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Quinoa Black Bean Burrito Bowls

Tori Avey
  • 35 minutes
  • Serves 4


1 cup


1 tbsp

olive oil

1/4 cup

onion (minced)

1 clove

garlic (minced)

30 oz

cooked black beans (or 2 cans, drained and rinsed)

1/4 cup

fresh cilantro (chopped)

1/4 tsp

chili powder (mild)

cayenne pepper (spicy)

1/4 cup

fresh lime juice

1 cup

shredded lettuce


Grated cheddar or jack cheese

Sour cream or Greek yogurt

Pico de gallo or salsa

Diced seeded tomatoes

Hot sauce or sriracha

Sliced avocado




  • Rinse the quinoa thoroughly in a mesh strainer or sieve, drain.

    Rinsing quinoa.
    Pour quinoa into a saucepan along with 2 cups of water. Bring the quinoa to a boil, then reduce heat to a low simmer. Cover the pot. Let the quinoa simmer for about 20 minutes till it becomes tender and all the liquid has been absorbed. Keep a close eye to make sure the quinoa doesn't burn.

    Cooking quinoa on the stove.
    While quinoa is cooking, heat 1 tbsp of oil in another saucepan over medium heat. Pour minced onion into the saucepan and saute for a few minutes till it softens and begins to turn brown. Add the minced garlic to the pot and let it saute for 1-2 minutes longer till aromatic.

    Sauteeing diced onions.
    Add the black beans to the pot of onions along with 1/2 cup water, 2 tbsp of chopped fresh cilantro, chili powder and cayenne pepper. Bring the beans to a boil, then reduce heat to medium low. Let the beans simmer for 15 minutes till the liquid is mostly evaporated. Stir in 2 tbsp of fresh lime juice. Season with salt to taste.

    Black beans added to onions in a pot.
    When the quinoa is fully cooked, remove from heat and fluff with a fork. Use the fork to mix in 2 tbsp of chopped cilantro and 2 tbsp fresh lime juice. Season with salt to taste.

    Cooked, fluffed quinoa.
    Assemble your burrito bowls. Divide the cilantro lime quinoa between four bowls.

    Quinoa in a serving bowl.
    Top each portion of quinoa with 1/4 cup of shredded lettuce.

    Shredded lettuce on top of quinoa.
    Top each portion of lettuce with simmered black beans.

    Black beans on top of lettuce and quinoa.
    Top the black beans with your choice of Optional Topping Ingredients (ideas listed above). Serve warm.

    Kayti Young • 2019-06-03