I heart Chipotle (both the spice and the restaurant). The fact that there are more and more places in Toronto each year that use natural and organic ingredients to create delicious dishes makes me a very happy girl. If you don’t have a Chipotle restaurant in your city, however, or don’t live close to one (like moi), don’t worry. You can easily recreate their EPIC burrito bowl at home.
Psss. It also turns out much cheaper. 😉
If you love Mexican cuisine, spicy flavours and meals served in a bowl (i.e. smoothie bowl, salad bowl, sushi bowl), this burrito bowl recipe is for you. It also means that we are now officially best friends.
But seriously, how can anyone resist?
I tried to recreate the recipe as close to what they serve at Chipotle as possible, but I couldn’t resist and made a few tiny adjustments. I don’t know about you, but I rarely follow a recipe to a tee. I usually end up substituting a couple ingredients with what what I’ve got at home and adding more spices and herbs.
The best part of making these burrito bowls at home is that you can customize them as much as you want. We are all unique, after all. So why should eat someone else’s burrito bowl? I personally love adding fresh salsa and guacamole to mine.
- 2 cups brown rice
- 2 bay leaves
- salt for cooking
- 2 tbsp fresh cilantro
- 1 tbsp lemon juice
- 1 tbsp lime juice
- 1 can black or pinto beans
- 1 garlic clove
- ½ tsp dry oregano
- ¼ tsp cumin
- dash of chipotle pepper (optional)
- 1 green bell pepper
- 1 red bell pepper
- 1 medium red onion
- 1 tsp dry oregano
- ½ tbsp grapeseed oil
- ¼ tsp red pepper flakes (optional)
- ½ tsp salt
- ¼ tsp pepper
- fresh salsa
- vegan cheese
- shredded lettuce
- Cook the rice according to the directions on the package (usually for 40-45 minutes). Before water starts to boil add salt and bay leaves.
- Once the rice is cooked, place in a large bowl and add lemon juice, lime juice and cilantro. Mix well.
- Combine all ingredients in a small pot and heat over medium heat for 5 minutes.
- Cut peppers and onion into strings.
- Heat oil in a large skillet.
- Add red onion to the skillet and sauté for 3 minutes over medium/high heat.
- Add cut peppers and cook for 5 more minutes.
- Add the seasoning and continue cooking until the vegetables are soft (about 2 minutes).
- To assemble the bowls, simply divide the rice, beans and vegetables between 4 bowls and add the toppings.