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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. 

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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
    Anu - My Ginger Garlic Kitchen
    March 28, 2017 at 7:10 am

    I love burrito bowls but I don’t know why I don’t make them often. Love these protein-packed black beans burrito bowls. My husband loves black beans, so would try them for my husband.

    • Reply
      March 30, 2017 at 5:44 am

      We eat a lot of black beans in our house, but any type of bean could be used.

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    Nicoletta @sugarlovespices
    March 27, 2017 at 10:12 am

    We don’t do bowls that often but love the idea that you can have all your favorite ingredients and build something delicious! This burrito bowl looks so appetizing, only no chicken for me, but there are black beans and it is perfect!

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      March 28, 2017 at 4:48 am

      These bowls would be perfect then! Everyone gets to put their favorite ingredients in their own bowl!

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    Mary Ann | The Beach House Kitchen
    March 27, 2017 at 8:52 am

    My son Casey turned me onto burrito bowls Kathy! I just love them and love that you can add whatever you want. Love the black beans! A beautiful protein packed meal!

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      March 28, 2017 at 4:49 am

      Super delicious too!

  • Reply
    March 27, 2017 at 7:40 am

    I love these too! I especially love that you can mix and match the ingredients to suit your taste or mood. So pretty!

    • Reply
      March 28, 2017 at 4:49 am

      Match them to your mood or what you have on hand!

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    David @ Spiced
    March 27, 2017 at 6:04 am

    Oh man, I love a good burrito bowl, too, Kathy! They are so easy to customize to your favorite flavors…and what’s not to love about fresh, tasty food? Extra cilantro lime rice for me, please!

    • Reply
      March 28, 2017 at 4:50 am

      I could eat a bowl of the cilantro lime rice all by itself! 🙂

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    Dawn - Girl Heart Food
    March 27, 2017 at 4:52 am

    I love burrito bowls too! These look so delicious, fresh and bright! I could probably eat one every day and I love how you can mix it up and you can have a different variation every day. That dressing sounds lovely too 🙂 Would love this for lunch today!

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      March 28, 2017 at 4:50 am

      So perfect for lunch….everyday! 🙂

  • Reply
    March 26, 2017 at 8:56 pm

    Wow, what a great idea. Aside from the avocado (and I suck at choosing good ones), I have most of the other ingredients. I imagine you could substitute other types of beans as well.

    • Reply
      March 27, 2017 at 4:48 am

      You bet! Use what you have on hand….and you can leave off the avocado!

  • Reply
    March 26, 2017 at 3:13 pm

    Love all the fresh, healthy ingredients and bright colors!! Perfect for lunch or dinner 🙂

    • Reply
      March 27, 2017 at 4:51 am

      Sometimes I add more fresh veggies which makes it even healthier.

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    Fran @ G'day Souffle'
    March 25, 2017 at 1:43 pm

    Yum, I know why I’d like this dish- because all of the carbs. Just give me a warm tortilla and I’d lap it all up- well done!

    • Reply
      March 26, 2017 at 12:23 pm

      Thanks, Fran! It would be delicious rolled into a tortilla!

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    Geraldine |Green Valley Kitchen
    March 25, 2017 at 10:49 am

    5 stars
    Yay for black bean burrito bowls, Kathy! I love to add a little grated pepper jack cheese also. This is a Sunday favorite of mine – then I can take the leftovers wrapped up in a burrito for lunch the next day. Delicious!

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      March 26, 2017 at 12:31 pm

      Pepper jack cheese would be perfect on this burrito bowl. One of my favorite things about these bowls is they are so versatile.

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