Burrito Bowls

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    Chipotle style burrito bowls you can make at home

    Who’s ready for Cinco de Partay-o? I know I am! I don’t really “partay” to celebrate it per se but I’m excited to sip on margaritas, dip my chips into some killer guacamole, eat a few slices of carnitas pizza, and have a long siesta afterwards ;)

    In regards to this celebration that we all know is just a mere excuse to throw back some margs and cerveza (or at least for us in the States), I’ve got the perfect compliment to soak up that booze cruise that’s going on in that stomach of yours.

    Chipotle-style burrito bowls.

    Raise your hand if you’re obsessed with Chipotle or crave it a lot. Uh, I’ve got both my hands raised and my feet.

    I don’t know what it is with Chipotle or their crack-induced guacamole or chicken, but I seriously could eat there twice a week, or more. It doesn’t help that there’s like THREE of these darn establishments in a 2 mile radius from my house AND it’s also in every mall in the area. Guh, I just can’t get away from it. I try to cut down the calories while eating at Chipotle by having no beans and no cheese and brown rice instead of white rice (yes, they offer BROWN rice now. Thank you, Chipotle).

    Now, I don’t really know how cutting out those two toppings can help the calorie count on my massive burrito bowl that weighs about as much as newborn child, but I do know I scarf it down as if I haven’t eaten in seven days.

    Okay, so the nitty gritty. Making this at home is EASY and you can tweak everything yourself and it’s HEALTHIER because you know what’s actually going in all the toppings. Everything is homemade in these fake-out Chipotle burrito bowls. Errrything.

    If you like more carbs or just don’t like the fact that this is a naked burrito, you can easily make this bowl into a burrito by shoving all the ingredients into a soft tortilla.

    Burrito Bowls

    Making burrito bowls at home are so easy!
    Prep Time: 1 d
    Cook Time: 10 mins
    Total Time: 1 d 10 mins
    Servings (adjustable, but please note that results, timing, and cookware may vary when adjusting servings): 4
    Author: Julie Chiou
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    For the chicken

    • 4 boneless skinless, chicken thighs
    • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
    • 2 tsp chili powder
    • 1 tsp garlic powder
    • 1 tsp dried onions
    • 1 tsp ground cumin
    • 1/2 tsp dried oregano
    • 1/2 tsp black pepper

    For the corn salsa

    • 1 1/2 cups frozen corn, defrosted
    • 1/2 red onion, diced
    • Juice of 1 lime
    • Salt and pepper, to taste

    For the rice

    • I made 1 cup of white rice


    • Place your chicken thighs in a gallon-sized Ziploc bag. Add the oil to the bag, seal it, and toss and turn the chicken inside the bag until they're all well-coated in oil.
    • Mix all the seasonings in a small bowl then pour them into the chicken bag. Seal it and toss and turn the chicken inside the bag until all of the chicken is well-coated with the seasoning mix. Refrigerate the chicken in the bag for at least 4 hours and up to 24 hours.
    • When ready, heat up your grill (I used my Cuisinart griddler) and grill each side of the chicken for 5 to 6 minutes until chicken is cooked through and there are nice grill marks on both sides. Remove chicken from grill and set aside before cutting.
    • While the chicken cools, prepare the corn mixture by combining all the ingredients in a medium sized bowl and tossing to mix well. Set aside.
    • Make the guacamole with the instructions from the above recipe link.
    • Transfer the cooled by warm chicken onto a cutting board and dice into cubes.
    • Assemble the burrito bowl by putting a bed of rice into the bottom of a bowl then adding your toppings on. Enjoy!


    I kept mine in the fridge for 24 hours. I wanted the maximum amount of marinating and flavor. Mine turned out great, but I do not know if it will yield the same results if you only do it for 4 hours or shorter than 24 hours. I also obviously omitted some of the usual Chipotle burrito toppings. This is a very versatile dish to build on so you're more than welcome to use cheese, beans, tomatoes/salsa, sour cream, etc. to build your own personalized burrito bowl :)
    Source: Chicken recipe from Kitchen Scoop
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  • Mrs. Zoom says:

    YES!!! I’ve been trying to figure out the chicken FOREVER. I’ve got the corn salsa, guac, and cilantro lime rice down cold. Now I’m totally set! Thank you!! Their burrito bowls are my most favorite.

  • Aimee @ ShugarySweets says:

    Burrito bowls are my favorite thing! These are perfect for company too, great photos Julie!

  • Mai Nguyen says:

    I am totally obsessed with Chipotle! I get my fix every Monday. Haha. It’s crazy. And my son is in LOVE with their guacamole. I’ll definitely be trying this out!!!

    Love your Take-Out, Fake-Out posts!

  • Blog is the New Black says:

    I am craving this… for breakfast!

  • Kathryn says:

    I’m loving all these cinco de mayo recipes today and this is definitely one of my faves! Love how you can mix it up and make it exactly how you like it!

  • Laurie {Simply Scratch} says:

    I love your take-out/fake-out posts! And burrito bowls are my fav!

  • Tracey says:

    We don’t have Chipotle or Qdoba within a 20 minute drive of my house, but when I see one, I always want to stop! Love their burritos :) I wish your bowls were on my menu tonight!

  • Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious says:

    I love your take-out fake-out recipes, Julie! The homemade version is SO much better, and healthier, and cheaper. And yes, Chipotle is DANGEROUS! Thanks for the heads up on the brown rice option. I haven’t been there in ages but of course they’re working on opening one up that’s like 2 miles away from me. It’s not going to be good.

