Burrito bar to please vegans and more…

Wanna please your vegan and carnivorous friends alike? A veggie burrito bar is sure to make your friends and family smile, whether they’re on a plant-based diet or if they can eat anything under the sun. A fix your own burrito bar is a great crowd pleaser if you have a group of family and friends with all kinds of dietary wants or needs.

Around here in Texas, we call these burrito fixins

Around here in Texas, we call these burrito fixin’s

veggie burrito

veggie burrito

First, employ broke college student to help you cut up all of your fixin’s. Seriously, our son is home from college and he is amazing with a chef’s knife. He cut my prep time in half. (Isn’t that punny? Get it, cut my prep time?)

Going back to lessons I learned on day one of the Vegan Experiment, I wasn’t too prepared for this whole vegan burrito gig. Somehow I forgot to purchase refried beans. I do remember looking at a can of them at the grocery store yesterday, and when I saw that lard was a main ingredient, I promptly put the can back. Apparently I forgot to get a can with decent ingredients because I had to improvise. I drained two cans of black beans, added garlic powder, and mashed as they warmed up. Around my house, I compliment my own cooking a lot. These were really tasty. Cool beans! (Get it? I’m on a roll tonight….somebody stop me!)

vegan refried black beans

vegan refried black beans

cut up everything

Our son cut up everything, and mighty well, I might add

Here are some ideas for a vegan burrito bar, but the sky’s the limit:

yellow/orange/red bell peppers

fresh chopped cilantro

brown rice

corn

guacamole

fresh chopped tomatoes

jalapeno

warmed tortillas (we served flour and also gluten-free)

Grated cheese and a little side of sour cream for the non-vegan peeps

Grated cheese and a little side of sour cream for the non-vegan peeps

If you really want everyone to smile at your burrito bar, have some cheese and sour cream for the non-vegan types. Our daughter was¬†very¬†happy to grate cheese so that the rest of the family could eat it. Even though there are some plant-based substitutes, I haven’t tried any that I like yet.

There you have it: a pretty easy dinner that’s sure to be a crowd-pleaser. Told ya we like Mexican food!

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