Taco nights are fun not only because tacos are fun to eat, but they’re also fun to put together to your exact likes. Want a meatier taco? One with extra salsa? The choices are all yours. That’s why we love the DIY plating of a spicy chicken burrito bowl. It’s as meaty, as saucy, or as spicy as you’d like to make it. And it’s plenty filling as a meal with lots of vegetables, even without any tortillas.
There are a few reasons why you might want to make a burrito bowl with cauliflower rice instead of traditional rice:
- Lower in Calories: Cauliflower rice is a lower-calorie alternative to traditional rice. One cup of cooked white rice has around 200 calories, while a cup of cooked cauliflower rice has only about 25 calories.
- Lower in Carbs: Cauliflower rice is also lower in carbohydrates than traditional rice. One cup of cooked white rice has around 45 grams of carbohydrates, while a cup of cooked cauliflower rice has only around 5 grams of carbohydrates.
- Higher in Nutrients: Cauliflower is a nutrient-dense vegetable that is rich in vitamins and minerals like vitamin C, vitamin K, folate, and potassium. Using cauliflower rice in your burrito bowl adds extra nutrients to your meal.
- Suitable for Dietary Restrictions: Some people may follow a low-carb or keto diet, or may have celiac disease or gluten intolerance and need to avoid grains like rice. Cauliflower rice is a great alternative that can work for these dietary restrictions.
Overall, using cauliflower rice in a burrito bowl can be a delicious and nutritious way to enjoy this popular dish while keeping it lower in calories and carbs.
For more ideas with cauliflower, check these out:
How to make burrito bowl
This spicy chicken burrito bowl recipe is a total “dealer’s choice” meal when it comes to overall spiciness. Jalapeño peppers are the primary heat source here, and they are diced and to the side. So friends and family that’d rather have less spice in their chicken burrito bowl can opt to go without. There’s only a minor spiciness on the chicken due to the paprika. Think of it as more warmth than any discernible heat. With dishes like these, I look forward to dinner with vegetables now.
Rotisserie chickens are flavorful and easy to get, but if you want to cook your own chicken, it’s easy too. Just toss it in the oven earlier in the day. It all depends on how much time you have and your preferences.
For more ideas for spicy dishes, check these out:
Spicy Salsa Chicken Burrito Bowls
Spicy Chicken Burrito Bowl
- 1 rotisserie chicken or roast a whole chicken and use that
- 16 oz salsa of choice
- 1 onion
- 1-2 cloves garlic minced
- ½ Tablespoon salt
- 1 Teaspoon pepper
- 1 Teaspoon cumin
- 1 Teaspoon chili powder I sometimes add cayenne too because my family loves it spicy
- 1 red bell pepper
- ½ onion sliced
- 1 head cauliflower
- ¼ cup cilantro chopped
- 1 lime juiced
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 1 head of romaine lettuce
- 1 bunch cilantro
- Sour cream
- Avocado slices
- Lime halves or wedges
- Start by removing the skin and breaking the rotisserie chicken into smaller pieces. You can also shred it.
- Dice one onion and mince the garlic cloves.
- In a large pot, heat one Tablespoon of oil on medium heat and then saute onions and garlic until fragrant and onion is slightly translucent.
- Add the shredded rotisserie chicken, salsa, seasonings, and water (or broth). Bring to a boil and then put the lid on and change heat to low.
- Cook for 20 minutes, stirring and adding more water as needed.
- Begin washing and prepping the vegetables. Slice the bell pepper and half an onion into long strips. Roughly chop the cauliflower into small bits. You can use a food processor if you want smaller and more rice like pieces.
- Heat a cast iron pan and put it on medium high heat. Grill the bell peppers and onion until slightly charred for 3-5 minutes. Once cooked, set aside.
- In another pan, saute the cauliflower on medium heat for 5 minutes, making sure not to overcook it. It gets mushy easily, that’s why I prefer cutting them a little bigger.
- Once cauliflower is cooked, add cilantro, lime juice, and salt and pepper to taste. Give it a quick mix and then put them into bowls.
- Begin assembling the bowls. Add the fajitas, chicken, peppers, and top with guac, sour cream, avocado slices. Garnish with lime and more cilantro. Enjoy!