Burrito Bowls


Burrito Bowls // Shutterbean

I’m starting a new series here called EVERYDAY EATS  because I really want  to show you my quick/easy/go-to meals that we enjoy on weeknights at home.  These posts won’t be photographed step-by-step like my other formal recipes because Ain’t Nobody Got Time For That!  The best part is that most of these meals will take less than 30 minutes to make. My goal is to give you some meal inspiration while I keep track of what we enjoy at home. It’s easy for me to forget what we’ve enjoyed, so it’s my hope that by the end of the year I’ll have a whole lineup of weeknight meals I can reference. Let’s do this!

We start with BURRITO Bowls. I made these for my brother-in-law & nephew last week. We almost opted to go out to dinner or order takeout because I didn’t really feel like cooking at the end of the day, but then I realized that it’s been a long time since I cooked for Casey’s brother, James and my nephew Spencer was in town  so I sucked it up and made us dinner!

My objective was to feed hungry DUDES quickly on a weeknight and the dudes in Casey’s family are all about rice, beans & meat. If I was making this for myself, I’d probably add kale to my black beans and maybe grill some chicken or shrimp instead doing the taco meat thing. I might even turn it into a salad while everyone else is eating rice! The point is, you can make it your own way & adapt like mad!  You can also go heavy in one department and light in another. My personal servings always contain less carbs & more vegetables. The dudes in my family are on the opposite spectrum. Duuuuudes!

Also- Cilantro Limeade is a great pairing with this!

Burrito Bowls

serves 4-5

MAIN COMPONENTS:

  • “Spanish Rice”
  • Taco Meat
  • Quick & Easy Black Beans

“SPANISH RICE”– This is my VERY LOSE interpretation of Spanish rice.

I made a batch of white basmati rice (about 3 cups!) in our rice cooker  (best wedding present ever BTW!). When completed, I stirred in about 1/3 cup medium chunky salsa to the mix. If you use a chunky salsa, it’s nice to have tomato, green chiles and onions in the rice. Hello texture & flavor! I added a few dashes of hot sauce to spice it up and then I let it hang out in the rice cooker until I was ready to assemble the bowls. Chopped cilantro is a welcomed addition to this spanish rice. It makes it taste even better. This takes about 30 minutes or so.

TACO MEAT

I browned  1lb. ground beef  in a skillet over medium heat, I drained the fat and then added a packet of taco seasoning, 1/2 cup water, half of a chopped yellow onion, and cooked until done water was reduced and onions were translucent. 10 minutes total.

QUICK & EASY BLACK BEANS

On the stove, I emptied a 15 oz. can of black beans, added 1/2 diced yellow onion, two cloves chopped garlic, 1/4 cup chopped cilantro, 1 teaspoon  ground cumin, 1 teaspoon dried oregano and a few dashes of hot sauce into a medium saucepan. I let that cook on the stove over medium heat for about 10 minutes until beans broke down, making sure to stir constantly. Finish with salt & pepper! It’s actually better if you don’t rinse your beans out before you cook them. And if you find them too thick, add a little bit of water while you’re cooking.

TOPPINGS:

  • 1 1/2 cups shredded cheese
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded lettuce
  • 1 cup chopped cherry tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup sour cream or Greek yogurt
  • 1 chopped avocado
  • 1/2 cup salsa
  • hot sauce
  • 1/2 cup chopped cilantro
  • fresh lime juice

(these are rough estimates but make sure you have at least these amounts…)

ASSEMBLY:

In a bowl, layer the rice, scoop on black beans & taco meat. Add the cheese on top, so it will melt  from the heat of everything below and follow with your favorite toppings. Sour cream & hot sauce are a must!

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  • Krissy
    August 7, 2013

    This might be my favorite series yet! Quick easy ideas that are flexible is super important for me (as a mom who works full time and has to feed a sometimes picky two year old, a meat and potatoes husband and a not yet eating newborn. Oh, and me!). Can’t wait to see what you cook up Tracy!

  • August 7, 2013

    What a good idea. Looking forward to your recipees in this serie.
    Can use some quick weekdays after work inspiration.

  • Manja
    August 7, 2013

    You just made me a happier wife, Tracy! Seriously! I really love cooking (and my husband is seriously into eating ;) ) but there are days where I just don’t feel like standing in the kitchen forever and I am always really busy and have a tight schedule. This series is such an awesome idea and so helpful. Thanks a thousand times! Plus, those Burrito Bowls looks really delicious.

  • August 7, 2013

    burrito bowls are the BEST! love this.

  • August 7, 2013

    as always, thanks lady!

  • this series will be fantastic because I am all about 30 minutes or less. On a side note- Spanish rice idea sounds soo good. Im looking ffwd for more recipes like this one.

