Crafty Critterz – Black Bean Stuffed Roma Tomatoes

This yummy recipe is a great vegetarian companion to the Fajitas recipe we featured earlier, and was submitted by eme with Siri. Thanks for your submission, eme! Hope you enjoy your Crafty Critterz Trophy!


What you need:

  • Grown-up assistant
  • 6-8 fresh Roma tomatoes
  • 1 can of 15oz black beans, drained (“seasoned” variety, if available)
  • 3/4 cup of shredded cheddar-jack cheese
  • Olive oil
  • Salt and pepper
  • Oven-safe baking dish
  • Optional toppings: fresh spinach, jalapenos, olives, sour cream, bacon crumbles, avocado slices, scallions

What you do:

  1. Get a grown-up’s permission and help before starting.
  2. Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees
  3. Slice the very tops and bottoms off your washed and dried fresh Roma tomatoes (to make the bottom flat so it can stand upright), core out the large end “top” off your tomatoes and 3/4 of the way down to make room for the beans.
  4. Place your tomatoes small end down in your baking dish, drizzle with olive oil, sprinkle with salt and pepper. Using a small spoon, fill and pack with black beans until level with the tomato top rims, then top with mounds of shredded cheese.
  5. Place the uncovered baking dish with your stuffed tomatoes in the oven center rack and bake for 10-14 minutes. The cheese will be bubbly and start to turn a golden brown.
  6. When done, use a large spoon to place tomatoes onto a serving dish and offer various toppings on the side.

I’m hungry just thinking about this recipe!

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33 Responses to Crafty Critterz – Black Bean Stuffed Roma Tomatoes

  1. FennecFox says:

    Great recipe! I love to cook so I may just make this sometime ;)

  2. EmeraldCity says:

    Thanks so much, Crafty Kimmy! I LOVE my new trophy! I’m so glad you liked my recipe! :)

  3. gmatiny says:

    I have a DESERT CHEAT : HEAT your milk in a microwave before making instant pudding. For some reason it TASTES like real pudding NOT INSTANT !

  4. LuckyTheBeagle says:

    Cool! I love cooking, so I might just have to try this recipe! ;)

  5. ThatCatRollsInCash says:

    This sounds delicious! When’s the chipmunk unboxing video coming out?? It’s super cute and I want to know what it looks like online. :)

  6. ilovemoonie says:

    Cool recipe! Congrats on being featured eme with Siri! :)

  7. bubbashuka says:

    I would try this, and thank you for doing something vegetarian, but lol, I am very picky. >.< Like, I hate cheese, (most people gasp at that!!) And, I don't eat meat or fish, I hate eggs, but I love most vegetables and fruits! Except tomatoes. I hate tomatoes. Yes, I even like kale and spinach a bit! My favorite lunch is pasta, beans, and greens. I cook shell noodles, (but any noodles would do) and heat up great northern beans or black beans, and cut small pieces of spinach or kale and combine all of them in a bowl, and add a "dressing" of olive oil, salt, and pepper. It's sooo good!! :)

  8. TaffyKitty12 says:

    How neat! Congrats to eme with Siri on having your recipe featured!! :) I would try this, but unfortunately, I’m very picky with my veggies, so I don’t know if I would eat this or not (I don’t think I like beans, and I really only have tomatoes when I eat a tomato-based sauce or ketchup) but nonetheless, it is a cool idea!

    • TaffyKitty12 says:

      I must admit, though, it is tempting when it has cheese on it XD (I like cheese) Anywho, congrats again to the user who submitted the idea! ;)

      • godgirl71115 says:

        yes I know congrats eme with Siri I love cheese too!!! this dish looks delicious

      • greenmagic77 says:

        Lol! I would not consider myself picky. I like just about anything as long as it is not a weird food like goat,insects,ect. XD I love veggies. Most people don’t but I do. And yes, that includes Brussel sprouts, asparagus, and other greens. My favorite are probably collards. I could probably go vegan for a long time. I grew up eating a lot of veggies and fruits so that is probably why I like them. This recipe looks pretty good. Yeah, cheese is the best. Lol! You could change up the recipe a little and just put the cheese, bacon, ect on a tortilla or something else that you like. Good luck! ❤

        • TaffyKitty12 says:

          Haha, it’s so funny, because I’m quite the opposite XD I would consider myself a picky eater (although, at least I’m willing to try new things here and there, and I’m not nearly as picky as my little brother) I like certain vegetables (corn, potatoes, lettuce (since I love salads), but I’m not huge on others (for example, I don’t really like broccoli or green beans) I dunno, I guess it’s just hit-or-miss for me :P I like fruits quite a bit, though I’m also kinda picky with those, too. The only fruit that I can say I absolutely love are apples (especially Granny Smith ones, because I love sour things), I kinda like grapes and oranges, but not as much. I would eat berries, but I don’t care for things with a lot of seeds in them. I think I need to learn to start eating more in those categories, when :P It’s great that you eat like that, though! :) I wish I could be like that! Oh huh, really? That’s funny, because it would be nearly impossible for me to ever become a vegan XD (mostly because almost all of my favorite foods contain either meat or something like eggs or dairy) It’s interesting seeing how we’re all different! :) That’s a good thought, perhaps I can try that someday? It’s been nice talking to you again, greenmagic77, hope you have a ncie day!! ^-^

          • TaffyKitty12 says:

