Bibb and Bean Burrito Bowl

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Eating beans every day may help people with type 2 diabetes better manage their blood glucose, so enjoy the health benefits of this inviting meal-in-a-bowl. And enjoy all of its vivid colors, Mexican-inspired flavors, and lovely textures with a fork. The bowl is made from Bibb lettuce, so it’s literally an edible bowl! But if you like, use the Bibb leaves to eat some of the bean mixture burrito-style. Any way you choose to eat it, it’s muy delicioso.


  • 12 leaves bibb or lettuce
  • 2 1/2 cups canned beans, such as a black, pinto, and/or kidney beans (drained and rinsed)
  • 2 cups grape tomatoes (quartered lengthwise)
  • 3 green onions (scallion) (green and white parts, very thinly sliced on the diagonal)
  • 1/3 cup Monterey jack cheese (shredded)
  • 1/4 cup cilantro (chopped fresh)
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin (or to taste)
  • 1/4 teaspoon chili powder (or to taste)
  • 1 avocado (peeled, pitted, and diced)
  • 2/3 cup medium or hot salsa
  • Optional: 1 1/4 cup cooked corn (fresh or thawed from frozen
  • Optional: 1/4 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • Lime wedges


  1. Divide the lettuce leaves among 4 dinner plates or pasta bowls, loosely forming a “bowl” with the leaves.
  2. Stir together the beans, tomatoes, corn, scallions, cheese, cilantro, cumin, and chili powder in a medium bowl. Add the avocado, salsa, and salt (if using), and gently stir just to combine. Adjust seasoning.
  3. Evenly divide the bean mixture among the 4 lettuce “bowls,” and serve with the lime wedges on the side.