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

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

Time 30 minutes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 2 bowls
Calories 404kcal

Ingredients

  • ½ cauliflower
  • ½ zucchini
  • 1 carrot
  • 1 bell pepper, red
  • 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 tomato (chopped)
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 tbsp sour cream
  • 4 tbsp grated cheese

Optional:

  • ¼ cup cilantro/coriander, fresh
  • 1 clove garlic (grated)

Instructions 

  • 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.
  • Chop the zucchinicarrot and red bell pepper into thin slices. Fry them in oil adding the spices (or the fajita spice mix).
  • Make some guacamole: mash the avocado in a bowl. Dice half a red onion and add that, too. Chop and add the tomatoes. Add a little salt, pepper and the lemon juice. Optionally add a few coriander leaves, grated garlic and/or a chopped red pepper. Give it a good stir.
  • Arrange everything nicely in your bowl, adding some creme fraiche, grated cheese and a few crispy salad leaves. Done!

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Low-carb Bowl of Desire
Amount per Serving
Calories
404
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
27
g
42
%
Saturated Fat
 
8
g
50
%
Cholesterol
 
24
mg
8
%
Sodium
 
439
mg
19
%
Potassium
 
1825
mg
52
%
Carbohydrates
 
37
g
12
%
Fiber
 
17
g
71
%
Sugar
 
15
g
17
%
Protein
 
13
g
26
%
Vitamin A
 
12057
IU
241
%
Vitamin C
 
192
mg
233
%
Calcium
 
241
mg
24
%
Iron
 
4
mg
22
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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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

Time 30 minutes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 2 bowls
Calories 623kcal

Ingredients

  • ½ cup brown rice
  • ½ cup red lentils, dried (uncooked)
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • ½ zucchini
  • 1 bell pepper, green
  • ½ cup sweet corn (drained and rinsed)
  • 1 cup black beans (drained and rinsed)
  • 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
  • ½ cup low fat cottage cheese (use regular if you prefer)

For garnish:

  • 2 tbsp grated cheese
  • 1 chilli / jalapeño (chopped)

Instructions 

  • Cook brown rice according to packet instructions.
  • Cook red lentils according to packet instructions.
  • 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 . 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.
  • 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

Nutrition Facts
Bicep bustin’ high-protein Bowl
Amount per Serving
Calories
623
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
9
g
14
%
Saturated Fat
 
3
g
19
%
Cholesterol
 
11
mg
4
%
Sodium
 
533
mg
23
%
Potassium
 
1467
mg
42
%
Carbohydrates
 
103
g
34
%
Fiber
 
28
g
117
%
Sugar
 
9
g
10
%
Protein
 
36
g
72
%
Vitamin A
 
4212
IU
84
%
Vitamin C
 
93
mg
113
%
Calcium
 
194
mg
19
%
Iron
 
8
mg
44
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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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

Time 15 minutes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 1 serving
Calories 617kcal

Ingredients

Optional:

  • 1 tbsp chipotle sauce (or taco sauce)
  • 1 tbsp creme fraiche (or grated cheese)
  • ½ small avocado (sliced)
  • ½ lemon

Instructions 

  • 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.
  • Heat the drained and rinsed black beans in a bowl in a microwave for about 60 seconds in a 1000w microwave. Also drain and rinse the sweet corn.
  • Mix the black beans with a handful chopped cherry tomatoes and ½ cup corn and arrange in a bowl. Add the baked tortillas.
  • 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

Nutrition Facts
Speedy Gonzales
Amount per Serving
Calories
617
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
21
g
32
%
Saturated Fat
 
4
g
25
%
Sodium
 
543
mg
24
%
Potassium
 
1494
mg
43
%
Carbohydrates
 
95
g
32
%
Fiber
 
23
g
96
%
Sugar
 
11
g
12
%
Protein
 
22
g
44
%
Vitamin A
 
1226
IU
25
%
Vitamin C
 
61
mg
74
%
Calcium
 
140
mg
14
%
Iron
 
6
mg
33
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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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

Time 30 minutes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 2 bowls
Calories 572kcal

Ingredients

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

For the salsa:

For the Pico de Gallo de Mango:

  • ½ avocado
  • ½ red onion
  • ½ mango
  • ½ lime (juiced)
  • salt to taste
  • a few leaves cilantro/coriander, fresh

Optional

  • 1 chili pepper

Instructions 

  • Cook the white rice according to package instructions.
  • Chop the zucchini, mushroomsonion and green bell pepper into thin slices and add 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 the rinsed and drained black beans after about five minutes.
  • Grab some salsa! If you don’t have any, it’s very simple to make. If you like it spicy, chop a chili pepper up. Throw it all in a bowl, add chopped tomatoes, dried basil, dried parsley, salt and pepper. Give it all a good stir. Use fresh herbs if you have them, of course.
  • Time for Pico de Gallo de Mango. Peel an avocado then mash the flesh in a bowl. Finely dice the onion and cut a mango into small cubes. Off it goes to the bowl as well. Season with lime’s juice, salt and a few chopped cilantro leaves.
  • 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

Nutrition Facts
Vegan Delight
Amount per Serving
Calories
572
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
13
g
20
%
Saturated Fat
 
2
g
13
%
Sodium
 
763
mg
33
%
Potassium
 
1813
mg
52
%
Carbohydrates
 
105
g
35
%
Fiber
 
22
g
92
%
Sugar
 
21
g
23
%
Protein
 
20
g
40
%
Vitamin A
 
5432
IU
109
%
Vitamin C
 
144
mg
175
%
Calcium
 
194
mg
19
%
Iron
 
8
mg
44
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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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

Time 20 minutes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 2 bowls
Calories 605kcal

Ingredients

  • ½ cup white rice
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • ½ zucchini
  • 1 bell pepper, yellow
  • 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 (cooked, drained and rinsed)

For the salsa:

For guacamole:

  • 1 avocado
  • ½ red onion (diced)
  • 2 small tomatoes
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice

Optional

  • 2 tbsp grated cheese
  • 1 chilli / jalapeño (chopped)

Instructions 

  • Cook the white rice according to packet instructions.
  • Chop the zucchini, yellow bell pepper and chili peppers into thin slices. Fry them in oil on medium heat for about 12 minutes, adding adding the spices (or the fajita spice mix). Add the rinsed and drained black beans after about five minutes.
  • Grab some salsa! If you don’t have any, it’s very simple to make. If you like it spicy, chop a chili pepper up. Throw it all in a bowl, add chopped tomatoes, dried basil, dried parsley, salt and pepper. Give it all a good stir. Use fresh herbs if you have them, of course.
  • Make some guac. You can do this by destoning an avocado and mashing it in a bowl. Dice the red onion and add that, too. Chop and the tomatoes. Add a little salt, pepper and lemon juice. Give it a good stir.
  • Slice some jalapeños and grab some grated cheese. Arrange everything in a bowl, topped with the salsa and guacamole. Prepare for some heat!

Notes

Lovely Add-Ons: Jalapeños, grated cheese, a few cilantro leaves and/or a chopped red pepper

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Fuego del Dragon
Amount per Serving
Calories
605
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
22
g
34
%
Saturated Fat
 
5
g
31
%
Cholesterol
 
9
mg
3
%
Sodium
 
812
mg
35
%
Potassium
 
1885
mg
54
%
Carbohydrates
 
90
g
30
%
Fiber
 
22
g
92
%
Sugar
 
11
g
12
%
Protein
 
20
g
40
%
Vitamin A
 
5314
IU
106
%
Vitamin C
 
193
mg
234
%
Calcium
 
242
mg
24
%
Iron
 
8
mg
44
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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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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