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Easy Black Bean Golden Beet Sauté

This aromatic Easy Black Bean Golden Beet Sauté is a tasty side dish that is ever so slightly sweet and spicy. Served over quinoa or rice, it is a satisfying and nutritious meal.

Easy Black Bean Golden Beetroot saute

If you love golden beets or looking to try golden beetroot for the first time, this sauté is a must-try. This Easy Black Bean Golden Beet Sauté is a plant-based dish that can be made in 30 minutes or less.

When it comes to veggies, beetroot is a complicated root vegetable that conjures up some strong feelings for most of us.

Most of us either love them or totally despise them. Someone once described red beetroot as tasting like eating a mouthful of dirt that had been drizzled with pineapple juice and peach juice!

Yes, beetroot, whether red or golden, is an acquired taste.

Personally, I love beetroot. And, even did a series where I would add beetroot to every recipe I fancied. From beet crackers, to beet donuts, to beet tortillas, to beet pizza, to beet bars, to beet cookies, there’s a beet-rich recipe here for all beet lovers!

However, if you have not tasted golden beetroot and are wondering…

How do golden beets differ from their red counterpart in taste?

Well, golden beetroot tends to taste less earthy and sweet than red beetroot. Overall, golden beetroot is milder in taste than its red cousins.

Are golden beets good for you?

When it comes to nutritional value, both golden and red beetroot have a similar composition. Both are chock-full of nutrients and are said to have anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties.

Speaking of anti-oxidants, both beetroot varieties are said to get their bright coloring from antioxidants referred to as betalains. Betalains are divided into two varieties: betacyanins and betaxanthins. Betacyanins are responsible for the ruby-red coloring of red beets. And betaxanthins are responsible for the golden coloring of golden beets.

If you would like to find out more about the nutritional content of beets, check out this article.

How do you eat golden beets?

You can cut golden beets into very thin slices and eat them raw. They are especially delicious in a raw beet and feta salad.

You could also enjoy golden beets sautéed with just a few spices in a recipe like this Easy Black Bean Golden Beet Sauté.

The 11 Ingredients to make Black Bean Golden Beets recipe on a cutting board

What are the ingredients needed to make this Easy Black Bean Golden Beet Sauté?

This Easy Black Bean Golden Beet Sauté is made with the following 11 main ingredients:

  1. Golden beets
  2. Celery
  3. Onion
  4. Garlic
  5. Ginger
  6. Coriander
  7. Smoked paprika 
  8. Maple syrup
  9. Cayenne
  10. Chili flakes
  11. Canned black beans

Also included in this recipe are oil, water, salt, pepper, parsley, and walnuts – the latter two being optional.

This Black Bean Golden Beets sauté shows you how to cook Golden Beets

Tips When Making This Recipe:

When making this recipe, I like to use fresh onion, ginger, and garlic. There are some grocery stores that sell peeled and chopped up onions, ginger, and garlic in the produce section.

If you want to save time, you can grab some of those containers and use about a cup and a half of chopped onion, 1 tsp fresh ginger, and 3 tsp fresh garlic. I would refrain from using powdered versions of these three.

If you prefer kidney beans, pinto beans, or chickpeas over black beans, then feel free to use your favorite bean.

Now, if you would rather this Easy Black Bean Golden Beet Sauté be less spicy, feel free to reduce the amount of cayenne and chili flakes used.

If you would rather this easy and healthy side dish be smoky and sweet and not be spicy at all, then leave out the cayenne and chili flakes entirely.

To serve this dish, I added in some chopped parsley and some chopped walnuts for crunch. But, these are optional, and you can leave them out entirely if you wish too.

Reasons I Love This Side Dish And Hope You Do Too!

I love this Easy Black Bean Golden Beet Sauté as:

  • It is such a simple dish.
  • It is a delicious marriage of spicy and sweet flavors.
  • You only need 11 ingredients to make it.
  • It can be made in 30 minutes or less.
  • It is a tasty way to eat a more plant-based diet.
  • Not only that, but it is a healthy and satisfying side dish, especially when served with some quinoa, avocado, roasted cauliflower, and refreshing cucumber.
Vegan Black Bean Golden Beets recipe

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Easy Black Bean Golden Beetroot saute

Easy Black Bean Golden Beet Sauté

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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Author: Shashi
This aromatic Easy Black Bean Golden Beet Sauté is a tasty side dish that is ever so slightly sweet and spicy. Served over quinoa or rice, it is a satisfying and nutritious meal.


  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 golden beets
  • 3 celery stalks
  • 1 medium/large yellow onion
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 1 inch chunk of fresh ginger
  • 2 tsp coriander
  • 3 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp cayenne
  • 1 tsp chili flakes
  • 1/4 cup water
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 15.25 oz can of black beans
  • OPTIONAL: 1/4 cup walnuts
  • OPTIONAL: 2 tbsp parsley


  • First off, peel the onion, ginger, and garlic and chop them up nicely.
  • Add the olive oil to a large skillet over medium heat and add onions, ginger, and garlic. Let this sauté for about 5 minutes.
  • Rinse the celery and dice the stalks.
  • Peel the beets and slice them into bite-sized pieces.
  • Toss the celery and golden beets into the sautéing onions, ginger, and garlic.
  • Also, add in the maple syrup, coriander, smoked paprika, cayenne, chili flakes, and water, and stir until all ingredients are well combined.
  • Cover the pan and let ingredients cook for about 15-17 minutes.
  • Remove the cover and check the beets. At this point, they should be almost fork tender.
  • Open the can of beans and drain the liquid out. Then rinse the beans using a collander, or in the can. Add them to the other ingredients.
  • Let this sauté for about 3-5 more minutes, or until all the liquid evaporates.
  • Turn off the stove when the beets are fork-tender and the liquid is evaporated, and season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Serve garnished with chopped parsley and walnuts.


*Do keep in mind that all stoves vary in temperature. I use a gas stove and at a medium heat setting, it does not burn the ingredients and cooks this dish in less than 30 minutes.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 360kcal | Carbohydrates: 46g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 13g | Sodium: 125mg | Fiber: 12g | Sugar: 13g
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  1. Mike says:

    Anyone figure out when to add the beans??

  2. Lee says:

    When do you add the beans?

  3. Elle says:

    Aye! No mention when to add beans!

  4. Jay says:

    Didn’t advise when or how to add the black beans.

  5. John / Kitchen Riffs says:

    I love quick dishes like this! And I’m a big fan of beets, and will use golden beets any chance I get. Good stuff — thanks.

  6. Tayler says:

    I’ve been looking to add more beets to my diet, and this looks like the perfect recipe to do it! Thanks so much for sharing!

  7. Andrea says:

    This flavor packed dish looks fabulous! Love the combination of Golden beets and black beans. Yum!

  8. Beth says:

    Geez with the beans in this it makes an entire meal. And the sauce it truly delicious. Thanks for a great recipe!

  9. Nathan says:

    I’d never had golden beets before but I love the flavor they bring to this dish. I would eat this as a main course too!

  10. Heather Perine says:

    Such a flavorful and wonderful vegetarian dish! Loved the crunch of the walnuts!