Chipotle-style burrito bowl

If you have lived in the USA, more likely than not, you have had a burrito at Chipotle. I lived in Alpharetta, GA for 4 years, and I used to eat at a neighboring Chipotle once in 2 weeks. The “once a week” mother-ship was Sweet Tomatoes.

I was craving a burrito bowl after reading Rads’ attempt at it. My cilantro-lime rice, fajita style vegetables, mild tomato salsa, chunky guacamole, and beans were all a near perfect match to the Chipotle burrito. I give you the method (not recipes) here, have a go at it, and change whatever suits you.

Cilantro-lime rice: Cook long grain (or basmati) rice, mix in lime juice, salt, lime zest and chopped cilantro while it is hot.

Fajita style vegetables: Onions and bell peppers cut into strips, pan sauteed (or grilled) in olive oil with salt, pepper and oregano.

Beans – I couldn’t find black beans, so I used kidney beans. I added a bay leaf and roasted cumin powder to the canned beans.

Mild salsa: Fresh tomatoes, jalapenos, red onions, cilantro all chopped finely, sprinkle of lime juice and salt.

Guacamole: Mash one avocado with fork, mix in chopped red onions and tomatoes, lime juice and salt.

Here is how I tweaked some aspects:

1. I roasted the jalapenos under the broiler, peeled and chopped them. I also added one raw jalapeno. Different flavors. Almost sweet roasted jalapenos and crunchy raw ones.

2. I used Greek yogurt instead of sour cream. Healthier I think.

3. Instead of tortilla chips, I used good old potato chips (because my kids like ’em better).

4. I didn’t do the corn salsa, because it isn’t summer and I couldn’t find corn on the cob. I don’t like canned/frozen corn. I don’t mind frozen peas or canned beans, but not corn. I’m crazy like that.


1. Do not use normal white or yellow onions. Red onions are the way to go, because they have lesser moisture and also taste and look better.

2. Don’t let the chopped avocados sit out too long, they oxidize and turn an awful grey color, hit them with lime juice as soon as possible.

3. If you can find the giant 13″ tortillas, by all means make yourself a burrito.

4. If you like meat or chicken in your burrito, go here for the marinade recipe.

5. Add lettuce, grated cheese, or anything else you like.

6. This is a great way to use up left over steamed rice. Warm it up first by sprinkling some water and into the microwave for a few minutes.

Let me know how your attempt went.


4 responses

  1. Totally agree on red onions. They come closest to even Indian recipes. The guac looks great along with the rest.

    It’s nice that we can break some classics down if we can recognize tastes!
    Good luck with the blog! 🙂

  2. Hey any .. Gr88 work with the blog and recipes.

    Oh I miss chipotle and keep doing it at home … Pretty similar to what u hv said .. Try adding paprika powder to the kidney beans .. As a variation you can grind the beans to a paste and add onions, tomatoes sautéed on olive oil
    this can be used in tacos as well

    Keep it going

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