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simplified chipotle burrito bowls

I am a huge fan of Chipotles veggie burrito bowls.

Hu-uuge fan.

The simple flavors work well together and the heaping pile of guacamole is totally where it’s at.

Now, how to make it all at home!? 

While there are quite a few elements to cook + prep separately, it is a straightforward recipe.  The thing about Chipotle is that sometimes it can be hit or miss.  I hate when the rice is undercooked or when the beans are swimming in liquid.  The worst is when the food is lukewarm.

This meal is a guar-awn-tee pleaser! 


I’ve tried to simplify the components as much as possible to make this a frugal meal and one that’s done in under an hour.  And really, it doesn’t take an hour of active cook time.  It’s the rice that takes an hour to completely cook.  Everything else can be made in the last 20-30min while the rice is finishing.

The one main difference between this version + Chipotle’s, is that I left out the cilantro.  It’s my dream veggie burrito bowl!!!  Add it in if you prefer.

Ready for this step-by-step process??

Print this!

Simplified Chipotle Veggie Burrito Bowls [serves 3]

  • 1 cup short grain brown rice
  • 2 cups water
  • 1.5 cups [or 1, 15oz can] black beans – liquid reserved
  • 2 Tbsp coconut oil/sunflower oil [or other high heat oil]
  • 1 large tomato, chopped
  • 1 green pepper, sliced
  • 3/4 - 1 cup red onion, sliced
  • 1/4 cup red onion, diced
  • 2 avocados
  • 2 Tbsp fresh squeezed lime juice
  • 1 Tbsp + 1 tsp chives, minced [or cilantro]
  • 1/2 Tbsp garlic, minced
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/2 tsp oregano
  • 1 – 1.5 tsp salt
  • black pepper
  • shredded romaine, hot sauce, plain greek yogurt, sour cream, salsa, cheddar cheese [optional]


  1. Add 1 Tbsp oil to a pot over medium heat and add the rice once hot, stirring for 3-5min until the rice starts to toast.
  2. Add the water, stir, and bring to a boil over med-high.
  3. Reduce heat to simmer, stir once, then cover with a tight fitting lid for 50min [until water is absorbed].  Do not stir or open when cooking.  After 50min, move the pot to a cool burner and let sit covered for 10min.  Fluff with a fork.
  4. Stir in the lime juice, 1/4 tsp salt, and chives [or cilantro if preferred]. 

While the rice is cooking prepare the following…

Simplified Guacamole

  1. Slice avocados, remove pits, and scoop the avocado meat into a bowl, then mash.
  2. Add 1 Tbsp of lime juice, 1/4 cup red onion, and about 1/4 – 1/2 tsp salt.  Taste and add more salt if desired.
  3. Cover by pressing plastic wrap directly onto the top of the guacamole and place in the fridge until ready to serve.  Stir when you remove from the fridge.
  4. *Add cilantro if desired.

Smokey Black Beans These have a bit more flavor than the traditional Chipotle black beans which I find slightly bland.  The trick with this bean recipe is to use the sauce from the can to keep them moist!

  1. Drain the liquid from the can of beans into a bowl.  [Or reserve 1/2 cup of bean cooking liquid.]
  2. Heat a pan over medium and add 1/2 Tbsp oil to the pan.
  3. Once hot, add the minced garlic, chili powder, smoked paprika [or cumin instead], oregano, and 1/4 tsp salt.  Stir.
  4. After 30 sec – 1 minute [when the garlic starts to brown] add the beans to the pan with 1/2 cup of bean liquid.
  5. Reduce heat to simmer for 5-7 minutes until the mixture starts to thicken. 
  6. Place in a bowl.  Mixture will thicken as it sits.


  1. Heat a pan to medium and add 1/2 Tbsp oil.
  2. Once hot, place the sliced pepper + sliced onion in the pan with 1/4 tsp salt + a few grinds of black pepper.
  3. Stir every minute or so until the veggies soften slightly and start to brown.  ~6-8 minutes
  4. Remove from the pan.

Assemble Instead of using salsa, I used a chopped tomato to simplify things.  Feel free to add your favorite salsa instead.  Add more salt to any of the components if desired.

You know the drill! 

rice + beans + fajitas + tomato/salsa + cheese + sour cream + guacamole + romaine + hot sauce

Easily make this vegan by leaving off the sour cream + cheese like my brother and I did.


Doubling the recipe is encouraged.

Off to Pittsburgh for an overnight girls’ trip with my mom, aunt, and cousin! 


Reader Comments (27)

this looks like the perfect meal! i just read Chipotle's sour cream is now coming from pasture-raised cows, so I'll have to check them out more, thanks for the menu inspiration.

