Skip the takeout food and make your own Fajita Burrito Bowls from scratch! These amazing bowls have all your Mexican favorites like homemade salsa, grilled fajita veggies, Mexican rice, black beans, and grilled chicken or carne asada if you wish.
When it comes to food in my house, my husband and I each have our own way of eating our favorite foods. He always transforms his food into a handheld – a sandwich or a wrap of some sort. MY favorite thing to do is make a bowl. Whether it’s Mexican food or my Mediterranean favorites like rice, kubideh, salad shirazi, tzatziki sauce, and hummus, I layer everything in a bowl and call it my “party on a plate”.
Since I already make The Best Mexican Rice and have delicious recipes for Smoky Slow Cooker Mexican Black Beans, and Easy Homemade Salsa, I decided to do what I do best…make a bowl; specifically, I wanted to take a restaurant-inspired order of fajitas complete with rice, beans, salsa, grilled meat and veggies and turn it into a Fajita Burrito Bowl. If you don’t eat meat, simply omit the grilled meat and you have a delicious vegetarian Fajita Burrito Bowl.
I love everything inside this bowl so much, I would be hard-pressed to pick a couple favorites. It really does need everything in it to be complete. The grilled onions and peppers give the bowl a nice crunch with great grill flavor, the Mexican rice is, well, perfect Mexican rice, so it has to be in there. The black beans are smoky and spicy, add a different texture, and let’s not forget about all the health benefits of beans – they’re high in protein and fiber and could be a great meat replacement if you’re vegetarian. The salsa is fresh, cold, and spicy, and I always top my Mexican rice with it anyways. Seriously, all you need is an avocado or some guacamole and a little bit of sour cream. This is a fantastic vegetarian meal, but if you prefer some meat in your bowl, check out my recipes for Cilantro Lime Grilled Chicken or The Best Carne Asada.
I approached this meal in staggered steps to reduce the amount of time I would be standing in the kitchen at one time, so I made the salsa and the black beans in the morning, and had the rice cook while the chicken and fajita veggies were on the grill.
While I was sitting on the couch admiring my beautiful bowl, I took great pride in realizing that I made EVERYTHING in this bowl from scratch – even the jalapenos came from my garden! These bowls are delicious, made-from-scratch, and are hits with everyone in my house…even the kids.
Speaking of kids, when I asked my youngest son what he thought of my Fajita Burrito Bowl, he said it was “better than Chipotle.” What!?! As a fan of Chipotle, I couldn’t be happier to hear that, but honestly, the combination of everything in this bowl has so much flavor and really makes a perfect bite. All it needs is a dollop of sour cream and you’re set!
- You can totally make your bowl vegan/vegetarian by increasing the black beans and leaving out meat
- For the recipe for Easy Homemade Salsa, click here.
- For the recipe for Cilantro Lime Grilled Chicken, click here.
- For the recipe for Smoky Slow Cooker Mexican Black Beans, click here.
- For the recipe for The Best Mexican Rice, click here.
- For the recipe for The Best Carne Asada, click here.
- Easy Homemade Salsa recipe (link to recipe in post)
- Smoky Slow Cooker Mexican Black Beans recipe (link to recipe in post)
- The Best Mexican Rice recipe (link to recipe in post)
- if desired, the recipe for The Best Carne Asada or Cilantro Lime Grilled Chicken (link to recipe in post)
- 1 red bell pepper, sliced
- 1 green bell pepper, sliced
- 1 large yellow onion, sliced
- drizzle of olive oil
- garlic salt
- black pepper
- Optional toppings: avocado, guacamole, sour cream, shredded cheese, tortilla chips, cilantro
- Follow recipes for the above, keeping in mind that the black beans need to soak overnight first.
- Add sliced onions and peppers to a medium bowl. Drizzle vegetables with a little bit of olive oil, sprinkle with garlic salt and grind a little black pepper over everything. Toss the veggies to coat well.
- Add veggies to a grill pan/grill bowl and grill on medium-high heat at the same time the chicken/carne asada is on the grill (if using meat). Toss veggies every couple minutes so they don't burn.
- Prepare the bowls: Add some rice and beans to the bottom of your "bowl". Top with meat (if using), some salsa, some of the grilled fajita veggies, and top with your favorite toppings.