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Black Bean Burrito Bowls

March 25, 2017 (Last Updated: September 28, 2020)

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These Black Bean Burrito Bowls are perfect for lunch or dinner! No need for a tortilla for this burrito – just layers of chicken, rice, beans, tomatoes and lettuce with a lightly seasoned dressing.

A white bowl filled with black beans, rice, chicken, tomatoes and avocadoes.

I have recently fallen in love with burrito bowls! I don’t know what it is about them, but they are my new favorite.  These Black Bean Burrito Bowls are so delicious.

What is a burrito bowl?

Think about all your favorite ingredients served inside a burrito. Take all those yummy ingredients and layer them in a bowl and eat it like a salad! 

Rice, beans, chicken, lettuce and tomato served in a white bowl.

What ingredients do I need?

Maybe it’s the fact that they are filled with some of my absolute favorites; grilled chicken or shredded chicken , avocados, cilantro lime rice, and all my favorite toppings. It’s like eating a salad topped with your favorite burrito filling. These bowls are super versatile. If you don’t like an ingredient, leave it out.

If you don’t have something on hand, just substitute it for something else. Build these bowls the way you love them!

Chicken cooked and sliced on a cutting board.

What type of chicken do I use?

For this recipe, I seasoned and grilled a couple of chicken breasts. You could also use leftover rotisserie chicken or substitute your favorite meat. Want a vegetarian meal? Just omit the meat altogether.

Red onions, tomatoes, and rice in small bowls. I like to put all the ingredients out in little bowls and let everyone make their own burrito bowl. That way they get just what they want. The kids really like building their own and fill it with all their favorites.

You can use canned black beans or make your own Instant Pot Black Beans. 

Other Recipes with Black Beans:

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A white bowl with rice, tomatoes, chicken, red onions and avocado slices.

Black Bean Burrito Bowls

Rice, beans, and chicken served with fresh lettuce and veggies. 
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 45 mins
Course Dinner
Cuisine American, Mexican
Servings 6 People
Calories 281 kcal



  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

Other Ingredients

  • 1 can black beans (rinsed)
  • 1/2 teaspoon taco seasoning
  • 2 cups cooked rice
  • 3 cups lettuce (cut into bite sized pieces)
  • 1/2 cup tomatoes (chopped)
  • 1/4 cups red onions (chopped)
  • 1 whole avocado (sliced)
  • 1 cup Queso Fresco (crumbled)


  • 1 cup sour cream or plain yogurt
  • 1/2 teaspoon taco seasoning
  • 1/2 juice of lime



  • Season chicken and grill. Once cooked, cut into strips


  • Rinse and drain beans. Add to a sauce pan with taco seasoning. Heat just until warm. 


  • Combine sour cream, taco seasoning and lime juice together in a bowl. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Assemble Bowls

  • In individual bowls, place lettuce, beans, and rice. Top with tomatoes, onions, avocado and chicken. Drizzle dressing on top. 


Serve ingredients warm, rather than hot.
Bowls are versatile. Add your favorite ingredients: guacamole, salsa, corn, jalapenos, bell peppers, sauteed onions. 
Feel free to use your favorite type of dressing. 
Queso Fresco is a crumbly Mexican style cheese found in most grocery stores. You can also use shredded cheddar cheese or your favorite type of cheese. 


Calories: 281kcalCarbohydrates: 27gProtein: 25gFat: 7gSaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 62mgSodium: 343mgPotassium: 561mgFiber: 4gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 470IUVitamin C: 4.9mgCalcium: 142mgIron: 1.5mg
Keyword black beans and rice, burrito bowls, rice bowls
Tried this recipe?Leave a comment and let me know what you think.



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  • Reply
    Fred G
    February 12, 2019 at 10:27 am

    5 stars
    Great idea for tonight

  • Reply
    April 7, 2017 at 6:21 am

    YUM. I certainly know what’s for dinner!! I prefer burritos in bowl form too!

    • Reply
      April 7, 2017 at 4:08 pm

      You’ve gotta love a great burrito bowl!

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    [email protected]
    March 30, 2017 at 8:02 am

    My son Nicholas was the first one to introduce to me to a burrito bowl and I’ve never looked back! We will love this! Thanks for sharing!!

  • Reply
    Pamela @BrooklynFarmGirl
    March 30, 2017 at 6:04 am

    I love the colors this is such a great idea for a healthy effortless meal 

  • Reply
    Cheyanne @ No Spoon Necessary
    March 29, 2017 at 3:28 pm

    A few years ago I had a serious obsession with burrito bowls!! They are so gawsh darn delicious and pretty addictive if you ask me! These look perfect! Makes me want to hop in my kitchen and burrito bowl it up!! Cheers!

    • Reply
      March 30, 2017 at 5:43 am

      Thanks, Cheyanne!

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    [email protected]
    March 29, 2017 at 12:29 pm

    I’m with you! I love a good burrito bowl! These look sooo good!! I wish I was having for dinner tonight!

    • Reply
      March 30, 2017 at 5:44 am

      We are having them for dinner tonight!

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