Homemade Chipotle Burrito Bowl


Homemade Chipotle Burrito Bowl is healthy, filling, and just like Chipotle’s, but even better!


Ben’s home! He’d been in Minneapolis for a bachelor party since THURSDAY and finally found his way home this afternoon. I missed his cute face.

True to form, he arrived hungry but I, of course, anticipated this, and had Homemade Chipotle Burrito Bowls ready to assemble for our traditional Sunday night dinner!

Why dine out when you can just as easily dine in?


Seriously, these homemade Chipotle burrito bowls are ridiculously easy to make, and taste JUST like the real thing. First, start with the rice.


Cook 1 1/2 cups long grain rice in 3 cups water, then season with 2 Tablespoons butter, salt, the juice of 1 lime and ~1/2 cup cilantro.


This is the perfect seasoning blend for us – but feel free to adjust for your preferences if you don’t like lime, cilantro, etc.


While the rice is cooking, start the beans. Just warm a can of drained and rinsed black beans with a splash of water in a pan, then season with chili powder, cumin, oregano and cayenne pepper.


Finally, the chicken. Chop up 1lb chicken, season with chili powder, cumin, oregano, onion powder and garlic salt, and cook in a non-stick sprayed skillet until done.


Assemble, top with homemade salsa, and dig in!


Homemade Chipotle Burrito Bowl

Serves 4


Homemade Chipotle Burrito Bowl is healthy, filling, and just like Chipotle's, but even better!


  • 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
    • cumin
    • oregano
    • cayenne pepper
  • For the chicken:
    • 1lb chicken breasts
    • chili powder
    • cumin
    • oregano
    • onion powder
    • garlic salt
  • Other toppings:
    • Salsa
    • Guacamole
    • Shredded cheese


  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 recipe is courtesy of Iowa Girl Eats, http://iowagirleats.com.


Seriously – just as good as the original. This recipe is one of my FAVORITES!


The homemade salsa was just as easy as everything else to make. Just combine 1 can petite diced tomatoes, fresh jalapeno, red onion, salt, lime juice and cilantro in a food processor, then blend. Canned tomatoes actually taste better than fresh in this recipe, by the way.


Gahhh, can’t forget the green Tabasco sauce!


Adds a nice vinegary zing to the whole meal.


Bought or homemade, the rice pocket remains my favorite part.


Bonus: no funky chicken – whee!


In other news, True Grit was sooo good – I can’t believe I waited so long to see it!


I fell in and out of love with each of the main characters during the course of the movie, which totally kept my interest. Plus it was surprisingly funny. I wasn’t expecting that!


The little girl who plays Mattie Ross – Hailee Steinfeld – was AMAZING too. Such a brilliant actress for being so young. Be sure to rent it ASAP if you haven’t. :)


Well, while yesterday was sunny and warm, I woke up to gray and windy skies today. :( I didn’t feel like sitting at home all day though, so after a quick breakfast of Total Raisin Bran,


(x2…ok 2.5…I am a cereal MONSTER these days!)


I decided to risk the potential of rain and took Eloise out to the Raccoon River Valley Trail to see how she would do on a long ride!


The Raccoon River Valley Trail is a popular trail about 15 minutes west of my house, and is 56 miles long. The portion I took today was 7.4 miles each way.


The first 3.2 miles is out in the open, past old farm houses,


and fields of corn and soybeans sounding of crickets and toads.


The last 4.2 miles is through beautiful, dense woods.


I was riding hard to get to this portion before any rain came. It’s so thick on top, I wouldn’t have felt a drop!


Finally I reached the “big red bridge” which indicated I had reached my turn around town…






Adel where Ben and I went to the free sweet corn festival last year.


It’s as cute as can be!


The court house reminds me of the one in Back to the Future. Anyone? ;)


I usually make a point to stop at the local ice cream shop, the Dairy Shoppe, when I’m in town, but there were dark storm clouds on the horizon and I still had the return 7.4 miles between me and my car. Off I went!


After huffing & puffing against a nasty breeze on the way back, I was starving. I had two snack choices: 1. the healthy apple I packed, or 2. a mini blizzard from the Dairy Queen I’d be passing by on the way home…

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My brain said eat the apple, not the blizzard!, but guess who won in then end?


Mini Brownie Batter Blizzard!


I honestly just wanted a taste, but I ended up inhaling the entire thing. It seriously tastes like brownie batter…


Ok I had the apple too. 15.4 miles really took it out of this novice biker!


Hope you had a fantastic weekend – see ya!


Have you ever re-created a restaurant meal at home?

