Black Bean and Sweet Potato Burrito

I’ve just finished eating the following dish and am now lounging on the sofa in a rather pleasant food coma.  Rather greedily, I ate two when one would have been entirely sufficient.  Feel like a slob.  In my defence, I am (rather pathetically) still recovering from the weekend and feel in need of nourishment. 

Plus, these were amazingly delicious.  Resistance was futile.  :)

Black Bean and Sweet Potato Burrito

(adapted from The Moosewood Low Fat Cookbook – makes 4 large burritos)

2 medium sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed

Vegetable oil

1 large onion, chopped

3 garlic cloves, finely chopped

1 green chilli, finely chopped

2 tspn coriander powder

2 tspn cumin

Pinch of cayenne

Tin of black beans, drained and rinsed

Handful of coriander

1/2 lemon, juiced

1/2 tspn salt

Flour tortillas

Grated cheddar cheese (optional)

  • Add the sweet potato to a pan of salted water.  Bring to the boil and simmer for 10 minutes until the sweet potato is tender.  Drain.
  • Meanwhile, heat a little oil in a non-stick frying pan.  Add the onion, garlic and chilli and cook gently until the onions have softened. Add the spices and cook for a further minute.
  • Add the sweet potato, onion, chilli, garlic, beans, coriander, lemon juice and salt to a food processor.  Blend for 20-30 seconds until smooth-ish.
  • Pre-heat oven to 170oC and lightly oil a baking dish. 
  • Spoon the sweet potato mixture into the middle of each burrito and roll into a cigar shape.  Place burritos into the snug-fitting baking dish and cover with foil.
  • Bake for 30 minutes.
  • Optional – After baking, remove tin foil and sprinkle cheese over the burritos.   Place under the grill until the cheese bubbles.

I served this with chunky cherry tomato salsa.  Recipe to come.  :)

35 thoughts on “Black Bean and Sweet Potato Burrito

  1. I’m really no burrito eater, I think I can actually count the times I’ve ate them on the fingers of one hand. But these looks delicious, the herbs, the beans, the cheese, yum!

  2. I think that you need a vacation from the weekend. I hope a few days off from school are in your near future. For me, summer break starts in ONE MONTH! I’m counting down the days, can you tell?

  3. Lovely recipe Wendy. And good timing. Sweet potato is in season over here and super-cheap. I bought some at the weekend, but Richard doesn’t really like it. So I’m always looking for new ways to cook it. And I kinda suspect he’d like these babies.

  4. looks delicious – I would eat two as well (and possibly regret it later). I’d even be willing to try including my nemisis coriander in this but I think I would put the cheese on as it baked so it was nice and crispy

  5. Good morning dear! These burritos look so yummy that even for breakfast ..:-P could be an idea!
    I know something about food coma. Could it be that I eat too much? :-D
    Have an amazing day!
    Silvia

  6. Pia – This is the very first time I’ve eaten burritos. Didn’t really fancy them before this recipe. Glad I tried this out. D reckons it’s the best thing I’ve cooked all year. And I noticed the new funky avatars. No idea what happened there!

    Sylvie – Think I should have stopped at one but it just wasn’t possible!

    Lysy – Do you have this Moosewood book too then? It’s taken me a while to enjoy it but I’ve now found some cracking recipes in it.

    Christina – Another 7 weeks to go. It’s a nice, quiet term but I really could do with a proper break. Can’t complain. We have seven weeks off this year rather than the normal six. Woo hooo!

    Kathryn – Richard might be won over by these. You can’t really taste the sweetness of the potato much. It mixes with the other ingredients to give a lovely rich flavour.

    Johanna – I wondered about baking it with the cheese but thought the burritos would need to steam under the foil. Perhaps not?

    Silvia Magnolia – Good morning to you too! Glad I’m not the only one to experience the odd food coma. :)

  7. what a stellar combination! i don’t think i’ve ever had black beans (the best bean in the universe, clearly) and sweet potatoes (far superior to regular potatoes, in my humble opinion) in the same dish. toss in a little mexican flair, and this sounds utterly irresistible!

  8. Wendy – had your bean burritos for dinner and they’re fabulous. Added some beetroot greens and couldn’t find tortillas, so made them with mountain bread. But super, super recipe. Thanks for posting.

  9. Comfort food at its best! I would have had two also!
    I like the addition of sweet potato. I will have to give that one a try! I would think with the addition of the other ingredients that the sweet potato would not make it too sweet?

  10. Grace – We had the leftovers for lunch today and they were amaznig cold too! :)

    Kathryn – Oooooh, i’m so glad you liked it. Wonderful. :)

    Deb – It’s not very sweet at all. Very creamy, actually.

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  12. I bake so many things with cheese on top and like it crispy so would probably be game to try the cheese on top as it bakes – if I felt a little unsure I would put it on about halfway through cooking!

  13. I am saving this one right now Wendy! I always order black bean enchildas when we are eating out, Mexician style, so this recipe is just what I need. Thank you :)

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  16. Finally got around to making some, with some added corn kernels, and found it completely delicious (although the corn robbed it of that lush mushiness). Cheers for recipe.

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  18. The holidays have wiped my cabinets clean. I looked around and found a couple sweet potatoes a can of black beans and burrito shells. Jokingly I typed those things into the search bar and found your recipe.

    Thank you SOOOOOO much!!! We just finished eating this dish and I had to come and leave you a Thank you note. This is going to be family favorite for sure! :D

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  20. those look deliciousl, but they’re NOT burritos young lady! as they’re baked in the oven they are enchiladas

  21. Wendy,

    Just got round to making these delicious burritos. They were so good they pulled me out of my three-month long blogging coma! Check my blog for the post.

    Thanks for the inspiration,
    Joanna

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