Eating out can be fun (or necessary) sometimes and Chipotle is one of the few places we will occasionally eat out. We love Mexican food (I even make my own taco seasoning) and it is relatively easy to find healthy food options there. Unfortunately, with a large family it is also pricey to go out to eat. Instead, I often make a copycat recipe of their burrito bowls at home.
Making Healthy Burrito Bowls at Home
In case you’ve never had a burrito bowl, don’t feel like you have to rush out and try it in order to make this recipe. A burrito bowl is simply a layered bowl full of all the burrito ingredients normally stuffed inside a tortilla.
Since I can prepare most of the ingredients ahead of time, it is still a fast meal without much prep. I chop tomatoes, make (or buy) guacamole, wash salad greens, and shred cheese so everything is ready to go when dinner time rolls around.
A fun part of this recipe is everyone can assemble their own meal with their favorite toppings. Everyone seems to enjoy it more when they can customize their own meal, especially my daughter who can easily eat two avocados worth of homemade guacamole!
What Is in a Burrito Bowl?
When we make burrito bowls I usually use chicken as the protein, but you can of course use beef, pork, shrimp, or anything that sounds good to you.
For chicken burrito bowls, I season the chicken breasts with cumin, chile powder, salsa, and lime and either bake them in the oven or cook them quickly in the Instant Pot. Or, pre-cook chicken ahead of time and store in the fridge to use later in the week for a quick meal on a busy night.
Other optional additions are sliced avocado, homemade guacamole, diced tomatoes or pico de gallo, shredded cheese, sour cream, and sometimes black beans and cilantro lime rice. (This is my favorite cilantro lime rice recipe.)
Quick tip: All the ingredients left from our burrito bowls are delicious in eggs the next day. Use leftovers from dinner to make breakfast omelets the next morning, or to make lettuce wraps for a quick (and portable!) lunch.
If you like Mexican food, give these a try!