Quick & Easy Beef Barbacoa Bowl – A Flavorful Weeknight Dinner Solution!

Last Updated on March 26, 2024

Struggling to find the time for a home-cooked meal after a long day? Look no further than ButcherBox’s Fully-Cooked Beef Barbacoa for a filling dinner in a flash. In this post, we’ll guide you through crafting a beef barbacoa bowl that’s as simple as it is delicious.

Check the recipe notes for additional topping and sauce suggestions!

Quick & Easy Beef Barbacoa Bowl

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Protein: Beef
Cut: Prepared, Slow Cooked Beef Barbacoa
Course: Lunch, Main Course
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes


  • 1 pouch ButcherBox Beef Barbacoa thawed or frozen
  • 2 cups cooked rice
  • 1 avocado sliced
  • 1 cup sweet corn kernels cooked
  • pickled red onions for garnish
  • 1 jalapeño thinly sliced for garnish
  • fresh cilantro chopped for garnish
  • lime wedges for serving
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • Begin by cooking your rice according to package instructions until it's fluffy and tender. Season with a little salt and keep warm.
  • While the rice is cooking, heat the ButcherBox Beef Barbacoa. If it's frozen, place the unopened pouch on a microwave-safe dish and defrost in the microwave on high for 4-5 minutes. If thawed, simply reheat for 2 minutes. Alternatively, for a stovetop method, pour the contents into a saucepan over medium heat for 12-14 minutes, stirring occasionally until heated through.
  • Spoon the cooked rice into bowls as the base. Add a portion of the heated beef barbacoa to each bowl.
  • Top the barbacoa with slices of avocado, a scoop of sweet corn, and pickled red onions. Add a few jalapeño slices for a bit of heat if you like.
  • Sprinkle with chopped cilantro for a fresh herby note


Additional Topping Ideas

  • Cheeses: A sprinkle of cotija cheese for a salty kick or shredded Monterey Jack for a melty touch.
  • Beans: A scoop of black or pinto beans for added protein and fiber.
  • Vegetables: Diced tomatoes, shredded lettuce, or sautéed bell peppers for freshness and crunch.
  • Salsas: Fresh pico de gallo or a chunky salsa verde can add a nice acidity and spice.
  • Sour Cream: A dollop of sour cream or Mexican crema to balance the heat with its cool creaminess.

Sauce Recommendations:

  • Chipotle Sauce: Blend up some canned chipotles in adobo with mayonnaise and lime juice for a smoky, tangy sauce.
  • Cilantro Lime Sauce: Mix finely chopped cilantro with lime juice, garlic, and Greek yogurt for a refreshing and herby drizzle.
  • Avocado Crema: Combine ripe avocado, sour cream, lime juice, and cilantro in a blender for a smooth and creamy sauce.
  • Tomatillo Salsa: Roast tomatillos, jalapeños, and garlic, then blend until smooth for a tangy and slightly spicy salsa.
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Kinesha is an Executive Producer at ButcherBox with experience as a food truck owner, bartender, and content creator.