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  1. love that homemade burrito bowl! i’ve made it several times as per your recipe, albeit the tofu version!!! =)

  2. Tiff 06.12.2011

    We are going to watch True Grit tonight. I am glad to hear it’s good.

  3. I’m a cereal monster too–I love it so much but it never fills me up. I have yet to try a DQ mini blizzard–I’ve been hooked on the McFlurry’s from McD’s and haven’t been to Dairy Queen in such a long time!

    I love the homemade burrito bowl idea! I think I have most of those ingredients on hand–I’ll have to try that for dinner one of these nights.

  4. sara 06.12.2011

    omg. love the brownie batter blizzard. amazing. not to scare you but the “mini” has 390 calories & the small has 630… yet, so worth it. haha. && it sounds like you had an amazing bike ride with Eloise so I am sure it didn’t effect you at all. Can’t wait to try the homemade burrito bowl- looks delicious. i might even get out the burrito & turn my home into Chipotle. have a good night with Ben!!

  5. oooh i love making homemade chipotle. i also like to recreate panera’s soups. :)

  6. Michele 06.12.2011

    Love the scenic pics of Iowa – makes me miss home, although not the weather :)

  7. Rachel 06.12.2011

    I LOVED True Grit!! The music, the acting, the scenery…it was all wonderful!!

  8. Lauren 06.12.2011

    What a great ride. And if I wasn’t lactose intolerant, I would be all over that Brownie Batter Blizzard! Oh why can’t DQ come out with a vegan blizzard? LoL

  9. So funny — I’d never heard of True Grit but my boyfriend watched it on Friday night and said he liked it too.

  10. Machelle 06.12.2011

    i can make a salad just like the one Gino’s serves….with the yummy garlicky melba toast things as croutons.

  11. Machelle 06.12.2011

    Lauren~ i am lactose intolerant with milk and also ice cream, but if i just hace one scoop or one cup or less i seem to be able to handle it ok.

  12. Love love love Chipotle! I am going to have to make some from home like you…brilliant.

  13. Ashley 06.12.2011

    Ah! I just watched True Grit today! And you are right, it was so good and strangely funny. I sort of feel like watching it again with the closed captioning on though. I’m not quite in practice with my old man grunty mumble. :)

  14. Stacy 06.12.2011

    I watched True Grit for the first time two nights ago! Loved it! While, I love burrito bowls from Chipotle, I also love making them at home. I agree, super easy!

  15. Ryah 06.12.2011

    I made your homemade chipotle burrito bowls a while back and my boyfriend was crazy about them. He even requested it for his birthday dinner that’s coming up in a few weeks. :) I usually go with steak when I go to chipotle because their steak is AMAZING, and like you said the chicken can be questionable sometimes.

  16. Stephanie 06.12.2011

    I love making Chipotle bowls at home too, yours look delicious! What a fun bike ride too, that blizzard would’ve totally won out for me as well! :)

  17. Kate 06.12.2011

    I love burrito bowls so much, I’m going to have to try these. The only restaurant item I’ve recreated at home was a plantain and banana dish from a tapas restaurant, it was almost as good at home but I couldn’t come up with the right zucchini salsa to top them.

    Nice job on the bike ride! I’m inspired to get my bike out of my in-laws garage and out on the road.

  18. sandra mc combs 06.12.2011

    I probably sound like your mother, but here goes. Please be careful on the trails if you go by yourself. It is not always safe for young women.

  19. You have the cereal bug!!! I love catching the cereal bug. My BF has lucky charms at his place these days and I find myself dreaming about having a big bowl of lucky charms in the morning. Oh cereal, how I love thee. I think people tend to catch the cereal bug in the summer as the ice cold milk is so refreshing!

    Yay for your bike adventure and homemade burrito bowls!

  20. I hate it when Chipotle gives you “funky chicken” that’s 90% fat. I actually quit going there and either eat at Qdoba or make burrito bowls at home, like you.

  21. Delia 06.12.2011

    Yes, I have tried to make restaurant foods @ home! This spring I mastered fried pickles (Cambridge Common, Cambridge, MA.) and buffalo fried brussels sprouts (Highland Kitchen, Somerville, MA.). Both sound a little funky BUT were so tasty! I esp. love the brussels sprouts b/c when they were deep fried, if you close your eyes, they *taste* just like buffalo fried chicken! YUM.

    Love the blog Kristin; you’ve inspired me to get my butt back in gear and whip up a storm in the kitchen!

  22. Lynne 06.12.2011

    My bro and his girlfriend live in Adel (just outside of town)! I love hearing about home. Miss all the hometown activities; don’t miss the humidity and bugs (hate those)! Jeff Bridges said Hailee had a “Curse Jar” on set and he still owed her money. Hailee set it up for a charity and it cost a whopping $5 for each word. I’d owe a bundle!

