Simple Kale and Black Bean Burritos

Simple kale and black bean burritos from

This week has been a doozy. I’ve been running around like a chicken with its head cut off, scrambling to get caught up with work before I jet off to New York City (New York City?!) for the next few days. By the time this post goes live tomorrow morning, I should be well on my way! Footloose and fancy-free we’ll be tonight once we find authentic New York pizza and a bar with many taps. That’s all we have on the itinerary so far—I haven’t had time to research where to go, what to do and perhaps most importantly, where to eat in NYC! Please, tell me what I can’t miss. I know you all will know just what I should do!

If one of my raw kale salads got with my black bean tostadas, we’d get these baby burritos. Stuffed full of beans ‘n greens and brightened with lime and feta cheese, they’re a little spicy and entirely delicious. By my fourth burrito, I had my method down to a science; I can roll up one of these babies in less than 10 minutes flat. They’re just the right size for me, but if you’re feeding a hungry boy, you might want to buy bigger tortillas and double the amounts listed below. Enjoy!

Kale and Black Bean Burritos
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Recipe type: Main
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  • big squeeze fresh lime juice
  • splash of olive oil
  • pinch of cumin powder
  • dash chili powder
  • dash of sea salt
  • ½ teaspoon seeded and finely chopped fresh jalapeño
  • 1 tablespoon cilantro, roughly chopped
  • 2 medium leaves of kale, washed and dried, stems removed and roughly chopped into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 garlic clove, minced or pressed
  • ½ cup cooked or canned black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 small (8 inch) whole wheat tortilla
  • ½ small avocado, pitted and sliced into strips lengthwise
  • 1 tablespoon chopped red onion
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons crumbled feta cheese
  • Sour cream or plain Greek yogurt to serve on the side (optional, not shown)
  1. In a bowl, combine the lime juice, olive oil, cumin, chili powder, sea salt, jalapeño, cilantro and kale. Toss to mix well and set the bowl aside to marinate.
  2. Warm the beans and minced garlic with a couple of tablespoons of water. You can do this in your smallest sauce pan on the stove over medium-low heat (sauté the garlic in a drizzle of olive oil before adding the beans) or in a bowl in the microwave. Add little splashes of water as necessary. Use a fork to mash up the beans a little and add salt to taste, if necessary.
  3. Warm the tortilla in a skillet or in the microwave for a few seconds. Top the tortilla with the black bean mixture, sliced avocado, marinated kale (you may end up with more kale than will fit in your burrito, reserve the extra and serve it on the side). Top with red onion and feta. Roll up the burrito by first folding the tortilla over from the bottom to partially cover the beans and greens, then fold in the 2 sides; finish rolling and put the burrito seam side down on a plate. Slice in half, if desired, and serve with sour cream or plain Greek yogurt on the side if you'd like.
Recipe adapted from Mark Bittman's beans 'n greens burrito in The Food Matters Cookbook and Ashley's jalapeno and lime marinated kale tostada.
Make it vegan: Omit the feta.


  1. says

    Hope you have a great time in NYC! Honestly, there are SO MANY places to eat and things to do there, I just get overwhelmed and it’s a city I’ve lived an hour outside of most of my life. My advice, don’t try to hit “all the must-see” spots and just enjoy walking around and stumbling upon things. It’s way more fun and less predictive that way :)

  2. says

    Milk Bar and Noodle Bar FOR SURE. Candle Cafe for healthy eats. Abraco in the east village for coffee. Pies ‘n’ Thighs in Williamsburg for brunch (and amaaazing doughnuts). Meatball Shop is fun and rowdy. Parm makes mozza sticks from fresh, house-made mozzarella. Babycakes for a cookie sandwich… I could go on and on. We leave tomorrow. So stooooked!

  3. says

    You’re in my city?! Ahhh – so exciting!! Email me if you want any recommendations on good places to eat and drink your face off!

  4. says

    Hi Kathryne, your burrito looks delish! I like that you added cumin, jalapeno, and avocado in your burrito. I should have added avocado in mine too. I have been to NY twice before and my advice is to just enjoy walking around and pretty soon you will stumble upon a cool place or two or three. Everywhere is great… Enjoy yourself and hope to see some trip pictures when you get back! :)

  5. says

    Have fun in NYC – if you’re visiting the Upper West Side, I’d recommend Spiga and Bistro Citron – I’ve had fabulous meals at both places when visiting my sister.

  6. says

    Whoa! Looks like the perfect summer lunch – yum! As for places to eat in NYC, I’d recommend Roberta’s, Diner, Cookshop, Northern Spy, or Back Forty for sit-down meals; Caracas Arepa Bar, grilled cheese from Milk Truck, or Taim Falafel for cheap eats; and Billy’s Bakery, Momofuku Milk Bar, or Big Gay Ice Cream for dessert. Have so much fun!!

