One pot burrito bowl is my favourite ‘isolation’ meal, and it’s sure to become one of yours too.
OK, truth be told, this is not only my favourite ‘isolation’ dinner, it’s also one of my favourite dinners of all times.
To be fair, not because it’s the MOST delicious, and it’s definitely NOT the prettiest, however, there are so many reasons why this is my favourite. And I bet, once you’ve tried it, it will also become a firm favourite for you and your family.
Living through lockdown, and being told to minimise trips to the supermarket for everyone’s health and safety, I have been writing a weekly menu and shopping list. Have you too done this? OMG it really is a life changer, especially if like me, you assign days of the week to all the other members of your family (bubble). It is an absolute peace of mind, knowing that “what’s for dinner?” is sorted, the supplies are in the fridge and pantry, and we all know who’s cooking it.
Of course, this comes as no surprise to me. I have always known the value in pre-planning. It’s not just the peace of mind that benefits, it’s also a great money and time saver. One trip to the supermarket for the week means only one opportunity to indulge in all those attractive extras. And of course, one trip means way less physical time spent, and less trips in the car, gas etc.
But how is it that even with KNOWING all of this, it’s not always a part of my weekly routine? 🤦♀️
I guess that living in suburbia, with the supermarket just 5 minutes away, makes it easy to not HAVE to plan. And not that I can totally blame the others in my household, but I do get tired of repeating my need for them to tell me what they’re cooking, so I can shop for it.
You may be asking what all of that has to do with this recipe??
One pot burrito bowl
This recipe is one that I would call my ultimate peace of mind. Why? Because;
- I can pretty much guarantee I have all the ingredients in my pantry except for the mince (ground beef)
- It is a ‘one pot’ dish (great for clean up too!)
- Super easy to make (no cooking skills required!)
- Super fast
- The ultimate comfort food
- Easy to modify
- EVERYONE likes it
- Easy to make more for extras
- It is great heated up the next day
With a list like that, you’ll see why you can’t go wrong.
Here’s the basic list of what you’re going to need. You can substitute the passata for one or two cans of tomatoes – they can be whole, chopped, pureed, whatever you like. I’ve used tomatoes in all versions, but I love the passata because it seems to give the entire dish a much smoother texture.
Here’s the basic recipe;
ONE POT BURRITO BOWL
- 1 tbspn olive oil
- 500 grams (1 lb) mince (ground beef)
- 1 packet taco seasoning
- 1 can black beans
- 1 can corn, drained
- 1 cup white rice
- 2 cups chicken stock
- 1 jar tomato passata or sieved tomatoes
- 1 can chilli beans OPTIONAL
- In a large pan, heat the olive oil over a medium heat.
- Add beef, and cook until browned.
- Add in the taco seasoning, and mix for one minute, until all the mince is coloured.
- Stir in beans, corn, rice, tomatoes/passata and chicken stock.
- Bring to the boil, then cover and reduce heat to low.
- Cook for 20 minutes (or until the rice is cooked), stirring occasionally.
- When it's ready, serve in bowls, adding any toppings you may want.
It’s easy to modify
Another great thing with the recipe, it’s that it’s super easy to modify. So you can adapt it to your own personal tastes, and to what you have on hand.
- You could chop up an onion and red capsicum at the beginning, and saute in the olive oil for a few minutes before adding the beef.
- If you’d like it a little spicier, you could also add some chilli powder or a finely chopped chilli in with the onion/capsicum, or just when you’re browning the beef.
- If you want to go a little healthier, use brown rice. I actually often use a brown rice quinoa combo. If you do either of these, you will need to cook it for an extra 20 minutes. When I use the brown rice quinoa combo, it never absorbs as well, so the dish is ‘wetter’. Still yummy though, and it increases the fibre and protein content.
- Top with grated cheese and / or sour cream for an extra indulgence.
- Other toppings could include chopped avocado, fresh diced tomato, spring onions, and/or coriander (cilantro)
- Toss through some chopped fresh spinach just before serving, to ensure you get your greens as well as your beans!
- Serve with corn chips – this is a great way to eat it out of the bowl!
- If you need to feed more, just add more. I add a tin of chilli beans to our base, and extra rice if I need to ‘pad’ it out for more people.
It’s going to become a family favourite!
After you’ve made this once, I KNOW one pot burrito bowl will become part of your family’s must loved and wanted recipes. Which means you’re going to want to store this recipe somewhere you can access it easily.
I use a photo album to store my absolute favourites, and a recipe box to store the others. Either way, I type my recipes out and print as photos! I print as photos for two reasons.
- It fits how I store them
- When using the cards/photos, if they get food splattered on them, or they drop in the sink (yes it’s happened a few times), you can just wipe them off with a cloth. A traditionally printed photo can get wet without issues! So they have great longevity.
If you’d like my 4×6 recipe card / jpg to print for your own records, simply join my newsletter list, and I’ll send it to you for free. (You’ll then need to print it at your favourite ‘traditional’ photo processor. (Don’t use ‘dry’ printing.))
Don’t forget to pin this so you can find it later (until you print that recipe card out!)