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Vegan Waakye Burrito

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Waakye Burrito
Waakye Burrito

Waakye, a Ghanaian dish cooked with rice and beans, is one of the most beloved dishes that Ghanaians enjoy on a regular basis! I certainly love myself a full on waakye meal from the beans to the garri fotor to the spaghetti. Altogether, this traditional recipe makes for a delicious and super filling meal.

Waakye Burrito

A typical waakye meal contains:

  • Rice and beans infused with sorghum leaves
  • Garri fotor (dried cassava with tomato stew)
  • Spaghetti
  • Shito (hot black pepper sauce)
  • Boiled eggs
  • Fried plantains (sometimes)
  • Meat stew or stewed fish/fried fish
  • Stewed wele (cowhide)
  • Vegetable salad

Yes, all of these on one plate! As filling and yummy as this is, one plate of waakye with the works easily comes up to over 1000 calories and you know us Ghanaians are not shy with portions!

I’ve already created a lighter version of waakye in my Brown Rice Waakye Buddha Bowl recipe but in this recipe, I decided to turn the meal into a portable burrito. I also decided to make it vegan because most of the ingredients in tradition waakye are vegan anyway! I hope you like my twist and I hope you try this recipe!

Waakye Burrito
Waakye Burrito


Servings 1 person


  • 1 wrap

Rice and beans (1 serving)

  • 1/2 cup brown rice
  • 1/2 cup canned black-eyed peas
  • 1 handful of sorghum leaves
  • 1 cup water
  • A pinch of salt

Waakye Stew (6-8 servings)

  • 1 white onion
  • 1 tsp crushed garlic
  • 1 tbsp crushed ginger
  • 2 tbsp tomato puree
  • 1 tbsp crushed kpakposhito/green chilli
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp all-purpose seasoning
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp thyme
  • 400g can of chopped tomatoes
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil

Garri Fotor (1 serving)

  • 3 tbsp raw garri
  • 1-2 tbsp water
  • 3 tbsp waakye stew

Plantain slices

  • 1/2 ripe plantain
  • A pinch of salt
  • 1 tsp coconut oil

Trimmings (per portion)

  • 1/2 avocado
  • Lettuce


Waakye rice

  • Wash your waakye leaves thoroughly and add them to a pot of boiling water. Cook for 5-10 minutes until the water turns red. (You can either remove the leaves now or keep them in the pot. I removed them).
  • Add your rice to the pot, salt and more water if necessary. Add beans. Put a lid on the pot and let cook for 30 minutes on a medium heat or until the rice is cooked. Check on the mixture occasionally. You can add more water during cooking if necessary. 

Waakye stew

  • Blend your onion, ginger, garlic and green pepper with a splash of water. 
  • Add your oil to a pot on a medium heat and pour in the blended mixture, stirring occasionally for 5 minutes. 
  • Add your tomato puree and stir for 1 minute. 
  • Add your chopped tomatoes along with the spices, stir and leave to cook, stirring occasionally for 15 minutes. 

Garri Fotor

  • Add your garri to a bowl with water. Crumble in your fingers until the mixture is a crumbly texture. 
  • Add your stew and stir until all the garri is coated.

Kelewele slice(s)

  • Preheat your oven to 180*C. 
  • Slice your plantain in half. Coat in salt and coconut oil. 
  • Place slice(s) on grill tray and cook for 10-15 minutes on each side until brown. 


  • Open up your wrap
  • Layer your ingredients in this order- rice, garri fotor, plantain, sliced avocado, 2 tbsp waakye stew, lettuce
  • Wrap up like a burrito, cut in half and enjoy!
Tried this recipe?Let us know how it was!
Waakye Burrito
Waakye Burrito
Waakye Burrito

I hope you enjoy this recipe and definitely give it a try! It is absolutely delicious and packed with flavour! Explore more recipes here and subscribe for exclusive content on how to lead a healthy lifestyle on a Ghanaian diet!

Bry xo

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