What is a Burrito Bowl?

Burrito bowls are all the rage right now, and for good reason. They’re tasty and easy to customize to your preferences.

In a world where complex carbs are considered the enemy, burrito bowls give you the option of creating a protein heavy burrito-like meal without the flour-based tortilla.

That’s not to say that there are no carbs in a burrito bowl. Most of them are served over a bed of white or brown rice, but there are certain keto or paleo bowls out there that don’t do this.

Basically put, a burrito bowl includes everything you would find in your average Tex-Mex burrito, but laid out in a bowl.

A lot of people are choosing burrito bowls as a “healthier” option for meal times, especially those who are avoiding gluten.

You can get burrito bowls in a variety of different restaurants. And it’s not just limited to Tex-Mex places.

Several Asian Fusion establishments have taken to creating sushi bowls, which feature all the elements of traditional sushi rolls in a bowl. There’s also the Buddha Bowl, which is a large round bowl with whole grains, roasted veggies, dressing, and a protein.

But burrito bowls are becoming more and more popular with the modern audience. That’s partly for health reasons and partly because it’s an entire full course meal laid out in one bowl.

Getting a Burrito Bowl While Dining Out

There are plenty of options for you if you’re looking to get a burrito bowl through takeout or when dining in at a restaurant.

The most obvious location that springs to everyone’s mind when discussing burrito bowls is Chipotle. They kind of put burrito bowls on the map. Of course, there’s also Chipotle’s chief rivals, Moe’s Southwest Grill and QDOBA.

Sushi bowls are really becoming popular now as well. Most modern sushi locations will have a variety of bowls available. Sushi burritos have become more common lately, so it stands to reason that sushi burrito bowls make sense as well. The Sus Hi Eatstation in Orlando Florida has become locally famous for their amazing bowls and burritos.

But it’s not just takeout locations that are excelling in the burrito bowl universe as of late. Most restaurants that feature some kind of burrito will also gladly make a burrito bowl, so it’s easy to find.

Making a Burrito Bowl at Home

Burrito bowls are becoming so popular that people are starting to make them at home. It’s a fun and easy meal that’s a sure crowd-pleaser, especially for weeknights.

If it has been a long day at work, you’re getting home, and you don’t feel like cooking anything extravagant, a burrito bowl is the answer to your prayers!

Simply cook up a few different meats, some rice, some different beans, and chop up some veggies. You can lay them all out and let everyone create their own bowl.

You can even use leftovers to create your bowls on nights that are particularly strapped for time. Reheat some of yesterday’s chicken or fish alongside some rice and veggies and encourage your family to create their ultimate burrito bowl.

This is also a perfect option for families that have a bunch of picky eaters who all like different things.

Everyone’s nutritional needs are met because everyone is creating their own bowl.

Burrito bowls are a hit at parties as well. If you’re having a large gathering at your house, it’s easy to lay out a bunch of veggies, rice, and proteins for everyone to mix and match.

You’re letting your guests have great food while also exploring their own creativity, making their own custom bowl that they can then contrast and compare with others.

Finish With Some Sauce

Of course, if you’re creating burrito bowls, you have to have the right sauces and extras.

Consider laying out some sour cream, first and foremost. You’re also going to want some shredded cheese and hot sauce. Any kind of sriracha or chipotle sauce works really well.

Some other ideas to try include:

  • Russian Dressing
  • White Sauce
  • Soy Sauce
  • Teriyaki Sauce
  • Barbecue Sauce
  • Yum Yum Sauce
  • Queso
  • Salsa
  • And of course GUACAMOLE!

If you’re going to be making burrito bowls at home, we want to hear about it! What proteins are you using? Which veggies are you including? Have you ever created burrito bowls at a party before? If so, how did it go?

Sound off in the comment section below and let us know!

Burrito bowls are all the rage right now, and for good reason. They\'re tasty and easy to customize to your preferences.
Burrito bowls are all the rage right now, and for good reason. They\'re tasty and easy to customize to your preferences.

Kevin Kessler

Kevin J. Kessler is an experienced professional writer and published author living in Orlando, Florida. With a lifelong passion for food, this sandwich loving Italian boy enjoys exploring unanswered questions about the foods we all know and love so well. Kevin’s foodie lifestyle was born through his love of Walt Disney World and the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival. A lover of stories, he enjoys trying new dishes from all over the world and learning everything there is to know about where food comes from, how its prepared, and what variations on it exist.