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Vegan Burrito Bowl with Sweet Potato “Rice”

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sweet potato burrito bowl on a plate with avocado on top

I think 2016 might have been a peak for “bowl meals,” but I hope it’s still cool that I’m on the bowl bandwagon– because bowl meals, like this Vegan Burrito Bowl, deserve to stick around. They’re just so convenient and satisfying!

This vegan burrito bowl with sweet potato “rice” is so easy to make. I whipped it up using my Nutri Ninja® Nutri Bowl™ DUO™— which I had the opportunity to try while working on my cookbook, No Excuses Detox. I love this machine because it fits perfectly into my new book’s budget-friendly theme. It is an affordable multi-tasker that doesn’t take up a lot of counter space, and it actually blends similarly to my Vitamix, which is seriously saying something. (You know how critical I can be of blenders, even when I receive them for free.)

What’s cool about the Nutri Ninja® Nutri Bowl™ DUO™ is that it is a personal-size blender and food processor in one compact machine. I’ve used it to make my morning smoothies, and it breaks down even my toughest ingredients like dates, chia seeds, and ice cubes into a smooth and creamy, milkshake-like consistency. This is the feature that sold me on this machine, as I’ve never found another blender at this price point that can break down my smoothies so well.

ninja blender

I use it most often to blend up my weekly salad dressings, because you can use the same cup that you blend in as a storage container– so you don’t have to wash out a blender container when you’re finished. Simply twist on the pour spout lid and you’re good to go! (Perfect for taking smoothies on the road, too.)

sweet potato chunks in a ninja blender

This machine also comes with a bowl attachment, so you can whip up your favorite dips, like my Zucchini Hummus, quickly chop veggies for a weeknight stir-fry, or easily create veggie rice to use in recipes like this vegan burrito bowl with sweet potato “rice”. It’s a perfect mini food processor!


sweet potato burrito bowl

I hope you’ll enjoy this Vegan Burrito Bowl, featuring sweet potato “rice” as a more nutrient-rich base. It takes less than 30 minutes to prepare, and makes a comforting winter meal that is naturally gluten-free and loaded with nutrients. For a paleo alternative, feel free to skip the beans and add in your favorite high-quality protein of choice.

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Vegan Burrito Bowl with Sweet Potato "Rice" (And a Ninja Giveaway!)

A quick and healthy burrito bowl made with sweet potato "rice" for a nutrient-rich meal.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Chinese
Keyword healthy, sweet potato, vegan
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 2
Calories 640kcal


For the bowl:

  • 1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 red onion , chopped
  • 1 bell pepper , chopped
  • 1 clove garlic , minced
  • 1 (1.5 pound) sweet potato, peeled and cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 1/2 cups cooked black beans , or 1 can drained and rinsed

Optional Toppings:

  • Freshly chopped tomatoes
  • Diced red onion
  • Fresh cilantro
  • Sliced avocado


  • Heat the oil in a large deep skillet or Dutch oven over medium heat. Sauté the onion, pepper, and garlic until they start to soften, about 5 minutes.
  • While the veggies are cooking, process the sweet potato chunks in a food processor to create a rice-like texture. Add the riced sweet potato to the pan, along with the salt, chili powder, cumin, beans, and a splash of water to help prevent sticking. Cover the pan with a lid and let the vegetables cook until the sweet potato rice is tender, about 8 minutes.
  • Adjust any seasoning to taste, then serve warm, topped with freshly chopped tomatoes, onion, cilantro, and sliced avocado as desired. Any leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days.


Calories: 640kcal | Carbohydrates: 115g | Protein: 19g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 9g | Sodium: 1366mg | Potassium: 2280mg | Fiber: 30g | Sugar: 19g | Vitamin A: 49200IU | Vitamin C: 23.1mg | Calcium: 220mg | Iron: 6.1mg
Per Serving: Calories: 640, Fat: 14g, Carbohydrates: 115g, Fiber: 30g, Protein: 19g

red onion, green pepper, and garlic in a ninja blender

Note: You can speed the chopping process by using the Nutri Ninja® Nutri Bowl™ DUO™ to dice the red onion, pepper, and garlic. I did this first, then processed the sweet potato rice while the veggies were sauteeing, to use my time as efficiently as possible.

Hope you enjoy the burrito bowls!

Reader Feedback: Have you tried making “rice” out of any other veggies? 

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wow sweet potato rice looks amazing!


Cucumber Tahini dressing ( that was a super hit last weekend!), lentil hummus, baby food, oat flour, banana ice cream….


This bowl and hummus !! Would love love this blender . My twins love smoothies so this would be quick and easy


I’d use this for my protein shakes and for making hummus, nut butters, coconut butter, and chopping veggies. I love the size of this!


Never have to hand chop celery onions and carrots! Blech!


Smoothies and non stop making sauces on top of veggies!

Ali Kucsera

I would love to make this recipe especially the sweet potato rice. Sounds like machine I need.


I would love to have this so I can try those new recipes; mine just died! lol


I would definitely make this recipe! Then I would make some super green smoothies and vegan ice cream. The list is endless!


To help make all the yummy smoothies! Especially the chia seed peanut butter smoothly. Soooooo good


I would love to use the processor to make vegan cheese from cashews!


Excited to be able to make “rice” without a food processor!