  • Shawna Greenway
    August 7, 2013

    We call this Taco Bowl at our house and I stole the idea from Radio Alice’s Morning show host, Vinnie Hasson. But yours is much fancier! I’m going to try this tonight – I’m sure the kids will dig the change because we have taco bowl at least once a week.

  • Great idea for a series! Like you, I often find myself to mentally drained to cook at the end of a long day. This looks doable though!

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  • August 7, 2013

    Burrito bowls are the best!! So quick and easy, but still amazingly delicious!

    Love the new series and think it is so fun! I so excited to see you everyday eats!

  • August 7, 2013

    I freaking LOVE burrito bowls. Mine always end up becoming nachos once I break out the tortilla chips, and I eat way too much. But that’s ok :) Can’t wait to see more Everyday Eats!

  • August 7, 2013

    Burrito bowls are a easy go-to dinner when we are short on time in the evenings. Especially now that I can find steamed in the bag brown rice in the freezer section of all my favorite grocery stores.

    I love the idea of Everyday Eats!

  • Jenny K
    August 7, 2013

    Yes!! So excited about this new series!! It’s sometimes hard to gather inspiration for fun family meal. It was actually your burrito bowl picture on instagram last week that inspired our burrito bowls on Friday night. Ha ha! Thank you Tracy! :)

  • August 7, 2013

    Yay!! I’ve been wanting to know about your spanish rice! :) Thanks for sharing and I can tell you right now, this series is going to be great. You will have something to reference and the rest of us will have a kick in the pants to just get in the kitchen even when we don’t feel like it! :)

  • August 7, 2013

    I saw you post this on Instagram last week, and I immediately went into a strong bout of food envy. I’ve been looking through your website for a recipe for spanish rice, so this is perfect! We’ve been really into making breakfast tacos around here lately (charring the tortillas a la Tracy!!) but like you said, I’d rather add more veggies into this mix than carbs. Def going to give this a whirl!

  • jenny
    August 7, 2013

    great idea, tracy! I work at home, and it’s funny, after being home all day, sometimes the last thing I want to do is be home for dinner, too. but being on a tight budget means that I need to suck it up and get in the kitchen almost every night. this series will definitely help inspire me. :)

  • Amy
    August 7, 2013

    Love this! Well done, friend!

  • Jamie Ratcliffe
    August 7, 2013

    Move over Jamie Oliver…it’s all about Shutterbean’s 30 minute meals now! :)

    I’m really going to like this series!
    Thank you
    Jamie x

    • Tracy
      August 7, 2013

      Hahahaaaa!! I just love him.

  • Emily
    August 7, 2013

    Tracy–Love the idea for this series! Keep ‘em coming!! This burrito bowl is a much easier version than the super-bloggy kind that I found somewhere last year (it involved a complicated “pesto”, a complicated guac, a jillion seasonings on diced chicken, etc…super good, but I dirtied every single pan in our kitchen making it).

  • August 7, 2013

    Love this, love this, love this. I’ll happily stick my head in 17 bowls.

  • Jamie
    August 7, 2013

    Tracy – I’m curious why you say it’s better not to rinse your beans before cooking? Do you mean you don’t even drain out the liquid?

    Love this new series idea, by the way!

    • Tracy
      August 7, 2013

      I learned it from Molly Wizenberg. It actually makes it more saucy- and refried bean like. You just must make sure you don’t add salt because it’s already salty.

  • August 7, 2013

    I’m looking forward to this series, everyone loves quick and easy meals. I’ve tried many of yours and always found them tasty, healthy and delicious.

  • August 7, 2013

    I think I’m going to love this series! Some variation on a burrito bowl is a go-to for me, too. Can’t wait to see what meals you post about going forward. I love your “formal” recipes and step by step photos, but sometimes a quick idea is all you need.

  • Reynaul
    August 7, 2013

    I’m excited for this series! Can’t wait for more!

  • August 7, 2013

    As someone who uses your Instagram feed for meal planning inspiration, I am very VERY happy with these new series. Thank you.

    :-) x

  • August 7, 2013

    this is one of my go-to meals, as well! I love how customizable burrito bowls are…plus, leftovers in the fridge means even easier lunch! Also, I love feeding dudes…it’s so rewarding! PS, I love, loved that photo when I saw it on Instagram!

  • Marie
    August 7, 2013

    Ah I am excited for this series! This will be dinner tonight for sure! I bet I could make it with chicken instead of beef too right? Yum! :)

  • Hilda
    August 7, 2013

    I just found your blog today. Love this idea and it looks really easy to do. It might replace my frequent stops to Chipotle. Yum, yum! :)

  • August 7, 2013

    Great idea! I’m already planning what to make for dinner tonight and was considering tacos, so I may go this route rather than using tortillas. And I will totally add grilled corn to the toppings – love grilled corn with mexi-type dishes.

