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This healthy burrito bowl will satisfy cravings for a tasty, comforting Mexican meal. Make it with ground beef or ground chicken, Mazola® Corn Oil, and your favorite veggies and garnishes. Burrito bowl meal prep has never been easier or more delicious!

PIN THIS BURRITO BOWL RECIPE!

Burrito bowl with tortilla chips, small bowl of sour cream, hot sauce, fork and napkin.

WHY THIS BURRITO BOWL RECIPE WORKS: Life is busy. Meal prep can often be challenging. Like steak fajitas, this easy dinner idea comes together quickly! February is Heart Health Month. It’s the perfect time to add this better for you recipe to your meal plan rotation.

Healthy burrito bowl in a white oval dish with fork, navy blue napkin, and tortilla chips.

burrito bowl ingredients

This healthy burrito bowl features a mix of fresh ingredients and common pantry items. Here’s what you’ll need for this easy homemade recipe:

CILANTRO LIME RICE

  • Mazola® Corn Oil
  • Jasmine rice
  • Hot water
  • Sea salt
  • Fresh cilantro
  • Juice from 1 lime
Ingredients for making cilantro lime rice for a healthy burrito bowl recipe.

MEAT MIXTURE

  • Mazola® Corn Oil
  • Lean ground beef or ground chicken
  • Taco seasoning (or 1 taco spice packet)
  • Tomato sauce
  • Warm water
  • Canned corn
  • Canned black beans
  • OPTIONAL: Canned diced green chiles
  • Monterey Jack or cheddar cheese
Ingredients for making a healthy burrito bowl laid out on a white rustic tabletop.

FRESH VEGGIES

  • Romaine lettuce
  • Grape tomatoes
  • Large avocado

BEST GARNISHES

  • Cheddar cheese
  • Sour cream (regular or light)
  • Black olives
  • Tortilla chips, snapped/broken
  • Lime slices
  • Hot sauce or salsa
Fresh produce and garnishes for burrito bowl meal prep laid out on a white rustic tabletop.

MAKE CILANTRO LIME rice

RECIPE PREP:  For a healthy burrito bowl, removing surface starch from the rice is important. Rinse rice in a mesh strainer under cold running water. Use your fingers to separate the grains. Continue rinsing until water runs clear.

  • STEP 1: Warm Mazola® Corn Oil in a medium/small pot.
  • STEP 2: Add the rice. Sauté briefly. Just until the grains become translucent. Add hot water and salt. Stir. Bring to a boil over high heat.
  • STEP 3: Reduce heat to low/simmer. Cover pot with a tight-fitting lid. Allow rice to simmer for 18-20 minutes, or until water is absorbed.
  • STEP 4: Remove pot from heat. Wrap lid in a cotton towel. Place it back on the pot. Let rice sit undisturbed, away from heat, for 10-15 minutes. Lift lid. Fluff with a fork. Fold in lime juice and cilantro.
Four images showing how to make cilantro lime rice for burrito bowl meal prep.

KITCHEN SMARTS: When selecting better-for-you ingredients, reach for Mazola® Corn Oil​. Ideal for local and international cuisines, use it for baking, grilling, sautéing, and stir frying. Reduce saturated fat and cholesterol in recipes: swap it for butter. Having an all-purpose cooking oil on hand like cholesterol free, Heart Healthy* Mazola® Corn Oil​ makes it simple and easy to prepare better for you meals​.

Healthy burrito bowl served in an oblong dish with sides of sour cream, hot sauce and tortilla chips.

prep the meat mixture

RECIPE PREP: Rinse and drain black beans. Drain corn and chiles. Shred the cheese. Place measured ingredients near the stove. It’s so satisfying to prepare a nutritious, healthy burrito bowl.

  • STEP 1: Warm corn oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Pat the raw meat dry between paper towels. This will help prevent it from steaming. Add meat to the hot pan. With a heat-safe spatula, smash it into an even layer. But don’t break up the meat just yet!
  • STEP 2: Once edges are brown, flip it over in sections. Brown the second side. Break it up into little pieces. By waiting until this point to break up the meat, we’ve prevented the juices from quickly evaporating and creating steam. Steamed ground beef turns gray and develops a mealy texture. Our burrito bowl will feature juicy brown meat.
  • STEP 3: Once the beef is almost cooked through, drain off the fat. Add taco seasoning, water, and tomato sauce. Simmer 2 minutes over medium-low heat.
  • STEP 4: Fold in corn, black beans, and chiles. Simmer until sauce has thickened and veggies are warm. About 3 to 4 minutes. Do a taste test. If needed, add salt and pepper to taste. Sprinkle Monterey Jack cheese over the top. Fold it in. Let it melt.

KITCHEN SECRET: When cooking ground beef in a skillet, chefs often use oil for better browning. This also prevents meat from sticking to the pan.

