Recipe: Black Bean Burrito Bowl

Mexican food has long been one of my favourites for many reasons, not least of all because of all the colour it involves! This black bean burrito bowl is not only full of colour but plenty of flavour and texture too, making it the perfect dinner in my books!

The list of steps and ingredients might seem a little overwhelming but it actually takes very little time at all to prepare. In fact, I usually find that I can have everything ready to go by the time the rice has cooked! Many of the parts use similar ingredients too, so I promise it’s not as scary as it might seem, plus it’s well worth it!

Black Bean Burrito Bowl | I Spy Plum Pie

Ingredients List

Coriander Lime Rice

  • 1 cup rice
  • Juice of a lime
  • 3tbs coriander

Tomato Salsa

  • 2-3 medium tomatoes
  • 1/2 red onion
  • 1/4 cup coriander
  • 1 red chilli
  • 2tbs lime juice

Black Beans

  • Can of black beans
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 2tsp cumin
  • 1tsp ground coriander
  • 1tsp chilli powder

Smokey Corn

  • Can of corn or 2 husks of corn
  • 1tsp smoked paprika
  • 1tsp chilli powder
  • 1tsp liquid smoke (optional)



For the rice

  1. Cook the rice using your normal methods (I use my rice cooker) then fluff with a fork when done
  2. Stir through the lime juice
  3. Finely chop the coriander and stir through

For the salsa

  1. Dice the tomatoes and red onion and combine in a bowl
  2. Finely chop the coriander and chilli and stir though
  3. Add lime juice and stir to combine, then set aside for the flavour to develop

For the black beans

  1. Drain and rinse the black beans and add to a pan on medium heat
  2. Mince the garlic and add with the remaining spices, stirring to combine
  3. Add 2 tbs of water and gently stir and cook for 6-8 minutes, until warmed through and well coated in the spices

For the corn

  1. Drain and rinse the corn or remove the kernels from the cob
  2. Add to the fry pan with the spices and stir well
  3. Cook for 8-10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the corn just starts to char

Then it’s just a matter of building your bowls! I like a good spoonful of each option, topped off with a generous dollop of guacamole and some crunchy lettuce. You don’t have to keep everything separated of course, I just think it looks prettier! It sure doesn’t stay that way for long though!

Black Bean Burrito Bowl | I Spy Plum Pie

I definitely recommend doing the salsa as early as you can in the preparation process as it does benefit from sitting for a little while to allow the flavours to develop. The same goes for the guacamole actually, which is perfect because you don’t have to worry about keeping the other parts warm if you make them last!

So much colour, so much flavour – you can trick yourself it’s actually still summer!

Black Bean Burrito Bowl | I Spy Plum Pie

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5 Comments on Recipe: Black Bean Burrito Bowl

  1. Shari from GoodFoodWeek
    July 2, 2016 at 2:33 pm (8 years ago)

    DELICIOUS! I could get a burrito bowl everyday – and so could my boys. I love serving up dinner like this as everyone gets what they want {and thankfully that the majority of things that go in – rice, avo, corn…my childrens’ favourite foods}.

    • I Spy Plum Pie (admin)
      July 19, 2016 at 5:52 pm (8 years ago)

      Being able to build your own version of a meal makes such a difference doesn’t it!

  2. Sammie @ The Annoyed Thyroid
    July 2, 2016 at 2:57 pm (8 years ago)

    Yum! This looks delicious – I am a big fan of black beans and burritos! And this recipe is perfectly timed because tomorrow is Eat Your Beans Day!

    • I Spy Plum Pie (admin)
      July 19, 2016 at 5:51 pm (8 years ago)

      Black beans are possibly my favourite legume, I’ll eat them in everything!

  3. Mishal
    January 11, 2023 at 7:50 pm (2 years ago)

    I am craving this lately and it sounds sooooo yummy! I can’t wait to try it!


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