Southwest Burrito Bowl Recipe

Southwest Burrito Bowl

If you know me, you know I love anything Mexican, Southwest, Tex Mex…anything with spice, cheese, sour cream, all of it equals yum. I could eat it every single day and not get sick of it. This is a great recipe for someone looking to count a bit of calories since there are no tortillas used in this post which is where a lot of hidden calories and carbs are hiding. A deconstructed burrito, like a burrito bowl is definitely the way to go and a crowd or a family pleaser!


1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts, diced into bite sized pieces

3 tablespoon of olive oil

1/4 cup of diced yellow onion

1 cup of uncooked extra-long grain rice

1 – 14.5 oz can of diced tomatoes, drained

1 – 15oz can of black beans, drained and rinsed

1/2 teaspoon of garlic powder

1/2 teaspoon of chili powder

1 teaspoon of cumin

2 1/2 cups of low-sodium chicken broth

2 cups of colby jack, monterey jack or cheddar cheese

kosher salt and pepper

freshly diced tomatoes

diced green onions

sour cream, guacamole, avocado, sriracha – all optional as garnish



-Sauté onions in 2 tablespoon of olive oil until they start to soften.

-Season diced chicken with 1 teaspoon of salt and 1/2 teaspoon of black pepper.

-Add chicken to pan and cook over medium high heat until chicken has started to brown.

Chicken and Rice

-Move chicken to one side of pan, in the other side of the pan add an additional tablespoon of olive oil and sauté uncooked rice for about 2 minutes or just until grains start to turn golden brown.

-Stir in black beans, canned tomatoes, chicken broth, garlic powder, chili powder and cumin.

During Process

-Bring to a simmer, cover and reduce heat to low.

-Cook about 20 minutes or until rice is tender.

Burrito Bowl 2

-Season with additional salt and pepper as needed.

-Sprinkle with cheese, add lid back on and let set for 2-3 minutes off heat to melt cheese.

-Garnish with fresh tomatoes, green onions, sour cream, guacamole, avocado, and MY favorite sriracha!




  1. Emily Endrizzi says:

    Oooh! I will definitely be trying this! Thanks for sharing.

  2. Thanks so much for the terrific recipe on Southwest Burrito Bowl! It looks fantastic! It also sounds very tasty as well! It seems simple enough to make and I’m sure everyone will just love it! I have copied the recipe down to use when I get to the store and get chicken. I believe I have everything else in my pantry. Thanks again for sharing this fantastic recipe with all of us! I honestly do appreciate it! Michele 🙂

  3. This looks and sounds so good. My family would love this. Thank you so much for sharing

  4. barbara langley says:

    Love this idea,sounds so good thank you

  5. This looks so yummy I am always looking for new and exciting recipes to serve up to my family. It get so old having the same thing all the time. Thanks for sharing.

  6. Think looks good. We love burritos at our house. Thanks for the recipes.

  7. That looks like a good recipe. I love Mexican food. At least Taco Bell Mexican which I doubt is too authentic. I would use ground beef instead of chicken. I’m going to pin this to try next week.

  8. laura rubenstein says:

    OMG that looks absolutely delicious! I love Burritos YUM

  9. Karen Jaras says:

    Love this, I will have to double check to make sure I can get it all made gluten-free.

  10. adrienne z says:

    this looks very good,and looks like it’s easy to make. my son loves beans and rice, so we will be trying this1

  11. Wow I look good must try to fix this thanks for shared

  12. wow the recioe looks simply delicious and a perfect one for lunch. my family loves burrito bowls as that helps in filling the stomach and i like that how all the ingredients of this recipe have blended so well in it.

  13. Oh my! I’m drooling! That looks so delicious! I’m gonna head to the store so I can try this tonight!

    Thanks for sharing!
    The MAMA Gazette

  14. Karen Jaras says:

    Anyone try this with something other than rice?

  15. Cathy Philipps says:

    This sounds great! (minus the beans!)

  16. I am definitely going to make me one of these. It look so good.

  17. I tried this recipe for dinner. It’s very good. I made mine a bit spicier. I love hot, spicy food.

  18. Yummy this looks great and sounds like a nice balance of mexican spices. A great stick to your ribs kind of meal. Thanks for sharing, I’m going to try it.


  20. Sandy Cain says:

    You know, this actually looks pretty good to me. I lived in Nevada for a few years, and the “Mexican” food I ate there really turned me off. It seemed like everything was blanketed with balck olives and cilantro, and that’s all I could taste. But I think I’m going to try this – it might make me appreciate this cuisine again!! Pinned & planned – and thanks!

  21. Marnie G (Derrick Todd) says:

    Yum!!!!! These looks GREAT! I’m adding this recipe to my “to make” list.

  22. I like the Southern Burrito Bowl. It sounds great and looks easy. I cook for one so I try to look for healthy and easy.

