black bean squash burritos


One of my (many) goals for this year was to cook less. And boy have I. My cooking and baking was getting out of hand there for a while and getting in the way of other things I needed to be doing. Like working. But I swung too far in the other direction, because do you realize that I haven’t posted a non-baked recipe in a month? In fact, I almost ran out of anything I could post about. Now I’m getting back on track with trying new, easy, healthy dinner recipes.


Black bean and squash burritos have been on my radar for a while, but then when I finally decided to make them, I couldn’t find a recipe. I ended up just writing my own. For the squash, I knew I wanted to avoid peeling and dicing it while it was raw, as that whole process always ends up pissing me off. So I sliced the squash, seasoned it, rubbed it in just a little olive oil, and roasted it until it was soft and browned.


While the squash was in the oven, I sautéed some onions, then added garlic and spices before stirring in green chiles and black beans. When the squash was done, I pulled the peels off and roughly chopped the flesh, which I threw into the pot with the beans. That simple mixture was my main filling, and I served it with salsa and cheese.


I thought they were really good. And they’re so easy, and they’re healthy, and cheap. An overall success in my book. Dave…um, he thought they were fine. His exact words were, “I like regular burritos better.” I told them he should judge these based on their own merits instead of comparing them to something else, and he said, “Too squashy.” Pbbth. Whatever. I thought they were seriously tasty.


One year ago: Gooey Chocolate Cake – my first recipe with Tuesdays with Dorie

Squash and Black Bean Burritos

Note: The burritos are also good when they’re made with chipotle chiles instead of green chiles.  If you go that direction, I’d use four, and more if you like a lot of spice.

Serves 4-6

2 small acorn squash
salt and pepper
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 medium onions, chopped small
4 cloves garlic, minced
2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 teaspoon ground coriander
8 ounces green chiles, diced
2 (15-ounce) cans black beans, rinsed and drained
10 (7-inch) flour tortillas, warmed
4 ounces queso fresco, crumbled, or shredded cheddar (about 1 cup)

1. Adjust an oven rack to the middle position and heat the oven to 450F. Halve the squash and scoop out the seeds. Cut each half into ¾-inch slices. Spread 2 teaspoons of olive oil on a baking sheet and lay the squash slices on the oil, turning each slice over to thinly coat each side. Generously season with salt and pepper. Roast until the squash is browned on the edges and tender throughout, about 20 minutes.

2. Heat 4 teaspoons olive oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat until shimmering. Add onion and sauté, stirring occasionally, until just browned around the edges, 5-7 minutes. Add garlic, cumin, and coriander. Cook, stirring constantly, for about 30 seconds, until fragrant. Stir in the chiles, beans and a pinch of salt. Lower the heat to low, cover, and heat just to warm.

3. When the squash has cooled enough to handle, peel the skin off of each slice. Roughly chop the squash into ¼- to ½-inch pieces and stir into the black beans.

4. Layer the squash-black bean mixture, salsa, and cheese in center of each tortilla. Fold and serve.



  1. Caitlin says:

    Looks great! I think I’ll try them while my husband is out of town, since I’m guessing his reaction would similar to your husband’s…. silly boys!

  2. Haha, I’m cookie more but baking less 😀

    LOOOVE those burritos!! Sorry about Dave’s reaction though 😉

  3. These look great! My husband doesn’t like beans. Or squash that much. But I LOVE them and these look like a great meal to try next time he’s out of town. 😉

  4. i have to say, i do believe my appetite would require about three times as much of that fabulous filling. 🙂

  5. I made Everyday Food’s recipe for this a while back. I love squash, but wasn’t sure how it would do with the black beans – surprisingly delicious! Your version looks wonderful!

  6. These look very good! I’m pretty sure I would love these, although I think my husband would react the same way as yours. I think I’ll try them anyway 🙂

  7. I would love these. They are beautiful.

  8. YUM! Those look amazing and healthy. I want one!

  9. I’ve been meaning to make more vegetarian burritos. These look delicious and so healthy!

  10. So lovely, healthy and…I want one!! 🙂 I need to stop reading your blog before lunch. Because then I just get disappointed when I look at my frozen bowl of stuff.

  11. Wow, I don’t think I would ever consider anything “too squashy!” They look great to me!

  12. Lord, give me more squash. And more and more. And if you need any inspiration for more baking, read your own post again. Lovely recipe–a delight any time of year.

  13. Squash and black bean burritos are good!

  14. I’m all about healthy and easy weeknight meals and this looks like a super tasty one!

  15. I saw these this morning when I came over to your blog and just went to the store and got some acorn squash, so I could make them. They look fabulous!

  16. Heather says:

    I really want to make these but I want to eat some and freeze some…will they freeze well?

  17. bridget says:

    Heather – I don’t see why not! If it were me, I’d just freeze the filling.