Healthy and easy burrito bowl recipe
This super delicious and healthy burrito bowl is the perfect way to bring the flavors of Mexico to your own home, but without the downsides.
Healthy burrito bowls
I love eating anything in a bowl. I recently already shared the bowl with pork belly and not to forget the spicy bibimbap, but today I want to share this homemade burrito bowl. It’s also the perfect dish to make for a meal prep day. I have included a recipe for taco seasoning which you can make yourself. Obviously if you have a favorite brand feel free to use that instead.
I have a big love for Mexican food. I recently went on a trip to Mexico where we visited the Yucatan peninsula and once again I was blown away by all the delicious flavors they manage to put into their food. Now this burrito bowl is arguably not a traditional Mexican dish. It does however remind me of the flavors but is easier to make and a healthy version.
Without the beans
As you probably know, traditionally a lot of the Mexican food contains beans. And while I have nothing against beans (in fact I am fond of traditional dishes such as the pico de gallo or chicken burritos filled with beans. But here I wanted to make a more low carb version of a burrito. So without the tortilla wrap and without the beans. For this bowl I used ground beef, but you can also eat it with some grilled chicken if you prefer. I added the following to the dish:
- sweet potatoes
- bell pepper
As you can see it is a fairly simple dish but you can add whatever you like. A few of my favorite additions to this bowl are for instance sour cream, brown rice or white rice, red onion, romaine lettuce and the earlier mentioned chicken breast. Of course you can substitute for chicken thighs or use ground turkey instead of the ground beef. If you don’t want to add white rice you can also use cauliflower rice to make it even healthier and add more vegetables at the same time. A fresh salsa is always a good idea.
Due to the avocado this burrito bowl is filled with healthy fats and it is a great recipe to eat for lunch or dinner. If you want to bring it along to work, you might want to consider placing the ingredients in separate containers and bring it to work like that. It does mix rather well and I haven’t had an issue with mixing it. It even stays fresh for the next day. Do make sure you use fresh ingredients as that will be the most delicious. I also like to serve it with tortilla chips if I feel like adding some crunch.
I have made the taco seasoning for this dish myself. It’s pretty simple and the amounts given below are more than enough to season multiple dishes. So don’t add it all in the one bowl! For the best flavor I like making my homemade version of the taco seasoning as fresh as possible but if you keep it in an airtight container it will keep it’s strength for quite a while.
This healthy recipe is basically your favorite burrito fillings but without the burrito itself. I like to serve it with some spicy mayonaise and adding chipotle pepper to it or some adobo sauce is always a good idea.
To make the burrito bowl you mix the ground meat with the taco seasoning in a large bowl. Add salt and pepper to taste and place a pan on medium-high heat. Fry the meat until it is brown and cooked through. While the meat is cooking you can cut your sweet potatoes and cook them until done. Slice the avocado and sprinkle with some lime juice or lemon juice to keep it from browning.
I don’t cook the bell pepper as I do like them raw, but if you don’t like it uncooked you can add it to the ground meat for a few minutes.
- 300 gr minced meat
- 2 tsp taco seasoning or more to taste
- 2 sweet potatoes diced
- 1 red bell bell pepper diced
- 2 avocados in cubes
- To serve: spicy mayonnaise or tomato salsa
- 4 tbsp chili powder
- 6 tsp cumin
- 2 tsp smoked paprika
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp onion powder
- 1 tsp chili flakes
- 1 tsp dried oregano
- 2-3 tsp sea salt
- 4 tsp black pepper
- Cook the sweet potato in boiling salted water for 5-10 minutes until tender. Fry the minced meat with the taco seasoning and salt until loose and set aside.
- The ingredients you add to the bowl are of course adaptable to your own taste. If you eat the bowl cold, add a sauce such as a nice spicy mayonnaise or tomato salsa.
- Storage: keep all the elements loose and cut the avocados only at the last moment.
- Serving: Put the ingredients together in a nice bowl and serve immediately
The nutritional values above are calculated per portion. The details are based on standard nutritional tables and do not constitute a professional nutritional advice.