Vegan backpacking meals: Bean and rice burrito

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Try this super quick recipe for vegan bean and rice burritos. Perfect for backpacking and camping trips.

Backpacking meals don't need to be complicated! You can easily make your own from products you find at your local supermarket. See my ultimate guide to backpacking food ideas here [Video].

Sometimes, however, it pays to be a little creative with your meal prep. This recipe is brought to you by Amy Reece, a fellow vegan backpacker and US-based blogger at Bear Plate. By utilising some ready-made staples, she creates some delicious and really nutritious meals perfect for backpacking and camping trips.

(This recipe includes products only available in the US. I've added some UK substitutes but the cooking time and instructions will vary.)

Vegan Backpacking: Bean and Rice Burrito

Minute Rice is a staple of mine since it's so lightweight, inexpensive, and versatile. It's a much better option than regular rice due to the shorter cooking time and the small amount of fuel needed to prepare it. Combining Minute Rice and dehydrated beans is a great way to make a burrito filling while you're on the trail.

(Minute Rice is a US brand of instant rice. If you're UK based, use quick cook rice or boil in the bag rice instead. Follow the packet cooking instruction. Cooking time will be slightly longer.)

Can't find vegan dehydrated beans? Here's my trick... I used an instant vegan black bean soup mix to make these burritos! This vegan black bean soup mix by Dr. McDougall's is available in the health food sections on many US grocery stores.

(Unfortunately, I've yet to find a UK alternative. You could use a tin of refried beans instead.)

How to Make a Vegan Bean and Rice Burrito

Not only are these burritos easy to make, but they are also incredibly filling and contain little fat and loads of protein. They are a perfect way to refuel after a long day of hiking.

Warning, this recipe makes a lot! If you aren't planning on sharing you might want to split the dry mixture into two portions.


(Yields: 2 servings)

  • One container Dr. McDougall's Black Bean Lime Soup mix
  • 1 cup white Minute Rice
  • 1 tsp dried chopped onion
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp chilli powder
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt (or to taste)
  • 1 1/2 cups + 2 Tbsps boiling water
  • Gluten free wraps


(Prep Time: 1 min / Cook Time: 15 mins)
  1. Empty the contents of the soup container along with the seasoning packet into a large bowl. Add the remaining dry ingredients and store in an airtight container.
  2. To prepare, add 1 1/2 cup boiling water, cover and wait 10 mins. If the mixture is too thick, add a Tbsp or two more water until it reaches the desired texture.
  3. Serve up.

Looking for more food inspiration?

See my: Video Guide to Backpacking Food - No Stove Needed.

You can also find this post on my blog at:


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Thank you for your contribution, it is appreciated that it is a healthy recipe, the ingredients are simple and nutritious, in the photos you shared, it is very pleasant.

Hello @veganadventurist : uhhmm.. I'mnot a vegan but your recipe seems so interesting to try even if I'm not travelling a lot due to some reasons now, that's why I have featured you in the pay it forward curation contest this week, because I can read so many interesting posts at your blog and I hope everyone will find it interesting as I do. please check this post if you have time, Thanks you.
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Thanks so much, I really appreciate it. Yeh, anyone can enjoy and benefit from the recipe - it's just a really nutricious meal!

What a great way to use that soup mix! I am here in the US, so I am lucky enough to have access to those Dr. McDougall's meals. I don't do them often, but every now and then they are great in a pinch. Thanks for sharing!


That's really handy! Yeh, they are actually really versatile.


That's really handy!
Yeh, they are actually
Really versatile.

                 - veganadventurist

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Hi there! I am not a vegan and not good on food preparations but thanks for sharing your recipe anyway. I am sure others with the same interest will find this very helpful. 😊

I came across your post through @dipoabasch who featured it here: Pay It Forward Curation Contest.

awh @veganadventurist, are you busy backpacking or going for camping now? haven't seen your reaction on any comments... well, thank you for the recipe, though Im not a vegan, but rice is my main food here in Indonesia, this recipe inspire me to do something with the rice sometimes. found your post through @dipoabasch at the pifc this week


Sorry, I've been away on a trip. But I'm back now :D Thank you so much. I hope you enjoy the recipe and thanks for commenting.

Hola @veganadventurist, me gusto tu post, gracias por la información, llegue a tu post porque, @dipoabasch, presentó tu publicación en esta semana Concurso de pago por adelantado, si estas interesado click Aqui

Excellent work. That looks delicious... but I admit I have very few patience for cooking, so I won't probably be trying it antytime soon. :-P

PS: I've found your post after reading @dipoabasch's entry in the Pay It Forward Contest


Thanks for your comment @trincowski - Well lucky the recipe only takes around 15 minutes! Have a go if you have time, it's well worth it :)

Such an easy go-to, especially when you're hiking ... this would pack a lot of punch for sure :)

I found your post because @dipoabasch featured you in his entry to our Pay it Forward Curation contest where I'm one of the judges. I'd love to see you join us with an entry of your own next week.


Thank you so much :D I'll check it out :D