Homemade Chipotle Burrito Bowl

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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!

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

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

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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Assemble, top with homemade salsa, and dig in! :D

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

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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.

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Gahhh, can’t forget the green Tabasco sauce!

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Adds a nice vinegary zing to the whole meal.

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

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Bonus: no funky chicken – whee! :D

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Homemade Chipotle Burrito Bowl

Print this recipe!

Serves 4

Ingredients:

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:
restaurant style salsa
guacamole

cheese

Directions:

  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!

 

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

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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!

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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. :)

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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,

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

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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!

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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.

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

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

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The last 4.2 miles is through beautiful, dense woods.

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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!

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

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(hello!)

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Adel!

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

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It’s as cute as can be!

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

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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!

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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?

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Mini Brownie Batter Blizzard!

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

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

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Hope you had a fantastic weekend – see ya!

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


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