As rastafile points out there is little cooperation between distributions. Getting to a point that they can work together is harder than it sounds. Where a lot of distributions offer signed versions designed to work with TPMs it's next to impossible to come up with a commercial arrangement allowing one distribution to just drop changes into another's configuration.
However... I would be surprised you've seen any instance of EFI being automatically updated outside of a full install. Package updates will normally trigger
update-grub to change the contents of
/boot/grub (the grub menu). Updates do not normally trigger
grub-install which writes to
It's possible that you only removed the BIOS entry for UEFI and not the files. UEFI BIOS entries are a little more tricky and there are things that will notice the files on your EFI partition and automatically re-instate the BIOS entry. Some older (poorly implemented) BIOSs just re-scan the EFI partition every time you boot looking for new entries.
Also note that some distributions will really fight because they have forked from Ubuntu and not bothered to change the location of their EFI files. Specifically I know that Linux Mint uses
EFI/ubuntu where really they should have switched to
EFI/mint long ago.
If you are seeing problems, just uninstall Ubuntu's Grub:
Completely remove grub from Ubuntu. You don't need grub installed in both distributions, if your other distribution is successfully creating grub menu entries for Ubuntu.
# Find grub packages with
dpkg --list | grep grub
# Remove these packages replacing "..." for the package names.
sudo apt-get autoremove ...
As you previously removed the EFI entry in the BIOS then you may also want to remove EFI files from the file system.
# DO NOT DO THIS IF you are using Linux Mint or Kali
sudo rm -rf /boot/grub/efi/EFI/ubuntu
os-proberpackage and running
grub-install, that combo might find and configure the other distro too. At least that's what I learned on ALT.