  23. Emily 06.12.2011

    We were soo close to Adel recently! We drove from Denver to Northern Indiana and stopped at a KOA campground outside of Des Moines on our drive out. We almost ate dinner in Adel, but chose to go to The Rusty Duck in Dexter, IA instead. They were apparently voted best burger in IA in 2011…they were HUGE, juicy, and delicious. :) I bet Ben would love it.

  24. Jacqueline 06.12.2011

    Great post!

  25. Katie 06.13.2011

    My 5 year old daughter polished off a small brownie batter blizzard last weekend and asked if I could make one like it at home for her soon. Good for you for choosing the blizzard and the apple! Love the pictures, wonderful scenery for a bike ride. It looks like the weather was just as nice in Iowa as it was in Nebraska yesterday. No rain and beautiful sunshine, warm but not hot. True Grit was a wonderful movie, we need to watch it again.

  26. Since getting my bike, it’s rained! I can’t wait to ride it!

  27. Hope 06.13.2011

    Your burrito bowl looks SO much better than Chipotle’s! Plus, I’m sure it’s much cheaper to make it at home yourself! I definitely want to try making my own as well. :) Oh, and I love DQ! Blizzards are my weakness. I’ve never tried the brownie batter one. I must add that to my list to try! :)

  28. Linda 06.13.2011

    I’ll have to try your salsa recipe with canned petite diced tomatoes next time. I just made this for the first time two weeks ago and we are loving it. Made it again this weekend for appetizers at our bbq. Love your recipes!!!

  29. Sara Nickel 06.13.2011

    You know when you are an Iowa girl when you ride your bike through trails touring farms and crop fields:) I also have to say that I love that you use butter in your recipes. People should never be afraid to occasionally use the real thing!

  30. Beautiful scenery shots, Kristin!
    Also, I made those chocolate peanut butter crisp cups last night. My sister and I couldn’t get enough! So good!

  31. i love that you chose the blizzard!!! My sister and I made Chipotle Bowls last night too!

  32. Sarah W 06.13.2011

    I’ve recreated a Papa’ Murphy’s Pizza… thin pizza crust, olive oil as sauce, sprinkle on minced garlic and mrs. dash’s tom/basil/garlic seasoning, add spinach, sun dried tomatoes, chicken(sautaed with the mrs dash) and cheese. Yum!

  33. That trail looks beautiful – a nice mix between farmland and forest-y goodness! The DQ mini-blizzard also wins with me, too! I’m currently obsessed with the strawberry golden oreo blizzard. It seriously rocks!

  34. HockettRuns 06.13.2011

    I DO NOT look that good when I’m running or riding my bike; that is just not fair lol. But that trail looks sweet; and great pictures of Adel too!

    Have a great day iowagirl!

  35. Kris 06.13.2011

    Last summer I found the best salsa recipe from Brown Eyed Baker (who got it from The Pioneer Woman)! It uses canned tomatoes and I really believe it tastes like the stuff you get in the authentic Mexican restaurants. Give it a try: http://www.browneyedbaker.com/2011/05/03/homemade-restaurant-style-salsa/

    When you’re looking for a great trail to ride, you should try the High Trestle Trail up near Woodward; it’s GORGEOUS!!

  36. Kiersten 06.13.2011

    I haven’t been on that trail yet- is it relatively flat or does it have some hills thrown in there?

  37. emily 06.13.2011

    Thank you for another delish recipe! I didn’t add enough salt to anything… oops! But, all of the ideas were great, thank you! (I also made it with brown rice which was still yummy!)

  38. We loved True Grit. We saw it in the theater and had to take Jovie (she was 2 months old). Haha…funny to think that True Grit was her first movie ever.

    Growing up in Adel, I used to take that bike trail every day in the summer to go to the pool or my friends house. Good memories. Always love the sweet corn festival. This summer is my 10 year high school reunion and we’ll have a float in the parade. I haven’t been in the parade since I was a little kid. Looking forward to it!

  39. brownie blizzards!!!!! wow we dont have DQ here in NYC (and if we do i dont know where it is…..thank GOD) but that looks deeee-vine! i also love this homemade burrito bowl – i do love me some Chi-poot-le (tee hee) just not the way i feel afterwards :)

  40. Jenn 06.17.2011

    One meal that I make all the time is a recreation of Chili’s Carribean Pita (no longer on the menu). Marinate chicken in a mixture of orange juice and terryaki sauce and grill. Stuff pita bread with chicken, cilantro, pineapple, mandarin oranges, dried cranberries/cherries, and top with a light honey mustard dressing. SOOO YUMMY!

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