Happy Meatless Monday Bitches!

Time for some vegan meal prep.

Low Carb Vegan Chipotle Black Bean Meal Prep Bowls

Chipotle Black Bean Vegan Meal Prep Bowls

Right off the bat I’m gonna have to tell you that the magic in this recipe is in the chipotle black beans. I could easily use this recipe to go meatless 4 times a week and never get bored. Even my husband who loves eating meat, is happy to eat these in burrito bowls, tacos, flautas, and burritos.

Chipolte black beans in a pan beside sliced bell peppers #chipotle #blackbeans #chipotlebeans #meatlessmeals #meatlessmonday #vegan #vegetarian

For these vegan meal prep bowls specifically, I used cauliflower rice to take the place of regular rice as a low carb option.

Now let’s just get this shit straight right here though- cauliflower rice is NOT rice. I dunno about you, but I am verrrry sick and tired of people trying to pass vegetables off as other things. It works great for some, but for others it’s very off putting.


In my experience the best way to get good results from cauliflower rice is to make it in dishes that are packed with flavor. For these bowls, the Pico de Gallo, Salsa and Chipolte really do the heavy lifting for making you not realize that you are eating cauliflower.

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Why Meal Prep?

Meal prepping is a great way to save money, have an ACTIONABLE plan with your leftovers, and save you from the “I have nothing to eat I better just eat fruit snacks and crackers dipped in icing” trap.

Planning food out in advance has been a main factor in my weight loss success.

*NOTE* Find Glass Containers with Locking Lids to Keep Your Prepped Food Fresh

These are a good option as they can be used for meal prep or even just everyday food storage

Making the Cauliflower Rice

Cauliflower rice is super easy to make, especially if you have a food processor. I have seen online that you can buy it pre-made, but it is so simple to prepare that I can’t imagine ever going that route.


Cauliflower rice is pretty popular right now so I won’t bother to make a whole post on this. These bullet points on how to prepare will do:

To Prepare Cauliflower Rice

  • Take your cauliflower and remove the green stem/stalks
  • Cut the head of the cauliflower into 3 or 4 sections
  • Remove the bulk of the thick stalk under the florets (you don’t have to remove it all, I tend to leave about an inch or so beneath the florets)
  • Cut into pieces that your food processor can handle
  • I use the grater attachment for my food processor or just pulse it with the regular blade until it is the about the size of rice. If there are large pieces I just pull them out. I’d rather do that than over process most of my ‘rice’
  • You can also use a box grater if you don’t have a food processor

To cook the Cauliflower Rice

  • Heat about 1 tbsp of coconut or olive oil in a pan over medium heat
  • Add cauliflower rice and saute for about 5 minutes or so until it is softened and the consistency of rice (watch so it doesn’t get mushy)
  • You can also cover it while cooking so that it steams a bit… to be honest I often forget to do this and it ends up just fine though

**For this recipe I used these directions, but also added approximately 1.5 cups of cubed bell peppers while sauteeing**

This food processor by Hamilton Beach is my Appliance Crush

Making the Chipotle Black Beans

First Some Tips:

  • Rinse your beans well or you just might end up being someone’s epic fart story
  • Chipotle peppers in Adobo sauce can be stored individually in an ice tray so you can easily just pop one out and get on with your life
Chipotle peppers in an ice cube tray. Frozen individually #chipotlepeppers #chipotle #lifehacks
Freeze chipotle peppers individually in an ice cube tray for easy cooking later
  • Keep in mind that beans are NOT low carb. Watch your portions if you’re an Olympic carb dodger.
Print Recipe
Chipolte Black Beans
These Chipotle black beans are so simple and versatile, you can make fantastic meatless meals in a flash!
Chipotle black beans in a pan with bell peppers
Cuisine Mexican
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Cuisine Mexican
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Chipotle black beans in a pan with bell peppers
  1. Finely chop chipolte pepper, garlic and onion.
  2. In a frying pan over medium heat, add water or broth, tomato sauce and cumin. Mix well and add chipolte, garlic and onion.
  3. Add rinsed cooked black beans and simmer in the sauce stirring well.
  4. Heat until the sauce is no longer watery
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Putting it all Together

Low Carb Vegan Chipotle Black Bean Meal Prep Bowls

Take your containers and add your base greens. I use romaine because it holds up well without getting wilty in the fridge.

Add your cauliflower rice and peppers mix. I used approximately 1- 1.5 cups of the cauliflower rice for these bowls.

Add about 1/3 to 1/2 a cup of your chipolte black beans.

Top with Pico de Gallo, salsa and other toppings as desired (I’d recommend green onions, jalapenos and guacamole or avocado).

Chipotle black bean low carb cauliflower rice burrito bowls #mealprep #foodprep #burritobowl #vegan #vegetarian #blackbeans

The best part of these bowls? I took one to work the next day and it was AMAZING without having to reheat it at all. So this is a great cold lunch option as well.


Vegetarian, cauliflower rice lower carb vegan meal prep bowls with chipotle black beans







  1. thepsychogrok February 12, 2018 at 8:19 am

    Love it. I’m a vegetarian and this is too good..

    1. MandiEm February 12, 2018 at 9:42 am

      Thank you! It was so tasty

      1. thepsychogrok February 12, 2018 at 9:45 am

        Can’t wait to try it!! It looks delectable in the pictures.. Pity you can’t FedEx some to India

        1. MandiEm February 13, 2018 at 6:50 am

          Haha Yes! Well shipping anything from Canada seems to cost 1 million dollars plus your firstborn anyways haha

  2. overthehillontheyellowbrickroad February 13, 2018 at 4:25 am

    This looks amazing! I’m going to try it. Also–I buy Green Giant frozen cauliflower rice when I’m making other recipes. It saves some of the steps involved in making it from scratch and tastes very good.

    1. MandiEm February 13, 2018 at 7:31 am

      I have heard of this! Never tried it though
      I am experimenting with freezing my own but I’ll see how it turns out before I endorse it hahaha

  3. Scribbles and Tostitos February 18, 2018 at 5:12 am

    This came right on time. I’ve been buying burrito bowls so much lately, I recently thought to myself, “Sheesh! Why don’t I make them myself?!” Now, thanks to you, I can!

    And I agree – Cauliflower rice is not rice!

    1. MandiEm February 18, 2018 at 7:13 pm

      Yes! I live off them. They are the best

  4. jvankleeck February 20, 2018 at 7:52 pm

    This looks delicious! Black beans are one of my favorites and so filling. I’ve been wanting to try cauliflower rice as well. Will definitely be adding this to my must try list of recipes!


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