Every meal at my in-laws’ in a huge production – and we like it that way! Breakfast is an all-morning affair, lunch stretches through the afternoon, and dinner takes hours to prepare and enjoy.


I was put on lunch duty and decided to buck the ‘spend hours in the kitchen’ tradition by whipping up these easy burritos.  I’ll put my hours in for dinner. 🙂


A few family members gave this dish a sideways glance when I placed it on the table, but one bite and they were sold!  Spicy, creamy, and sweet, this burrito is a perfect combination of flavors.


Sweet Potato and Black Bean Burritos


Ingredients (for five servings):


  • 2 large sweet potatoes, chopped
  • 1 can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 2 cups brown rice, cooked
  • 1/2 can canned tomatoes
  • Juice of three lemons
  • Salt
  • 1/2 tablespoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 cup Gorgonzola cheese
  • Three vine-ripe tomatoes
  • Five tortilla (my mother-in-law had spinach tortillas)




  • Bring a large pot of water to boil.  Add chopped sweet potatoes and boil until soft.
  • Meantime, combine drained black beans, brown rice, canned tomatoes, lemon juice, salt, and ground red pepper flakes.
  • Combine sweet potatoes to rice and bean mix and thoroughly mash.
  • Scoop 1/5 of mixture into center of wrap, top with cheese and tomato, and roll.
  • Serve with hot sauce


After eating, we went on a bike ride along the intracoastal – beautiful!  This is my favorite nature spot in the entire world, and I’m sure it’s easy to see why!





You can take the girl out of Florida, but you can’t take the Florida out of the girl!



  • PB Addict April 23, 2011, 4:44 pm

    These look delicious and filling 🙂 Yum. Scenic bike rides are the best!

  • Laughter-Loving Stacy April 23, 2011, 4:49 pm

    How fun!! And I’m making those burritos right now!! (Literally, the rice and ‘tatos are cookin’! )


  • Baking 'n' Books April 23, 2011, 4:56 pm

    I like the green wraps! – are they “spinach” wraps?

    I SO want to be in FL right now. Or anywhere a sun exists!

  • Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) April 23, 2011, 5:01 pm

    My parents do that with meals and I can’t stand it anymore. I like it simple…burritos are a perfect idea for that! I wish I was where you are right now…we are cleaning out the clutter in the house…UGH.

  • McKella April 23, 2011, 5:02 pm

    Awesome! I have a case of sweet potatoes I need to use up. This will be perfect!

  • hippierunner April 23, 2011, 5:10 pm

    Yum. I had sweet potatos for breakfast too. I woke up thinking ‘sweet potato fries’ and walked first thing over to buy some! It looks so beautiful where you are!

  • Rachel @ The Perseverance Diaries April 23, 2011, 5:13 pm

    “You can take the girl out of Florida, but you can’t take the Florida out of the girl!” – WELL SAID! 🙂

  • Kacy April 23, 2011, 5:24 pm

    Looks like a gorgeous place to bike! I love Florida.

  • Meredith April 23, 2011, 5:34 pm

    These look so light and yummy! Totally going to make these this week.

  • Sarah @ The Pajama Chef April 23, 2011, 5:40 pm

    looks great!

  • Sana April 23, 2011, 5:43 pm

    Enjoy your time in sunny FL!

  • Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) April 23, 2011, 5:45 pm

    bike ride along the intracoastal– how beautiful! weather looks perfect. As do your burritos!

  • JenATX April 23, 2011, 5:48 pm

    aw i love hearing people lovin’ on their home states

  • Karlee @olivewineandfood April 23, 2011, 5:53 pm

    mmmmm those burritos looks amazing and i like that bike haha

  • Heather @ Health, Happiness, and Hope April 23, 2011, 6:05 pm

    I love sweet potatoes AND black beans… perfect lunch! And what beautiful scenery! No wonder you love it so much. 🙂

  • Natalia - a side of simple April 23, 2011, 6:17 pm

    I love it when eating is an affair 🙂 It’s fun to make it like that, especially because of all the ingredients and memories that go into it!

    Enjoy your sunny weather for Easter! It’s looking a little gloomy over here but hopefully it clears up a bit tomorrow.

  • Cait @ Beyond Bananas April 23, 2011, 6:20 pm

    I love sweet potatoes and black beans together.. quick, easy, healthy annd yummy. How can you go wrong with that?!

    • Caitlin April 24, 2011, 9:31 pm

      I agree – its totally one of my favorite flavor combinations.

  • Jenny (Fit Girl Foodie) April 23, 2011, 6:25 pm

    I love making sweet potato and black bean wraps. I’ve also make them with sweet potatoes and chicken which is equally as delicious 😀

  • Ellie@fitforthesoul April 23, 2011, 6:34 pm

    wowww it DOES look uber beautiful! ahhhhhh I feel like I’m there with the breeze on my face 😀

  • Miranda @ Working Mom Works Out April 23, 2011, 6:41 pm

    Yummy! Looks delicious and fun!

