Grilled Chicken Fresh Mex Bowl

Chicken fresh mex bowl

Grilled Chicken Fresh Mex Bowl

The Grilled Chicken Fresh Mex Bowl features Red Cactus seasoned grilled chicken, home-made corn and black bean salsa, Red Cactus Salsa and rice, layered with cheddar cheese, pico de gallo, fresh field greens, chopped cilantro, tortilla strips, sliced avocado, and a drizzle of cumin-lime sour cream. The chicken can be substituted for grilled shrimp or steak.

What is a fresh mex or burrito bowl?
A burrito bowl is all of your favorite burrito fillings minus the tortilla. Burrito bowls are typically served over rice, or if you’re looking to cut down on your carbs, you can serve your toppings on a bed of shredded romaine lettuce.

We recently read an article in the New York Times about how bowls are becoming much more common at dinner, and it just makes sense. They can pack a lot in, they can be used for just about anything, they’re more couch-friendly than a plate, and many foods often look better in a bowl then they do piled on a plate.

This burrito bowl is more of a copy cat of Chili’s Chipotle Tex Mex Bowl, with a few alterations, but these bowls are so versatile. You can remove or add almost any ingredient and never get bored.


Course: Brunch, Dinner, Lunch

Cuisine: Mexican

Keyword: Grilled chicken, fresh mex bowl, burrito bowl

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 10-20 minutes

Total Time: 25-35 minutes

What you’ll need: 

  • 2 tablespoons Red Cactus Seasoning
  • 1/4 jar Red Cactus Jalapeños  (optional)
  • One boneless skinless chicken breast
  • dash if salt and pepper
  • 2 tbsp. finely chopped cilantro
  • 3 tbsp. lime juice
  • 1/4 tsp. ground cumin
  • 3 tbsp. pico de gallo
  • 3 tbsp. canned black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 3 tbsp. frozen sweet corn kernels, thawed
  • 1-2 tbsp. sour cream
  •  1 1/2 tsp. chopped chipotle pepper
  • 1 cup chopped lettuce or fresh greens
  • 1/2 oz. sliced avocado
  • 1/2 cup rice
  • 2 tbsp. shredded cheese
  • crunchy tortilla strips, or tortilla chips
  • Red Cactus Salsa
  • Red Cactus Cheese Dip or Red Cactus Queso 


Season chicken with Red Cactus Seasoning, salt and pepper, and place in wide medium bowl. Add 1 tbsp. each cilantro and lime juice. Flip chicken to coat.

Meanwhile, make the dressing: In a small bowl, combine sour cream, cumin, and 1 tsp. lime juice. Mix well, and refrigerate.

Cook rice, or substitute with quinoa.

To make the next layer, in a medium bowl, combine pico de gallo, black beans, corn, and chipotle pepper. Add remaining 1 tbsp. cilantro and 1 tsp. lime juice. Mix well, and refrigerate.

Bring a grill pan (or skillet) sprayed with nonstick spray to medium heat. Add chicken. Cook for about 5 minutes per side, until cooked through. Once cool enough to handle, slice into strips.

Place lettuce in a medium bowl. Top with Red Cactus salsa, chicken, pico/bean/corn mixture, avocado, and cheese. Drizzle with dressing (or serve dressing on the side). Top with crushed chips.


What salsa products are gluten-free?

Red Cactus-USA Salsa from our shop in Hannibal, Missouri understands the benefits of gluten-free and cares about our customers. When we look beyond the product sales, beyond the salsa, and look at how it has impacted our community, our staff, and our customers, it is clear that it is a vehicle of flavor and a vehicle for healthy healing. Our Facebook reviews are filled with testimonials about how our salsa was one of the only things they can eat because of the health benefits.

At Red Cactus-USA, we know that food is the quickest way to a healthy life and lifestyle. As a result, we pride ourselves on promoting a healthy product that helps shift people away from unhealthy eating habits. Not only are our products gluten-free, they are made with ingredients from garden-fresh vegetables, keeping them low in sodium,  and ingredients which lower acid-reflux. To stand behind our mission to help others, we have to stand behind a product that also helps people’s lives and livelihoods. Not only do we reach out to our customers to promote healthy eating through good ingredients, our owner Steven has continued his outreach mission, “From the Cactus to the Cross.” He continues to visit churches or meeting centers to speak and share stories. It is all in the name of encouraging others to serve and pursue a healthy lifestyle. If you or someone you know is interested in having Steven speak to your group, church or at a conference, he can be reached at 217-653-8147 or by email at To learn more about Red Cactus-USA and our mission, be sure to check out our About Us page and keep up to date with the latest and greatest on our Facebook page.

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