  23. cheryl lister says:

    This sounds delicious! I like how it all cooks together in one pan.

  24. We love Burrito’s at our house. This sounds like a great recipe. I will be giving this a try

  25. Pam Sohan says:

    I’m with you I love Tex Mex food. This looks really yummy. I think I might have pinned it too.

  26. Wow, this looks awesome! The perfect comfort food for a cold winter’s night!

  27. Debbie Welchert says:

    What a wonderful recipe. It looks and sounds delicious. I love that I already have all of the ingredients so I can try it right away. This looks like a meal that will be made over and over again.

  28. I don’t like the tortilla part of burritos so this is ideal for me.

    slehan at juno dot com

  29. This is one I want to make. It does look yum!

  30. I love this type of food. Thanks for the recipe. I will try this out on my husband.

  31. Jo-Ann Brightman says:

    This looks delicious. I might substitute turmeric for the cumin and perhaps a mixture of wild or brown rice with the long grain rice.

  32. This looks delicious, and I like how it is easy to make, not tons of dishes and pans – wow!

  33. This is such a good basic recipe. You can change the meat used. And also serve it different ways. It should make everyone happy. Use a taco shell, tortilla wrap or serve over rice or green salad.

  34. This looks so good that I’m going to add items to my grocery list so I can make it ! Thank you for sharing it !!

  35. I love Mexican food and the Southwest Burrito Bowl has great ingredients in it. But what I most appreciate is that it can be made in one pan. My husband cooks and I clean up and this would be so much easier than what we do for Burrito Bowls.

  36. M.Clark says:

    Yum, this is definitely something that I would eat. Thank you for sharing this recipe.

  37. Lisa Coomer Queen says:

    This Southwest Burrito Bowl sounds amazing! I will definitely be trying this. Thanks for the recipe.

  38. Avocados are on sale this week so I’ll for sure add some to this.

    slehan at juno dot com

  39. David Fultner says:

    This looks reaaly tasty and not too bad on calories.

  40. Deb E (@debbieeland) says:

    Looks like a great meal in the making. Most everyone loves burritos.

  41. David Fultner says:

    I like that it cuts back on calories.

  42. I love those cheese blends cheddar is good too. These have a creamier texture and taste. I sometimes use a shell and heat it with nothing but cheese.

  43. lisa ward says:

    Love this healthy recipe and looks yummy..

  44. Love, love this recipe. I’m making it tonight. :). I’ve made something similar so I know this will go over big. Thaanks for sharing.
    Carol L
    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

  45. I love this recipe! I hardly ever make Mexican dishes because I think they would be too difficult, this one is very easy! I will be trying this very soon 🙂

  46. I have picky eaters but this looks like something they would eat and like.iam gonna try this thanks

  47. md kennedy says:

    I love “bowls” and I appreciate that you left out the tortilla. I can see me making this with TVP instead of chicken for meat-free Monday!

  48. This looks delicious! Thank you for sharing. I am looking forward to making this for my family.

  49. This looks delicious! I like that you cook the rice along with the rest of the dish.

  50. Jodi Armstrong says:

    mmm we eat a lot of southwest food here. I love to see new ideas!! i need to get more avocados!!!

  51. I love one dish meals that are simple and tasty I think yhis is a great one for me to try thanks for sharing the recipie

  52. Stacy Fields says:

    This looks amazing! We eat quite a bit of Tex Mex in my home too! I cook separately for my kids/hubby & myself, I’m a vegetarian so I would make mine without the chicken & sub veggie stock! Thanks!

  53. laura rubenstein says:

    OMG this looks freaking delicious! I LOVE Mexican! I am going to have to make this 🙂

  54. we are a mexican recipe lover! anything with a bit of spice, with beans and rice, everything but the burrito wraps. this sounds delicious, and i know my family will eat it.

  55. I will give this a try the brown rice is dry but i like you got the white rice

  56. irinagrishina says:

    Looks delicious. Will have to make it this week.

  57. Michelle S says:

    This looks really delicious! Not sure my family would like it but it might be good for my lunchbox for a week.

  58. I want to add lots of avocados. And top it with sour cream.
    slehan at juno dot com

  59. Angela Warren says:

    This burrito bowl looks YUMMY and seems as though it’s easy to make. We love Mexican food in this house so this is a MUST to try ASAP.

  60. Thank you for sharing the recipe for the Southwest Burrito Bowl. It looks delicious!

  61. Tamra Phelps says:

    My oldest nephew is 9 & he loves burritos. I’ll try this recipe out on him!

  62. Looks simple to make but very good. Thanks for sharing. I love southwest flavored food. It’s one of the families favorites.

  63. I love burritos! This looks really good, thanks for posting!

  64. Pam V H says:

    Thanks, because I serve burritos quite often, and I want to try a new and different way to cook with those ingredients.