Ashley--> Oh wow, that's good to know!
Gosh I love Chipotle. I love making my own versions of their creations too but sometimes nothing compares. It must be their guac. :)

Ashley--> It's definitely their guac!
June 19, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLauren
yummmm i too love chipotle. I order double meat, all the veggies, and double guac haha. I pay an arm for it but its so worth it.
June 19, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKatie @KatieDid
We are HUGE fans of chipotle. We often go there once a week and another time during the week I'll make a bowl very similar to this! Looks great!
Love this! I always think about making all the components on the weekend so that we can have burrito bowls all week long, but never do it - now I definitely have to do it! And I also definitely have to get chipotle for lunch today haha.
i used to work at a burrito place in college and love making the chipotle-at-home meals all the time! the grilled veggies are what makes it!
June 19, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterHeather
This is such a great idea especially since it's hit or miss sometimes at Chipotle. I've had many a burrito that was lukewarm. Thanks for the idea!
June 19, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLauren T
I agree, the rice at Chipotle always seems disappointing. It's still an amazing place, but have you ever heard of freebirds? It's a burrito place like chipotle, but it's even better. The rice is always perfectly fluffy, and they've got different sizes and types (flour, wheat, spinach, or cayenne) of tortillas. They also have grass-fed beef! The steak is a lot more flavorful than chipotle's. Overall, freebirds just has a lot more options than chipotle and if there's one nearby, I highly recommend it.

Ashley--> Nope, I haven't, but it sounds great! We have a local restaurant that is somewhat similar to Chipotle but with triple the options. We are obsessed with it!
June 19, 2012 | Unregistered Commenter91% Chocolate Lover
YUM! I just moved in to an apartment -literally- one block away from Chipotle, and I'm proud to say after a month of living there I still haven't succumbed and splurged on a burrito bowl :P Mostly because I've got a healthy supply of rice, black beans, lime and avocado at home!
This looks delicious, and most likely will be my dinner tonight!! We don't have Chipotle's... we usually hunt it down when we travel, but I haven't been there in a long time!
June 19, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterChrista
Love burrito bowls!
June 19, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJennifer
This looks so yummy! We stopped at Chipotle on Sunday on our drive across PA, and I was a little disappointed. For the first time ever, I didn't ooo & aaah over every bite. It was still good, but lukewarm, like you mentioned above. We don't live near one, so it's always a treat. Now I'll be making this instead of craving it!

Ashley--> Totally know what you mean!
June 19, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCarissa
We just got a chipotle and I love them, this is a great recipe to have! Thanks so much :)
June 19, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAlex
I LOVE Chipotle! I even have a little song that I sing about Chipotle- because I'm crazy. Anyway, I am a fan of this post except you are missing my favorite element! The corn salsa- soooo delicious! I haven't figured out how to make it exactly like they do. One day I will nail it and let you all know- unless Ashley you want to take a stab???
Miss you lady, you are a super star! xoxo

Ashley--> Funny! I never go for the corn salsa. I love corn but always leave that out of my bowl. Not sure why!
June 19, 2012 | Unregistered Commenternoelle munoz
oohhhhh man! the veggie burrito bowl is my absolute fave! ugh those fajita veggies, and the cilantro lime rice, and lots of guac and the corn salsa! fantastic. so glad you posted this!!
June 20, 2012 | Unregistered Commenteralyce
This looks 1000x better than Chipotle!
June 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCait's Plate
This is a once a week dinner here at the Unger household. Your presentation is a tad more appealing (I just throw stuff in a bowl and mix it all up...eeww) - but it is so simple and delicious! I like your chive addition to the rice!
June 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKatie
Good idea using the bean liquid! I will definitely have to try that. I also like cooking black beans in a spicy salsa for an extra kick
June 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSara @ sarasmiles
We tried Chipotle for the FIRST TIME last week on vacation in Colorado. It will have its own blog post because it was THAT GOOD! . I was thrilled to find we actually have a Chipotle here in Alabama. I will definitely check it out. In the meantime, this recipe looks just as good and easy. On a different note, our thoughts and prayers are with everyone in Colorado and the High Park Fire and the new Springer fire. We were there the past two weeks on vacation. We were in Co. Springs and then in Estes Park. Having gone through our state's own natural disaster (tornadoes), it was sad and encouraging at the same time to read the tweets/info of the community coming together to get info out and offer assistance. It brought back horrible memories of last April for us, but we are now on the other side of the "how will we ever recover??" and we know the people of Colorado are stronger than any natural disaster. :)
June 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKatrina
this looks sooo delicious. also, i made your sweet potato black bean burgers yesterday. yum, yum, yum! also, i miss you! have fun on your girls trip!

Ashley--> I miss you too!!!! So excited you made the burgs. :)
June 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLaura
good post
June 22, 2012 | Unregistered Commentergizan hotel
Quick, it. And being from Colorado, are there really people saying Chipotle isn't any good? Blasphemy!
I am totally going to add this to the menu for my HEALTH & FITNESS VACATION to St. Augustine, FL this November!!! Spots still available... check it out
I'll also be looking at some of your other recipes :)
September 2, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAshley
I made this for my family tonight. It was such a hit! I went the extra mile and made pico de gallo instead of just diced tomatoes. It really sealed the deal. Thanks a million for this recipe!
July 22, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterLauren
@Lauren - Thrilled to hear the family loved it! Nice call on making the pica de gallo. ;) Thanks for the feedback!
July 27, 2014 | Registered CommenterAshley
I have been using your recipe for YEARS! Ok, at least 2 since that is when you originally posted it for us. OMG so good, thank you!!!
October 26, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterLeslie
@Leslie - This is so great to hear. Thanks for coming back to let me know!
October 27, 2014 | Registered CommenterAshley

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