Vegetarian Burrito With Sweet Potato and Black Beans

Vegetarian burrito

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Prep: 20 mins
Cook: 50 mins
Total: 70 mins
Servings: 4 to 6 servings

Whether you are vegetarian or just avoiding meat for more healthy eating, you don't have to do without scrumptious Mexican food.

These low-fat, high-fiber vegetarian burritos from Moosewood Restaurant Low-Fat Favorites, are filled with a puree of sweet potatoes, black beans, onions, chilies, garlic, and cilantro. They are rolled up like enchiladas and baked. Serve topped with homemade or jarred salsa.


  • 5 cups sweet potatoes (peeled and cubed)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons canola oil (or other vegetable oil)
  • 3 1/2 cups onions (diced)
  • 4 large garlic cloves (minced or pressed)
  • 1 tablespoon fresh green chili (minced)
  • 4 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 4 teaspoons ground coriander
  • 4 1/2 cups cooked black beans (or 3 15-ounce cans, drained)
  • 2/3 cup lightly packed cilantro leaves
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 8 8-inch flour tortillas
  • 1 jar tomato salsa

Steps to Make It

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 F.

  2. Place the sweet potatoes in a medium saucepan with the salt and water to cover.

  3. Cover the pot and bring to a boil, then simmer until tender, about 10 minutes.

  4. Drain and set aside.

  5. While the sweet potatoes are cooking, warm the oil in a medium skillet or saucepan and add the onions, garlic, and chilies.

  6. Cover and cook on medium-low heat, stirring occasionally, until the onions are tender, about 7 minutes.

  7. Add the cumin and coriander and cook for 2 to 3 minutes longer, stirring frequently. Remove from the heat and set aside.

  8. In a food processor, combine the black beans, cilantro, lemon juice, salt, and cooked sweet potatoes and puree until smooth. (You can also mash the ingredients in a large bowl by hand using a potato masher. The result will be a less smooth but nicely textured filling.)

  9. Transfer the sweet potato mixture to a large mixing bowl and mix in the cooked onions and spices.

  10. Lightly oil a large baking dish.

  11. Spoon about 2/3 to 3/4 cup of the filling in the center of each tortilla, roll it up and place it, seam side down, in the baking dish.

  12. Cover tightly with foil and bake for about 30 minutes, or until piping hot. Serve topped with salsa.

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