This steak bowl is easy and quick to make at home—it only takes about 20 minutes! It can be made with freshly grilled flank steak (with a marinade or without) or leftover grilled steak.
To build the dinner bowl, combine the grilled steak with your favorite classic burrito fillings, such as rice, shredded lettuce, salsa, and more!
Most of us know about the Chipotle burrito bowls – they’re fast to make and really delicious.
But did you know you can make your own delicious version at home? And it probably takes the same amount of time as driving to Chipotle, getting your order, and coming back.
Burrito bowls are one of my family’s favorite meals. Whenever we grill flank steak we use any leftovers that haven’t been gobbled up to make a burrito bowl the next day.
They’re a great way to use up whatever you might have in your fridge and they’re so easy to customize to your liking. If you need a quick weeknight meal, this is it.
This recipe assumes you’re starting with already cooked steak – grilled flank steak in particular. If you need to cook your flank steak still, either:
What makes this steak burrito bowl so great:
- It’s quick to make. Flank steak both cooks up and reheats quickly, so once it’s cooked or warmed up just pile it in the bowl with your other ingredients!
- It’s really versatile. There are lots of ingredient options (see some ideas below) and each person can choose whatever toppings they want!
- It’s sure to fill you up! With protein from the steak, fiber from the veggies and beans, and healthy fat from the guacamole, this bowl won’t leave you feeling hungry.
This recipe has quantities for just one burrito bowl, but you can easily increase them depending on how many people you’re feeding. Or replace them with an equal quantity of something else you like – which is perfect if you have any picky eaters.
Burrito Bowl Ingredients
While there are several ingredients that typically make up a burrito bowl, there are also lots of different ways to customize it!
Typical burrito bowl ingredients
- Cooked protein: in this case some grilled steak, but you could also do it with Mexican grilled chicken thighs or make a grilled shrimp dinner bowl.
- Cooked rice: this could be white rice (as in this recipe), brown rice, black rice, or even cauliflower rice.
- Beans: canned black beans are used in this recipe, but you could also use pinto, kidney, or white beans.
- Shredded cheese: I like to use a Mexican blend, but use whatever kind you like.
- Salsa or pico de gallo: fresh pico de gallo is my favorite, but use mild, medium, or hot salsa depending on what you and your family like best.
- Guacamole: use store-bought or whip up some homemade guacamole.
Other burrito bowl ingredient ideas
- Grilled vegetables: things like grilled bell pepper and onions or even grilled zucchini would be good.
- Ground meat: if it’s too cold to fire up the grill, use seasoned ground beef, chicken, or turkey.
- Grilled or fresh fruit: you could even make a Hawaiian-inspired burrito bowl by adding grilled pineapple and some mango salsa.
Best type of steak for burrito bowls
First – use what you have. But if you’re cooking then I recommend flank steak or skirt steak because they’re:
- less expensive than other steaks like ribeye or New York strip;
- on the longer and thinner side, which means they cook up quickly and have more surface area for seasoning; and
- easy to slice, which you’ll want to do for burrito bowls.
How to make a steak burrito bowl
As I mentioned previously, this recipe assumes you’re starting with already cooked meat and will show you how to use up leftover grilled steak.
To reheat the meat, place it in a microwavable bowl and heat it in 30-second increments until it’s warmed to your liking.
Once the meat is either cooked or warmed up, start assembling your bowls.
You can either:
- place the largest component on the bottom (like the rice), then pile everything on top, or
- place everything in segments (like shown below) if you want it to look as good as it tastes.
Then it’s time to dig in!
Time Saving Tip
Buy prepackaged items. Quick cooking or microwavable rice, shredded cheese, pre-sliced lettuce, and pre-made salsa and guacamole make putting together this burrito bowl a breeze.
Are burrito bowls served hot or cold?
You can serve them either way! I typically have some hot components (like the steak and rice), then some cold components (like the pico de gallo and lettuce).
Are burrito bowls healthy?
It depends on what you put in it, and also what you consider healthy! If you load your burrito bowl with protein, vegetables, and healthy carbohydrates and fats, then yes, most people would probably consider that healthy.
If you try this burrito bowl recipe with steak (or any other recipe) then don’t forget to rate the recipe and let me know how it went in the comments below!
Quick & Easy Grilled Steak Burrito Bowl
- 4 slices grilled flank steak see notes for directions on grilling flank steak
- 1 cup cooked white rice
- ¼ cup canned black beans rinsed and drained
- ¼ cup shredded cheese
- ½ cup shredded lettuce
- ¼ cup pico de gallo or salsa
- 1 tablespoon guacamole
- Start with the flank steak – you can eat it cold or place it in a microwavable bowl and heat it in 30 second increments until it's warmed to your liking.
- Take out your other ingredients and start placing them in the bowl with the flank steak. Either place the largest component on the bottom (like the rice), then pile everything on top, or place everything in separate spots in the bowl. Enjoy!
- This recipe assumes you’re starting with leftover grilled steak. If not, either:
- Buy prepackaged items like quick cooking or microwavable rice, shredded cheese, pre-sliced lettuce, and pre-made salsa and guacamole to make putting together this burrito bowl a breeze.