Recipe From My Boyfriend

Recipe From My Boyfriend: Black Bean Tartine with Cilantro Lime Rice

One ingredient we always have in our house, is black beans. With their well-defined smokey taste and velvety texture, they’re just perfect. Whether you’re using them as a part of your main dish or just a side, black beans are versatile, delicious and really good for you. Black beans are packed with protein and fiber– they have about 15 grams per one cup. That’s more than a glass of milk!

If you’re like, “Cool, Marissa. Yeah, beans in general are good for you.” I would answer with, “Yes, BUT THERE’S MORE!” Because there is! Black beans are not only an excellent source of vitamins, minerals and omega-3 fatty acids (180 milligrams per cup), but they also have flavonoid anti-oxidants. Not all beans have flavonoid anti-oxidants, in fact, it’s just black beans.

This week my boyfriend and I were trying to take it easy on breads and cheese (devastating, I know), so he transformed a traditional tartine recipe into this tasty treat. I really loved this meal. It was totally savory, summery and satisfying, without leaving me feeling like a beached whale after.

Black Bean Tartine with Cilantro Lime Rice
Total Cook Time: 45 minutes

• 1 15oz. can of Black Beans
• 1/3 cup Panko Bread Crumbs (may need more)
• 2/3 cup cilantro
• Salt
• Pepper
• 2 large vine ripened tomatoes
• 2 avocados
• 3 limes
• 1 cup rice
• 3 tablespoons olive oil
• ½ cup mayonnaise/veganaise
• ½ cup plain yogurt
• 1 tablespoon hot sauce


Black Bean Patty:
1. Preheat oven to 350
2. Drain can of black beans and add to mixing bowl and mash/ soften until ‘refried bean consistency’. Then add panko bread crumbs (any bread crumbs will do) and 2 tablespoons of cilantro.
3. Add pinch of salt and pepper and 3 tablespoons olive oil
4. With your clean bare hands, mix the ingredients together until the mixture will hold shape. You will most likely need to add more breadcrumbs and definitely more oil depending on your consistency. Ideally, you want them to mold into thin patties without sticking to your hand.
5. Mold the mixture into patty form and place on baking sheet
6. Place in oven for 20 – 30 minutes depending on desired “crispy factor”
7. When finished, slice tomatoes and add to top of black bean patty

Cilantro Lime Rice:
1. Prepare one cup cooked rice
2. Add 1 tablespoon olive oil
3. Squeeze the juice of one lime
4. Then add 1/3 cup cilantro
5. Salt and pepper to taste.

Avocado Relish:
1. Add two avocados to small mixing bowl
2. Squeeze the juice of one lime
3. Add pinch of sale and pepper
4. Loosely mash together and set aside in refrigerator

Salsa Blanca:
1. Add mayonnaise/veganaise to small mixing bowl
2. Add yogurt
3. Squeeze the juice of one lime
4. Then add 1 tablespoon hot sauce
5. Mix together and set aside in refrigerator

1. Black bean patty w/sliced tomatoes
2. Avocado Relish
3. Salsa Blanca
4. Rice on the side

And last but not least, chow down! 😀

Planning on whipping these bad boys up? Let us know how it goes in the comments!

Big thanks to my amazing boyfriend & the best cook I know, Ben.

  • Lisa Abernathy Kirk

    I am usually a meatasaurous, but, your boyfriends recipes are making me think twice! I love both, how flavorful they are and how well rounded they are. This dude is a keeper<3

    • Marissa A. Ross

      Haha, I know right? Luckiest girl in the world right here. Before I met him, I was just eating bricks of cheese in bed, basically.

      We’re going to start doing some meat-inclusive recipes soon too! :)

  • Tiffany Whaley DeLeon

    OMG! that looks delish!

  • Dalenna Kircheis

    honestly this looks yums and i am going to make it but you totally should invest in a “print recipe” link, ha.

    • Marissa A. Ross

      That is an excellent idea. Maybe I will start hosting the files on my mediafire account & you guys can download the .Docs? Let me know if you think that’d be smart. :)

  • Sara Hudson

    so. i just made this for dinner! i am amazed at how flavorful it was and how little effort it took to make. (side note, as a vegetarian i am thankful for any meat-free meal that is filling, healthy and delicious). thanks all around, marissa and boyfriend!

    • Marissa A. Ross

      Beyond stoked you enjoyed it! I loved this dish! :)

  • Dena Stanwood

    Ok that looks amazing!!! I am going to make it for date night for my husband and I next week :)

  • Erin June

    Made this epic-ness yesterday and the Lechuga Wraps the day before. Props to your dudefriend for the recipe and to you for posting it! I’m a vegetarian and your recipes are the best for helping me mix it up! ☮

  • Emily Hyatt

    I made these last night and thought it was magically delicious!!!! Leftovers tomorrow!!!!

  • Clare Bamford

    Wow! This looks delicious! As a vegetarian, I know how it feels to think you don’t have much to eat but lately i’ve been trying to branch out and do some real good veggie cooking. This looks soooo good I want to reach through the screen and take a bite right now. I will be making this soon, very soon.

  • Christine Fisher

    I just tried this, and it is as delicious as it looks! I’m usually not a very good cook, but it was really easy and something I’m going to use to impress vegetarians and non-veggies alike. Super filling, so there is plenty of left overs too. Thank your boyf for me!

  • Clare Bamford

    Tried this recipe out yesterday and it is delicious! Thank you sooooo much! Will definitely be making this again.

  • Gemma Paolo

    So psyched to try this out. Is this recipe for one serving? Love these recipes so much and thank you for helping me branch out on my veggie-cooking endeavors!

  • Kari Hartnett

    i made this and it was amazing!! Thank you for posting it!

  • Rachel Strasser

    Made this for my boyfriend the other night and he and I were IN LOVE! He says it is the best thing I have ever made! Thank you so much for posting! I’ve already shared the recipe with some friends.

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