Spicy Black Bean Burritos

Here’s a super-easy lunch (or dinner) with a touch of fieriness and plenty of flavor. This spicy black bean burritos recipe is prepped and cooked all within 30 minutes, and you can dress these burritos with the salad vegetables of your choice, adding some fun to the making.

We use serrano peppers here, which pack a solid medium heat (10,000 to 23,000 Scoville heat units.) But you could opt for jalapeños – they have a comparable bright, grassy taste with a lower-medium heat (2,500 to 8,000 SHU.) Pickled jalapeños make for a nice tangy twist for this recipe, or simply use them as a garnish atop. And, of course, if you’d like something hotter, feel free to try Thai chilies, scotch bonnets, habaneros, or another extra-hot chili of your liking.

Our spicy black bean burritos also make an excellent “pre-prep and cook” meal for a work week. You can cook the black beans and salad vegetables early and keep them in the refrigerator during the week. Simply build your burritos and bake for a few minutes at lunchtime.

Remove the cheese for a vegan option, or for all the carnivores out there, why not add some chicken or beef strips?  It’s really very versatile.

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Spicy Black Bean Burritos

Spicy Black Bean Burritos

Quick to make and fun to experiment with!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 251 kcal


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon garlic crushed
  • 1 yellow onion
  • 1 serrano pepper or another pepper of choice, seeds removed and finely chopped
  • 1 can cooked black beans drained
  • 6 tortilla wraps
  • Selection of salad vegetables chopped (tomato and pepper work well)
  • 1 cup jack cheese shredded (strong cheddar also works well)


Making the black beans

  • Preheat the oven to 300 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Place a frying pan over medium-high heat.
  • Add oil, garlic, and finely diced onion to the frying pan and cook stirring occasionally for 5 minutes.
  • Add the chili pepper and black beans to the pan and stir to combine.
  • Lower the heat on the frying pan to medium, then cook the black bean mix for 10 minutes, stirring often.

Prepping and cooking the burritos

  • Add the black bean mix and chopped salad vegetables to the tortilla wraps, then fold them into a burrito shape. Place each burrito in a baking pan, then sprinkle the jack cheese over each burrito.
  • Place the baking pan with the burritos in the preheated oven and cook them for 2 minutes (or until the cheese has melted.)
  • Serve alone or with some Mexican rice, more salad, or some pickled jalapenos.


Calories: 251kcalCarbohydrates: 28gProtein: 11gFat: 11gSaturated Fat: 5gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 17mgSodium: 339mgPotassium: 249mgFiber: 5gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 542IUVitamin C: 3mgCalcium: 203mgIron: 2mg
Keyword Jalapeno Pepper, Serrano Pepper
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UPDATE NOTICE: This post was updated on April 30, 2023 to include new content.
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