  • Lisa
    August 7, 2013

    Love this series! So excited!

  • Marie
    August 7, 2013

    I’m really excited for this series since I’m always trying to come up with quick things to make for dinner to avoid going out and grabbing something (this happens way too often when I just don’t feel like cooking after a long day…). I love your recipes so I can’t wait to see what you come up with for the rest of this series. The burrito bowls look awesome and my husband will LOVE them :)

  • Sarah
    August 7, 2013

    Just made this for dinner! After getting a second serving I remembered that I did something similar already in the past and totally forgot about it. (HOW could I forget about that…)
    Thanks for the inspiration!

  • Lee
    August 7, 2013

    Love this series!
    Thanks for the quick ideas. I really like the “Spanish rice” idea that doesn’t take forever.

  • August 7, 2013

    I’m excited about this series! Sometimes a girl likes to bust out a whole new recipe but sometimes she wants to go to the ole standby. I like knowing what everyone else uses as their standbys.

  • Rikki
    August 7, 2013

    Perfect. I have a 2 month old baby and a husband working crazy amounts of overtime, so all our dinners are currently 30 minutes or less. I prefer making as much from scratch as possible, so this series will be a godsend to us!

    I appreciate how REAL you are, Tracy.

  • melissa
    August 7, 2013

    super excited for your weeknight meals!!! i am always looking for ideas!! thanks!

  • August 7, 2013

    I think that new series “EVERYDAY EATS” will be epic, speed meals – without too much work. Time is money – and I will save that with your help. Thanks.

  • Jenn P
    August 7, 2013

    I LOVE this series!! I have a three year old and she runs me ragged. Some days I need a quick dinner idea. Thank you!!

  • Mary
    August 7, 2013

    Tracy, this series is right up my alley! I can’t wait to read, thanks!!

  • August 7, 2013

    What a great idea! I am always struggling to come up with easy quick dinners. Thanks!

  • August 7, 2013

    Love this idea of weeknight “real” eats. It’s easy to think of something like this that’s just thrown together as not worth blogging about, but it’s the kind of cooking I think most people do. And I know I for sure love getting 30-minute meal inspiration!
    Thanks!

  • August 8, 2013

    Burrito bowls are always a winner for me. Another great way to clean out the fridge with the toppings.

  • Love this new series! Never had a burrito bowl before but it’s so quick and easy I may have to now.

  • August 8, 2013

    To cut the seasoning step, you could add Joy’s Taco seasoning. I tripled her recipe and have it on my seasoning shelf.

  • August 8, 2013

    One of our go to meals!

  • August 8, 2013

    As a new mom I could sure use some easy eats!! This burrito bowl is going on my meal plan for this week!

  • Yes!!!! I am going to love this new series!!! Thanks Tracy!

  • August 8, 2013

    I love the idea you have for the fast recipes. This one looks and sounds absolutely yummy! I love easy!

  • Kimberly
    August 8, 2013

    Made this tonight for the family- all I have to say is YUM- SO delicious!! Definitely going to be making this on a regular basis- Thank you!!

    • Tracy
      August 9, 2013

      FANTASTIC!!!!!! I’m so glad you loved it!

  • Jenny
    August 8, 2013

    Thank you so much for launching this section as we head into the new school year! I’m excited to try these and the freezer burritos, too!

  • August 8, 2013

    I’m so excited about this Everyday Eats series! I’m sure that I’m not alone in the opinion that keeping things easy and interesting during the week can get really difficult, so the inspiration is much appreciated!

  • I make burrito bowls for myself all the time. As a gluten-free vegetarian, it’s an easy way for me to get all my fats, proteins, and carbs all-in-one! Love these :) Actually making one for myself tonight hehe!

  • Sarah
    August 10, 2013

    Just made this for dinner and my sister declared the yummiest dinner ever! Mmmmm burrito bowls will be on menu again. Thanks

  • Jen
    August 10, 2013

    Very excited about this new series!

  • August 11, 2013

    super delish. making this week, for sure. First thought when I saw the photo was, good one to feed the hungry hubs, too, which, of course was your point, too! Love.

  • Love the idea of turning this into a salad. So easy and delicious!

  • August 12, 2013

    This is such a perfect series!! Can’t wait for more!

  • August 13, 2013

    Thank You for this series!! With school coming it is just what the Doctor ordered!

  • Val
    August 14, 2013

    I made this last night – and it was delicious, such an easy weeknight dinner. I’m trying to lose some weight, so this was a perfect meal. More rice and meat for my husband, more veggies for me. Thank you for starting this series, I already know this meal is going to be in the dinner rotation at our house.

  • Ellie
    August 16, 2013

    This was seriously delicious. Used steak tips instead of ground beef, and it came out really well. Thank you!

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