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One of my favorite quick restaurant meals is a burrito bowl from Chipotle, minus the rice and beans. This Chipotle keto bowl is a homemade version of that. I swapped in thinly sliced steak for the meat and used cilantro lime cauliflower rice instead of no rice at all. It’s a bit like a taco salad, but with the cauli rice instead of lettuce.
To make it faster and easier, I also used sliced avocado instead of the guac I usually get at Chipotle, but feel free to make guacamole if you prefer. I have several other variations for you below, so you can customize your keto burrito bowl with your favorite toppings and flavors.
Ingredients & Substitutions
This section explains how to choose the best ingredients for this steak burrito bowl recipe, what each one does in the recipe, and substitution options. For measurements, see the recipe card below.
- Flank Steak – I chose grass-fed beef for this recipe, but conventional beef will work too. You can substitute other cuts like skirt steak, hanger steak, sirloin steak, or top round. Any keto meats (such as chicken) that you would enjoy in a burrito can go in this Chipotle keto bowl recipe — see variations below!
- Olive Oil – For searing the meat and sauteing the cauliflower rice. You can also use avocado oil or any other heat-safe oil.
- Lime Juice – Juice from fresh limes tastes best, but bottled works fine for convenience.
- Taco Seasoning – A zesty blend of spices, including cumin, onion powder, black pepper, paprika, garlic powder, and others. You can buy it pre-made (just watch for sugar or other starchy fillers), or make homemade taco seasoning in minutes! The homemade seasoning already contains salt, but if the one you are using does not, add 1 teaspoon of salt to the meat.
- Cilantro Lime Cauliflower Rice – Regular Chipotle bowls have white rice or brown rice, but I’m using one made from cauliflower. This also makes the Chipotle keto bowl naturally paleo and whole30. If you’re not a fan of cilantro, plain cauliflower rice works as well.
- Fresh Garnishes – Including sour cream (omit for paleo/whole30 or dairy-free), tomatoes, red onion, and avocado. Guacamole is also delicious in place of the avocado, if you have time.
How To Make A Chipotle Keto Bowl
This section shows how to make a homemade keto burrito bowl, with step-by-step photos and details about the technique, to help you visualize it. For full instructions, including amounts and temperatures, see the recipe card below.
- Make the cauliflower rice. Get instructions for cilantro lime cauliflower rice here or plain cauliflower rice here. For both, cook over medium to medium-high heat and stir occasionally.
- Season the steak. Toss steak with 1 tablespoon of the oil, lime juice, and taco seasoning.
TIP: If you have time, marinate the steak in the oil, lime juice, and seasoning for 1-2 hours.
This is not required, but will make it more flavorful.
- Cook the steak. Add oil to a skillet, and cook steak on medium high heat, until browned on both sides.
- Assemble the Chipotle keto bowl. Divide cauliflower rice among bowls, then top with steak and garnishes.
If you miss comfort foods like burritos on a low carb lifestyle, you’ll want to take a look at the Easy Keto Carboholics’ Cookbook — it contains this recipe, plus 99 others designed to satisfy your toughest carb cravings. You’ll find easy recipes for pasta, bread, potatoes, rice, desserts, and so much more in this book, all made from real food ingredients! Plus, over 70% of the book is brand new low carb recipes, not available anywhere else.
Variations & Serving Ideas
There are so many ways to customize this keto bowl! Try these additional toppings and variations to fit your tastes:
- Meats – Instead of steak, try beef barbacoa, seasoned ground beef, pulled pork (or carnitas), grilled shrimp, or even teriyaki chicken. You can also season Instant Pot shredded chicken or simply raw chicken with taco seasoning.
- Cheese – Add a sprinkle of shredded cheddar, Mexican blend, or pepper jack cheese on top.
- Salad – Swap the cauliflower rice with romaine lettuce or other greens for a keto salad bowl.
- Vegetarian – To make a vegetarian bowl, replace the protein with a fried egg, fajita veggies, or shredded cheddar cheese. Black beans are not keto, but you can add them if you’re following a more flexible low carb lifestyle.
- Burrito Bowl Sauces – Try homemade queso, quick fresh tomato salsa (or salsa verde for a twist), or guacamole.
- Toppings – Fry bell peppers and onions (or any other any other keto vegetables you like) for traditional flavor, or try cilantro lime taco slaw or pico de gallo.
- Chips – Serve your Chipotle keto bowl with keto tortilla chips if you like crunch.
- Store: Keep toppings and cooked components separately in the fridge for up to 3 days, without avocado. Avocado is best sliced fresh.
- Reheat: For the cauliflower rice and steak, microwave, warm on the stovetop, or heat in a 350 degree F oven.
- Freeze: Only the cooked components of this keto Chipotle bowl can be frozen — avoid freezing the fresh toppings. You can freeze the steak and cauliflower rice for up to 3 months. Thaw in the fridge overnight, then reheat and top with fresh toppings when ready to serve.
More Keto Bowls
If you like this Chipotle keto bowl, you’ll also love these other keto bowl recipes:
Keto Burrito Bowl Recipe
Chipotle Keto Bowl (20 Minutes!)
Make a Chipotle keto bowl recipe at home, loaded with fresh meat and toppings, all customizable to your liking. Ready in only 20 minutes!
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Make the cilantro lime cauliflower rice like this.
In a large bowl, toss the steak with 1 tablespoon olive oil, lime juice, and taco seasoning.
Heat the remaining tablespoon of oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat, until shimmering. Add the steak in a single layer and cook for 2-3 minutes per side, until browned on both sides.
Divide the cauliflower rice into 4 bowls, 1 cup each. Top with steak, tomatoes, onions, avocado, and sour cream.
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Serving size: 1 bowl, or 1/4 entire recipe
Recipe from The Easy Keto Carboholics’ Cookbook.
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