  • sally @ sally's baking addiction says:

    Julie, my tummy is growling looking at these pictures! I love love love burrito bowls from Chipotle. I do like beans in mine and sometimes don’t even order it with rice. It’s actually pretty good! I obviously LOAD UP on the guacamole. Happy Friday! :)

  • Kelli @ The Corner Kitchen says:

    I do love Chipotle, but I’d take this bowl over Chipotle’s anyday. Yum! Love your take-out, fake-outs!

  • elizabeth @ chronic venture says:

    yummmmm! I need to figure out how to make the red chili salsa they have too–soo good.

  • Tara @ Chip Chip Hooray says:

    Both hands and feet in the air here as well! Chipotles are everywhereeeee in NYC. And they’re darn pricey too! I’d love to be able to make myself a nice ol’ burrito bowl at home…although, not gonna lie, I don’t think I can skip the beans. They’re too essential to my naked burrito experience. ;)

  • Bev Weidner says:

    Does raising MY ENTIRE BODY count?

    So in love.

  • Bee (Quarter Life Crisis Cuisine) says:

    I haven’t been impressed the few times I’ve been there… but I do LOVE a good burrito bowl… so I will have to try this next time I’m there. Or, better yet, try this recipe and make it myself!

  • claire @ the realistic nutritionist says:

    Oh Julie!!! This looks AMAZING!!!!

  • Gina @ Running to the Kitchen says:

    This is weird…I almost made these exact same things yesterday for the blog, but then basically got lazy with all the prep that burrito bowls require. As if not having Chick fil A near me wasn’t sad enough, Chipotle is over an hour away also. I need to move.

  • Rachel Cooks says:

    Looks awesome! But what I get at Chipotle is NOT healthy….ehh what can ya do ;)

  • Rachel @ Baked by Rachel says:

    Someday I’ll get to try chipotle, until then… I have your recipe! :)

    • Julie says:

      Haha, yay :)

  • Cassie says:

    hand is up, hand is up! love these, Julie. Love even more that they are homemade. Brilliant!

  • Maggie @ A Bitchin' Kitchen says:

    Yeahhh, I definitely need to start making healthier Chipotle at home. I had Chipotle twice last weekend since my boyfriend doesn’t believe in keeping food in his house. This chicken looks awesome, but I REALLY love their barbacoa meat – I want to find a copycat recipe for that too!

  • Eman says:

    Would it be super horrible if I used chicken breast instead of thighs? And this recipe looks amazing btw! I am super big Chipotle fan but the calorie counts kill me!

    • Julie says:

      Definitely not! Use chicken breasts if you want :)

  • Ali @ Gimme Some Oven says:

    For the record, your burrito bowls are WAY more gorgeous than Chipotle’s! Love that you made them homemade!! :)

  • Baking Serendipity says:

    I think this is my favorite in the series! I love Chipotle…and it’s about time I started making it in my own kitchen :) So excited to try this one…thank you!

  • amanda @ fake ginger says:

    Yum! I heart Chipotle!

  • amy @ fearless homemaker says:

    i looove burrito bowls + these look absolutely fantastic. hope you’re having a great cinco de mayo!

  • Krissy's Creations says:

    Have I ever told you how much I love your Take Out, Fake Out. Well if I haven’t…. I LOVE IT!

  • nicole @ I am a Honey Bee says:

    I love chipotle! Thankfully it’s right down the road from my office so I can get it whenever I want… although I try moderation!

  • katie says:

    I love Chipotle & love the burrito bowl! Great take-out, Fake-out!

  • Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. says:

    I love you for posting this! We have Chipotle almost every Friday night. And I always get a burrito bowl!

  • Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts says:

    These burrito bowls looks incredible! Love all the guacamole, and the yummy chicken!

  • Katie @ Blonde Ambition says:

    Omg, thank you for this. I’m moving into an apartment next week that is ONE BLOCK away from a Chipotle, and I would much rather cook it for myself than splurge on a burrito bowl once a week! My hips also thank you. :-P

  • Louise says:

    We made this tonight, all 4 of us LOVE Chipotle. The chicken was very good, next time we will add a squirt of lime juice to the marinade. The boys wanted Chipotle salad bowls so we found the recipe and made everyone happy. Thank you!!
    1/2 Cup red wine vinegar
    1/3 Cup honey
    1 Tablespoon adobo seasoning
    2 Tablespoons kosher salt
    1 Teaspoon pepper
    1 Tablespoon freshly chopped oregano
    1-1/2 Cups olive oil.

    Mix all ingredients in blender, adding oil slowly at the end.

    Next time we will try your PF Chang Chicken Lettuce Wraps. Thank you Julie!

  • Hopeful says:

    This looks great. Any chance you or someone else can share a cilantro lime rice recipe? I can’t find one that matches Chipotle’s. Please help. Thank you!

  • Rachel says:

    FYI… Chipotle does NOT put tomatoes in their guacamole! I worked there for 2 years and made the guac from scratch many times and tomatoes are not in the recipe.

    • Julie says:

      Hi Rachel, thanks for that tidbit! I just created it as what I would like in my guac – this isn’t totally a replica – just a take-out, fake-out :)

  • Susannah Ayres-Thomas says:

    this looks really tasty, fun, & WAY healthier than carry-out; I’m trying it tonight. One suggestion–well, two: first, instead of sour cream, try plain Greek yogurt, and, ramp up the veg–lettuce, cherry tomatoes, even add some steamed summer squash. Yummy, healthy, & super low cal!

  • Jody says:

    Just the first time I make them I have to add it all, thereafter, I will be good and make it your way. Thanks for my favorite thing. Why do we crave Chipolte? Must be the crack infused chicken. lol.

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