How to Make a Burrito Bowl: The Ultimate Guide + 5 Surefire Winners

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Welcome to our ultimate guide to homemade burrito bowls. We absolutely love burrito bowls and want to share them with as many people as we can.

Much like their infamous brother, the Buddha Bowl, they’re easy, healthy, and exceptionally tasty. Acai bowls rock, too.

And the best thing about burrito bowls? You can make them EXACTLY the way you like.

We’ve been making homemade burritos and various Mexican-inspired veggie dishes (like these authentically awesome tacos) for as long as I can remember – there are so many fantastic combinations available.

Creating your own new signature dish is great fun, too.

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A homemade burrito bowl consists of four main parts. Those are: a base, a filling, a sauce, and the extras.

As mentioned, you can make a burrito bowl virtually anyway you want. Here are some ingredient ideas for each part, and below this I’ll show my favorite combos from ‘low-carb’ to ‘vegan delight’.

Homemade Vegetarian Burrito Bowls

The Base

Aptly named, this forms the base of your burrito bowl, and gives you something to work the rest of your ingredients around. Most bowls include just one base, though there’s no reason you can’t use more. Some ideas:

  • White Rice
  • Brown Rice
  • Nachos (tortilla triangles)
  • Cauliflower Rice
  • Quinoa

The Filling

The filling usually consists of one or more of the following items. Add your favourites as you see fit:

  • Beans (black, kidney or refried)
  • Grilled vegetables like zucchini, bell peppers, carrots, onion, mushrooms, corn and chili peppers cooked in spices
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Red, green or brown lentils

The Sauce

There’s a huge range of personalisation to choose from here and this can be none, some or all. Throw on whatever you fancy, make it yours!

  • Salsa / taco sauce
  • Creme fraiche
  • Sour cream
  • Greek yogurt
  • Cottage cheese
  • Soy yoghurt
  • Chipotle sauce
  • Guacamole
  • Pico de Gallo de Mango

Extras

Again, go for none, some or all. These add a twist to every homemade burrito bowl and really help to round off the meal.

  • Grated cheese
  • Sliced avocado with salt and lemon
  • Jalapeños
  • Crispy salad

Just put together a combination of the ingredients above into a suitable serving bowl and you’ll soon have a beautiful burrito bowl ready for dinner. Here are some of the best:

*the ingredients below are for two burrito bowls by default.

1. Low-carb Bowl of Desire

  • Base – cauliflower rice
  • Filling – grilled zucchini, carrot and red bell pepper
  • Sauce – guacamole and cream fraiche
  • Extras – grated cheese and crispy salad

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Low-carb Bowl of Desire

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 2 bowls
Calories 305 kcal

Ingredients

  • ½ cauliflower
  • ½ zucchini
  • 1 carrot
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 2 tbsp fajita spice mix (or 1 tsp cumin, 1 tsp chili powder, 1 tsp paprika and ¼ tsp salt)
  • 1 avocado
  • ½ red onion, diced
  • 2 tomatoes, chopped
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Optional:

  • A few coriander leaves grated garlic and/or a chopped red pepper

Instructions

  1. Blitz half a medium cauliflower head in a food processor (remove the leaves first). Add the now cauliflower-rice to a microwaveable bowl and microwave for 3 minutes in a 1000w microwave. Alternatively lay the rice on a baking tray and roast it in an oven for 12 minutes at 200°C/390°F, stirring once halfway-through. Add a dash of salt at the end, if desired.
  2. Chop the zucchinicarrot and red bell pepper into thin slices. Fry them in oil on medium heat for about 12 minutes, adding a little fajita spice mix. If you don’t have a spice mix to hand simply add 1 tsp cumin, 1 tsp chili powder, 1 tsp paprika and ¼ tsp salt.
  3. Make some guacamole. You can do this by destoning an avocado and mashing it in a bowl. Dice half a red onion and add that, too. Chop and add two small tomatoes. Add a little salt, pepper and 2 tbsp lemon juice. Optionally add a few coriander leaves, grated garlic and/or a chopped red pepper. Give it a good stir.
  4. Arrange everything nicely in your bowl, adding some creme fraiche, grated cheese and a few crispy salad leaves. Done!
Nutrition Facts
Low-carb Bowl of Desire
Amount Per Serving
Calories 305 Calories from Fat 198
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 22g 34%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Sodium 349mg 15%
Potassium 1250mg 36%
Total Carbohydrates 26g 9%
Dietary Fiber 11g 44%
Sugars 11g
Protein 5g 10%
Vitamin A 164.6%
Vitamin C 162.6%
Calcium 5.4%
Iron 8.5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

