Cheesy Beef and Bean Burrito Rice Bowls

These Cheesy Beef and Bean Burrito Rice Bowls are inspired by my husbands favorite fast food restaurant only deconstructed into rice bowls and it’s way healthier. Cheesy beef, refried beans and all the fixings are serve on white or brown rice. A fast and easy dinner (or lunch!) recipe to throw together any night of the week.. 

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Since I’ve know him, Pat’s favorite fast food restaurant is Taco Bell. It’s one of the first things I remember learning about him when we were 15 and 16 years old and would stay up until the early hours talking on the phone. [Remember the days when people actually talked on the phone?!] Anyways we’re going on 22 years of being together and his love for T-Bell is something that has not changed.

One thing he orders is a cheesy bean and beef burrito. I’ve never had one, but I’m certain the filling is exactly that: beans, beef and cheese. I’m always on the hunt for easy dinner inspiration, so I deconstructed his favorite burrito, put it over rice along with all our favorite toppings.

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I arrange bowls of pico, refried beans, guacamole, cheese, cilantro, lime wedges and a few other toppings for a choose-your-own adventure sort of dinner. My girls, Pat and I are so different with what we like, so a build your own Cheesy Beef and Bean Burrito Rice Bowls is essential.

Some of us top our bowls with hot sauce, others (me) have extra guac and pico, but we all mix and eat via tortilla chips. It’s the best way to do it. [forks are of course optional]

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I love, love, love leftovers, so I always cook 2 pounds of ground [insert type] of meat, today it’s ground beef. And yes, of course ground turkey or ground chicken work too. Pick your poison!

Once you’ve cooked the meat and drained off the fat, either season it with homemade taco seasoning or this yummy chipotle-cumin seasoning. I’ve used both for this recipe and both are equally delicious. I decide on which seasoning depending on what I have on hand that day.

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Lastly, squeeze in the juice of half a lime and add in a handful of coarsely chopped fresh cilantro leaves and 2/3 cup of shredded cheese. By all means, use your favorite cheese here. I like cheddar jack because its melt factor is the best, but if you can’t find it, try 1/3 cup sharp or medium cheddar and 1/3 cup Monterrey jack cheese. Works like a charm.

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Literally, here is my bowl. In it you’ll find a few scoops of cooked white or brown rice topped with the above cheesy beefy mixture, refried beans, guacamole, pico de gallo, more sharp cheddar cheese, slices of fresh radish and jalapeño. Other optional toppings are sour cream, hot sauce, pepitas, pickled jalapeños, green onions and even grilled corn.

Feel free to switch things up! Use refried pinto or black beans, I have a slow cooker refried bean recipe here or for a super fast and easy recipe, use the one from my cookbook [affiliate].

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Those chips you see are my newest and most favorite chip to date. If you’re looking for a healthier, more wholesome chip then give these sweet potato tortilla chips (by Food Should Taste Good) a go. They are SO darn good and I think they add a little extra something to these Cheesy Beef and Bean Burrito Rice Bowls.

By the way, this is not a sponsored post for FSTG — I swear! I honestly just love their chips [remember this dip/chip combo?] and think you should know about it, if you don’t already.

These bowls are a fast and easy dinner (or lunch!) recipe to throw together any night of the week.

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Enjoy! And if you give this Cheesy Beef and Bean Burrito Rice Bowls recipe a try, let me know! Snap a photo and tag me on twitter or instagram!

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My cookbook Simply Scratch : 120 Wholesome Homemade Recipes Made Easy is now available! CLICK HERE for details and THANK YOU in advance! 

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Cheesy Beef and Bean Burrito Rice Bowls

These Cheesy Beef and Bean Burrito Rice bowls are inspired by my husbands favorite fast food restaurant only deconstructed into rice bowls and it's way healthier. Cheesy beef, refried beans and all the fixings are serve on white or brown rice. A fast and easy dinner (or lunch!) recipe to throw together.

Yield: 4 to 6 depending

Prep Time: about 25 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: about 40 minutes

Ingredients:

2 pounds ground beef (I use ground sirloin)

1 recipe taco or chipotle-cumin seasoning

juice from half a lime

1/4 cup coarsely chopped cilantro leaves, plus more for serving

2/3 freshly grated cheese, plus more for serving

4 to 6 cups cooked white or brown rice (using leftover rice makes this even faster!)

refried beans

pico de gallo

guacamole

hot sauce (optional)

sour cream (optional)

Other optional toppings are sour cream, hot sauce, pepitas, pickled jalapeños, green onions and even grilled corn.

Directions:

Preheat a skillet over medium. Brown ground beef until no longer pink and fully cooked. Add seasoning, cilantro and cheese. Stir until the cheese is melted.

Divide rice among bowls and top with some of the cheesy beef mixture, refried beans, a little extra cheese, pico de gallo, guacamole and any other additional toppings or condiments.

Serve with tortilla chips.

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4 Responses to “Cheesy Beef and Bean Burrito Rice Bowls”

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    Christina — September 6, 2017 at 12:39 pm

    No joke, I have like 3 lbs of ground beef frozen in my freezer. I need to find ways to use it up! I adore the concept of a beef and bean burrito bowl! Your photos look so darn appetizing!

    • Laurie McNamara replied: — September 8th, 2017 @ 7:51 am

      Thank you, Christina! I hope you love the recipe!

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    Julia Mueller — September 7, 2017 at 11:14 am

    AAAAGH these BOWLS! I’m ready to swan dive into this epic burrito bowl fest – loving all the colors, textures, and ingredients OH MY!

    • Laurie McNamara replied: — September 8th, 2017 @ 7:47 am

      Thanks, Julia! And leftovers are just as delicious!

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