Dairy-Free, Entrée, Gluten-Free, Meal Prep, Mexican, One Pot Dish, Slow Cooker, Vegan, Vegetarian

Craving These Slow Cooker Burrito Bowls

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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

Toppings:

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

Directions.

  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.”

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