Love burritos? Here’s everything you need to make a delicious, grain-free Chipotle-style burrito bowl in the comfort of your own kitchen!
Mexican food was not a favorite of mine growing up.
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I was a pretty picky kid (tons of food allergies didn’t help) and beans were on my ‘no’ list. Since Mexican food is kinda hard to make without beans, I missed out on a lot of dishes growing up. I’m pretty sure I didn’t have quesadilla, tacos, or even sour cream until college!
What changed? I met a wonderful little place called Chipotle.
I can still remember the first time someone convinced me to try a Chipotle burrito. Let’s just say I was highly suspicious of its goodness.
But I needn’t have worried – it was love at first bite. 🙂 From then on out if anyone asked where I wanted to go eat dinner, my answer was Chipotle!
Even now, 10+ years later (yeah, I’m old!) and post going gluten-free, Chipotle is one of the only restaurants I’ll eat at.
But let’s face it, going to Chipotle every time I want a burrito isn’t necessarily sustainable for a mom with five hungry kiddos taggin’ along.
My solution? Make it at home, of course!
Be forewarned, when at a restaurant all the burrito ingredients are handily ready for consumption and slapped into place whenever you want them. Not so when you’re making them at home.
Burritos have quite a few components that need to be ready at the same time. If you’re a multi-tasker, you can go ahead and follow my game plan. If doing a lot in the kitchen at once kinda overwhelms you, just make a few things ahead of time and warm them up when you’re ready to put it all together.
Grain-Free Chipotle-Style Burrito Bowl Tips & Ingredients
- black beans
- cilantro-lime cauli-rice (find my recipe here)
- peppers & onions (optional)
- fresh chopped tomatoes & romaine lettuce
- sour cream
- shredded colby-jack cheese, or whatever cheese you like
The beans: If you’re using dry beans, soak them for at least 8 hours. I usually sprout mine to make them more easily digestible (find out how to here), but that’s not necessary. After your beans have soaked, set them to boil. While the beans are cooking, move on to the next player. (Alternatively, you can use canned beans. Just rinse them off and they’re ready to go.)
The meat: Before you get started making everything else, marinade your meat. This can be done the day before, or just while you prepare the rest of the burrito ingredients. Whatever floats your boat!
The veggies: While the meat is marinading and the beans are cooking, rice your cauliflower and chop up your peppers, onions, tomatoes, and romaine.
Grain-Free Chipotle-Style Burrito Bowl
- coconut oil or tallow for cooking everything
- 1/2 onion minced
- 1 tablespoon minced garlic
- 1 teaspoon cumin
- 1/2 teaspoon oregano
- 2 cups black beans cooked or canned
- 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lime juice
- 2 steaks I used ribeye
- 1 tablespoon minced garlic
- 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
- 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
- 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
- 1 teaspoon salt
Peppers & Onions
- 1 yellow bell pepper thinly sliced
- 1/2 onion thinly sliced
- 2 cups riced cauliflower prepared (see link in recipe for homemade, or use frozen)
For the beans.
- Heat skillet over medium heat. Add cooking fat along with onions. Saute until onions caramelized.
- Add in garlic, cumin, and oregano and saute for about a minute, until spiced are fragrant.
- Add in beans and cook until they're coated, or heated through if they were canned.
- Remove from the skillet and cover until ready to use.
- When ready to use, squeeze lime juice over the beans and stir it in.
- After cooking the beans, add more cooking fat for the steak.
For the meat.
- Prepare the marinade and add to a bag along with steaks (make sure they're thawed). Massage around for a few minutes, then let set for an hour+.
- Heat skillet over medium, along with cooking fat. Add steaks and cook on each side for 3-5 minutes, depending on how thick they are.
- Remove from pan and let rest on a plate for 5 minutes before cutting.
For the peppers & onions.
- After removing the steak, add in the peppers and onions.
- Saute in steak juices until tender (just a few minutes).
- While steak is resting and peppers & onions are cooking, prepare cauli-rice in a separate skillet.
Putting it together:
- Into your bowl, layer the following in order:(1) cauli-rice (2) black beans (3) meat (4) peppers & onions (5) fresh chopped veggies
- Top it all with sour cream and shredded cheese.
More tips for this Grain-Free Chipotle Style Burrito Bowl
Once all your ingredients are cooked, chopped, and ready, it’s time to enjoy your burrito!
Into your bowl, layer the following in order:
- black beans
- peppers & onions
- fresh chopped veggies
Top it all with sour cream and shredded cheese.
I enjoy my burritos in a bowl, or wrapped in a large leaf of romaine lettuce (though that doesn’t hold as much as a bowl).