I would love this for the reason you stated, as a mini food processor! I would make your sweet potatoe rice. That sounds really yummy. I’m not down with the one-dish fad fading out.

Bianca T

i’d love to use it to make homemade larabars!

Diana Metz

I have a wonderful Carrot ‘rice’ I make with onions and seasonings. It would be nice to make this with the Ninja Bowl as it would be simpler than the way I do it now.


Salad dressings, chopping veggies to small pieces so I can use them in everything

Kim wiegmann

This recipe! Cauliflower rice and smoothies!


I would love to use this machine to try making homemade nut butters with various nuts and flavors!


Date bars, smoothies, hummus, dressing, etc!!


I would definitely be using it to make “rice” with sweet potatoes, butternut squash and cauliflower. I love the idea of the make and store dressing .

Jamie Lopez

I love that you can blend your dressing and keep it in its own container. Sounds perfect! And I’d definitely try out this recipe!

Cheryl Staats

I love that this ninja makes smoother smoothies. I would make those. I also thought the burrito bowl with sweet potato rice sounds so tasty. I’m looking forward to trying your recipe.

Melissa O.

I’d be able to make any recipe in your first book, especially the stir fry with cauliflower rice! Of course smoothies are a must as well and I will them with my twin!


I cannot wait to try the recipe and the blender!


Would to use it to make this recipe. Trying to get more sweet potatoes in my and my family’s diet. I also would love to use it to make my daily smoothies and I absolutely LOVE the Classic Greek Salad Dressing. So yummy!


I’ve never heard of “ricing” sweet potato, so this recipe would definitely be first on my list. I would also use it to make my daily protein smoothies.


Would love to use it to make this recipe. Trying to get more sweet potatoes in my and my family’s diet. I also would love to use it to make my daily smoothies and I absolutely LOVE the Classic Greek Salad Dressing. So yummy!


This would come in so handy! there’s a lot of recipes that you’ve posted I haven’t tried because I don’t have a blender ? Fingers crossed!


I’ll be starting with your Vegan Burrito Bowl with Sweet Potato “Rice” followed by your Mexican Butternut Pilaf from Everyday Detox. Oh, and then there will be the salad dressings…oh yum!

Patricia B

I found your review enlightening since I saw the Nutri Ninja Nutri Bowl DUO; I currently have the Nutri Nija and its great for smoothies. I like the idea of blending/chopping items together and then using the same container to store it. Makes its so much easier since I’m now an empty nestor and I’ve had to cut my recipes in half this would make it so much easier. Thank you for your review!

Donna F.

I would make acai bowls!


I’d love to make my own salad dressings!

Debbie Forrester

I’d definitely start with the recipe above. I love sweet potatoes spirialized, so using the Ninja to make sweet potato ” rice” sounds yummy.


This recipe looks great, I would like to try the sweet potato rice.

Stacey Murphy

Pick me pick me!! I love all your recipes and smoothies and have a nutribullet that is giving up the ghost… I would love to have the ninja for the chocolate cherry smoothie and try the vegan sweet potato burrito bowl as well – yum!


This recipe! Smoothies, dressing, hummus, cauliflower rice!


Salad dressings. I like it that it stays in the container that it is made in. Less clean-up!

Randy Brinker

I would make salsas & smoothies, but I’m also going to make this recipe. Thanks for sharing.


My food processor actually broke, so the timing is perfect! I would first use it for my go-to nut butter date paste (soaked dates + lots of nut/peanut butter + small amount of date sweetened water to keep its thick consistency)! Other recipes would include: your chocolate chia pudding, cashew cream, dressings and sauces, nut butters, chocolate peanut butter shake. In my college apartment, my kitchen is tiny, so this compact size would be perfect for my counter space. Plus, the clean-up sounds like a breeze!


Not to piggy back, but this recipe is what caught my interest. I never thought to use sweet potato as rice! I would also love it for smoothies. Been doing the 3-week plan you created and this would be incredibly helpful in continuing on.


Would make the Sweet potatoes rice, dressings, love the pourable container. ??


Dressings and cauliflower rice!

Tori Wender

I’m really intrigued by this sweet potato rice, and always need another smoothie maker 🙂


Smoothies, for sure and butternut squash “pilaf” with spicy vegan chorizo sausage and a roasted red pepper cashew cream sauce. And nut butter!


I would make soups, hummus, smoothies

Kim Bloch

I currently have a nutri bullet which works fairly well for smoothies but cannot chop any veggies.. Would love to try your sweet potato rice bowls…looks delicious!! I also like that it is compact for lack of my counter space

Erin K.

I would just eat healthier in general…more homemade stuff, not boxed or bagged.

TJ Sparkes

sweet potato/cashew legume-free hummus, avocado “mayo”, nut butter/avocado/fruit bowls. Smoothies!
My old Cuisinart mini chopper bit the dust and my OLD OLD Waring Blender just can’t hack it. I’m in the everloving debate on which whizzer-upper to spend my hard earned greenbacks on.

Jenn P

Definitely almond flour and riced cauliflower.


I would love to use the Ninja to blend creamy, vegetable packed smoothies for my picky toddler! It’s a struggle to get her to eat a full serving of vegetables every day. Luckily I am able to sneak some into her smoothies, but my current blender can’t break down the tougher, more fibrous vegetables she needs.

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