These simple Carne Asada Burrito Bowls are perfect for easy dinners and meal prepping.
Remember that Carne Asada recipe (that really, REALLY good carne asada recipe) I posted last week? In that post, I mentioned that while carne asada is pretty perfect all on its own, it’s also killer when used in other recipes.
Today I have just such a recipe for you: Carne Asada Burrito Bowls.
Carne asada makes an excellent burrito bowl filling, because it’s packed full of flavor that’s going to stand up well to all the other ingredients. No matter what else you add to your bowl, carne asada’s still going to be the star.
These things are so simple to throw together; they’re perfect to plan for nights you know you’re going to want something easy for dinner or for meal prepping.
See Also: Carnitas Burrito Bowls
What to Put Inside Burrito Bowls
Aside from the carne asada, which gets marinated, broiled, and sliced before going in the bowls, this recipe starts with a bed of easy cilantro lime rice.
After that, anything goes. If you’ve ever put it in a burrito or wanted to put it in a burrito, you can put it in a burrito bowl. I used:
- Black beans
- Diced tomatoes
- Mexican cheese blend
- Sour cream and guacamole
Other good burrito bowl ideas:
- Pico de gallo
- Fajita veggies
- Pinto beans
Meal Prep Carne Asada Burrito Bowls
If you’re into meal prepping, burrito bowls also make great make-ahead meals (see recipe notes if you want to double the recipe and make a really big batch).
To prepare the bowls in advance, place a layer of rice at the bottom of your container (I like these 5×7-inch pyrex dishes). Add meat, beans, and any other ingredients you’re going to want to heat up before eating.
Store any ingredients that won’t microwave well (sour cream, some more delicate veggies, salsa, etc,.) in a small separate container.
Enjoy your week of pre-made lunches and how tidy and satisfying they look stacked neatly in your fridge. 😉
Carne Asada Burrito Bowls Recipe Notes
- If you’d like to double the recipe, this amount of marinade will stretch to cover up to 3 pounds of meat, so no need to double the marinade ingredients.
- If you’ve never made carne asada before, and you’d like a little more hand-holding walking you through meat selection and the cooking process, go read my original carne asada recipe post.
- For more easy weeknight meals, try Salsa Chicken, Carne Asada Tacos, Chipotle Chicken Tacos, Steak Fajitas, Chicken Fajita Sandwiches or Easy Chicken Shawarma.
Carne Asada Burrito Bowls
- 1/2 cup orange juice bottled is fine
- 1/2 cup soy sauce low-sodium is fine
- 1/4 cup lemon juice bottled is fine
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 2 tablespoons lime juice bottled is fine
- 2 cloves garlic pressed or diced
- 1 teaspoon chili powder
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1 teaspoon black pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon ground chipotle chili pepper OR 1 teaspoon finely chopped canned chipotle pepper optional
- 1/2 bunch fresh cilantro chopped about 3/4-1 cup very loosely packed
- 1 1/2 pounds skirt, flank, or flap steak
- 1 1/2 to 2 cups chicken broth
- 1 cup long-grain or extra-long-grain rice
- 1 lime zested and juiced keep juice and zest separated
- 1 tablespoon (14g) butter
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 cup chopped loosely packed cilantro divided
- 1 15-ounce can black beans drained
- 1 15-ounce can corn drained
- 1/2 cup (2oz) shredded Mexican-blend cheese
- 1 large tomato diced
- 1/2 cup guacamole
- 1/4 cup sour cream
Carne Asada Marinade
- Stir together all marinade ingredients. Place meat in a gallon plastic bag or large container and pour marinade over the meat. Marinate for at least 4 hours, up to about 24*, flipping the meat once halfway through.
Cilantro Lime Rice
- In a saucepan or rice cooker, cook rice according to package instructions, replacing the water with chicken broth and adding lime juice, butter, and salt when you add the rice.*
- After rice has finished cooking, stir in half of the lime zest and cilantro. Taste and add more lime and cilantro to taste.
- Adjust top oven rack so it is about 4 inches from the heating element. Heat broiler on high and place meat on a foil-lined heavy-duty baking sheet or broiler pan. Broil for 4 to 6 minutes per side, until done or an instant-read thermometer reads 135°F for medium-rare, 145°F for medium.
- Allow meat to rest for 5 to 10 minutes while you heat the rest of your burrito bowl ingredients. Slice carne asada across the grain into strips.
- Divide cilantro rice between bowls or food prep containers. Top rice with meat and the rest of your burrito bowl toppings. Serve and enjoy.
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