Flank Steak Burrito Bowls


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These Flank Steak Burrito Bowls are so perfect that they will put all other burrito bowls to shame.

Flank Steak Burrito Bowls from www.whatsgabycooking.com (@whatsgabycookin)

Here’s the thing about burrito bowls. There are a lot of ingredients that go into making them and that makes them incredible because you never get bored, but prepping all that stuff can get annoying. I get it, but I’ve simplified a bit and made things pretty easy so we can make our own burrito bowls at home for a fraction of the cost and have TONS of leftovers to pack for lunches all week long.

The secret to a perfect burrito bowl is three-fold:

1: you need a great base. This lime cilantro rice is everything. It’s so flavorful and not even remotely boring.

2: make it stand out!! Today it’s all about this super flavorful flank steak! So good and so easy you’ll want to grill up (either inside or outside) a piece of this steak and use it every week!

3: the toppings. Obviously. guacamole. cheese. salsa. pico. corn, you name it… get jazzy and then dig in!

Flank Steak Burrito Bowls

5 from 3 votes


For the Steak

  • 1 lb Flank Steak
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • ¼ cup Hot Sauce I love the Chipotle Cholula
  • ¼ cup red wine vinegar
  • 2 cloves garlic finely chopped
  • 3 tablespoons chopped flat leaf parsley
  • 2 tablespoons fresh oregano
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper

For the Rice

  • 1 teaspoon vegetable oil
  • 1 cup white basmati rice
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 lime
  • 2 tablespoons freshly chopped cilantro
  • kosher salt to taste

For the toppings

  • 1 cup pinto beans warmed
  • 1 cup charred corn
  • 1 cup guacamole
  • 1 cup pico de gallo
  • 1 cup shredded monterey jack cheese
  • Preferred hot sauce again, I'm partial to Chipotle Cholula


For the Steak

  • Combine the ingredients for the flank steak marinade. Add the steak and let marinate for 2 hours.
  • Heat a grill over medium high heat. Remove the steak from the marinade and generously season with salt and pepper. Place the steak on the grill and grill for 4-6 minutes on each side, turning 90 degrees halfway through to get criss-cross grill marks. Cook until medium, or medium, depending on your preference, and then remove to a cutting board and let rest for 10 minutes. Slice the flank steak against the grain and then again into cubes and use for the burrito bowls.

For the Rice

  • In a heavy saucepan, heat the oil over medium heat. Once hot, add the white rice and lime juice and sauté for 60 seconds to toast the rice.
  • Add the water and bring the rice to a boil. Cover and reduce the heat to low and cook until the rice is tender and all the water is absorbed. Add in the cilantro and fluff rice with a fork.

To assemble

  • Arrange equal parts of the white rice and chopped grilled steak in 4 bowls. Top with equal parts of the pinto beans, corn, guacamole, pico and cheese. Season with salt and pepper as needed and shake the Cholula Green Pepper Sauce on top as needed (I prefer 10+ shakes per bowl) serve immediately.

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    • Gaby

      you can ditch the hot sauce and it will be super mild! but even with the hot sauce, it’s more smoky than spicy

  1. Sam

    Hi Gaby! I love making these and a ton of your other recipes! I notice that you always note to grill your steaks and I’m in a small apartment so that’s not an option, unfortunately. I know there are a ton of internet resources with ways to cook steak stovetop, but I’m wondering if you have any advice. Thank you!

  2. Cheryl Bremson

    5 stars
    We made this last night and it was delicious! Instead of flank steak which is so off the charts expensive these days I used sliced beef like the kind used for carne asada. It was terrific.

  3. Cheryl Bremson

    We made this last night and it was delicious! Instead of flank steak which is so off the charts expensive these days I used sliced beef like the kind used for carne asada.

  4. Elliette Dudley

    5 stars
    I was skeptical about the marinade because it was so simple. I typically use tons of citrus for flank steak. This honestly beats my favorite recipe for flank steak, it is unreal! The flavors were incredible. I marinated for 6 hours instead of 2 and did 2 lbs of flap meat from Costco. I also didn’t have fresh herbs so I used 1.5 tbsp dry parsley and 1 tbsp dried oregano. Turned out perfect.

  5. V

    5 stars
    This is one of my go to dinners. Sometimes I sauté peppers and mushrooms in the marinade.