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white bowl with rice, black beans, sweet potatoes and avocado with a green sauce

Sweet Potato Black Bean Bowls with Glossy Green Sauce

These nourishing bowls have a bit of a Tex Mex flair with a slightly spicy cilantro-spiked sauce that brings all the flavors together. Tip: double the sauce. It's delicious and you can use leftovers on other vegetables, sandwiches, or tacos throughout the week. 

Course Dinner, Lunch
Keyword sweet potato black bean bowls
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 400 kcal
Author Katie Morford



  • 2 medium to large sweet potatoes
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup uncooked long grain brown rice
  • 11/2 cups cooked black beans (one 15-ounce can, drained)
  • 1 large ripe avocado, cut into thick slices
  • Optional additions: pickled jalapeños, crumbled Cotija, roasted pepitas

Glossy Green Sauce

  • 2 roughly chopped cups cilantro (mostly leaves, but some stems are ok), about 1 bushy bunch
  • 2 scallions, white and light green parts, cut in a few pieces
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon red chile flakes (more if you want it spicier)


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Cut the sweet potatoes into 1/2-inch cubes and transfer to a baking sheet lined with parchment or a silicon baking mat. Drizzle with olive oil, sprinkle with salt, and toss well. If the baking sheet seems crowded, transfer some of the sweet potatoes to a second baking sheet. Roast until slightly browned and tender enough that a little knife slips right through, about 25 minutes. 

  2. While the sweet potatoes roast, cook the rice. Fill a medium saucepan with water and a few teaspoons of salt and bring to a boil. Add the rice and cook at a boil (like you cook pasta) until tender without any starchy bite. The time will vary depending on the rice, but figure 35 minutes or so. Set a colander in the sink and drain. Taste the rice and add a little salt, if needed. 

  3. Make the Glossy Sauce by putting all the ingredients in a blender and run until smooth, scraping down the sides and running again as needed. 

  4. Warm the beans either on the stove in a small saucepan or in the microwave. Taste and season with salt as needed.

  5. Assemble by dividing the sweet potatoes, rice, beans, and avocado among 4 bowls, like a cereal or soup bowl. Drizzle with Glossy Sauce. Top with optional additions, if desired.