Lentil Burritos

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on April 14, 2009

Vegetarian Lentil Burritos | 5DollarDinners.com

An easy and inexpensive dinner idea for vegetarian lentil burritos!  These are hearty, nutritious, gluten free, and budget friendly – what else can you ask for?!

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Lentil Burritos

Yield – 4 servings

Preparation Time – 15 minutes

Cooking Time – 40-60 minutes


  • 1 cup white or brown rice ($.20-$.40)
  • 2 1/2 cups of water or chicken broth
  • 1 cup lentils, any color ($.30)
  • 1 can Rotel diced tomatoes with green chiles ($.37) Purchased on sale with coupon!
  • 1 tsp garlic powder ($.05)
  • 1 tsp ground cumin ($.10)
  • Salt/pepper
  • 6-8 tortillas ($.69-$1) Use corn to stay GF!
  • 1 cup shredded cheese ($.83)
  • 2 boxes frozen spinach ($1.50) On sale this week, plus coupon!


  • Cook rice: In saucepan, bring 2 1/2 cups of water or chicken broth to boil. Add 1 cup of white or brown rice. Return to boil. Cover and reduce heat to simmer. For white rice, cook for 20 minutes. For brown rice, cook for 50 minutes.
  • Cook lentils: In saucepan, add 1 cup of lentils plus water to cover lentils by an inch. Bring to boil and then reduce heat and simmer for about 30 minutes, until lentils are soft. Drain any excess water.
  • Combine rice, lentils and can of Rotel diced tomatoes and green chiles. Stir in garlic powder, ground cumin, salt and pepper.
  • Lay tortillas (corn or flour…whichever you prefer!) out and spoon rice/lentil mixture into the tortilla. Sprinkle with cheese and roll up. Place burritos in 8×8 baking dish.
  • Place lentil burritos in a warm oven (250 degrees) for about 20 minutes, giving cheese time to melt. Don’t leave in too long or the tortillas will get crispy!
  • Cook spinach according to package instructions. Jazz up the spinach with a little parmesan cheese or hard boiled egg!
  • Serve Lentil Burritos with Spinach!

Cost $4.04

{ 15 comments… read them below or add one }

Fit Mommy April 14, 2009 at 11:34 pm

great idea! wondering if my hubby would go for that! looks great.


Hope :) April 15, 2009 at 8:52 am

Oh, this looks just great! I think I’ll add it to next week’s menu! Thanks for the inspiriation … I’m a big lentil — and burrito! — fan. :)


sito April 15, 2009 at 12:08 pm

You’ve given me a recipe I was looking for and didn’t even know it. I love lentils and rice, and this is a great new way to enjoy them. Thanks heaps!


Ali April 15, 2009 at 12:22 pm

These sound awesome, I know what we will be having for Mexican Night next week! My little guy will love them =)


Shelley April 16, 2009 at 11:48 am

I just made these for lunch and they are very yummy!


Lisa April 17, 2009 at 4:43 pm

Thank you! I am always looking for recipes using lentils.


Angela April 18, 2009 at 9:41 am

My 16 month old LOVED these- as did my husband! This is a definite keeper of a meal!


AmandaonMaui April 19, 2009 at 9:34 pm

This made it onto my meal plan for the week. I’m going to have to push it back a few days, but I’m looking forward to it.


Brownie Power April 21, 2009 at 2:57 pm

Just started using the meal plan. I am going to make this recipe this week.


Niki Cooney April 21, 2009 at 3:06 pm

Hi, have been looking for a lentil recipe that my husband would eat, yours fits the bill! Thanks


Andrea April 21, 2009 at 6:11 pm

These look really good! Lentils seem to be the ‘forgotten bean’ lol but we LOVE them. Never thought of putting them in a burrito! Thanks!


Angela April 24, 2009 at 5:54 pm

made these again because they are always a hit. I added half a cup more of rice AND lentils, because my husband said last time that he LOVED them and he wanted more. This time, it made enough for us to have again for dinner tomorrow! What a way to stretch the grocery budget, and make it easier on me :)


Jen B. April 26, 2009 at 12:07 pm

We made these burritos last night, and they were fan-freakin’-tastic!!! What a great and simple recipe. I love your website and applaud your dedication to delicious, yet economical meals. You certainly inspire me. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!


Val May 15, 2009 at 10:42 pm

I made the burritos tonight. They were *devoured* by my teen. Thanks for the recipe!

Since I didn’t have rotel I used a can of diced roasted tomatoes (muir glen freebie) and a small can of chopped chiles (old el paso free with sale+coupon). Left over lentils were mashed, chilled and added to ground beef to extend the amount needed for hamburgers and meatloaf. A good evening over all!


Beth in Ohio April 27, 2010 at 11:58 am

I started following your blog last year, sometime in the spring, and somehow missed this blog. I’ll make your version just for me, and sneak some pureed lentils into a batch of taco meat (that also has whole pintos mixed in) for my picky teen DD.

You wrote that you served the burritos with a side of spinach. LOL, I would put it inside the burrito, dollop on some sour cream, spoon on some salsa (or fresh pico de gallo, yum), toss on some shredded cheddar, and munch away! OK, it’s almost 1pm and I’m even more famished than I was. Lunch time!


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