Chipotle Burrito Bowl Recipe

David Dial | Spiced Blog

Make a Chipotle burrito bowl at home! Greatest idea ever.

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!

Chipotle Burrito Bowl Picture

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.

Chipotle Burrito Bowl Image

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!

Make sure you're getting as authentic as possible! Make our Chipotle rice recipe and Chipotle guacamole recipe too.

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Chipotle Burrito Bowl Recipe

    4 Servings


  • 1 can Chipotle Pepper in Adobo
  • 1 teaspoon Black Pepper
  • 2 tablespoons Fresh Oregano, chopped
  • 6 cloves Garlic, chopped
  • 1/2 Red Onion, coarsely chopped
  • 1/4 cup Olive Oil
  • 1/2 tablespoon Cumin
  • 4 Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts
  • Chipotle Rice
  • Romaine Lettuce
For Topping the Burritos:


  1. Remove one chile and 2 tablespoons adobo sauce from can. Coarsely chop chile and place in a medium bowl with the adobo sauce. 
  2. Add all remaining ingredients except for chicken breasts (black pepper, oregano, garlic, onion, cumin powder, and olive oil). Using an immersion blender or food processor, puree mixture until smooth.
  3. Place chicken breasts in a glass dish and coat both sides with the marinade. Cover dish with plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator for at least 3 hours, or up to 24 hours.
  4. Heat grill to medium high heat. Grill chicken until done, approximately 4-5 minutes per side.
  5. Coarsely chop grilled chicken.

To assemble the Burrito Bowl:

  1. Layer rice and lettuce in a bowl.
  2. Add black beans, grilled chicken, guacamole, corn salsa, shredded cheese, sour cream, and any additional toppings of your choice.
  3. Enjoy!


Tip: Reserve remaining chiles and adobo sauce for other recipes by freezing leftovers in a sandwich bag!


Source: Adapted from the Huffington Post
Adapted from the Huffington Post
Cooking Method:
Tex Mex
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4 large burrito bowls
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Author: David Dial
Source: Adapted from the Huffington Post
Recipe Yields: 4 large burrito bowls
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 180 minutes
Total Time: 195 minutes

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 1 large burrito bowl
Servings Per Recipe 4

Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat 117
Calories 368

% Daily Value*
Total Fat 15g
  Saturated Fat 2g
Sodium 200mg
Total Carbohydrate 22g
  Dietary Fiber 5g
  Sugars 1g
Protein 35g

* Percent Daily Value are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
** Nutrition Facts are estimated based on ingredients and data provided by Fat Secret. Please consult a doctor if you have special dietary needs.
David Dial

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