Mucho Yummy Beef Bowlrito

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"This recipe is basically a burrito without the tortilla. Time does not include the cooking of the brown rice. From Greta."

Original is 4 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (308.2 g)
  • Calories 509.9
  • Total Fat - 24.2 g
  • Saturated Fat - 8.4 g
  • Cholesterol - 126.4 mg
  • Sodium - 388.3 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 30.9 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 2.9 g
  • Sugars - 5 g
  • Protein - 40.1 g
  • Calcium - 39.7 mg
  • Iron - 5 mg
  • Vitamin C - 7.8 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.2 mg

Step by Step Method

Step 1

Combine hot rice with lime juice, cilantro and lime zest and keep warm (mix everything in the rice cooking pot and put the lid back on until you are ready to assemble bowlritos)

Step 2

Heat a 10 inch non stick skillet over medium-high heat.

Step 3

Add beef onions and garlic; cook and stir until beef is cooked through and lightly browned, about 5 minutes.

Step 4

Add ketchup, water and taco seasoning and mix well and cook until mixture is hot and bubbly: remove from heat.

Step 5

To assemble bowlritos: equally divide hot rice mixture among 4 serving bowls.

Step 6

Top with hot, spiced beef and toppings of your choice.


No special items needed.

Editorial Notes

The ingredient tips, suggestions, variations, facts, questions and answers below are not edits to the original author's recipe. They are not meant to imply any change would improve the recipe. They're offered for convenience, alternative ideas, and points of interest. If you have any comments about them, please post in the Help & Ideas forum.

  • For best results, use fresh lime juice and freshly minced cilantro.
  • Look for extra lean ground beef to reduce fat content.

  • Substitute ground turkey for the ground beef for a leaner option. The benefit of this substitution is that it cuts down on the amount of saturated fat and cholesterol in the dish, making it a healthier option.
  • Substitute quinoa for the brown rice for a gluten-free option. The benefit of this substitution is that it provides a gluten-free alternative for those with dietary restrictions, while still providing a nutritious and delicious option.

Vegetarian Mucho Yummy Bowlrito Replace the ground beef with 1 1/4 pounds of crumbled tempeh and substitute the taco seasoning mix with a combination of 1/2 teaspoon chili powder, 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder, 1/4 teaspoon cumin, 1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika and a pinch of cayenne pepper.

: Refreshing Watermelon Agua Fresca

: This classic Mexican drink of watermelon and lime juice is the perfect complement to the spicy beef bowlrito. The sweetness of the watermelon balances the heat of the beef, and the lime juice adds a refreshing and citrusy flavor. Plus, it's super easy to make!

Grilled Corn with Chili-Lime Butter: This simple side dish is the perfect accompaniment to the Watermelon Agua Fresca. The sweetness of the corn pairs nicely with the refreshing and citrusy flavor of the drink, and the chili-lime butter adds a nice kick of heat. The butter also helps to bring out the natural sweetness of the corn, making it a delicious and flavorful side dish.


Q: How much ground beef do I need for this recipe?

A: You need 1 1/4 pounds of extra lean ground beef for this recipe.

Q: How long will this recipe take to cook?

A: This recipe should take about 25 minutes to cook.

3 Reviews


I scaled this back for two, made for a great lunch we both enjoyed. I did not happen to have brown rice on hand so went with Basmati. I see this as one that will see to a good many repeats. So easy, so good.


review by:
(20 Dec 2022)


I used basmati rice instead of brown rice and subbed cilantro paste as I did not have any fresh stuff. I changed up the toppings a bit with what I had on hand. I loved the touch of sweetness the ketchup adds to this. All in all a very tasty "Bowlrito"


review by:
(14 Aug 2022)


Super easy and good. I made the rice in a rice cooker so just added the lime juice and cilantro after the rice stopped cooking and went to "warm". The meat mixture takes hardly any time but I added the whole pkg of taco seasoning so it was spicy! We only added the sour cream and cheese as a topping. A very satisfying meal! Thanks for sharing!


review by:
(28 Aug 2021)

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Fun facts:

The name “bowlrito” is a combination of two words: burrito and bowl. This dish was popularized by celebrity chef, Rachel Ray, who first featured it on her show in 2009.

The use of taco seasoning in this recipe is believed to have originated in the 1940s when Mexican-American entrepreneur and restaurateur, Carl Roettele, began selling the seasoning mix to local grocery stores.