Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Homemade Chipotle Bowls!

You may remember last week when I made homemade Chipotle bowls for Dave's birthday.  I love eating at Chipotle, but I really love when I can control and customize everything that goes into my bowl.  Here are a few of my "recipes" (aka I tend not to measure things, obviously something to improve for future recipe posts).  Also, I don't make everything from scratch, I'm just not that awesome but that's something I would like to work towards in the future too.  Enjoy!

1.  Create some cilantro lime rice.

Cilantro Lime Rice
(Adapted from this recipe)
  • 1 hunk of butter (Recipe = 1 teaspoon)
  • 2 teaspoons fresh chopped cilantro
  • Rice (Recipe = 2/3 cups, I've used both white and brown rice)
  • Lime juice to taste (juice of 1 lime? I am too lazy so I use the bottled stuff)
  • Salt to taste
1.  Cook rice as directed.
2.  Stir in butter, cilantro, lime juice, and salt.

2.  Heat up some black beans in a pot with a little water, oregano, chili powder, and cayenne pepper.

3.  Cook some steak on the grill.  We've been trying out various store bought marinades since I had an epic fail trying to create my own rub/marinade the first time.  Obviously you can use whatever meat you want or just go meatless!

4.  Cook some sliced peppers and onions in a pan on medium heat with some butter.  I like them cooked but still a bit crunchy.

Please excuse my amature photography and the boil in a bag rice.

 5.  Whip up some guacamole.

Semi-Homemade Guacamole
  • 2 ripe avocados
  • 1 teaspoon chopped cilantro
  • Squirt of lime juice to taste
  • Salt to taste (a good couple of shakes out of my salt shaker)
  • 2 tablespoons fresh salsa (purchased in the produce section of the grocery store, or you could be more awesome and make your own)
1.  Mash avocados
2.  Combine all ingredients and continue to mash and stir until desired consistency.  It's up to you how chunky you want your avocados.

6.  Layer your rice, beans, fajita veggies, and steak in a big bowl then top with lots of fresh salsa, sour cream, cheese, and don't forget the guacamole!


Yum yum yum!  I have a serious obsession with Chipotle!  And if you want to get really fancy, you could create multiple layers of each ingredient, I want to do this next time!  I always make enough to have some leftovers, but the second time I ate the bowl I realized I had a lot of rice left (and not as much of the good stuff on top) so I want to try and hide some of the good stuff at the bottom next time.  Also, don't forget since the guac will turn brown when it's exposed to air over time, cover it up with other things in the bowl before you store your leftovers.


Sorry Puddin', none for you.

Do you like to recreate your restaurant favorites at home?  Which ones?


  1. I seriously need to try your Chipotle creations, they look amazing! My birthday is August 26th *cough, cough*, oh how conveniently close to yours :-)

    I love me some Italian food and it feels great to recreate recipes and be able to cut out the bad stuff.

  2. Printing these recipes now. Thank you chef Amber.


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