No need for takeout with this Copycat Chipotle Burrito Bowl Recipe! Made just like your favorite restaurant’s burrito bowl, this recipe is full of flavor, healthy and can be made simple with pre-mixed ingredients or homemade options.
If you’re anything like me, Chipotle is your go-to quick and easy, takeout meal on the regular. It’s filling, it’s packed with some of my favorite foods, and it’s relatively cheap… Can the guac just be free already?!
Since our move, we’ve realized how much we used to eat out! When you live in walking distance to so many amazing restaurants, it’s so easy to opt for eating out instead of meal planning and grocery shopping. We’ve been working on planning out our weeks, leaning on our favorite cookbooks for inspiration and meal prepping intuitively to eat in more. Now instead of regularly eating Chipotle, we’re regularly eating a variation of these homemade chipotle bowls!
For basically the price of one serving, we can make four meals. These copycat Chipotle Burrito Bowls are a win!
Ingredients in Chipotle Burrito Bowls:
What I love most about this chipotle burrito bowl recipe is that it can be as quick or involved as you want it to be. If you’re short on time you can buy store-bought versions of salsa, guac and even rotisserie chicken. If you’re more of a “from scratch” type of person I’ve included recipes for each.
- Romaine lettuce– or any leafy greens or lettuce
- Black beans – I like to use canned beans so I don’t have to think about pre-soaking and cooking my beans. You could also use pinto beans or refried beans.
- Rice – use brown rice, basmati white rice or cauliflower rice for extra veggies!
- Salsa – I like chopping up fresh tomatoes for my homemade pico de gallo or pineapple salsa but feel free to use store-bought if short on time.
- Guacamole – go for my homemade authentic version or pick up store-bought if short on time. Fresh avocado slices work too!
- Lime – give em’ a squeeze for all that lime juice.
- Chicken breasts – if you want to take a shortcut, rotisserie chicken works great in this recipe but my hack is to dry-rub two chicken breasts with salt and 2 tbsp of chipotle seasoning, marinade and then follow my stove-top grill recipe.
Customize Your Chipotle Burrito Bowl
One of the best things about Chipotle is that everyone can pick what they want in their burrito! Want extra veggies? Great. Like spice? There’s a salsa for that. If you want to spruce up your homemade burrito bowl, here are some bonuses you could add:
- Sauteed veggies – slice bell peppers and onions and saute in a little oil with salt and pepper.
- Swap the chicken – prefer a different protein? Feel free to swap in beef, pork or even tofu for a vegetarian option.
- Corn – Steam corn or get fancy and make street corn by mixing sweet corn with mayo, paprika and cotija cheese.
- Cilantro – I love finishing off my meal with fresh herbs. Cilantro pairs well with these burrito bowls. Or you can stir into your rice with a squeeze of fresh lime juice for cilantro lime rice.
- Chipotle aioli – I’m in the camp that every meal is better with aioli. Just me? Mix a chipotle pepper in adobo sauce with mayo for a fun sauce!
- Sour cream – I personally don’t like sour cream on my burrito bowls but you’re welcome to add a dollop!
- Add tortilla chips – a little sprinkle of tortilla chips on top never hurt anybody!
More Bowl Recipes
The bowls don’t stop there! For all the bowl lovers out there (you know who you are) I wanted to share my other favorite bowl recipes! These all have specific recipes but you can 100% make them your own. Customize with your favorite vegetables or sauce to taste and as always, have fun in the kitchen!
- The Ultimate Buddha Bowl
- Quinoa Veggie Bowls
- Macro Veggie Bowls
- Baked Falafel Buddha Bowls
- Cilantro Lime Tofu Bowls
Chipotle Burrito Bowls
No need for takeout with this Copycat Chipotle Chicken Burrito Bowl! Made just like your favorite restaurant’s burrito bowl, this recipe is filling, healthy and can be made simple with pre-mixed ingredients or homemade options.
- Prep Time: 10 minutes
- Cook Time: 20 minutes
- Total Time: 30 minutes
- Yield: 4 servings 1x
- Category: Dinner
- Method: Cook
- Cuisine: Mexican
- Diet: Gluten Free
- 2 heads romaine hearts, shredded
- 1 can black beans, rinsed and drained
- 1 cup of dry rice, cooked according to package instructions
- 1 recipe for guacamole (I use my traditional guacamole)
- 2 cups salsa (I like my homemade pico de gallo or pineapple salsa but feel free to use store-bought if short on time)
- 1 lime, cut into quarters
For the chipotle chicken*:
- 1.5 lbs organic chicken breasts (roughly two medium chicken breasts)
- 2 tbsp chipotle powder
- 1 tsp salt
- Cook rice according to package instructions
- When finished mix with black beans.
- Pat dry chicken breasts and then coat with chipotle powder and salt covering all sides.
- Grill on stove-top using a grill skillet (see these instructions) or on your outdoor grill.
- Once chicken has cooled slightly cut into strips
- If making from scratch, whip up guacamole and salsa/pico de gallo
- Assemble all bowls with a layer of shredded romaine.
- Top with rice/beans mix followed by salsa, guacamole and sliced chicken.
- Squeeze lime over top.
- Serve immediately or store in individual containers for each ingredient for up to 3 days.
*you can always use store-bought chicken or rotisserie chicken instead
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AliceAugust 4, 2020 at 12:07 am
I feel like you made these just for ME! These are incredible, thank you for this recipe!
Davida LederleAugust 5, 2020 at 9:49 pm
So happy you enjoyed!
SamanthaMarch 17, 2020 at 11:27 pm
This is beautiful. I love Chipotle and recreating it at home is so much fun.
Albertina GellerMarch 17, 2020 at 6:45 am
Ihave cravng Chipotle for a long tiime. But I am on a strict home cooked food diet and my roommate will kill me if I break the diet. So this is an actual life saver. THANK YOU SO MUCH!!! xx
URSULAMarch 14, 2022 at 9:58 pm
oh…you can actually make it even healthier!! Do brown rice for the cilantro/lime rice, you can use low fat or no fat our cream, chopped tomatoes, you should also add lime zest/juice to the sour cream for a better kick, chopped japalenoes, eat one time with low carb/healthier tortillas, make tacos out of it, use fat free refried beans, make a dinner bowl out of it, DO a plate of Chipotle nachos, etc. Mix & match & eat all week off of it!! Amazing! Cook extra chicken, when storing in the fridge, I also put everything in separate containers on a tray, try once with oven roasted veggies, another time do shrimp to change it up again.
AnnaJune 13, 2017 at 12:16 pm
I was looking for a Chipolte-like “healthy” recipe for kids. This looks great. Always love the pics on your site.