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Oct 11, 2012 10:40 AM

Anyone have a hack for the Chipotle Bowl?

My son ate at a Chipotle restaurant this weekend and had a "bowl." He would like me to make this for him. He said it was rice with "Stuff," chicken that was a little spicy, and guacamole.

Has anyone eaten one of these and have more of a description of what goes into them. I figure cilantro, cumin, oregano, jalapeƱos, and then...what? And what goes into each element?

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  1. The rice is a cilantro lime rice and can be recreated pretty easily. I would say rinse the rice before cooking. Then when done toss with lime juice and chopped cilantro. Maybe some salt.

    Their guacamole is pretty typical and basic, creamier with some large chunks.


        Found this recipe and made the burrito on my blog two years ago.
        Go to the Chipotle site and find out what components he used. Then check for copycat recipes. The copycat recipe I used was really close for the chicken.

        My blog has some of the salsa recipes too I think. All on the link above.

        1. What did he ask for on/in it? The format is cafeteria style and they make to your order. Mine would be: "chicken fajita" (in Chipotle speak, diced grilled chicken plus sauteed bell pepper/onion mix), brown rice, pinto beans, mild (basically pico de gallo) and medium corn salsas (there are two medium versions so you have to specify) sour cream, no cheese, lettuce and guacamole unless I am getting a side of chips and guac, and liberal amounts of Chipotle Tabasco applied at the table.
          I would say what makes it Chipotle flavored are the cilantro lime rice mentioned upthread, the seasoning on the chicken and the salsa. Not that there is anything particularly notable about any of that other than it's fresh and simple and well prepared. Their guac is pretty much perfect and the only resto guac I can abide. Lime juice, cilantro, salt and a tiny bit of red onion and jalapeno.

          1. I found a couple of recipes on the internet, and did a little improvising, and if was DELICIOUS! I cooked some rice, and added chopped cilantro and lime juice when it was done. To a can of partially drained black beans I added some frozen corn, cumin, chile powder, and salt. I rubbed some boneless, skinless chicken breasts with garlic, seasoned salt, chile powder and a little lime juice and olive oil and cooked on the grill pan. I made some guacamole to top the whole thing with, added a little shredded cheese and a dollop of sour cream. My son just came downstairs to ask me about tonight's debate, and before he left he said, "That dinner was so frickin' delicious." And it was.

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            1. re: roxlet

              yay! I agree. Frickin delicious, especially as far as fast food goes. It's really the only chain resto we ever patronize.

                1. re: roxlet

                  Hey roxlet, I think I'm going to use your Chipotle rice and beans hack to turn some leftovers into burrito bowls later this week. Any approximate guesses on the proportion of corn, cumin, chile powder and salt in your beans?

                  Thank you!


                  1. re: The Dairy Queen

                    TDQ-I eyeballed it. I put about 1/4 of a package of frozen corn into a large can of black beans, and as far as the chile, cumin and salt, I just added and tasted as I went. I did crush a clove of garlic into the beans too.

                  2. re: roxlet

                    You might want to try this justly lauded recipe for cilantro rice sometime: