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Beef Burrito Bowls


Easy beef burrito bowls with all the toppings including a creamy burrito sauce and super simple cilantro-lime rice. It’s full of fresh flavors, can be prepped ahead and is ready in 30 minutes!



For the Beef and Beans

  • 8 ounces lean ground beef
  • 1 tablespoon chili or taco seasoning
  • 1 cup canned black beans, drained

For the Cilantro-Lime Rice

  • 1 1/2 cups frozen brown rice
  • Zest and juice of 1 lime
  • 1 tablespoon chopped cilantro

For the Burrito Sauce

  • 2 tablespoons enchilada sauce (storebought or homemade)
  • 2 tablespoons sour cream
  • A squeeze of lime juice

Optional Toppings

  • Shredded lettuce
  • Diced tomatoes
  • Chopped cilantro
  • Guacamole
  • Sour cream


  1. Cook the beef and beans: Brown the beef in a nonstick skillet over medium heat. As it cooks, add the seasoning and, just before it’s done, add the black beans. Adjust the heat to keep warm.
  2. Make the rice: Place the frozen rice, lime juice, zest and cilantro in a microwave-safe bowl. Cover with plastic and cook it in the microwave for two to three minutes. Keep it covered while you finish the recipe.
  3. Make the burrito sauce: Mix the enchilada sauce with the sour cream. Add the lime juice adjusting the amount depending on how thick or thin you want your sauce.
  4. Assemble the bowls: Uncover the rice and stir it before scooping into the bowls. Add the beef and bean mixture. Drizzle the sauce over the top or add a dollop. Garnish with the other toppings you are using.


If you want to make these bowls ahead, the beef, beans, sauce and rice will keep well in the refrigerator for two to three days. I usually keep the other components separate and assemble when I’m ready to serve the bowls.

The nutrition estimate does not include the optional toppings.

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Stove
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size: 1/2 of recipe
  • Calories: 450
  • Sugar: 2.5g
  • Sodium: 778.4mg
  • Fat: 7.3g
  • Saturated Fat: 3.2g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 3.2g
  • Trans Fat: 0.2g
  • Carbohydrates: 59.6g
  • Fiber: 11.6g
  • Protein: 36.2g
  • Cholesterol: 74.9mg

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