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Healthy Chipotle-Style Burrito Bowl

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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!

chipotle Mexican burrito bowl

Chipotle-Style Burrito Bowl Recipe

Chipotle-style burrito bowls made with salsa lime chicken and all the burrito toppings
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Calories 506kcal
Author Katie Wells


8 burrito bowls


  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 tsp cumin 
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 lime (or 2 TBSP lime juice)
  • 1 ½ cup salsa (divided)
  • 2 avocados (or 2 cups guacamole)
  • 12 cups salad greens
  • 1 tomato (diced)
  • 1 medium onion (diced)
  • 1 cup shredded cheese
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • 1 cup black beans (cooked)
  • 2 cups cilantro lime rice (cooked)


For raw chicken:

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F or get out the Crock-Pot or Instant Pot.
  • Place the chicken on a baking sheet or in the Crock-Pot/Instant Pot.
  • Sprinkle it with the cumin and chili powder.
  • Squeeze the juice of half of the lime over it and pour ½ cup of salsa over it.
  • Bake in the oven, covered for 1 hour or until done, or in the Crock-Pot/Instant Pot until done.

If reheating pre-cooked chicken:

  • Shred the chicken with your hands or a fork and place in a skillet.
  • Sprinkle with the cumin/chili powder, pour salsa over, and squeeze half of the juice of the lime over it.
  • Saute over medium heat until heated.

Prepare the toppings:

  • While chicken is heating, make guacamole (recipe here) or slice the avocados, wash and chop the salad greens, chop the tomato and onion, shred the cheese, get out the sour cream, heat up the beans, and make the cilantro lime rice if using.
  • Serve the chicken atop a bed of lettuce with any desired toppings.
  • Enjoy! Ole!


Nutrition Facts
Chipotle-Style Burrito Bowl Recipe
Amount Per Serving (1 burrito bowl)
Calories 506 Calories from Fat 176
% Daily Value*
Fat 19.6g30%
Saturated Fat 7.5g47%
Cholesterol 58mg19%
Sodium 816mg35%
Carbohydrates 57.5g19%
Fiber 8.9g37%
Sugar 2.8g3%
Protein 26.5g53%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


Nutrition info includes black beans and rice.

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About Katie Wells

Katie Wells, CTNC, MCHC, Founder of Wellness Mama and Co-founder of Wellnesse, has a background in research, journalism, and nutrition. As a mom of six, she turned to research and took health into her own hands to find answers to her health problems. WellnessMama.com is the culmination of her thousands of hours of research and all posts are medically reviewed and verified by the Wellness Mama research team. Katie is also the author of the bestselling books The Wellness Mama Cookbook and The Wellness Mama 5-Step Lifestyle Detox.


7 responses to “Healthy Chipotle-Style Burrito Bowl”

  1. Debbie Avatar

    How long do you cook the chicken in the Instant Pot? Our oven broke and the Instant Pot is our only way to cook for now. Thanks!

  2. Hannah Avatar

    I love making different types of bowls for dinner. I’ll have to check this one out. Thanks for the recipe!

  3. Sefie Avatar

    Can’t wait to try this! My hubby and I just went Primal and I’m loving your blog already

  4. Tarah Avatar

    I am cooking a bunch of chicken breasts tonight so they will be ready to eat for the rest of the week – I think a few of them will definitely be used for this recipe – looks great!

  5. Melissa Shirley Avatar
    Melissa Shirley

    I just made this for dinner. MIND-BLOWING. Thanks for making Primal so gooooood.

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