Four images showing how to cook ground beef for healthy burrito bowl recipe.

HOW TO MAKE A BURRITO BOWL

Wide shallow bowls are ideal for serving this Mexican recipe.

FOR BURRITO BOWL MEAL PREP: Use microwave-safe containers with air-tight lids. Store warm ingredients (meat and rice) separate from fresh ingredients.

Here’s how to assemble a healthy burrito bowl.

  • STEP 1: Line the bottom of the bowl with a thick layer of shredded lettuce.
  • STEP 2: Add a large scoop of cilantro lime rice, and cheesy ground beef or chicken.
  • STEP 3: Add shredded cheese, grape tomatoes, avocados, olives, and snapped tortilla chips. Include a few wedges of lime.
  • STEP 4: If desired, drizzle the top with sour cream. Serve with hot sauce or your favorite salsa.
Four images showing how to assemble a homemade burrito bowl.

ESSENTIAL tips and faq

  • WHAT IS A BURRITO BOWL? It’s a burrito served without a tortilla. Healthy fillings are assembled in a bowl. It’s a better-for-you meal.
  • WHAT GRIND OF BEEF IS BEST FOR THIS RECIPE? For a lean grind with the best flavor, 85/15 is a good choice. Leaner grinds will be dryer. To make the meat juicer, add a drizzle of corn oil.
  • SHOULD YOU SEASON GROUND BEEF BEFORE OR AFTER COOKING? Season meat after browning and draining off the fat. This will prevent the spices from being drained off too. It also prevents salt in the spice mix from drawing out moisture from the beef, making it less juicy.
  • WHY IS MAZOLA® CORN OIL A HEART-HEALTHY CHOICE? It has more cholesterol-blocking plant sterols than other cooking oils – 4 times more than olive oil, and 1.5 times more than canola oil. Clinical studies indicate: plant sterols can help reduce absorption of cholesterol in the gut when included in a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol.
  • WHY WRAP THE LID OF THE RICE POT IN A COTTON TOWEL? To prevent sticky rice. We want the individual grains of rice separate, soft and fluffy. A pot of freshly-cooked rice has a lot of steam. The cloth wrapped around the lid absorbs the steam while keeping the rice warm. Why not just remove the lid to let off the steam? When long-grain rice cools it hardens.
  • BURRITO BOWL MEAL PREP: Store cooked meat and rice in air-tight containers and refrigerate. Later, when re-warming meat and rice, shred the lettuce. Slice avocado and tomatoes. To save time, use pre-shredded cheese. Assemble the bowls. Garnish healthy burrito bowl as desired.
  • ARE BURRITO BOWLS HEALTHY? Absolutely! A homemade burrito bowl features lean protein, veggies, carbs, and healthy fats.
  • HOW TO BUILD A HEALTHIER BURRITO BOWL: For more fiber, use brown rice. To cut calories, select low-fat dairy options for cheese and sour cream. Or skip them completely. Replace corn with fajita-style bell peppers and onions. Grill them with heart-healthy Mazola Corn Oil.
  • HOW LONG DOES THIS RECIPE LAST IN THE FRIDGE? Stored in an air-tight container, a pre-assembled burrito bowl can stay fresh in the fridge for up to 3 days. For the best taste and texture, separate fresh crisp ingredients from the warm ingredients (meat and rice).
Burrito bowl recipe served in oblong bowl with lime wedges, chips, sour cream and hot sauce.

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Burrito bowl recipe served in an oblong bowl with slices of lime, chips, sour cream and hot sauce.

Healthy Burrito Bowl


  • Author: Denay DeGuzman
  • Prep Time: 15
  • Cook Time: 20
  • Total Time: 35 Minutes
  • Yield: 5 Servings 1x

Description

This healthy burrito bowl features lean ground beef or ground chicken, fresh veggies and your favorite garnishes. A make-ahead recipe for busy families, burrito bowl meal prep is quick and easy!


Ingredients

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CILANTRO LIME RICE

  • 2 cups Jasmine rice
  • 2 tablespoons Mazola® Corn Oil
  • 3 cups hot water
  • 2 teaspoons sea salt
  • 3 tablespoons fresh cilantro leaves, chopped
  • Juice from 1 lime

MEAT MIXTURE

  • 1 pound lean ground beef or ground chicken
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons Mazola® Corn Oil
  • Homemade taco seasoning (or 1 taco spice packet)
  • 1 8 oz can tomato sauce
  • 1/3 cup warm water
  • 1 cup canned corn, drained
  • 1 cup canned black beans, rinsed and drained
  • OPTIONAL: 4-oz can diced green chiles, drained
  • 1 cup shredded cheese, Monterey Jack or Cheddar

FRESH VEGGIES

  • 1 head Romaine lettuce, shredded
  • 2 1/2 cups grape tomatoes, halved
  • 1 large avocado, sliced

BEST GARNISHES

  • 1 cup cheddar cheese, shredded (regular or reduced-fat)
  • 5 tablespoons sour cream (regular or light)
  • 1/2 cup sliced black olives
  • Tortilla chips, snapped/broken
  • 2 limes, cut into wedges
  • 5 tablespoons hot sauce or salsa

Instructions

CILANTRO LIME RICE

RECIPE PREP: Rinse rice in a mesh strainer under cold running water. Use your fingers to separate the grains. Continue rinsing until the water runs clear. Removal of surface starch is important for cooking fluffy rice! If this step is skipped, the rice will be sticky.

