Nacho Inspired Mexican Burrito Bowl


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Sorry for all the bean recipes lately, but I made a big batch of my Easy Slow Cooker Black Beans recently so I’ve been thinking of all the different ways I can use them!

This recipe was inspired by last night’s Grey Cup game. My hubbie was excited to watch, and I wanted to make something similar to what you’d eat while watching football, like nachos, but of course I had to make it healthy.

For me what makes nachos so appealing are the different flavours and the textures; spicy, sweet, savoury, crunchy, and of course cheesey…so I tried to re-create all of those things with this burrito bowl. The best thing about bowls (my new favourite way to eat) is that you just layer on the ingredients, and than mix it all together for a big bowl of delicious flavours and textures. And for Jack, my two-year old, I simply took a few spoonfuls of the meat and bean mixture, some goat cheese and put it in between two whole-wheat tortillas. I pan-fried it for a few minutes to make a super easy quesadilla.

Instead of traditional tortilla chips, I roasted sweet potatoes, which not only adds a healthy carb, but also some sweetness, which I find is so necessary to balance out spices like cumin, paprika and chilli powder. For some crunch, I added red pepper, and instead of sour cream I crumbled on creamy goat cheese and avocado. The result? A delicious nacho inspired Mexican Burrito Bowl that had my hubbie going in for seconds. Oh, and I made this all ahead of time while the kids napped so we came back from our afternoon outing, dinner just had to be assembled and reheated. Enjoy!

Mexican Burrito Bowl
Serves 6

2 sweet potatoes, cubed
4 tbsp. grapeseed oil, divided
1 small yellow onion, diced
1 package PC Free From ground beef*
1 clove garlic, minced
1 red pepper, diced
2-3 cups Easy Slow Cooker Black Beans or 1 can organic black beans
1 tsp. cumin
1/2 tsp. paprika
1/2 tsp. chilli powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1 cup salsa
1 cup goat cheese, crumbled
Pickled hot peppers, diced
1 avocado, diced
1 cup cilantro, minced


Preheat oven to 425 F convection.

Peel and chop sweet potatoes into small cubes. Add to bowl, toss with oil and season with pink salt. Spread onto large baking sheet and roast for 20 minutes, flipping after 10 minutes.

While potatoes are cooking, chop onion, red pepper and cilantro.

In a large frying pan, heat 2 tbsp. grapeseed oil on medium low and saute onions for a few minutes. Add ground beef and saute until just cooked, about 10 minutes. Add garlic, red pepper, beans, spices and salt and saute for 10 minutes. Remove from heat and cover until ready to serve. If making ahead of time, allow mixture to cool and refrigerate potatoes and beans in separate containers.

To build your bowls:

Scoop in some sweet potatoes, the bean and beef mixture and than add your toppings: salsa, goat cheese, hot peppers, avocado and cilantro. Enjoy!

*Because I was cooking for my hubbie I added ground beef, but you can totally make this recipe vegetarian.

About Lauren

Welcome! I’m Lauren Follett. A couple years ago, while working in the corporate world of downtown Toronto, I decided to pursue my passion for healthy living and enrolled in the Distance Education program with The Canadian School of Natural Nutrition. I studied on my lunch breaks, after work, on the weekends, and while travelling through South America. The world of health & nutrition can be confusing. There are a lot of mixed messages out there when it comes to health: low fat, low calories, sugar-free, low-carb, gluten-free…leaving you confused, frustrated, and wondering where to start. That’s where I come in. As a Registered Nutritionist, my goal is to help you accomplish your health & wellness goals. I don’t believe in diets or quick fixes. I believe in living a healthy lifestyle, which requires you to get educated, and learn how to make healthy choices. I’m dedicated to working closely with my clients to teach & motivate them to make healthy choices, discuss healthy living strategies and create customized nutrition programs that fit with their life.

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2 Responses to Nacho Inspired Mexican Burrito Bowl

  1. Deb Hatton January 27, 2017 at 7:09 pm #

    Tried this for lunch the other day and liked it so much that I’m thinking of meal prepping it for lunches next week! Any substitution recommendations for someone that’s not a huge fan of sweet potatoes?

    • Lauren January 28, 2017 at 6:25 pm #

      Hi Deb, so glad you enjoyed it! The sweet potato is the carb element so you can really substitute it for any healthy carb that you like. For example, butternut squash (you can buy frozen pre-cut and peeled), brown rice (you can cook this is coconut milk vs. water to make it a little sweeter) or quinoa. You can also just forgo the additional carb all together as this recipe has black beans, which also contain carbs along with protein and fibre. Enjoy!

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