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Bean, couscous and cheese burritos

Bean, couscous and cheese burritos, easy and tasty black bean lemon couscous with 3 cheese blend. Full video recipe.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Soaking time30 mins
Total Time1 hr 20 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican
Servings: 8 burritos


  • Cast iron grill


For beans

  • 1 & ½ cup Cooked Black bean or 1 can
  • 1 onion
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 tbsp red chilli powder
  • ¼ tsp cumin powder
  • Salt
  • 1 tbsp Oil

For couscous

  • ½ cup couscous
  • 1 lemon
  • 3 tbsp coriander leaves chopped
  • Salt as needed


  • 8 Whole meal flour tortillas
  • 2 cups 3 cheese blend
  • Sauce of your choice or fresh salsa



  • In a mixing bowl, place the couscous. Boil required water. Add salt as needed, hot water, lemon juice to couscous. Mix well, keep covered.
  • In 10 to 15 mins, the couscous will fluff up and be ready. Mix coriander leaves to it and set aside.

Prepare bean filling

  • Soak black bean for minimum ½ hour. Cook it with required salt until soft.
  • You can pressure cook too (3 whistles in medium flame), but I did in open pot.
  • Cook with salt until really soft and gets mashed easily. Drain water and mash immediately. Heat a pan with oil and add chopped garlic and onion. Fry until soft/ starts to turn brown.
  • Add red chilli powder, cumin powder. Give it a mix.
  • In goes the mashed beans and some ½ cup water. Mix well.
  • Cook until the spices gets mixed with the bean. It will eventually turn thick. Takes roughly 2 mins.
  • Now our ingredients are ready. Take tortillas and cheese.

How to fold a burrito:

  • Soften the tortillas by heating it few seconds both sides over a griddle.
  • Now lets assemble the ingredients. Layer a bed of cheese first (be generous!)Do this in an end of the tortilla. Leave space in the sides as you see in the picture.
  • Next top it with the prepared bean filling. Do not overload. Just measure the same amount and spread for all.
  • Add some prepared couscous over it. Spread some sauce of your choice (I used hot chilli sauce) or even salsa for balancing the taste.
  • Fold both sides covering the two ends of the filling. Cover with the end of the tortilla from bottom over the filling. Wrap it as shown below. Watch video for better understanding.
  • Repeat to finish all.

Grilling the burritos:

  • Heat the grill and grease the surface slightly.
  • Once hot, place the rolled burritos with sealed side down. Cook each or until you see golden lines of the grill is over the burritos.
  • If you want it crispier, brush the burritos with generous butter. If you want soft, just grill as such.