Vegan burritos bring the fun to dinner. These hearty & satiating burritos are filled with black beans, seitan chorizo, and tater tots for crunch.
They’re all wrapped up in whole wheat tortillas for a delicious & filling meal the whole family will love.
When you crave a “meat and potatoes” style burrito that you can really sink your teeth into, call in this vegan burrito.
These protein-packed wraps are filled with both seitan and beans. Each burrito has 18 grams of protein.
Plus, they have a wonderfully addictive crunch inside from tater tots.
If you love potato tacos or breakfast burritos with potatoes, you’ll love the deliciousness & ease of tater tots in this dish.
They make this burrito feel all the more indulgent.
Here are the ingredients you will need to make this recipe.
Oil: Use whatever neutral flavored cooking oil you like to sauté garlic & onions. Avocado oil is my go-to.
Onion: Yellow is my preferred choice here for its mild flavor. But feel free to use any color you like. Or replace with an equal amount of shallots.
Garlic: Freshly minced garlic has the most robust flavor. But if you’d prefer, you can replace it with ⅛ teaspoon of garlic powder. If using powdered garlic, add it at the same time as the spices.
Seitan chorizo: Seitan is a vegan meat made of wheat. It has a great chewy texture. Chorizo-style seitan is the plant-based version of a popular Mexican and Spanish pork sausage.
Since seitan chorizo is already seasoned, it does a lot of the heavy lifting in terms of taste.
You can find vegan chorizo in the refrigerated section of natural grocery stores or big box stores like Target. It’s usually near other vegan meats & specialty products.
I usually buy Upton’s Naturals. I also really like Herbivorous Butcher’s seitan chorizo.
Black beans: Use a 15-ounce can of black beans that have been drained and rinsed. Or you can use 1 ½ cups of homemade black beans that have been fully cooked from dried.
If you prefer, black beans can easily be replaced with almost any bean like pinto, Great Northern, cannellini, or kidney beans.
Seasonings: Ancho chili powder, cumin, paprika, and salt.
Ancho chili powder is made from one ingredient – dried poblano peppers. It has a full-bodied flavor that is really delicious.
However, it can be replaced with standard chili powder. Keep in mind that chili powder blends vary from one to the next. Some are heavier in cayenne than others.
Tortillas: I use 8-inch whole wheat tortillas. Feel free to use white if you prefer.
If your tortillas are larger or smaller, it may change the amount of filling needed.
Tater tots: Look for tater tots in the freezer section of most grocery stores. They’re also known as potato gems or potato tots, depending on where you live.
They make this burrito feel all the more indulgent. Plus, they’re easy to keep on hand in the freezer and cook as needed.
I use the air fryer to prepare tater tots. But feel free to bake, if you prefer.
Vegan cheese: Any kind of cheddar-style non-dairy cheese you like will work here. You can buy it pre-shredded. Or shred your own from a block.
If you prefer, you can omit it. Or replace it with guacamole.
Step by step instructions
Here’s how to make this recipe at a glance. For complete ingredient amounts & instructions, keep scrolling to the recipe card below.
Start by putting the tater tots in the air fryer basket to cook.
Air fry at 400 degrees for 9 minutes, stopping occasionally to shake the basket.
Times may vary depending on your air fryer. Cook until beautifully browned.
(Or pop them in a preheated oven if you prefer to bake. See full recipe instructions below for details.)
While the tater tots cook, bring a large non-stick skillet to a medium heat with oil.
Add onions & garlic. Sauté until fragrant.
Add seitan chorizo & sauté a couple minutes more.
Add black beans, spices, salt, and water.
Fully combine & cook a few minutes more, until it’s warmed & the spices are incorporated.
Warm tortillas one by one in a dry skillet.
(In a pinch for time? Microwave the tortillas on a plate until just warmed.)
After each tortilla is warm & pliable, fill it with seitan & black beans, 4 or 5 tater tots, and a sprinkling of vegan cheese.
Roll the burrito by folding the sides in on the tortilla.
Then fold down the side nearest you, and tuck it underneath the fillings.
Keep rolling until you have the shape of a burrito.
Continue until all of the burritos have been rolled.