  65. This looks sooooo good! Thanks for sharing!!

  66. nicole dziedzic says:

    Burrito bowl! Um, yes please! lol This look so good! I love the touch of the avocado! Great meal anytime!

  67. Tina Truex says:

    This sounds yummy! We love Tex Mex sounds like something we used to get at Don Panchos in town. They closed recently. So now I can make this at home. Thanks!

  68. Reminds me of my hubby’s favorite tex-mex restaurant in his home-town. I’ll have to give it a try.

  69. Thanks so much for sharing your recipe on Southwest Burrito Bowl Recipe! It does look very good! I know that you and your family are into the spicy Mexican food. I can make this but substitute a few things here and there so it’s not overly spicy! This way the Hubby and kids will eat it! Thanks for the great recipe and for sharing it with us! I honestly do appreciate it! Thanks again! Michele 🙂

  70. This recipe looked very good, I am going to make tomorrow, and I thank you for the share.

  71. Elizabeth Tarlow says:

    Thanks for this fabulous Burrito Bowl recipe! I will definitely be making it real soon! Yum…wish I had a bowl right now 🙂 Pinning it!

  72. This sounds pretty good. It can probably be made with ground beef or steak too. Pretty much anything you like.

  73. vannia vanderspek says:

    Seriously this had my mouth watering! I am always looking for new ways to
    “spice” up my rice and beans that I have lying around the house now I found one and it looks amazing !!!!!!!!!!

  74. Dandi D says:

    Our family loves burrito bowls. We eat them at least once a week in our house!

  75. SaraAB87 says:

    This looks like an awesome bowl meal!

  76. Samantha Wagner says:

    This looks awesome, I will definitely be borrowing this recipe.

  77. Spicy, cheesy, meaty and add sour cream. I love it. I may use slightly different ingredients, but, it’s all good.

  78. Lisa Coomer Queen says:

    This Southwest Burrito Bowl looks like something my husband will love. Thanks for sharing the recipe. I have already pinned it.

  79. You know, I love this lately. It’s avocado season too and that always makes it special. Sometimes you just don’t want the tortilla.

  80. Linda Manns Linneman says:

    This looks like a great meal. I think my family would really like this. Thank you so much for sharing

  81. This looks so good! I also could eat Mexican every day, it’s so delicious. Thanks for sharing this recipe. I love the idea of no tortilla.

  82. Carissa joslyn says:

    this looks good! I wonder how it would taste with ground beef??!

  83. This looks amazing!! I can’t wait to try it!! x)

  84. This looks so good! I don’t know why I’ve never made these type bowls at home before…I love to order them when I go out! Thank you for sharing this recipe. I’m going to put this on the menu for next week!

  85. Linda Manns Linneman says:

    This recipe is a hit for my family. I really appreciate you sharing this. Thank you so much for sharing

  86. I LOVE Mexican food & that means Burritos too. I never had them in a bowl, but I’m willing to give it a try! It really looks GREAT & I appreciate the picture of all the necessary ingredients!

  87. This looks yummy. I love Mexican/Tex Mex foods.

  88. This is pretty much what I’ve been eating for the past two days. Rice and beans. It’s healthy and filling. At this point, even though it’s good, I’d give anything for a grilled hamburger. I need to go shopping!

  89. johnhutchens1 says:

    The southwest burrito bowl sounds delicious. The recipe looks pretty quick and simple to make which is nice. I will be trying this recipe.

  90. I love Mexican food and Southwestern flavors. This burrito bowl sounds amazing!

  91. Ooh, my husband would be excited to have this sometime! I love that this is easy and filling!

  92. Thank you for sharing this recipe, we love burrito bowls.

  93. David Fultner says:

    This looks great. i love on the fly ideas.

  94. I like recipes where you can use left overs and make a meal of it.As always, whenever I see a recipe I change it up to suit our tastes, We have a very similar version.

  95. Tamra Phelps says:

    We love Mexican foods around here! This looks like a pretty tasty dish.

  96. I love refried beans. I could eat them everyday. Especially with Mexican bled cheese and hot sauce. It’s filling and a fairly healthy meal.

  97. I’ve never thought to make burrito bowls at home. Nice switch from a plain old burrito.

  98. Edna Williams says:

    I will love to use that! Love beans and rice!

  99. I’ve never had a burrito although apparently they’re all the rage in Dublin only 2 hours away but I like anything that can be cooked in one pan!

  100. Dotty J Boucher says:

    I am loving this dish, I don’t think I have ever tried a dish like this but from the pictures you have here , it looks delicious! I am going to give this a trying out.

  101. Cindy S. says:

    Oh wow….this has so many ingredients that I love. I will try this for sure!

  102. Olivine Eyes says:

    That looks so good, I want one right now! I love all the ingredients, except cheese. That won’t be one mine.

  103. This is a recipe you want to make over and over, everyone loves, especially me!

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