            Oh, oops, I didn’t mean to say “when” in that one sentence, sorry! >.<

          • greenmagic77 says:

            Granny smith apples are one of my favorite fruits too! I also like water melon and pineapple. I do love dairy foods like ice cream and cheese but that would be the the hardest part of trying to be a vegan. I am not a huge fan of meat. I mean I like wings, hot dogs, sushi, and burgers but I could go without them longer than I could with dairy. Me and my family were vegans for a couple of months but it did not last long because we missed dairy and meat. Lol! We still do eat a lot of vegan foods though. My mom makes black bean burgers and they are really good! She also makes zucchini patties and they are really good too. We don’t usually eat out. We might if we are traveling, on vacation, or if the power goes out. I do love pizza though. Lol! Have a nice day too! ❤

          • 1955tiny says:

            I can’t eat SEEDS or un cooked or unsteamed vegies. I have PRE-Chrones disease. Seeds cut me up inside slowly causing damage. IF seeds are a problem they stay away from them or strain them out but enjoy foods that don’t bpther you. Sometimes our bodys tell us things years ahead of time we just need to listen ;) , Nuts also bother me SMOOTH peanut butter work great I put it on ice cream also :) GL!!

          • Hyperborea says:

            Haaa, no, you guys, you’re looking at it wrong. Not picky. No. Like me, you just know what you like, and how you like it. And that it needs to be that way. It’s perfectly simple. (Although yeah, I have had a lifelong struggle against people who insist on hassling and slamming me for the ways I need my foods to eat them, and what I will eat.) And then, because defending my food issues just apparently wasn’t enough, I have ended up spending years and years defending my daughter’s right to her food needs, as she’s been a vegetarian by choice since she was 18 months old. Mostly vegetarian her first ten years, for taste and texture reasons, but fully vegetarian since then. Vegetables have always been a huge problem for me, so okay, sure, I don’t necessarily understand her, but I can respect her (and made sure to) and with my own ‘weird’ food issues, I can assimilate the differences in what we like for the similarities involved in liking ‘weird’ things, or liking things ‘weirdly’. So for everyone getting flack for being picky, stand by it. Like what you like, like it how you like it. When you want, try new things at your own pace, the way you need to do it. You’re not picky. You’re dedicated to what’s good. :o)

    • ilovemoonie says:

      Hey TaffyKitty! Yeah, I’m the same way. I’m rather picky when it comes to vegetables, heheh. :P I like some, like corn, carrots, potatoes, zucchini, and I used to hate broccoli, but now I like it alright. But those are really nothing compared to the vegetables I don’t like. But I hate asparagus most of all. Anyway, I guess I need to get better at eating vegetables. :/ Oh, and I totally agree, cheese is the best!! XD Pretty much all my favorite foods include cheese. Could cheese be my favorite food? It just might be. ;) Well anyway, yes, cheese is awesome!

      • greenmagic77 says:

        I am so sorry to hear that 1955tiny. :( I am allergic to peanuts, tree nuts,pistachios,almonds, ect. I used to not be severely. I used to eat peanuts and peanut butter all the time when I was younger. Then I went and got an allergy test done it it said I am severely allergic to dogs (I broke out in hives when I was little so I already knew I was), cats (I had to give up my cats because I was allergic, they now live with our grandparents), nuts, oak trees, and a ton of other things. We decided that I should stop eating nuts and over the years my allergy for nuts has gotten worse so now I don’t eat any nuts or may contain nuts foods. I have not eaten any in about 7 years. Ilovemoonie lol! I like asparagus. Maybe it depends on the way you cook it. If you cook it in a pan with olive oil and a little bit of a salt and cook it till it is a little crispy then maybe you might like it. :) I used to not really like it when I was a kid but I do now.

        • Hyperborea says:

          I seem to be trying to develop an allergy to pecans. More and more, they trigger my asthma big-time when I eat them. So far I am absolutely not giving them up, but I guess at some point that will have to happen. *sigh* I’m also highly allergic to cats, always have been (but have always had cats anyway.) You might try (under careful supervision, of course, depending on how bad your allergic reactions are!!!) exposure to kittens who have been fixed very young, around 4 months old or so. My quints were fixed that early, and I have never had any sort of allergy problems with them, the only time ever in my life I’ve not had serious cat allergy issues, and they are 12 now. (also they are Maine Coons, and I have heard those can be very allergy-resistant cats.) If you can possibly test it safely, it could work for you.

          • greenmagic77 says:

            Thanks for the advice Hyperborea. :) I have been without them since I was 7, so it has been a really long time. Me and my family have all sorts of allergy problems. We try our best to stay away from things we are allergic to. My little sis broke out in hives when she was a baby just from my mom cooking fish in our house. She is very allergic to it. We decided to just stay away from what we are allergic to for the best. I had a Himalayan and a part Siamese cat. It is actually good that your daughter like veggies cause most kids have a problem with them and dont like them at all. We are all unique and all like different things though. Aww! You have quints! Was it hard taking care of all of them? Lol! Have a great day! :)

          • Prettypikachu says:

            I love pretty much everything, including veggies. I don’t like ketchup or mustard or pickles or relish or hot dogs or pizza or anything though, but whatever! (for real I really don’t) But I love sushi and fish and eggs, though! And all spicy foods, as long as they’re not too hot.

          • greenmagic77 says:

            LolLol! Hot dog and pizza are two of my favorite foods. I do love sushi though. XD

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