2. Bicep bustin’ high-protein Bowl

  • Base – brown rice
  • Filling – black or kidney beans, red lentils, grilled zucchini, green bell pepper and corn
  • Sauce – greek yogurt or cottage cheese
  • Extras – grated cheese

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Bicep bustin’ high-protein Bowl

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 2 bowls
Calories 536 kcal

Ingredients

  • ½ cup brown rice
  • ½ cup red lentils
  • ½ zucchini
  • 1 green bell pepper
  • ½ cup corn
  • 1 cup black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 2 tbsp fajita spice mix (or 1 tsp cumin, 1 tsp chili powder, 1 tsp paprika and ¼ tsp salt)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup cottage cheese

Instructions

  1. Cook brown rice according to packet instructions.
  2. Cook red lentils according to packet instructions.
  3. Chop zucchini, and the green bell pepper into thin slices. Grab the corn. Fry them in oil on medium heat for about 12 minutes, adding a little fajita spice mix. If you don’t have a spice mix to hand simply add 1 tsp cumin, 1 tsp chili powder, 1 tsp paprika and ¼ tsp salt. Add 1 cup rinsed and drained black beans after about five minutes.
  4. Assemble all in a bowl with grated cheese and add some Greek yogurt or cottage cheese for a final high-protein kick!

    (Nutritional information chart uses cottage cheese)
Nutrition Facts
Bicep bustin’ high-protein Bowl
Amount Per Serving
Calories 536 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 5g 8%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 8mg 3%
Sodium 536mg 22%
Potassium 1347mg 38%
Total Carbohydrates 95g 32%
Dietary Fiber 26g 104%
Sugars 7g
Protein 29g 58%
Vitamin A 76.8%
Vitamin C 76.4%
Calcium 14.4%
Iron 43.8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

3. Speedy Gonzales

  • Base – nachos
  • Filling – black or kidney beans, cherry tomatoes, corn
  • Sauce – taco sauce, creme fraiche
  • Extras – grated cheese, sliced avocado with salt and lemon

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Speedy Gonzales

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Calories 464 kcal

Ingredients

Optional:

  • Taco or chipotle sauce, creme fraiche, grated cheese, some sliced avocado, a dash of salt or a squeeze of lemon juice.

Instructions

  1. Using scissors, layer two tortillas on top of each other and cut into triangles (halve, halve, and halve again). Layer the triangles onto a baking tray and sprinkle ½ tsp salt and ½ tsp cayenne pepper over them. Bake for about five minutes in an oven at 180°C/360°F.
  2. Heat the drained and rinsed black beans in a bowl in a microwave for about 60 seconds in a 1000w microwave.
  3. Mix the black beans with a handful chopped cherry tomatoes and ½ cup corn and arrange in a bowl. Add the baked tortillas.
  4. Finish with taco or chipotle sauce, creme fraiche, grated cheese and some sliced avocado with a dash of salt and squeeze of lemon juice.
Nutrition Facts
Speedy Gonzales
Amount Per Serving
Calories 464 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 6g 9%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Sodium 1236mg 52%
Potassium 1076mg 31%
Total Carbohydrates 85g 28%
Dietary Fiber 18g 72%
Sugars 8g
Protein 21g 42%
Vitamin A 18.8%
Vitamin C 32.7%
Calcium 13.8%
Iron 38.2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

4. Vegan Delight

  • Base – white rice
  • Filling – grilled zucchini, red bell pepper, onion, mushrooms, corn and black or kidney beans
  • Sauce – salsa and Pico de Gallo de Mango
  • Extras – crispy salad

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Vegan Delight

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 2 bowls
Calories 640 kcal

Ingredients

  • ½ cup white rice
  • ½ zucchini
  • 4 mushrooms
  • 1 onion
  • 1 green bell pepper
  • ½ cup corn
  • 2 tbsp fajita spice mix (or 1 tsp cumin, 1 tsp chili powder, 1 tsp paprika and ¼ tsp salt)
  • 1 cup black beans, rinsed and drained

For the salsa:

For the Pico de Gallo de Mango:

  • 1 avocado
  • 1 red onion, diced
  • 3 tomatoes
  • 1 mango
  • ½ lime’s juice
  • Salt and a few chopped cilantro leaves.

