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A 3/4 angle shot of a white bowl on a white background filled with brown rice, black beans, grilled sweet potatoes, cooked red bell pepper pieces and chopped avocado

Grilled Sweet Potato Burrito Bowls with Black Beans & Cumin Garlic Sauce

Sweet potato burrito bowls with black beans, warm rice, and a cumin garlic drizzle are an easy vegan main course that everyone will love.
Cuisine American, Mexican
Diet Gluten Free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Keyword agave nectar, all seasons, avocado, avocado oil, black beans, blender, brown rice, cilantro, cumin, fall, garlic, grill, jalapeno, lime, lime juice, pulses, red bell peppers, red onion, spring, summer, sweet potatoes, winter
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 4



Cumin Garlic Drizzle

  • 1 small jalapeño, seeded
  • 1 clove of garlic, peeled peeled
  • tsp ground cumin
  • juice of 2 limes + a little bit of zest
  • 1 tbsp agave nectar/other liquid sweetener
  • sea salt and ground black pepper, to taste
  • ¼ cup neutral tasting oil (I used avocado)
  • big splash of water

Sweet Potato + Bowls

  • 1 medium-large sweet potato, cut into 1 inch chunks
  • 2 cups cooked black beans
  • ¼ cup small diced red onion
  • big handful fresh cilantro leaves, divided
  • 2 red bell peppers, sides cut off in big pieces (pieces should be big enough to handle easily on the grill)
  • cooked brown rice
  • 1 ripe avocado, diced


  • In an upright blender, combine all of the ingredients for the spicy cumin garlic drizzle. Blend on high until you have a smooth, liquid-y mixture. Check for seasoning, adjust, and set aside.
  • Put your pot of rice on if you haven't got any cooked rice on hand. Place the cut sweet potatoes in another medium saucepan and cover them with water. Bring the sweet potatoes to a boil over medium heat and simmer until a knife just goes through when you try to prick one, about 10 minutes. Drain and set aside to cool slightly.
  • In a medium bowl, toss the black beans with a hearty pour of the spicy cumin garlic drizzle, the diced red onions and almost all of the cilantro. Season them with salt and pepper, toss once more, and set aside.
  • Preheat your grill to high. Skewer the sweet potatoes onto the bamboo sticks, making sure you don't weigh them down too heavily. Place skewers on a dinner plate along with the pieces of red bell pepper. Pour some of the spicy cumin garlic drizzle on top and lightly toss everything to coat. Grill sweet potatoes and red peppers until char marks appear and vegetables have softened slightly, about 10-12 minutes total. Remove from the grill and cut peppers into bite-sized pieces if you like.
  • Portion the rice into 4 bowls. Divide the black beans among the bowls. Top rice and beans with grilled sweet potatoes, red peppers and extra cilantro leaves. Pit and peel the avocado, and then dice into chunks on top of the bowls. Finish all of the bowls with extra spicy cumin garlic drizzle and some more salt and pepper. Serve warm.


  • The cumin garlic drizzle serves as a protective coating for the sweet potatoes and peppers as they grill, but also as a light sauce too, so just make sure you reserve enough for serving at the end.
  • You could make these up with any and all types of of salsa, various cheeses, extra lime wedges, sour cream (dairy or non-dairy based), some fresh corn etc etc. Burritos are personal preference driven, so this bowl is no different!
  • You could also just roast the pieces of sweet potato in the oven for 40 minutes at 400! Add the bell pepper pieces at the 20 minute mark