      I love burritos - thanks for your ideas! Nice lens! :)

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      RuralFloridaLiving 4 years ago

      I love burritos - they're fast and tasty!

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      wiseriverman 4 years ago

      I often do. This is a wonderful quick dinner idea and so healthy too. I can't wait to try it.



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      Erin Mellor 4 years ago from Europe

      I'll often cook up a batch of veggie 'meat' in tomato sauce at the weekend, then it can be bolognaise one day, shepherds pie or taco meat the next depending on spices added. Saves a ton of time on busy midweek nights.

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      Torrs13 4 years ago

      Most definitely... I usually have my boyfriend start dinner so I don't have to ;)

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      Deborah Carr 4 years ago from Orange County, California

      These sound easy enough to make, even after a hard day at work! Thanks!

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      NibsyNell 4 years ago

      Yay... even I might be able to manage these! :)

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      KimGiancaterino 4 years ago

      I'm lucky, since my husband does almost all of our cooking. I get to do the dishes. When I was single I only cooked on weekends. Thank goodness for Trader Joe's and craft services at work!

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      Jogalog 4 years ago

      These look delicious. I'm amazed they were done in the microwave.

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      junkcat 4 years ago

      I love these so fast to fix, I never thought about all the veggies.