Make them your own
You can make these burritos your own by varying the ingredients.
Vary the protein
Use 8 ounces of soyrizo or vegan ground beef crumbles instead of seitan chorizo. Soy chorizo is one of my favorite Trader Joe’s vegan products.
Keep in mind that soyrizo tubes are usually 12 ounces. While seitan chorizo comes in 8 ounce packages. So plan on using a little more than half of the package of soyrizo for this recipe.
Or you could replace the seitan with an equal amount of vegan ground beef crumbles. If you go with that option, you may want to increase the spices since it’s not as highly seasoned as vegan chorizo.
Vary the beans
Replace black beans with pinto, Great Northern, cannellini, or kidney beans.
Vary the fillings
- Add ½ cup chopped bell peppers with the onions & garlic.
- To the finished burrito, add hot sauce, pickled jalapeños and/or pickled red onions.
- Add brown rice.
- Replace tater tots with air fryer breakfast potatoes or air fryer baby potatoes.
- Add shredded lettuce or cabbage, salsa, vegan sour cream, and/or tomatoes.
- Drizzle with cilantro chimichurri sauce or vegan sriracha mayonnaise.
Make them crispy
For crispy burritos, put the rolled burritos into the air fryer.
Air fry at 400 degrees for 5 minutes, until the tortilla is browned and toasted.
How to store and reheat
Vegan burritos store beautifully in the refrigerator.
You can either store the tortillas, vegan taco meat, and tater tots separately. Or you can refrigerate the fully rolled & prepared burritos.
If storing the taco meat separately, keep it in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
It will keep for about 4 days.
When you’re ready to reheat it, warm it in a non-stick skillet or in the microwave.
Then re-toast the tater tots in the air fryer at 400 degrees until warm and crispy.
If you’re storing pre-made burritos in the refrigerator, I recommend wrapping each of them in cellophane, so that they don’t get dried out.
To reheat, you can either warm them in the microwave or air fry them. Remove the plastic cellophane before warming them.
After that they can go straight into the microwave or air fryer from the refrigerator. Microwave until warm.
Or air fry at 400 degrees for about 10 minutes or until toasty brown on the outside.
Air fryers cook at different rates, so check on it occasionally.
Vegan burritos with seitan chorizo & tater tots
- 1 teaspoon avocado oil or your preferred oil
- ½ cup chopped yellow onion
- 1 clove garlic minced
- 8 ounces seitan chorizo I use Upton's Naturals
- 1 can (15 ounce) black beans drained & rinsed (1 ½ cups)
- ½ teaspoon ancho chili powder
- ½ teaspoon cumin
- ¼ teaspoon paprika
- Pinch of salt
- 2 Tablespoons water plus more if needed
- 5 to 6 tortillas
- 2 cups tater tots
- ¾ cup shredded non-dairy cheese optional
- Start by cooking the tater tots. To air fry: Put tater tots in the air fryer basket. Air fry at 400 degrees for about 9 minutes or until browned & crispy. Stop occasionally to shake the basket.To bake: Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Put frozen tots on a single layer of an ungreased baking sheet. Bake on center rack for 20 minutes. Turn half way through.
- While the tater tots air fry or bake, start on the vegan taco meat.In a large skillet, bring oil to a medium heat. Sauté onion and garlic a few minutes, until soft, translucent, and fragrant.
- Add seitan chorizo to the pan and sauté for a couple minutes more.
- Add the beans to the skillet along with the ancho chili powder, cumin, paprika, salt, and water. Fully combine until the spices are spread evenly throughout. Continue cooking a few minutes more, until everything is fully warmed and the spices are incorporated. If it gets too dry, add another splash of water.Turn off heat & set aside.
- One at a time, warm tortillas in a dry skillet. As each one comes out of the skillet, move it to a plate, and fill with a few spoonfuls of the seitan & bean mixture, 4 or 5 cooked tater tots, and a couple Tablespoons of non-dairy cheese, if using.
- Roll each burrito by folding the sides around the filling. Then take the edge closest to you, wrap it around the filling, and keep rolling until it's a tight parcel.Continue until all of the burritos have been rolled.
Content updated April 2, 2023. Originally posted September 3, 2017.