Shredded Beef Burrito Bowls are a healthier option to a traditional burrito. You get all the goodies of a burrito, and probably more, without the extra refined carbohydrates from the tortilla. You my think you’ll miss the tortilla, but after a few bites you’ll forget all about it.
My husband loves Mexican food. Everyone except our youngest loves it and my husband insists that one day he will stop walking away in fear at the mention of beans. He’s 3 and kind of funny about food. He actually likes beans but doesn’t know it. If you put whole black beans or kidney beans on a plate and call them veggies he’ll eat all up. But if he sees refried beans or even hears the word “bean” he runs away. Toddlers can be challenging and so darn cute all at once!
I’ve always loved Mexican food, probably cause I was born on Cinco de Mayo, so I pretty much had to like it. Every year my mom would throw a fiesta to celebrate, with lots of homemade food. The smell of roasted chilies still reminds me of childhood. While my mom would go all out and make chili verde from scratch, if it wasn’t a celebration we’d stick with something simple like shredded beef.
Shredded beef uses a top round roast (commonly referred to as London broil). My mom always chose this cut because it was the most affordable option to feed a family. Since it tends to be a tougher cut, you either need to broil it for a few minutes on each side (hence the nick name) and serve medium. Or slow cook it. This recipe calls for a good slow cook, making it a perfect weeknight meal.
Just rub some spices on it, pour in some beef broth, plop it in the slow cooker and that evening you can easily shred the beef with two forks.
Shredded beef is very versatile. It’s perfect for tacos, burritos, enchiladas, taco salads and burrito bowls. Nowadays, I usually enjoy a burrito bowl. Burrito bowls are so delicious! And since you skip the tortilla they’re a healthier option.
Burrito bowls also give you the chance to add lots of other ingredients like rice, beans, lettuce, tomatoes, avocado, cheese, onions, cilantro and one of my faves — fajita veggies. Sautéed bell peppers and onions are the perfect compliment to shredded beef. Recently, I’ve also tried sautéed yams with Mexican spices. It might sound weird but it was really good.
Try burrito bowls the next time you have people over. Kind of like a taco bar, it’s a great dish to serve at parties because they’re so customizable.
Shredded Beef Burrito Bowls offer the perfect opportunity to get creative. Have fun and add whatever toppings you like best.