  7. says

    Looks delicious, and perfect for summer! Ahhh, NYC…how I miss thee. I second Margarita — just walk around and stop when something catches your eye. That city changes so quick, I doubt any of my old haunts are “the thing” anymore, but one recommendation is to not eat a full meal ANYWHERE. That way you can pack your day with 20 (OK, perhaps excessive, but do try) little samples. :)

    If you’re near Ave C and 7th Ave at any point…stop in for a pint at Zum Schneider. That place NEVER let me down for a good time —

  8. says

    For awesome veg food — Angelica Kitchen (bring cash), Blossom, and Candle 79 (if you have extra $ to drop). Non veg, but “farm to table” with lots of options, The Dutch.

  9. says

    I think these beauties are tonight’s dinner! Sounds so good… just the inspiration I needed for the black beans and kale in my kitchen :)

    I hope you have the best time in NY! I think going without big expectations and an overwhelming list of to-dos is best, anyway. If you’re in Brooklyn, Pok Pok Wing just opened in Red Hook! amazing Thai food! Enjoy!

  10. says

    Very jealous of your trip to NY – you’ll have such an amazing time! I haven’t been for years so others’ recommendations will be more up to date, but looking forward to hearing all about your adventures :-)

  11. says

    New York! Yes, here ya go:
    1. For cheap eats, El Cocotero in Chelsea serves Venezuelan food–plenty of food for vegetarians. It’s the only place I’ve been twice.
    2. Pure Food + Wine in the East Village is $$$, but fantastic. All vegan and organic and even my omnivore husband said it was the best meal he had.
    3. Pizza: John’s of Bleecker Street and Grimaldi’s in Brooklyn. Tip: get to Grimaldi’s around 6 and leave just in time to walk across the Brooklyn Bridge back to Manhattan at sunset. THIS IS A MUST.
    4. Vegetarian Dim Sum House, 24 Pell St in Chinatown. So good. Also, get a foot massage next door and then you’ll be good to walk around and explore.
    5. More cheap eats: Sacred Chow. I wanted to take this place back with me to Nashville. It was so good.
    6. For a potato fix, Veselka on the Lower East Side is fantastic. There’s also a Belgian frites place with dozens of sauces nearby, but I can’t remember the name.
    7. And there’s Bouchon Bakery, Grom Gelato, and Milk Bar and so many other great places. Don’t bother with Magnolia Bakery.

    Clearly, this is a passion of mine. :) Enjoy your trip!

  12. says

    Great idea using raw marinated kale in these. Love it.

    As for NYC, I 2nd (or 3rd, or whatever) Milk Bar for dessert, and Angelica’s for healthy eats. Some more of my faves:
    Splurge on Lil’ Frankies at the center of the universe (1st ave and 1st. st. – Lower East Side) for amazing handmade pizza and pasta.
    For inexpensive Mexican I like Cafe el Portal on Elizabeth St. Great sangrias, love the salsas on the table to add extra oomph to everything, and the adventurous veg fare (cactus or squash blossoms anyone?)
    And if you make it to Brooklyn (my hood) I’ve got a bunch more, cause Brooklyn’s really waaaay better than Manhattan any day!

  13. says

    You wrapped that burrito like a pro! I always have to get my burrito-obsessed husband to wrap them ~just so~ because mine tend to fall apart. I especially love the addition of avocado – can’t go wrong with that!

  14. says

    Funny you mentioned you are going to NYC! Lucky girl. I just blogged about my NYC trip…where we ate and where we went. I have all the recaps at the bottom of my buckwheat crispies post if you want to check it out. I suggest going to One Lucky Duck and stuffing yourself with their raw chocolate macaroons! mmm
    NYC is a BUSY but exciting and fun trip. It’s amazing how much ground you can cover in a few days. Have a great time!

  15. says

    thank you for this YUM simple recipe. I’m going to make them right now!
    for NYC, Angelica’s is my fave. I’m going to check out all of the other suggestions too!

  16. says

    Hooray- I’ve got all the ingredients for this one already (subbing gluten-free corn tortillas for flour ones)… I’ll try and give this one a shot tonight. Thanks for the inspiration!

    I like to go to Caracas and Babycakes when I’m in NYC….and eventually I’ll have to check out the risotto place (Risotteria?) on Bleeker. So many gf options in NYC, wish we had options like these in Honolulu! Have fun!

  17. says

    these look delicious! i’ve a bunch of places on my nyc list but my faves are

    the pizza at ABC Kitchen:

    the ricotta lemon pancakes (best i’ve ever had) at locanda verde:

    the vegan sundae at lula’s sweet apothecary:

    and of course – EATALY!!!

