Black Bean Burritos Recipe

My black bean burritos are in my Dairy-Free Cookbook. I whip up my BBB recipe, as I call it, whenever company is coming on short notice. If I don’t have the burritos or corn tortillas on hand, I simply put the filling in a bowl, and let everyone dig in, with corn chips and guacamole. Chocolate, beans and beer. A mischievous and wonderfully messy little trio brought together in these burritos: how can you miss?


  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 large onion, quartered
  • 4 large cloves garlic
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, minced (more if you like it hot)
  • 2 ribs celery, peeled
  • 1 bunch flat parsley
  • 1/2 bunch cilantro, leaves only
  • 2 cups canned crushed tomatoes
  • 1 12 ounce bottle beer, dark or light
  • 3 cups canned black beans, good natural brand please, rinsed
  • 1 cup finely diced smoked turkey, optional
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon oregano
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • Salt to taste (go easy, you might need only very little if at all)
  • 1/3 cup semisweet real chocolate chips, best quality
  • A dozen, or a couple more, store-bought burritos, or corn tortillas (Gluten-Free: Be sure to check the GF sign on the burritos label)


Heat the oil in a heavy pot. In a food processor, coarsely grind the onion, garlic, jalapeno, celery, parsley and cilantro. Add to the hot oil and sauté until translucent. Add the tomatoes, beer, beans, smoked turkey if using, chili powder, oregano, cumin and salt. Bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium-low and cook, covered, 20 minutes. Stir in the chocolate chips and the cheese and cook 5 more minutes.

Fill the tortillas with the filling while it is hot and roll, placing them seam side down as you go. Offer the garnishes on the side: guacamole, grated cheddar (if you kept your dish meatless), sliced scallions, chopped tomatoes.

2 replies
  1. Naimah Zeriouh
    Naimah Zeriouh says:

    Hi Levana,
    I love your recipes. Quick question. Since I don’t drink alcohol can you recommend a non-alcoholic substitute for the beer in this recipe? I was thinking perhaps ginger-ale soda?


    • Lévana
      Lévana says:

      Naima thank you so much! What I would do here to replace the beer is another deep flavor, like green tea. I often throw 1-2 tablespoons green tea powder in stews, it makes it very hearty.

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