Tempeh, Sweet Potato, Spinach Burrito

This tasty burrito idea uses tempeh, sweet potatoes and baby greens. This burrito makes a easy healthy dinner recipe or a lunch recipe and is a great way to try some plant based cooking.

This burrito was inspired by one that I had in Boone about 10 years ago at a restaurant that is no longer there. It is has been enjoyed by vegetarians and meat eaters a like. Toasting the tempeh in the skillet makes it a beautiful brown and gives it a nutty flavor.

Tempeh Burrito


  • 1 large sweet potatoes, organic if possible and local
  • 1 package tempeh (I like to use the local Smiling Hara Tempeh   http://www.smilingharatempeh.com/ )
  • 2 cups cooked black beans
  • 1/2 medium onion chopped
  • 1-2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 cups fresh spinach or other local greens
  • 1/2 cup chopped cilantro (I have been using some from my window seal).
  • 1/2 cup salsa (we use the one that we canned http://healthconceptsnutrition.com/blog/2012/09/tomato-reminiscing/
  • 1/3 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 4-6 whole wheat tortillas


  1. To Roast Sweet Potatoes and Onions: Cube sweet potatoes into 1/2 by 1/2 pieces. Place on cookie sheet along and toss with about 1 teaspoon olive oil. Roast in oven at 425 degrees and add onion. Roast 5-8 minutes or until potatoes and onion are soft and caramelized.
  2. To make tempeh: Cube tempeh into 1/2 by 1/2 pieces. Saute it in a small amount of oil in a cast iron skillet on medium heat, turning every 5 minutes until browned on most sides. Add chili powder, cumin and garlic to brown lightly. Add about 1/3 cup of water and turn down low and simmer about 5-10 minutes.
  3. Mix potatoes with tempeh and mix together. To assemble burrito, add 1 cup filling, 1/3 cup spinach, 1 tablespoon cheese and 1 tablespoon salsa. Roll it up like a burrito or fold in half like below. You can make a quesadilla or even use for a nacho filling! You can also add sour cream or Greek yogurt and guacamole if desired!
  4. Makes 4-6 servings


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