Sweet Potato Black Bean Burritos (and how to create a healthy, convenient freezer stash!)

Wouldn’t it be nice to have healthy, delicious food stocked in your freezer, with just 3 minutes standing between you and guilt-free satisfaction? It would look like this:

A warm, wholegrain tortilla enveloping roasted sweet potatoes, onions, jalepenos, and peppers with seasoned black beans, cilantro, and salsa.

This is one of my very favorite, most-used recipes. I adapted a recipe from Mel’s Kitchen Cafe and have made these for my college roommates, my extended family, and every family I’ve ever been a nanny for. They are a hit to everyone who has ever tried them (I think that’s really saying something!). They are pure yumminess!

After a little chopping, roast the vegetables.

Combine with black beans, lime juice, and cilantro and your burrito filling is ready!

 

When I’m making a freezer-stash, I make a double recipe and get to work. We affectionately call the process Burrito Factory (my sweet sister in law coined the term).

Wrap them in wax paper, then in aluminum foil to hold them together. This way, they won’t get freezer burn and you can remove the foil and microwave them in the wax paper.

Store these in the freezer. When you’re ready for a quick lunch or dinner, peel the foil off, and microwave for 3 minutes. They’re absolutely amazing.

A stash of frozen burritos makes a fantastic gift to anyone who loves convenient, healthy, quick food. Especially new moms, grieving friends, someone in the process of moving, college students, or regular people who are going through ordinary life.

At a time of great sorrow, my brother and sister in law brought us a bag of probably 30 homemade frozen burritos, and they were pretty much life-changing. It was one of the most-appreciated gifts I’ve ever received. For 30 whole meals, I didn’t have to cook or think ahead of time, or think at all. They were so delicious I never got tired of them. I’ve made a few batches of burritos for the freezer since then, and am always super grateful whenever I do. It takes a little forethought, but it’s worth every minute. Not only are they much healthier and cheaper than store-bought frozen meals, but they are so much more tasty.

5 from 2 votes
Sweet Potato Black Bean Burritos
Prep Time
25 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
55 mins
 

These delicious burritos make a crowd-pleasing meal, and are also great to freeze to enjoy at a moment's notice!

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican
Servings: 8 burritos
Author: FaithfulPlateful.com
Ingredients
  • 3 sweet potatoes
  • 1 jalepeno pepper
  • 1 large red onion
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 1.5 tsp cumin
  • 1.5 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 2 cans black beans (or 3 cups, cooked)
  • 1/2 cup chopped cilantro
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 8 burrito-sized whole wheat tortillas
  • your favorite salsa
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. 

  2. Peel and chop sweet potatoes into small cubes. Chop jalepeno pepper, red onion, and bell pepper. Toss all vegetables in a large bowl with cumin, chili powder, garlic powder, salt and pepper. 

  3. Spread vegetables out on a large baking sheet lined with parchment paper (or silicone baking mat). Roast for about 20 minutes, until potatoes are just tender. 

  4. Transfer roasted vegetables from baking sheet into a large bowl. Stir in beans, cilantro, and lime juice. Taste and adjust spices, if desired. 

  5. Assemble burritos by arranging a portion of the sweet potato bean mixture down the center of the tortilla. Pour a line of salsa on top. Fold the two ends in and roll the burrito up. 

  6. Warm in the oven or microwave to eat immediately. 

  7. To freeze: Wrap burritos in wax paper, then in foil to hold them together. When ready to eat, pull out of freezer and microwave for 2 minutes, then turn over and microwave 1 minute more. 

Recipe Notes

If I am going to freeze these, I usually make a double recipe and make 16 burritos. 



4 Comments

  1. Nothing pleases me more than to have one of my kids walk into the kitchen, see that I’m making these, and exclaim, “Oh, boy, sweet potato black bean burritos!”. And then to have enough leftovers for lunch the next day.

  2. These are lovingly referred to as SPBBB’s in our house. This is a crowd pleaser for sure! I make these often for my non-WFPB friends and they love them. (sometimes I add a sprinkle of cheese, but they are just fine without!) They probably get made at least once a month.

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