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 305kcal

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 tbsp olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste

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 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 305 Calories from Fat 198
% Daily Value*
Fat 22g34%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Sodium 349mg15%
Potassium 1250mg36%
Carbohydrates 26g9%
Fiber 11g46%
Sugar 11g12%
Protein 5g10%
Vitamin A 8230IU165%
Vitamin C 134.1mg163%
Calcium 54mg5%
Iron 1.5mg8%
* 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

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

Ingredients

  • ½ cup brown rice
  • ½ cup red lentils, dried
  • ½ zucchini
  • 1 bell pepper, green
  • ½ cup sweet corn (drained and rinsed)
  • 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
  • ½ cup cottage cheese

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 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.
  • 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 536 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Fat 5g8%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Cholesterol 8mg3%
Sodium 536mg23%
Potassium 1347mg38%
Carbohydrates 95g32%
Fiber 26g108%
Sugar 7g8%
Protein 29g58%
Vitamin A 3840IU77%
Vitamin C 63mg76%
Calcium 144mg14%
Iron 7.9mg44%
* 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

Time 15 minutes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Calories 641kcal

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 641 Calories from Fat 207
% Daily Value*
Fat 23g35%
Saturated Fat 5g31%
Cholesterol 6mg2%
Sodium 567mg25%
Potassium 1479mg42%
Carbohydrates 95g32%
Fiber 23g96%
Sugar 11g12%
Protein 22g44%
Vitamin A 1249IU25%
Vitamin C 60mg73%
Calcium 137mg14%
Iron 6mg33%
* 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

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

Ingredients

  • ½ cup white rice
  • ½ zucchini
  • 4 mushrooms
  • 1 onion
  • 1 bell pepper, green
  • ½ cup sweet corn (drained and rinsed)
  • 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)

For the salsa:

For the Pico de Gallo de Mango:

  • 1 avocado
  • 1 red onion
  • 3 tomato
  • 1 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 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 640 Calories from Fat 153
% Daily Value*
Fat 17g26%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Sodium 748mg33%
Potassium 2137mg61%
Carbohydrates 112g37%
Fiber 23g96%
Sugar 30g33%
Protein 18g36%
Vitamin A 3210IU64%
Vitamin C 177.1mg215%
Calcium 140mg14%
Iron 4.6mg26%
* 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

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

Ingredients

  • ½ cup white rice
  • 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
  • 1 red onion (diced)
  • 2 tomato
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice

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 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 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 538 Calories from Fat 162
% Daily Value*
Fat 18g28%
Saturated Fat 4g25%
Cholesterol 7mg2%
Sodium 883mg38%
Potassium 1511mg43%
Carbohydrates 82g27%
Fiber 17g71%
Sugar 10g11%
Protein 16g32%
Vitamin A 1595IU32%
Vitamin C 162mg196%
Calcium 160mg16%
Iron 3.6mg20%
* 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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