Vegan Black Bean Burrito Bowl

Vegan Black Bean Burrito Bowl
  • Total recipe cost | R 60.37
  • Servings | 4
  • Portion cost | R 15.09

This budget vegan recipe isn’t the speediest, but it pulls together easily.

And, as with any black bean burrito bowl, the flavour balance is something to celebrate.

It’s a perfect vegan lunch or budget dinner meal at any time of the year – and if you need to squeeze it to 5 portions, you quite possibly could (making it just R 12.07 per serving).

Black Bean Burrito Bowls

vegan burrito bowl with black beans and cauliflower

This vegan burrito bowl is both fresh and filling. Sure, it takes a bit of time if you want to keep the costs down, but it’s totally worth it.

Yields: 4 servings

  • Spicy Black Beans
  • 1½ cups dried black beans, soaked if desired | R 13.10
  • 6 cups water | R 0.00
  • ½ teaspoon salt | R 0.04
  • 1 teaspoon chilli powder | R 1.28
  • ½ teaspoon cumin | R 0.85
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder | R 0.74
  • Rice
  • 1½ cups brown rice | R 7.65
  • 3 cups water | R 0.00
  • ½ teaspoon salt | R 0.04
  • Smoky Cauliflower
  • 1 head cauliflower, cut into florets | R 16.00
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil | R 2.50
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika | R 0.82
  • ½ teaspoon salt | R 0.04
  • ¼ teaspoon cumin | R 0.42
  • ¼ teaspoon onion powder | R 0.29
  • ⅛ teaspoon black pepper | R 0.10
  • ⅛ teaspoon cayenne | R 0.11
  • Guacamole Sauce
  • 1 avocado | R 10.00
  • 1 lemon, juiced | R 0.75
  • 2 cloves garlic | R 1.20
  • ½ jalapeño | R 0.18
  • ¼ cup water | R 0.00
  • ½ teaspoon salt | R 0.04
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper | R 0.20
  • For the Bowls
  • 2 green onions, sliced | R 2.00
  • 1 tomato, chopped | R 2.03

Prepare the Spicy Black Beans | Place the beans in a pot along with the water and salt and cook over medium-high heat. Bring to a boil, then cover and reduce the heat to medium-low. Allow to simmer, stirring occasionally, for 1 hour 30 minutes, or until the beans are soft. Add the remaining spices, stir and cook for another 15 minutes.

Prepare the Rice | Place the rice, water and salt in a separate pot and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium-low and cook, stirring occasionally, for 30 minutes, until the water is absorbed and the rice is al dente.

Prepare the Smoky Cauliflower | Preheat your oven to 210°C. Line a baking tray with baking paper or foil (for easier clean up). Toss cauliflower in the oil and spices until well coated. Transfer to the lined baking tray and bake for 20-25 minutes, stirring at least once.

Prepare the Guacamole Sauce | Place all the ingredients in a food processor or blender and whiz until smooth.

Assemble the bowls | When the beans, rice, cauliflower and sauce are ready, divide the ingredients between bowls and top with the sliced green onion and chopped tomatoes.

  • Total time: 2 hours

Recipe tips

If you don’t have 2 hours to spend making supper | Just go for 2 tins of cooked black beans. It’ll take the recipe cost to R 80.25, and portion costs to R 20.06. That’s not the worst, especially if you buy Mexican-style black beans and skip the spices. 

You want to work these into your meal prep | Go right ahead, but you may want to separate out the Guacamole Sauce. You see, rice should be reheated as it’s one of those foods that catches bacteria when cold. (No, don’t panic, it’s not serious most of the time.)

If you really can’t stand chillies | Just omit any spicy stuff and move along; you don’t need to substitute with anything else.

How to make vegan burrito bowls even cheaper

  • You can swap out 1 cup of chickpeas for the cauliflower to save about R 2.00 per portion. But, 2 cups of dried chickpeas is exactly the same cost as the original.
  • Plenty of South Africans have lemon trees in their gardens. And when they fruit, they’re overloaded; see if you can get a few for free. 
  • If your green onions still have their roots attached, they’ll regrow themselves – even in just a glass of water on the counter. Planting them is better, if you can. 
Vegan Burrito Bowl

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