Optional

  • 1 chili pepper

Instructions

  1. Cook the white rice according to package instructions.

  2. Chop the zucchini, mushroomsonion and green bell pepper into thin slices and grab the corn. Fry them in oil on medium heat for about 12 minutes, adding a little fajita spice mix. If you don’t have a spice mix to hand simply add 1 tsp cumin, 1 tsp chili powder, 1 tsp paprika and ¼ tsp salt. Add 1 cup rinsed and drained black beans after about five minutes.

  3. Grab some salsa! If you don’t have any, it’s very simple to make. Dice a small onion and a clove of garlic. If you like it spicy, chop a chili pepper up too. Throw it all in a bowl, add a tin of chopped tomatoes, 2 tbsp dried basil, 2 tbsp dried parsley, ½ tsp salt and ½ tsp pepper. Give it all a good stir. Use fresh herbs if you have them, of course.

  4. Time for Pico de Gallo de Mango. Peel an avocado then mash the flesh in a bowl. Finely dice a small onion and cut three medium tomatoes and a mango into small cubes (here’s the easiest way to peel a mango). Off it goes to the bowl as well. Season with ½ a lime’s juice, salt and a few chopped cilantro leaves.

  5. Arrange everything in a bowl, adding the Pico de Gallo and salsa sauce over the top with some crispy salad on the side. Done!

Nutrition Facts
Vegan Delight
Amount Per Serving
Calories 640 Calories from Fat 153
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 17g 26%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Sodium 748mg 31%
Potassium 2137mg 61%
Total Carbohydrates 112g 37%
Dietary Fiber 23g 92%
Sugars 30g
Protein 18g 36%
Vitamin A 64.2%
Vitamin C 214.7%
Calcium 14%
Iron 25.7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

5. Fuego del Dragon

  • Base – white rice
  • Filling – black or kidney beans, grilled zucchini, yellow bell pepper and chili peppers
  • Sauce – spicy salsa and guacamole
  • Extras – jalapeños and grated cheese

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Fuego del Dragon

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 2 bowls
Calories 538 kcal

Ingredients

  • ½ cup white rice
  • ½ zucchini
  • 1 yellow bell pepper
  • 2 chili peppers
  • 2 tbsp fajita spice mix (or 1 tsp cumin, 1 tsp chili powder, 1 tsp paprika and ¼ tsp salt)
  • 1 cup black beans, rinsed and drained

For the salsa:

For guacamole:

  • 1 avocado
  • 1 red onion, diced
  • 2 tomatoes
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice

Optional:

  • Jalapeños, grated cheese, a few coriander leaves and/or a chopped red pepper

Instructions

  1. Cook the white rice according to packet instructions.
  2. Chop the zucchini, yellow bell pepper and chili peppers into thin slices. Fry them in oil on medium heat for about 12 minutes, adding a little fajita spice mix. If you don’t have a spice mix to hand simply add 1 tsp cumin, 1 tsp chili powder, 1 tsp paprika and ¼ tsp salt. Add the rinsed and drained black beans after about five minutes.
  3. Grab some spicy salsa! If you don’t have any, it’s very simple to make. Dice a small onion and a slice of garlic. Chop a chili pepper up too. Throw it all in a bowl, add a tin of chopped tomatoes, 2 tbsp dried basil, 2 tbsp dried parsley, ½ tsp salt and ½ tsp pepper. Give it all a good stir. Use fresh herbs if you have them, of course.
  4. Make some guacamole. You can do this by destoning an avocado and mashing it in a bowl. Dice half a red onion and add that, too. Chop and add two small tomatoes. Grate in a clove of garlic. Add a little salt, pepper and 2 tbsp lemon juice. Optionally add a few coriander leaves and/or a chopped red pepper. Give it a good stir.
  5. Slice some jalapeños and grab some grated cheese. Arrange everything in a bowl, topped with the salsa and guacamole. Prepare for some heat!
Nutrition Facts
Fuego del Dragon
Amount Per Serving
Calories 538 Calories from Fat 162
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 18g 28%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 7mg 2%
Sodium 883mg 37%
Potassium 1511mg 43%
Total Carbohydrates 82g 27%
Dietary Fiber 17g 68%
Sugars 10g
Protein 16g 32%
Vitamin A 31.9%
Vitamin C 196.4%
Calcium 16%
Iron 19.9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

And there we are! Five of our very favourite homemade burrito bowls. Of course, those are just some ways to make a burrito bowl. You can also make each bowl as mild or spicy as you like – throw in extra peppers or jalapeños, or none at all. Play, experiment, find what you like the best. And most of all, enjoy!

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