Love Chipotle… but trying to watch your budget? Then just make your own Chipotle Burrito Bowl at home instead!
Chipotle is by far my favorite fast-food restaurant. I’m not really sure if Chipotle can be called a fast-food restaurant…but either way, it’s my favorite go-to restaurant when I need to pick up a quick meal and I’m just too worn out to cook. My wife and I have somehow gotten into the habit of picking up Chipotle Burrito Bowls on the way home if we’ve been traveling.
After being out of town for a couple days, the last thing we want to do is come home and make dinner (and then have to do the dishes, too). So Chipotle it is for us! I think it’s safe to say that I’ve become quite addicted to the Chipotle Chicken Burrito Bowl. Part of my love for Chipotle comes from the fact that everything tastes so fresh!
My sister-in-law is absolutely addicted to Chipotle. I’m fairly certain she would eat there every single night if she could. But since she is in grad school, she’s got to watch her budget, and eating out every night kinda defeats that whole “watch your budget” thing. So when she visited last year, I attempted to recreate Chipotle at home. And it was delicious!
It did require a fair amount of effort simply because of the number of different components needed to make an authentic Chipotle Burrito Bowl, but it was so totally worth the effort! (And a side bonus was that my wife and I had enough leftovers for at least several more nights.)
I recently made the Chipotle Burrito Bowl again, and it was just as good (if not better) than before. There are a lot of parts to this recipe, so it might not be the best weeknight option. I suggest making this on a Saturday or Sunday afternoon (but make extra, and then have delicious leftovers for quick weeknight meals). I chose to go with chicken here because I find Chipotle’s chicken to be quite tasty, but feel free to substitute your favorite meat instead.
There’s a couple of key tricks I learned after recreating the Chipotle Burrito Bowl a couple of times:
- Have lots of limes on hand for fresh lime juice
- Get plenty of cilantro, as it goes into almost every dish.
And of course, these burrito bowls can easily be turned into full-fledged burritos by adding the same ingredients to a large, steamed flour burrito. No matter which way you choose to eat it, this Chipotle Burrito Bowl recipe is strikingly similar to the real thing!