Vegan Aubergine and Black Bean Burrito

This a great recipe to make a super tasty taco/burrito filling that is not just beans!

Tomato sauce is a key ingredient in this dish – a great source of anti-inflammatory antioxidants including lycopene. Lycopene ability to protect cells from oxidative stress makes it valuable in maintaining the health of tissues and organs and this protection extends to lipids, proteins, and DNA within cells. Studies also suggest that lycopene may contribute to cardiovascular health by reducing oxidative damage to LDL cholesterol, as well as helping to protect the skin against UV-induced damage.


x2 aubergines

x2 cups of black beans (overnight soaked and cooked)

100g of cherry plum tomatoes cut in half

x1 tin of passata

x2 garlic clove crushed

x1 tbsp harissa

x1 tbsp olive oil

Salt to taste and a sprinkle of sugar


Small soft tortillas or wraps

Mixed crunchy vegetables – here I have used white cabbage

Cauliflower rice or regular boiled rice


Fermented vegetables


  • Pre-heat the oven to 200c.
  • Cut the aubergines in half lenghtwise and then gently score the inside of the aubergine flesh in squares making a criss-cross pattern, being mindful not to cut the aubergine’s skin but only the flesh.
  • Place the aubergines on a baking tray and coat with olive oil and a sprinkle of salt, making sure it enters the cuts and cook for 15 minutes or until tender
  • Heat the oil in a non-stick frying pan over a medium heat, add the garlic and the harissa paste and let it fry gently. Add the cherry tomatoes cut in half and let them blister for a couple of minutes.
  • Lower the heat and add the passata, add salt to taste and a sprinkle of sugar. Let it cook for 5 minutes stirring occasionally being careful not to break the tomatoes too much.
  • Once the aubergines are cool enough to handle shred the flesh using a fork or a tea spoon. Mash the flesh into smaller pieces. Stir the aubergine into the tomato mixture, then add the black beans stirring and keep on cooking for other 5 minutes, adding lukewarm water if the burrito filling gets too dry.
  • Serve in small tortillas along side guacamole, herbs and crunchy vegetables if making tacos, or if making a burrito add also rice and fermented vegetables – enjoy!



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