This Buddha Bowl is so customizable, yet simple, it will satisfy even the pickiest of eaters. With a creamy zesty chipotle sauce that you can make as spicy or as mild as you like.

buddha bowl with taco shell bowl, ground beef, tomato, lettuce, and cheese
Steamy Kitchen Buddha bowl

Buddha Bowls Are Easy & Versatile!



A Buddha Bowl is super easy to make – Use leftovers, frozen vegetables.

Fill the bowl with your favorite ingredients, and we’ll show you how to make a yummy sauce and a fun, crunchy topping.

Make this Taco Buddha Bowl

+Greens: Keep it simple with chopped or shredded iceberg lettuce. For something a bit more filling you can use Mexican rice (here’s a great recipe that I’ve used many times)

+Veggies: Diced tomatoes, diced bell peppers or any vegetables you have stored in the fridge.

+Protein: Ground beef with a yummy and simple store-bought taco seasoning. We also used a can of black beans – if you are vegetarian, you can double up on the beans.

+Sauce: Creamy chipotle sauce with chipotle peppers in adobo sauce. Make this sauce as spicy or as mild as you want with the number of peppers you add in.

+Crunch: This bowl is a little different because the crunch is on the outside! We will teach you how to make a fun taco shell bowl with tortillas. Or you can opt out and sprinkle tortilla chips on top.

Here’s how to build this Buddha Bowl:

how to make this buddha bowl: green, veggies, ground beef, sauce, crunch

Fun First: Taco Shell Bowl

Normally you would top it all off with a crunch, but for this recipe….the crunch is the bowl. We recommend starting this recipe by making the bowls so they have time to bake and cool. It’s important for the bowls to cool so they harden to the perfect crunch – and so the contents don’t fall out of a soft bowl.

You can use an electric taco shell maker (fun!), a metal, nonstick mold, or an oven-safe medium sized bowl.

For the taco bowls you will need:

To make this taco shell bowl:

  1. Spray or brush both sides of tortilla with cooking oil.
  2. Place the tortilla inside the bowl or mold, and shape it to the bowl.
  3. Bake 325F 6-8 minutes until browned and crispy.
  4. Remove tortilla from bowl and let cool upside down on baking rack. Cool completely before filling.

Creamy Chipotle Sauce

This creamy chipotle sauce can be made as spicy or as mild as you please.

Creamy chipotle sauce only requires a few ingredients….just combine ingredients in a food processor or blender and process until smooth.

You will need:

  • Mayonnaise
  • Sour cream or crema
  • 1 chipotle pepper in adobo sauce (NOTE this is ONE pepper from the can, not an entire can!)
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • Salt

Drizzle it over this taco buddha bowl and save the rest to dip chips or veggies in. Great for pouring over other yummy meals during the week that need a little kick!

If you prefer, buy a yummy chipotle sauce that you can find in stores or online:

buddha bowl with taco shell bowl

Taco Buddha Bowl with Creamy Chipotle Sauce and Taco Shell Bowl

This taco buddha bowl is a fun easy meal you can make that will satisfy everyone in the house. Drizzle with a creamy chipotle sauce that you can make as spicy or as mild as you like.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 4 people
Calories 510 kcal


For the CRUNCH

  • 4 flour tortillas 10-inches
  • 2 tbsp olive oil or cooking oil spray

For the GREENS

  • 4 cups shredded iceberg lettuce


  • 1 large tomato diced
  • 1/2 cup corn frozen or canned (drained)
  • 1 large avocado sliced


  • 1 lb lean ground beef or ground turkey
  • 1 can black beans drained (optional)
  • 1 package low sodium taco seasoning mix
  • 3/4 cup water

For the SAUCE

  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup sour cream or crema
  • 1 chipotle pepper in adobo sauce ONE single pepper, not the entire can
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 tsp lime juice
  • 1/4 tsp salt


  • Preheat the oven to 325ºF. Spray both sides of the tortilla with cooking spray. Snuggle the tortilla inside the bowl or mold, fluting the edges to make a "bowl" shape. Bake for 8 minutes, until golden brown. Let cool completely.
  • Brown the ground beef in a skillet over medium-high skillet. Drain fat. Stir in the seasoning mix and water. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • For the sauce, combine all ingredients in a food processor and process until it has a smooth creamy consistency. Taste. adjust and add a little more adobo sauce or another pepper, if you would like it spicier.
  • To assemble this bowl, grab a taco shell bowl and add in a handful of lettuce. Next, add a couple scoops of veggies and taco meat then, drizzle with chipotle sauce and serve.


Calories: 510kcalCarbohydrates: 37gProtein: 28gFat: 29gSaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 76mgSodium: 1282mgPotassium: 923mgFiber: 8gSugar: 8gVitamin A: 1722IUVitamin C: 19mgCalcium: 87mgIron: 5mg
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