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Carnitas Burrito Bowl

Carnitas refers to Mexican pulled pork, which is succulent and full of flavor. When combined with black beans, corn, tomatoes, and lime cilantro rice, it’s a bowl of incredible flavors. This Carnitas Burrito Bowl lets you have both healthy and yummy in one dish.

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April showers bring May flowers. Please say it’s true.

Those tulips need to bloom next month, because the rain has only just begun and I’m trying not to let the forecast get me down.

It feels like awhile since we’ve seen the sun; I know this because I’ve been blasting my Spotify and busting out the smelly candles I bought from my neighbor’s home show. Smack in the middle of the day because where are you, Sun?

Gloomy days give me the ache to bake. Or at least throw sizzle to that drizzle…

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If I can’t frolic in the sun, I’ll zest it up in the kitchen. Let’s do this.

Awhile back, I made this simply scrumpdelicious Carnitas adapted from my America’s Test Kitchen cookbook. ATK? You know it turned out awesome. Better than great.

The carnitas are amazingly savory, juicy, and flavorful, we all scarfed down huge portions of it.

Which means said Carnitas has graced our dinner plates many times since. This time I twisted things up and made this Carnitas Burrito Bowl, and we all agree it’s here to stay.

We start with the luscious pulled pork and combine it with the goodness of black beans, corn, homemade salsa, and avocados.

Carnitas Burrito Bowl

I made a Chipotle style lime-cilantro rice that is seriously better than what I remember getting at the restaurant. It’s fluffy, flavorful, and perfect in this Carnitas Burrito Bowl.

So take that, Gray Sky. We just brought Sunshine in. 🙂

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Carnitas Burrito Bowl

Carnitas Burrito Bowl

5 from 1 vote
This Carnitas Burrito Bowl is incredibly delicious, healthy, and festive. Combine tender, juicy carnitas with lime-cilantro rice. Add corn, salsa, black beans, and avocados. The result is an amazing meal everyone will want seconds of. (The carnitas will take a couple of hours to make, so plan ahead.)
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 6 servings
Author: Amy Dong


  • 1 recipe for Carnitas
  • 1 cup black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 cup sweet corn kernels
  • 1 cup salsa, homemade or store bought
  • 1 cup diced avocado, tossed with juice of 2 wedges of lime

For the Rice:

  • 1 cup uncooked long grain white rice
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 TB salted butter
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • juice from 1 wedge lime
  • ¼ cup freshly chopped cilantro


  • Make the Carnitas according to this recipe. (Carnitas can be made ahead of time, up to the point of broiling/browning.)
  • Make Rice: In a heavy, medium sized pot, combine all rice ingredients except for cilantro. Stir uncovered and bring to a boil. Immediately cover and and reduce to simmer. Simmer 25 minutes. Keep covered and let sit for 10 minutes. Fluff rice with chopped cilantro.
  • Divide carnitas, rice, black beans, corn, salsa, and avocado into bowls and serve.

Nutrition (per serving)

Calories: 556kcal | Carbohydrates: 67g | Protein: 46g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 106mg | Sodium: 1043mg | Potassium: 793mg | Fiber: 10g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 368IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 69mg | Iron: 2mg
Course: Dinner, Main
Cuisine: Mexican American, Tex-Mex

 Source: Chew Out Loud

Here are some of my favorite festive, zesty Tex Mex dishes:

  1. One Pan Tex Mex Quinoa. I love the simplicity and ease of this dish; it’s brightly flavored, festive, and healthy to boot.

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  1. Chicken Burrito Bowl. This dish is one of my favorite ways to use up leftover rice. It’s easy and mouthwatering.

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  1. Easy Skillet Tamale Pie. Super easy, quick, and always a hit with family and friends.

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  1. Easy Enchilada Casserole. I’ve been making and loving this one for years. My peeps adore it.


  1. Tex Mex Sloppy Joes. Sooo easy yet irresistible. Twist up sloppy joe night and watch the joes vanish.

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    • Janet

    Do you heat the black beans before you put it on top of the Carnitas Burrito Bowl. Can’t wait to make this.
    Thank you,

      • chewoutloud

      Janet, it’s entirely up to you… we sometimes heat them, other times we do them room temp… it’s delish either way 🙂 Enjoy!

    • Jen @ Carlsbad Cravings

    One of my favorite Mexican dishes brought to my home – looks absolutely delicious and I love your photos!

      • chewoutloud

      Thanks, Jen! I’m a fan of your recipes; love your stuff! So glad you dropped by today 🙂

    • Maureen

    I totally agree with the healthy and yummy in one dish. And this dish looks so lovely! Its brings out a bright color and great Mexican flavors!.

      • chewoutloud

      I love healthy dishes that don’t taste all that healthy 🙂 Thanks for taking time to comment, Maureen 🙂

    • Thalia @ butter and brioche

    You can just tell how delicious this burrito bowl is from looking at the images. Love carnitas and Mexican flavours so I really have to make this.

      • chewoutloud

      Thanks, Thalia! I’m right there with you on Mexican flavors… YUM 🙂 Thanks for coming over today 🙂

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