More Grain-Free Mexican Food Recipes:
- Mexican Fiesta Smoothie Recipe
- Easy Mexican Shredded Meat Recipe
- 30 Minute Chicken Fajita Lettuce Wraps
- 7 Minute Homemade Salsa
- Fiesta Chicken Recipe
- Fiesta Egg Scramble
Looks so yummy! My kids would eat Mexican style dishes every night of the week if I’d let them – I’ll be glad to add this twist to the line-up!
Thanks, Jules! I hope your family enjoys it! 🙂
Emily @ Recipes to Nourish
Wow this looks amazing Raia!!! I wish I had a big bowl of this for lunch today. I can’t wait to make this soon.
P.S. You’re silly, you’re not old 🙂 xo
Haha! Thanks, Emily. 😉
Love your idea of the cauliflower rice instead!
Sharon @ What The Fork Food Blog
This sounds so good! I just got some cauliflower today, I’ll have to try your cilantro lime version!
I hope you enjoy it, Sharon!
Looks good! I’ve been wanting to try something like that.
Thanks, Gene! I hope you get a chance to enjoy it! 🙂
April R - Uncookie Cutter
This looks amazing, and the cauli-rice sounds great too! I would love for you to stop by and link up at our new party where we make the features! Thanks for sharing and hope to see you at the party! http://uncookiecutter.com/2016/04/chicken-taquitos-link-make-9/
Thanks so much for the invite, April! I’ll be sure to stop by. 🙂
CJ Huang | Morsels of Life
Loving this! Chipotle’s one of the few restaurants we can go to without issues these days, but the line’s always out the door, so it’s a great idea to just do it at home. 🙂 So many things are just easier to do at home when you’ve got kids!
I just love bowls like this specially if I can make everything ahead and just leave the assembling for the serving time. They are easy, delicious and diverse! Loving how this is grain free, perfect for time si crave bowls but don’t want to have rice!
I agree, make-aheads are a plus! Thanks so much for stopping by, Shadi!
Kathryn @ FoodieGirlChicago
I love burrito bowls! Great that you made this version grain-free, it looks really good.
Lisa | Garlic + Zest
This is just what I need! My husband and I are trying to avoid carbs – for a little weight loss and this would be perfect for that! I love the cauli-rice! Genius!
Thanks so much, Lisa! I hope you and your husband get a chance to enjoy it! 🙂
These look like some seriously good dinner bowls! I eat at chipotle a lot because a friend of mine has celiacs, and it’s one of the very few “safe” places she can eat.
I’d love to make this for her!
Yes, I’m so grateful for Chipotle’s celiac-saveness! It’s so hard to find that in a restaurant! I hope you get a chance to enjoy these burrito bowls, too! 🙂
Bella B (xoxoBella)
Yum! I seriously could eat this several nights in a row and never be tired of it. My favourite kind of food.
Haha! I feel the same way. 😉 Thanks for stopping by, Bella!
I never had Mexican food when I was growing up either. It really is healthy food, though especially with your cauliflower rice. Love this fun post.
Thanks so much, Barbara! Glad to know I wasn’t the only one missing out. 😉
Just looking at this makes me so hungry!! I love those big burritos too, this grain free, additive free version is just perfect 🙂
Thanks, Monique! 🙂
Mexican is one of my favorites, and Chipotle is one of my family’s go-to places. I definitely need to try your burrito bowl recipe! Thanks for linking up with Merry Monday!
Glad to share, Emily! Thank you so much for stopping by! I hope you enjoy the burrito bowl, if you get a chance to try it. 🙂
This sounds SO good! My husband would go crazy over it. Pinning for dinner this week. Thanks so much for sharing at Inspiration Thursday!
Thanks so much for pining, Lela! I hope your hubby enjoys it. 🙂
April R - Uncookie Cutter
This looks absolutely amazing! I didn’t make it this week, but I did pick it as one of my additional features at You Link It, We Make It! I hope to make it soon, it sounds so yummy and healthy – what a great combo. Plus, the colors are beautiful! As a feature, you are invited to pin to our group board, so shoot me an email at [email protected] if you are interested and we hope to see you back at the party tomorrow!
Thank you so much, April! 🙂 🙂 🙂
Tiffany @ A Touch of Grace
I love burrito bowls. This one looks amazing!
Thanks for sharing at the Shine Blog Hop!
Glad to share, Tiffany! Thank you for stopping by. 🙂
LOVED THIS! FEATURED AT http://www.happyandblessedhome.com/spring-for-spring-at-family-fun-friday/
Thank you so much for featuring it, Monica!