Homemade Chipotle Burrito Bowl


Thanks for all your well wishes today! I laid on the couch, napped, worked and in general – was a complete LOAF. I’m ready to get better simply so I don’t have to sit around all day!

Call me crazy, but I couldn’t think of anything that sounded better for a “sick-day dinner” than a Homemade Chipotle Burrito Bowl.


In my opinion there are 4 key steps and components to any good burrito bowl:

1. The Rice

Cook long grain rice according to package directions. When done, finish with:

  • Small pat of butter
  • Salt
  • Juice of 1/2 a lime
  • Sprinkle of chopped cilantro


This rice is better than Chipotle’s.I swear to you!

2. The Beans

In a microwave safe bowl, heat up 1 can drained and rinsed black beans with:

  • Splash of chicken broth
  • Dashes of chili powder, cumin, oregano & cayenne pepper


Easy pasy.

3. The Chicken

Cook two chicken breasts in a skillet seasoned with:

  • Chili Powder
  • Garlic Salt
  • Onion Powder
  • Cumin
  • Oregano


Then chop ’em up.


4. The Pico

Whip up this easy Pico De Gallo with:

  • 1 tomato (plus some cherry tomatoes I had on hand)
  • 1 jalapeno
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1/4 small red onion
  • Sprinkle of chopped cilantro
  • S&P
  • Juice of 1/2 lime


Assembly = Rice + Beans + Chicken + Pico


Top this baby off with a dash of green Tabasco sauce, some chopped avocado, corn – whatever you want!


It’s fun to make your own versions of restaurant dishes because you know exactly what’s going in, and you have control over making your own little tweaks here and there.

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Homemade Chipotle Burrito Bowl

Print this recipe!

Serves 4


For the rice:
3 cups water
1 1/2 cups long grain rice
2 Tablespoons butter
dash of salt
juice of 1 lime
1/2 cup chopped cilantro

For the beans:
1 can black beans, drained & rinsed
1/4 cup water
chili powder
cayenne pepper

For the chicken:
1lb chicken breasts
chili powder
onion powder
garlic salt

Other toppings:
restaurant style salsa



  1. For the rice: Bring the water to a boil in a pot then add the rice. Place a lid on top, turn the heat down to medium low and cook until all the water has been absorbed and rice is tender, about 15-20 minutes. Stir in butter, salt, lime juice and cilantro.
  2. For the beans: Warm beans in a small saucepan with 1/4 cup water on low. Season with chili powder, cumin, oregano and cayenne pepper to taste.
  3. For the chicken: Chop chicken up into bite-sized pieces, and season with chili powder, cumin, oregano, onion powder and garlic salt. Saute in non-stick spray, in a medium-sized skillet until cooked through.
  4. Assemble!


This was a great dish to eat today when I was feeling so under the weather. Healthy, satisfying and heart-warming…just what I needed :)


I’m hoping/praying/crossing my fingers tightly that I feel better in the morning! Burrito bowls cure illnesses, right?! ;)

Have a great night everyone – thanks again for the well wishes today.


Biggest Loser Season Premier Tonight!!!!!!!!!

Who would you want to be your trainer – Bob or Jillian?

I am 100% team Jillian – however I am extremely disturbed about this whole weight-loss pill controversy

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  1. foodcents 09.15.2009

    I don’t love Jillian like some, she is just so-so in my book, as is Bob.

    I wonder if we will see her “pills” on the show at all, this season.

    Hope the burrito bowl cures you:) If it does, I am going to have to try it!!!

  2. brandi 09.15.2009

    what a great meal! that would definitely make me feel better :)

    i hope you wake up tomorrow feeling ten times better!

  3. Heather 09.15.2009

    Your dinenr looks delicious – much better then mine!
    I would want Jillian as my trainer as well…however, her new “diet” pills are making me lose confidence in her…I thought she was all about diet and exercise!

  4. Lauren 09.15.2009

    Awww sweetheart, I am so sorry to hear that you are feeling crummy. Praying that you feel better and back to your chipper and lovely self in no time.

    Yes, yes yes, that burrito bowl would make the blind see! You quite possibly could cure cancer with an amazing meal like that! :)

    Hope it does the trick. Rest up and get well soon!

  5. Mary Ann 09.15.2009

    Aw, sorry you’re not feeling well, hope the burrito bowl does the trick! I love peppermint tea when I’m sick, warm and comforting, settles the tummy and clears the sinuses!

    I would pick Bob, I think Jillian’s mean. Plus Bob’s hot, so I would totally work harder for him! :)

  6. Lindsey 09.15.2009

    I’m watching the show right now! ughhhh I love it.

