Better Than Takeout, Dairy-Free, Entrée, Gluten-Free, Lightened Up, Meal Prep, Mexican, One Pot Dish, Slow Cooker, Vegan, Vegetarian

Craving These Slow Cooker Burrito Bowls


My mom has been raving about this lentil chili she made this past winter that called for smoked paprika. I keep seeing recipes call for this spice, and I came across a recipe for slow cooker burrito bowls, which — ding, ding, ding! — called for smoked paprika. Given that it’s been unseasonable cold here and that I wanted some meal prep for a busy start of the week, I pulled out the crock pot and made Slow Cooker Sweet Potato Burrito Bowls. I totally want to make these with chicken next time, but I’ll need a bit more foresight to thaw the chicken from my freezer. Instead, I tossed in sweet potatoes and made these bowls with brown rice and black beans for a yummy dish. These have a risotto-like consistency and I found myself adding more homemade vegetable broth than expected. The smoked paprika pairs so well with the black beans and sweet potato; it gives the bowls a flavor similar to chorizo, but keeps it vegetarian.

Ingredients (serves 5 with 1½ c servings).

For the Bowl:

  • 2 c vegetable broth
  • 1 c uncooked brown rice
  • 1 can (13.5 oz) diced tomatoes, no salt added — keep the liquid!
  • 1 can (13.5 oz) black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1/2 bell pepper, diced (I used 1/4 red and 1/4 orange)
  • 1/2 onion, diced
  • 1/2 medium sweet potato, cubed
  • 1½ t smoked paprika
  • 1/2 t cumin
  • 1/2 t garlic powder
  • 1/4 t cayenne pepper


  • Sliced avocado *
  • Green onions *
  • Chopped romaine lettuce *
  • Baked tortilla chips *
  • Fresh cilantro
  • Salsa
  • Plain Greek yogurt
  • Cheese


  1. In a slow cooker, combine all ingredients for the burrito bowls. Mix well.
  2. Cook on high for 2-3 hrs or on low for 4-6 hrs. Stir 2-3 times to ensure the rice evenly cooks.
    • You may need to add 1/4 to 1/2 c broth as needed to help the rice cook.
    • I found this cooked like risotto and you needed to add more broth every 30-60 min near the last 1-2 hrs.
  3. Serve hot and top with desired toppings. (I used the starred toppings!)
  4. Enjoy!

Adapted from Amuse Your Bouche‘s “Slow Cooker Burrito Bowls.”

Nutrition for 1 serving (no toppings).
196 calories  •  0.9 g fat (3%)  •  50.2 g carbs (84%)  •  7.7 g protein (13%)  •  8.7 g sugar
* These are estimates based off specific products I used and how I entered ingredients in a fitness tracker. This is completely subjective and used to give a rough nutritional estimate.



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