Black beans burrito

Black bean burritoOne of my fav dish! Because it’s delicious and healthy but also because it’s a fun dish to serve when you have guests. Place the black bean mixture, the mashed cassava, the guacamole, the coriander, and the green onions in separated bowls on the table so that everyone can make its own burrito to taste.
The black bean mixture is the protein source of the dish while the mashed cassava (you can also use sweet potato) replace surprisingly well the creamy cheesy component of a traditional burrito. The sides gives the final zing – enjoy!

(Makes 6 burritos)

  • 6 wholemeal tortillas
For the black bean mixture:
  • 1 black bean can
  • 2 small tomatoes (or 1 big), chopped
  • 1 green pepper (or any colour you like!), chopped lengthwise
  • 1 small red onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon of mustard seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon of chilli flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon of paprika
  • Olive oil
  • Salt and pepper
For the roasted cassava:
  • 1 medium size cassava, peeled and diced
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon cumin
  • Olive oil
  • Salt and pepper
For the sides:
  • Guacamole
  • Green onions, chopped
  • Coriander, chopped


  1. Pre-heat the oven to 180C. Place the cassava with spices and oil in a tin and mix well to coat. Place into the oven for about 20 minutes, mixing from time to time.
  2. In the meantime, heat oil with mustard seeds in a large pan and add the red onion and green pepper. Cook for about 3 minutes and add garlic and remaining spices. Stir and cook for a couple of minutes. Add tomatoes and black beans and cook for 5/10 minutes.
  3. When the cassava is baked, mash it until smooth. Final consistency must be like a thick puree.
  4. Heat the tortillas in the warm oven and serve with the back bean mixture, the mashed cassava, the guacamole and chopped green onion and coriander.

Because you never “invent” a recipe from scratch, because you always use your knowledge of previous recipes, but also because you often look into other recipes for inspiration, I have to say that this burrito recipe has been inspired by this one.


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