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Create Your Own Burrito Bowl

Updated: Sep 25, 2023

Choose Your Protein:

Chicken Breast (per 8oz: 256cals, 47.5p, 5.6f, 0c)

Chicken Thigh (per 8oz: 260cals, 36p, 14p, 0c)

93/7 Ground Beef (per 8oz: 320cals, 44p, 16f, 0c)

93/7 Ground Turkey (per 8oz: 320cals, 44p, 16f, 0c)

Top Sirloin Steak (per 8oz: 456cals, 48p, 29f, 0c)

Make sure to scan the barcode (if there is one) in MyFitnessPal of the source you choose to ensure best accuracy. Do this with your carb and toppings as well.

For seasoning, I just use a basic taco seasoning. Most packets are for 1lb of meat and are around 80-100 calories from 20-25g carbohydrates, but I think you would be fine with half of a packet per 1lb of meat. That's a personal preference though!

Another flavorful choice would be to create or buy a marinade, especially if you choose steak or chicken as your protein source. Some might be a lot higher in calories than others so just be aware of that.

Choose Your Carbs:

White Rice (per 1/4 cup or 45g: 161cals, 3p, 36c, 0f)

Brown Rice (per 1/4 cup or 45g: 165cals, 4p, 35c, 1f)

Canned Black Beans (per 1/4 cup or 65g: 60cals, 3.5p, 11c, 0f)

Canned Pinto Beans (per 1/4 cup or 65g: 55cals, 3p, 9c, .5f)

I highly recommend making cilantro lime rice! Simply chop up some fresh cilantro and squeeze some lime juice in. You can always add some of each on top of your burrito bowl later. Don't worry about needed to track the 1 calorie you might get from the cilantro or lime juice.

Also, consider mixing the beans in with your meat! What worked great for me is making 2-3lb of ground taco meat and mixing an entire can of black beans with it. To track the beans this way change the serving size to "1 container" and if you eat 1/5 of the meat and bean mixture each day, enter the number of servings to 1/5 or .25.

Choose Your Toppings:

Avocado (per half avocado: 120cals, 1.5p, 6c, 11f)

Plain Nonfat Greek Yogurt (high protein sour cream substitute) (per 50g: 29cals, 5p, 2c, 0f)

Sour Cream (per 50g: 104cals, 1p, 3c, 10f)

Shredded Cheese (macros vary between type. Good source of protein and fat)

Salsa. Pico is by far my favorite! (macros vary)

Hot Sauce (typically zero calorie)

Red Onion (no need to track)

Fresh Cilantro (no need to track)

Other veggies

The black bean & corn salad recipe would be a great topping!


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