  1. Warm Mazola® Corn Oil in a medium/small pot.
  2. Add the rice. Sauté briefly. Just until the grains become translucent. Add hot water and salt. Stir. Bring to a boil over high heat.
  3. Reduce heat to low/simmer. Cover pot with a tight-fitting lid. Allow rice to simmer for 18-20 minutes, or until water is absorbed.
  4. Remove pot from heat. Wrap lid in a cotton towel. Place it back on the pot. Let rice sit undisturbed, away from heat, for 10-15 minutes. Lift lid. Fluff with a fork. Fold in lime juice and cilantro

MEAT MIXTURE

  1. Warm corn oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Pat the raw meat dry between paper towels. This will help prevent it from steaming. Add meat to the hot pan. With a metal or wooden spatula, smash it into an even layer. But don’t break up the meat just yet!
  2. Once edges are brown, flip it over in sections. Brown the second side. Break it up into little pieces. By waiting until this point to break up the meat, we’ve prevented the juices from quickly evaporating and creating steam. Steamed ground beef turns gray and develops a mealy texture. Our burrito bowl will feature juicy brown meat.  
  3. Once the beef is almost cooked through, drain off the fat. Add taco seasoning, water, and tomato sauce. Simmer 2 minutes over medium-low heat. 
  4. Fold in corn, black beans, and chiles. Simmer until sauce has thickened and veggies are warm. About 3 to 4 minutes. Do a taste test. If needed, add salt and pepper to taste. Sprinkle Monterey Jack cheese over the top. Fold it in. Let it melt.

ASSEMBLE BURRITO BOWL

  1. Line the bottom of a bowl with a thick layer of shredded lettuce.
  2. Add a scoop of rice, and a scoop of the ground beef (or chicken) mixture. 
  3. Add shredded cheese, grape tomatoes, avocado, olives, and snapped tortilla chips. If desired, drizzle the top with sour cream. 
  4. Serve with hot sauce or salsa, and juicy wedges of lime. 

Notes

  • WHAT GRIND OF BEEF IS BEST FOR THIS RECIPE? For a lean grind with the best flavor, 85/15 is a good choice. Leaner grinds will be dryer. To make the meat juicer, add a drizzle of corn oil.
  • WHY WRAP THE LID OF THE RICE POT IN A COTTON TOWEL? To prevent sticky rice. We want the individual grains of rice separate, soft and fluffy. A pot of freshly-cooked rice has a lot of steam. The cloth wrapped around the lid absorbs the steam while keeping the rice warm. Why not just remove the lid to let off the steam? When long-grain rice cools it hardens.
  • BURRITO BOWL MEAL PREP: Store cooked meat and rice in air-tight containers and refrigerate.  Later, when re-warming meat and rice, shred the lettuce. Slice avocado and tomatoes. To save time, use pre-shredded cheese. Assemble the bowls. Garnish as desired.
  • HOW TO BUILD A HEALTHIER BURRITO BOWL: For more fiber, use brown rice. To cut calories, select low-fat dairy options for cheese and sour cream. Or skip them completely. Replace corn with fajita-style bell peppers and onions. Grill them with heart-healthy Mazola Corn Oil.
  • HOW LONG DOES THIS RECIPE LAST IN THE FRIDGE? Stored in an air-tight container, a pre-assembled burrito bowl can stay fresh in the fridge for up to 3 days.  For the best taste and texture, separate fresh crisp ingredients from the warm ingredients (meat and rice). 
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Mexican, Tex-Mex

Keywords: Burrito Bowl, Healthy Burrito Bowl, Burrito Bowl Meal Prep

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Do you prefer make-ahead recipes, or cooking and serving meals the same day? What do you think about this healthy burrito bowl? Share your thoughts in the comments. I’d love to hear from you!

10 thoughts on “healthy burrito Bowl”

  1. I am absolutely loving the sound of this recipe! That beef mixture looks divine and I like the idea of having all the components of a burrito without the heavy carb wrap. Yum!

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  2. This looks so delicious and tasty! My boyfriend and I are going to love this recipe! So excited to give this a try!

    Reply
  3. I never thought to use jasmine rice for cilantro lime rice. That sounds so flavorful. The whole bowl looks delicious!

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