Easy Tex-Mex Bowl in a square white bowl with ingredients around the bowl and a towel in the background (with logo overlay)

Easy Tex-Mex Bowl or Chicken Burrito Salad Recipe

Make something different for Taco Tuesday with this easy, delicious Tex-Mex Bowl. Great for a weeknight dinner or to bring for lunch.

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Now that we live in Texas, we have been experimenting a bit more with some of the Tex-Mex-related recipes. I will never be on board with the true Mexican cuisine. I enjoy sour cream too much, but the food here is definitely different than in Florida. That’s why we came up with our own Tex-Mex Bowl recipe.

We have a few recipes already, such as our Bean and Cheese TostadasChipotle Chicken Tacos, and my favorite Taco Dip. But we wanted to add it to our recipe database. And use up a lot of random groceries we had in the house.

Justin is the one who came up with the idea to make a Tex-Mex bowl for dinner one night. We had some lettuce that was about to start going bad, some chicken we had thawed but had no clue what to do with, and other veggies in the fridge.

This recipe was kind of made up as we went. We didn’t have much of a plan but just went with the flow on it. And surprisingly, on the first try, we came up with a delicious meal!

Add-On Options

As with any recipe you make from home, you have the option to add or remove ingredients. Here are a few that I think would be great simple ingredients you can add to your burrito bowl. 

  • Lime Juice, a Lime Wedge, or Lime Zest
  • Brown Rice or White Rice
  • Pinto Beans
  • Red Onions
  • Red Bell Pepper or Green Bell Pepper
  • Hot Sauce
  • Green Onions
  • Refried Beans
  • Jalapeno Peppers
  • Fresh Corn or Canned Corn
  • Ground Beef
  • Pepper Jack Cheese
  • Tortilla Strips
  • Corn Chips
  • Chili Powder
  • Red Pepper Flakes
  • Cheddar Cheese

Easy Tex-Mex Bowl Step by Step


  • 1 lb chicken breast (boneless, skinless, cut into strips)
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp cilantro
  • 1 tbsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 cups lettuce (chopped)
  • 1 tomato (chopped)
  • 1/2 onion (chopped)
  • 1 avocado (sliced)
  • 1/4 cup corn (cooked)
  • 1/2 cup Mexican cheese (shredded)



Season the chicken and pan-fry it over medium-high heat in a large skillet until it is cooked through. Of course, if you want a meatless option for a meal, you don’t have to make the chicken for it. The seasonings I used include cilantro, cumin, onion powder, garlic powder, and black pepper. You can really determine the flavor of the meal by using different seasonings to your tastes.


Cut up whatever vegetables you want to use in your bowls. We used tomato and avocado for ours but would have also used onion if we had some. I did add a little extra onion powder to the chicken to help make up for the missing flavor of the freshly chopped onion.

Another thing we added was some corn. We’ve had some frozen corn in the freezer for months, so I decided that we needed to use that for something. I threw the bag away a long time ago because it had ripped open and had this in a freezer ziplock, so I didn’t have the cooking instructions but just boiled the corn until it was warmed through.

Wide shot of tex-mex bowl ingredients ready to use: cooked corn, shredded cheese, sour cream, limes, tomatoes, diced onion, sliced avocado, lettuce

As I mentioned earlier, we had some lettuce in the fridge that had been in there a while and was starting to go bad. Normally tacos would use tortilla shells of some type, but we figured the lettuce would make this a little more healthy. And we didn’t have any taco shells in the pantry either.

Putting it all Together

Once everything is cooked and ready, just pile it all in your bowl like you would a salad. Then we topped it with cheese, and I put a little bit of sour cream on top. Trust me, I learned the hard way that it doesn’t take much sour cream for this. A little bit goes a long way.

Garnish with chopped fresh cilantro and serve immediately. 

Easy Tex-Mex Bowl in a square white bowl with ingredients around the bowl and a towel in the background (vertical)

Tex-Mex Bowl Leftovers

Storage: This is best stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2-3 days. I suggest fresh avocado slices when you serve the leftovers as it won’t keep for very long. 


Originally Published On: May 1, 2019

Last Updated On: November 13, 2023

Easy Tex-Mex Bowl in a square white bowl with ingredients around the bowl and a towel in the background

Tex-Mex Bowl

Make something different for Taco Tuesday with this easy, delicious Tex-Mex Bowl. Great for a weeknight dinner or to bring for lunch.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Main Dish
Servings: 2 servings
4.78 from 9 votes


  • 1 lb chicken breast (boneless, skinless, cut into strips)
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp cilantro
  • 1 tbsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 cups lettuce (chopped)
  • 1 tomato (chopped)
  • 1/2 onion (chopped)
  • 1 avocado (sliced)
  • 1/4 cup corn (cooked)
  • 1/2 cup mexican cheese (shredded)


  • Fry the chicken in the oil and sprinkle with seasonings
  • Fill the serving bowls with lettuce
  • Add the vegetables and cooked chicken and stir
  • Top with cheese and any other toppings such as a dollop of sour cream
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Nutrition Facts
Tex-Mex Bowl
Amount Per Serving (1 each)
Calories 603 Calories from Fat 279
% Daily Value*
Fat 31g48%
Saturated Fat 8g40%
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 3g
Monounsaturated Fat 15g
Cholesterol 172mg57%
Sodium 457mg19%
Potassium 1751mg50%
Carbohydrates 25g8%
Fiber 10g40%
Sugar 6g7%
Protein 60g120%
Vitamin A 1350IU27%
Vitamin C 27mg33%
Calcium 258mg26%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

All nutritional information is based on third-party calculations and should be considered estimates. Actual nutrition content will vary based on brands used, measuring methods, portion sizes, and more.

50 thoughts on “Easy Tex-Mex Bowl or Chicken Burrito Salad Recipe”

  1. 4 stars
    Looks great to me. I’d leave out the corn, but that’s just a me thing. Otherwise, I think it looks yummy and healthy!!

  2. I’m also surprised how different food taste from place to place! I do like Mexican food but also Tex-Mex, specially since some people say Taco Bell is Tex-Mex and I absolutely love it!

  3. 5 stars
    Love a good taco bowl always healthy and delicious! I won’t lie still a huge taco bell fan, lol child habit won’t go away!

  4. 5 stars
    This looks delicious. Since hubby is not a fan of tomatoes, would probably use our homemade onion and habanero pickling. We love the idea of a bowl instead of it in an actual burrito or taco. Can’t wait to try this recipe out.

  5. Tex-Mex recipes are among my favorites! I’m a big fan of the easiness, taste, and speediness to prepare. This one looks like a great way to use up leftovers, as you said. Definitely going to try it out!

    1. I’ve learned many new Tex-Mex recipes since moving to Texas a few years ago. We also like how easy they are and that they can usually be customized for each person.

    1. This recipe is definitely all of those things! It’s so fresh with all the vegetables. We had it for dinner originally but then had the leftovers for lunch the next day.

  6. 5 stars
    It’s fresh and delicious. But to all cilantro lovers out there (like myself),add some chopped cilantro on top with a squeeze of lime juice and a sprinkle of sea salt. YUM

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