Quick & Easy One-Pot Rice, Beans, & Beef Burrito Bowl Recipe

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This one pot beef burrito bowl recipe is a great way to change up your meal rotation! It’s another family favorite – perfect for busy weeknights. Made in one pot with simple ingredients that you probably already have in your pantry, our easy ground beef burrito bowl recipe is a keeper! Since it is made in one pot, the clean-up is a breeze. It’s win-win for everyone!

One-Pot Beef burrito bowl plated for serving

Quick & Easy One-Pot Rice, Beans, & Beef Burrito Bowl Recipe

ingredients for ground beef burrito bowls

What’s in this One Pot Burrito Bowl Recipe?

If you’re tired of pulling out every pot and pan in your kitchen just to make dinner, this easy ground beef burrito bowl recipe is for you. We also love how incredibly customizable it is for picky eaters, but we will start with the basic ingredients. To make this recipe, you’ll need:

Optional Toppings for Garnish

  • Freshly chopped fresh cilantro
  • Fresh lime juice
  • Diced avocado
  • Diced tomato
  • Pico de Gallo
  • Shredded cheese
  • Sour cream
  • Tortilla chips
final ground beef burrito bowl plated for eating

Meal Prep Pro Tips

Here are some meal prep tips you can follow to make cooking this recipe even quicker and easier.

If you know you’ll be using diced onion in more than one recipe this week, dice a couple and store them chopped in your fridge for seven to ten days if you keep them in an airtight container.

We love making taco seasoning ahead of time and keeping it in the pantry. Use my homemade bulk taco seasoning to give this recipe a spicy twist. Bonus – you’ll have homemade taco seasoning on hand to use in many more recipes!

If you have an Instant Pot, cooking dried beans is one of our favorite ways to utilize this handy kitchen appliance. Make beans ahead of time and then freeze the leftover using 2 Cuper Souper Cubes whenever you need beans in meals.

You can also make your own homemade stock, including chicken, turkey, or beef. I prefer to cook whole chickens in my Instant Pot. I then shred the chicken for use in many recipes and return the bones to the Instant Pot to make homemade stock which I also freeze in 2 cup Souper Cube portions. Learn how easy it is to do that in this post.

final plated one pot burrito bowl

Delicious Variations on This Beef Burrito Bowl Recipe

This recipe is truly versatile, so don’t be afraid to experiment and make it your own! You can turn it into a one pot chicken burrito bowl, or a vegetarian homemade burrito bowl full of beans, corn and other veggies as well. 

It’s super easy to swap out the ground beef for other proteins like shredded chicken breasts, ground turkey or ground chicken. Chicken burrito bowls are another family favorite! If you switch to a poultry based recipe, sub chicken stock for the beef broth.

For a vegetarian version, simply substitute the ground beef with crumbled tofu or diced portobello mushrooms. 

You could also sub pinto beans for the beef and make an all bean version.

If you’re feeling adventurous, try adding different veggies like diced zucchini or corn. 

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How to Store and Reheat Leftover Beef Burrito Bowls

This recipe reheats really well, so you might consider doubling the recipe for quick lunches throughout the week. 

Simply portion leftovers into meal prep containers and refrigerate for up to four days. When you’re ready to reheat, microwave for 1-2 minutes, or until heated through. If you don’t have a microwave, this heats up really well in a steam oven too.

final plated one pot burrito bowl (1)

What to Serve with One Pot Burrito Bowls

Here are some of our favorite side dish ideas to serve alongside burrito bows:

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How do I prevent the rice from sticking to the pot?

To keep the rice from sticking to the pot, stir the rice occasionally, and make sure there’s enough liquid in the pot. If needed, you can add a bit more broth or water.

Can I freeze one-pot burrito bowls for later?

Absolutely! You can freeze these beef burrito bowls well. Store in airtight containers for a convenient future meal.

Is it possible to make a one-pot burrito bowl without rice?

Certainly! You can use alternatives like quinoa, cauliflower rice, or skip the grain altogether for a low-carb option. This will change the cooking time signficantly as you won’t need 20 minutes to cook the rice.

Let’s Make this Easy Ground Beef Burrito Bowl Recipe!

Yield: 6 servings

One-Pot Rice, Beans, and Ground Beef Burrito Bowls

final plated one pot burrito bowl

Quick, easy, and very delicious, this One-Pot Rice, Beans, and Ground Beef Burrito Bowl recipe will become a family staple for busy nights.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes


Optional Toppings for Garnish

  • Freshly chopped fresh cilantro
  • Fresh lime juice
  • Diced avocado
  • Diced tomato
  • Pico de Gallo
  • Shredded cheese


    saute ground beef, onion, and pepper in one skillet

    1. In a large skillet over medium-high heat, cook the ground beef, onion, and bell pepper. As the beef cooks, break it apart with a spoon, until it's browned and cooked through. This should take about 8-10 minutes. Remove the beef and vegetables, draining excess fat.

    2. After  the beef is removed, add the tomatoes and green chiles. If the tomatoes are fresh, cook for about 5 minutes on medium heat or until softened.
    Return the beef and vegetables to the skillet. Add the taco seasoning. Stir well to combine.

    add beans
    3. Add the drained black beans, stirring everything together and let it simmer for about 5 minutes.

    4. Add the rice and beef broth to the skillet. Bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to low, cover the skillet, and simmer for 20 to 30 minutes or until the rice is tender. Stir often to avoid burning.

    finished one pot beef burrito bowl in the skillet
    5. Garnish the beefy burrito skillet with your choice of toppings and enjoy!

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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 408Total Fat: 17gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 74mgSodium: 453mgCarbohydrates: 36gFiber: 6gSugar: 7gProtein: 29g

Nutritional data is not always correct.

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About Michelle Marine

Michelle Marine is the author of How to Raise Chickens for Meat, a long-time green-living enthusiast, and rural Iowa mom of four. She empowers families to grow and eat seasonal, local foods; to reduce their ecological footprint; and to come together through impactful travel.

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