    I love Jillian’s tough exterior, but Bob’s got the sassy/sweet personality that would probably suit me better :D

    Hope you feel better! I think I’m coming down with strep :[

  7. All you’re missing is guacamole!
    I’d totally go Jillian… she’d kick my ass but I’d love it!

  8. erin 09.15.2009

    love jillian, despite the pill thing. i just enjoy how she’s hard core.

  9. angieinatlanta 09.15.2009

    Seriously, thanks for this post because I dream about Chipotle’s cilantro rice!

    And I’m watching BL right now and Jillian’s still my number one girl, pills or no pills! By the way, I already cried about 20 minutes into the first episode. It’s going to be a killer season!

  10. Devan G Newman 09.15.2009

    i love Bob! he is so cute :) and nice!

    i LOVE pico :)

  11. Stephanie 09.15.2009

    Awesome meal – Miss Chipotle over here! (don’t know if ya’ll have those in Iowa?) Hope you keep feelin’ better girl :)

  12. Jenna 09.15.2009

    I think your burrito bowl looks BETTER than Chipotle’s! Delish!

    I was team Jillian, because she is a total @$$ kicker and pushes you. However, like you mentioned, with the whole diet pill delio, not sure if I have 100% respect for what she does now. Toss up.

    However, I have one of Bob’s DVD’s too and I couldn’t walk for two days afterwards because I was so sore.

    Sweet dreams!

  13. I hope your hearty healthy bowl cures you Kristin! :D Sending you positive vibes.

  14. I’m team Jillian. I would want a hardcore training who would verbally abuse me! Ha!

    That Burrito bowl looks so dang good. Yum. Yum.

  15. Amber 09.15.2009

    Mmmmm, this looks so goooooood! Luckily, I have already eaten dinner (penne noodles with meat sauce. Yum!) otherwise I would have been on my way to the store for all the ingredients for this! I’m definitely putting this on my list of dishes to prepare!

  16. Courtney 09.15.2009

    I am stealing this recipe! Thank you!

  17. Niki 09.15.2009

    Yum! That looks so good! I will definitely be recreating that!! I can’t decide who I would go with… I like them both but I am sad that Jillian did the whole weight loss pill thing to… And, I made your mac and cheese recipe tonight and absolutely LOVED it! Don’t think I’ve made one of your recipes that I didn’t like!! Hope you feel better tomorrow:)

  18. Leianna 09.15.2009

    Jillian all the way too, no excuses and a real workout with her!
    Love your homemade Chipolte burrito bowl, since moving to Iowa and going from 100 Chipoltes to zero this is perfect for dinner for my husband!

  19. theskinnyplate 09.16.2009

    Miss Jillian’s podcast. Look forward to TBL as well. You caught the essence of Chipolte in a bowl perfectly!

  20. Becci 09.16.2009

    Wow, that bowl looks AMAZING! We don’t have a Chipotle anywhere close to where I live, so I won’t be able to compare…but I can’t wait to try your version

  21. Kim 09.16.2009

    That burrito bowl looks amazing! :)

    I think I would choose Bob as my trainer. I wouldn’t mind Jillian, but Bob would be my first pick.

  22. Laura 09.16.2009

    TOTALLY LOVING YOUR HOMEMADE BURRITO BOWL!!! I am saving the page (great pictures) and making it this weekend! Yummy! =)


  23. Rachel 09.20.2009

    This looks so yummy and pretty healthy!!
    I added it to my meal plan for this week :)

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    Family LOVED this meal!!! Thanks, will be making again soon! :-D

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    I made this for dinner tonight & it was DELICIOUS!! Thank you so much for the recipe :) You are an awesome cook!!

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    Looks beautiful. Going to try. Nice site, btw.

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    This looks delicious. I am going to cook it for my husband who is a major Chipotle fan! Just wondering is it also possible to make Guacamole at home? Cant imagine a Chipotle Burrito Bowl without one :)

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  41. AJ 01.19.2011

    Thanks for the recipe. I surely love chipotle burrito bowls and I am definitely looking forward to making them at home. Could you suggest where can i get some hot salsa’s that tastes similar to the ones in chipotle. So is there something I can look in Whole Foods?

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  47. anna 05.14.2011

    I was not a fan of this rice at all. Too much lime for me… but I’ve never had Chipotle’s so I don’t know what flavor you’re going for. The rest was good!

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    forgive me for asking this but I am just not a gal who can whip something up in the kitchen…for the sake of my inexperience in the kitchen….could you please describe exactly how you prepare/cook the chicken…how do you put the spices on the kitchen and approx how much of each? same with the beans. I made this tonight and it was too cilantro-ie….but not bad….I just need specific in measurements….haha thanks in advance for any help you can give me! thanks

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  50. Jenny 06.29.2011

    Do you deliver? That looks delish! Thanks for the tip on the beans I never make good ones, will try your way.

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