  18. says

    John’s Pizza on Bleeker, Mamoun’s Falafel, & Bar Pitti were a few of my old haunts – I did love Locanda Verde when I went a couple of years ago. The Burger Joint is awesome, but not sure on their vegetarian options but the french fries are really good though! Oh, and you HAVE to get the olive oil gelato from Otto. Favorite.dessert.ever.


    Kate if your in NY you need to visit Candle Cafe, amazing Vegan/Vegetarian food. I’ve been making a bunch of your dishes lately and I’ve been loving it. Keep up the good work.

  20. Autumn says

    LOVE these! I pinned this back when you first posted it and finally made it for the first time last week for dinner and have had it 2ce since then :) Super easy and the flavor combination is one that my taste buds love!!! :)

    • says

      Love that, Autumn! Thanks for reminding me about these burritos—they’re just the kind of meal I want to eat while I get settled into my new place!

  21. Cynthia says

    Made this tonight finally, and it was so freakin’ delicious. I used queso fresco instead of goat cheese. I could eat this every night.

  22. Kate says

    Well, hello from another Kate. You can only get kale in the fall/winter where I live, so I’ve been biding my time since the spring, just waiting to give this recipe a try. We finally made it, and yum! Love it. Added a little more jalapeno, but that’s it. Thank you!

  23. Mekayla says

    If I made one of these the night before and then took it for lunch the next day, do you think that the dressing for the kale would make it al too soggy by the next day?

    • says

      Hi Mekayla, that’s a great question, and I’m sorry I haven’t responded to it sooner. I seem to remember the burrito leftovers being pretty good the next day, though not quite as good as on day one. The kale will hold up to the dressing, and there isn’t so much dressing that it will turn into a soggy mess. The avocado might brown a little, though. You could skip the tortilla and turn it into a salad if you’re worried about the tortilla. These ingredients are great together in any combination!

  24. Cat says

    Just found your blog (where have I been??) and made these and would now like to be besties?? ;) Delicious!

  25. says

    Just made and ate this burrito for the first time and didn’t even clean up yet because I had to comment first… so delicious! This recipe has given me knew hope that one day in fact I may be able to turn vegetarian! =D So glad I found your blog, I was really bored of my limited cooking repertoire. Thanks for sharing!

  26. says

    I just made this burrito for the first time, and it was DELICIOUS! There was enough for 2 burritos so I just ate one for lunch and can’t wait to make another one tomorrow with the leftovers. Question: do you have the nutritional breakdown for this recipe? I tried entering it into the myfitnesspal site and it came up as actually not very healthy for me (bummer), so I’m hoping it’s wrong. :-)

    • says

      Hey Katie, I’m glad you enjoyed the burritos so much! I’m sorry, I don’t have the nutritional breakdown for them, but it seems like they should be pretty good for you. I always try to buy the smaller whole wheat tortillas that don’t have a long ingredients list… not sure if that is a factor in the calculations.

  27. Hilary says

    We made your burritos last night and they were delicious! We didn’t change a thing. Thanks for creating!

  28. Pip says

    Thank you for writing such clear and concise recipes! I love the fact that all the important details are upfront (time, serving sizes, etc.) and that you offer ingredient substitutions for hard-to-find items! I find most of my recipes on blogs, and a well written one makes a HUGE difference. Seriously, thank you.

  29. Rachel says

    I’ve had these bookmarked for weeks and *finally*made them for lunch today. I made a much larger batch with an entire bunch of kale… hoping the kale stays okay for a couple of days because I’m lazy like that. Aaaaaanyway, fantastic. Loved them. Thanks for a great recipe.

  30. Nicole says

    These were amazing! We aren’t vegetarians, but I do try to eat more vegetable based dishes after my husband makes a more meaty (usually grilled) dish to balance things. :) I looked up quick vegetarian recipes, and your site came up. We have to avoid tomatoes and spice for my daughter, but these were perfect. And so quick, too!!

  31. Christine says

    Hey! Just made this dish! It was DELISH! I used what I had, so here are my alterations:

    I used refried beans instead of plain black beans
    I used Cayenne pepper instead of chili powder (is that the same thing? ha!)
    I used garlic powder instead of minced garlic
    Goat cheese instead of feta (which was the best substitute!)
    Arugula instead of Cilantro

    And it tasted AMAZING! Thank you so much for sharing your recipe.


  32. Kate says

    I found your blog searching for meatless recipes on pinterest and I’ve been having so much fun trying your recipes. I made these for my family last night and they were so good that we made them again tonight! I had mine as a salad and enjoyed every bite. Definitely a keeper recipe! Thank you!

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