You need this epic paleo burrito bowl for your Whole30! This is an easy, low carb mexican paleo recipe made with pulled pork, cilantro lime cauliflower rice, avocado, and all of your favorite chipotle style toppings! This is clean eating comfort food at its most delicious.
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Paleo Burrito Bowl

This paleo burrito bowl with cilantro lime cauliflower rice is the perfect balance of crunchy, tangy, sweet, creamy, and spicy - without the fuss of navigating the take-out menu for Whole30 compliant substitutions.  
Course Main Course
Cuisine Gluten Free, Grain Free, Paleo, Whole30
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 613kcal
Author Danielle Esposti



Cilantro Lime Rice

Paleo Burrito Bowls

  • 1 head romaine lettuce thinly sliced
  • 3 tbp avocado oil divided
  • 1 orange juiced (or 1/3 c. fresh orange juice)
  • 1 lime juiced
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • pinch red pepper flakes or more to taste
  • 2 c cooked, shredded pulled pork
  • 2 plantains sliced to 1/2"
  • 1 yellow onion thinly slicedd
  • 1 red bell pepper thinly sliced
  • 1 green bell pepper thinly sliced
  • 8 tbsp salsa divided
  • 2 avocado pitted and diced


  • Prep your burrito bowl ingredients. Shave the lettuce and set aside, or divide immediately into 4 bowls. Slice the plantains, onions, and peppers and set each aside. Juice the orange and the lime into a small bowl, whisk the cumin and red pepper into the citrus juice, then set aside. Dice the avocado, and set aside. 
  • Rice the cauliflower. Cut the cauliflower into florets. Add half the cauliflower florets to the bowl of your food processor. Pulse the florets until they are uniformly riced. Scrape out the riced cauliflower into a bowl and set aside. Repeat with the remaining cauliflower florets. 

Cilantro Lime Cauliflower Rice

  • Heat a cast iron skillet over medium high heat. Add the avocado oil, and heat until it shimmers. Add the cauliflower rice and salt. Saute, stirring frequently, until translucent, but not overly soft, 5-6 minutes. Add the lime juice and saute 1 minute longer, stirring continuously. Remove from heat and stir in the lime zest and minced cilantro. 

Paleo Burrito Bowls

  • Divide the cauliflower rice evenly between four bowls, then add the shaved romaine lettuce to each burrito bowl.
  • Wipe out the skillet, return it to medium high heat, and add one tablespoon of avocado oil. Add the pulled pork to the pan, the pour the citrus juice mixed with the spices over the pork. Allow the pork to sear undisturbed until it's crispy, and all of the liquid has been absorbed, 10-12 minutes. Remove from heat and divide the pork between the burrito bowls. 
  • While the pork is cooking, heat a second skillet over medium heat. Add the remaining 2 tbsp avocado oil, or enough to coat the bottom of the skillet in an even later. Heat until the oil shimmers. Working in batches, add the plantain slices in a single layer and fry until golden brown, 2-3 minutes. Flip, and fry on the other side until golden brown, an additional 2-3 minutes. Remove the plantain slices and set them onto a paper towel lined plate, then sprinkle with salt.
  • Increase the heat to medium high. Add the onion and a pinch of salt, then toss to coat in the remaining fat. Saute, stirring occasionally, until the onion is soft and the edges start to brown, 7 minutes. Add the bell pepper to the pan and saute, stirring occasionally, until the peppers are slightly charred, but still retain a soft crunch, 5 minutes. 
  • Place ¼ of the onions and peppers into each burrito bowl on top of the lettuce and cauliflower rice. 
  • Finish each burrito bowl with ¼ of the plantains, half a diced avocado, and two tablespoons salsa. Serve immediately. 


  • The base for these quick crispy carnitas in my dutch oven pulled pork
  • Please note that prep time does not include the time to cook the pulled pork from scratch. 


Calories: 613kcal | Carbohydrates: 55g | Protein: 32g | Fat: 28g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 17g | Trans Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 0mg | Sodium: 1195mg | Potassium: 1152mg | Fiber: 15g | Sugar: 24g | Vitamin A: 3000% | Vitamin C: 337.4% | Calcium: 100% | Iron: 2.9%