  • Mary @ Bites and Bliss April 23, 2011, 6:57 pm

    I remember having sweet potatoes stuffed with black beans one time and they were so good! These looks great!

  • Lisa (bakebikeblog) April 23, 2011, 7:24 pm

    What a lovely day for a bike ride!!

  • Lisa @ Early Morning Run April 23, 2011, 7:40 pm

    great idea including rice! I’ve made sweet potato burritos before but will have to add rice next time. Beautiful pictures, looks like a great afternoon!

  • Jessica April 23, 2011, 7:43 pm

    yum, those sound amazing! You definitely can’t take the Florida out of a girl…my BFF and I were just talking today about if we’d like to stay in Florida or not and I honestly can’t see myself leaving, although NC is my second favorite state. Do you ever miss Fla or see yourself moving back down here?

    • Caitlin April 24, 2011, 9:32 pm

      No, Florida is really not my favorite place 🙂 I do like to visit and there are lots of things that I like about it, but I think the South (like, the real South) is so much better, as long as you settle in a more urban, young city like Charleston or Charlotte or Atlanta!

      Come back to NC!

  • BroccoliHut April 23, 2011, 8:50 pm

    Black beans and sweet potato are two of my fave salad ingredients, so I bet they’re awesome in burrito form!

  • Allison @ Happy Tales April 23, 2011, 9:03 pm

    Haaaa i loved that you were able to set their “sideways glances” straight! Way to make ’em try out some new grub!

    PS… totally jealous of your biking adventure. I’d give anything to be along some beach right now! You must be getting *so excited* for your upcoming vacay!!!

  • Leila @ Spinach and Skittles April 23, 2011, 9:20 pm

    Mmmmm, you just can’t go wrong with black beans + sweet potatoes. I make a similar burrito, but with butternut squash. Heaven!

  • chelsey @ clean eating chelsey April 23, 2011, 9:23 pm

    I love it when family life revolves around the kitchen!

  • Holly @ The Runny Egg April 23, 2011, 10:40 pm

    I love sweet potato + black beans so I would have loved those burritos! Although I admit the combo did freak me out at first — but it tastes so good together!

    Have a nice weekend!

  • Christy April 23, 2011, 11:21 pm

    Earlier this week I made sweet potato and black bean enchiladas. They were delicious. The burrito version looks really tasty, as well.

  • Khushboo April 23, 2011, 11:27 pm

    Love it when others are doubtful about a meal by the looks of it/ingredients but then are so quickly proven wrong. Happens to me all.the.time.

  • Ashley @ Feeding Ashley April 23, 2011, 11:44 pm

    That looks really good. I love sweet potatoes. That spot is beautiful!

  • Kate (What Kate is Cooking) April 24, 2011, 1:10 am

    Sweet potatoes and black beans were made for each other 🙂

  • Sarah (Running To Slow Things Down) April 24, 2011, 7:02 am

    Love the wrap idea! That sounds so perfect and satisfying. 😀

    And the area is beautiful!! Have fun! 😀

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin April 24, 2011, 7:42 am

    That recipe looks delicious! You can never go wrong with sweet potatoes.

    Enjoy the gorgeous weather. And stay away from the alligators! 😉

  • Presley April 24, 2011, 8:48 am

    That weather looks absolutely perfect! and so does that burrito!

  • Molly @ RDexposed April 24, 2011, 9:36 am

    I love taking advantage of good weather with getting sweaty!

  • Fran@ Broken Cookies Don't Count April 24, 2011, 10:00 am

    That burrito looks SO good…I have to try it!

  • Amber K April 24, 2011, 10:36 am

    Wow, that looks so delicious! Glad you’re having a fun time 🙂

  • Michelle (The Runner's Plate) April 24, 2011, 4:58 pm

    I just made black bean and sweet potato enchiladas the other day! They were super good!

  • Lolly April 24, 2011, 5:11 pm

    These burritos look wonderful. I am a vegan so would leave out the cheese, but otherwise YUMMY!!! Thanks for sharing. I am off to check out some of your other recipes!


    • Caitlin April 24, 2011, 9:33 pm

      Add green chiles – so good!

  • Alli April 25, 2011, 8:28 pm

    I just made these burritos and the boyfriend and I LOVE LOVE LOVE them!! We have a ton of leftovers so guess whats for dinner tomorrow!?
    Looking forward to it already! I love your recipes/blog/motivational comments/all of HTP!
    Keep it up, girl! 🙂 Alli C

    • CaitlinHTP April 25, 2011, 8:32 pm

      Thank you Alli!!

  • Ann April 26, 2011, 10:35 am

    I was planning to make sweet potato and black bean enchiladas tomorrow! I didn’t really have a recipe in mind, and your technique looks good! I’m going to include green chilis or jalapenos in the mix (love the spice!), and top with enchilada sauce and cheese.

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