Quick and Easy Chipotle Burrito Bowls

Quick and easy Chipotle Style Chicken Burrito Bowls


This is one of our new family favorites.  It’s quick to make, can be made ahead of time and customizable to different tastes.

I originally created this for another site that I wrote for.  Since then, I’ve made the process a lot easier.

The main short cut is using rotisserie chicken (or other chicken you’ve cooked).  I keep cooked chicken in the freezer for quick meals like this one.  It cuts the prep time down a lot when you start with cooked chicken vs raw.

This one recipe is a compilation of several:

  • Cilantro Lime Rice
  • Black Beans
  • Corn Salsa
  • Salsa
  • Chipotle Chicken
  • Guacamole

The black beans, corn salsa, chipotle chicken and guacamole come together really quick, but making all of these homemade still takes a while.  If you work quick though, you can finish in about 30 minutes.

However, you’ve got a lot of options here.  You don’t need to make each item homemade.  Here are some ideas for speeding things up:

  • If you’re in a hurry try Minute brown rice instead of long grain.
  • Use store-bought salsa
  • Use store-bought guacamole
  • Skip one or more of the items
  • Use pre-shredded cheese (we like Monterey Jack, but cheddar is good too)

The recipes for Homemade Salsa and Guacamole are already on the site, so I won’t repeat them here.

Let’s start with the Cilantro Lime Rice.

Quick and Easy Chipotle Style Burrito Bowls

Serves: 6-8 servings

  • 2 cups dry rice (white or brown)
  • water
  • 2 Tbs. lime juice
  • handful chopped cilantro
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  1. Cook the rice in water according to the package directions.
  2. Add 2 Tbs. lime juice, cilantro and salt to finished rice.
  3. Serve as first layer in burrito bowls.

Quick and Easy Chipotle Style Burrito Bowls

Serves: 6-8 servings

  • 2 cans black beans, undrained
  • 1 tsp. chili powder
  • ½ tsp. cumin
  • ⅛ tsp. allspice
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • ¼ tsp. sugar
  1. Combine all ingredients in small saucepan.
  2. Heat over medium heat.
  3. Serve in burrito bowls, tortillas or as side dish.

Quick and Easy Chipotle Style Burrito Bowls

Serves: 6-8

  • 16 oz frozen corn
  • ¼ cup diced red onion
  • ½ - 1 jalapeno, seeds removed and diced
  • handful chopped cilantro
  • salt to taste
  1. Place corn in colander and under cool water to thaw.
  2. Pour into bowl.
  3. Add remaining ingredients.
  4. Serve with burrito bowls.

Quick and Easy Chipotle Style Burrito Bowls

Serves: 6-8 servings

  • 2-3 cups chopped, cooked chicken
  • ¼ cup salsa
  • 2 tsp. Chipotle Chili Powder
  1. Place all ingredients in microwave safe bowl.
  2. Stir to combine.
  3. Heat in microwave for 1-2 minutes, stirring and adding time as needed until hot.

P.S. Would you like a menu of easy meals like this one, along with a color-coded grocery list all done for you?  Find your perfect Eat at Home Weekly Meal Plan here. 

Slow Cooker Black Bean Soup

Slow Cooker Black Bean Soup from scratch


I’ve been wanting to make Black Bean Soup forever.  I knew I wanted to make it in the slow cooker too.

So I went on a recipe search and found this Cuban Black Bean Soup from the Kitchn.  The recipe was a great excuse to use the ham bone I’d frozen from Christmas.

My recipe search also yielded Pioneer Woman’s Black Bean Soup.  Hers doesn’t use a ham bone.  And it has no vinegar, like the other recipe does.  But she did add some cumin and chili powder.

And neither recipe was for the slow cooker.  Black beans cooked on top of the stove become creamy and smooth.  In the slow cooker, this texture has to be forced a bit by pureeing some of the soup in a blender.

I ended up combining the two recipes I found, with my own thoughts on making it work for the slow cooker.  The result was wonderful.  It was even better the next day.

Here’s what you’ll need:   [Read more…]

Pumpkin Black Bean Chicken Chili in the Slow Cooker

Fall is my favorite season.  There are a lot of reasons, but some of them are:

  • comfort foods
  • pumpkin
  • apples
  • cool weather that makes me want to turn on the oven…
  • soup, soup, soup!

I’ve shared my love of Autumn foods and soups before.  This recipe, which came from a friend of mine {hi, Bev!} fits into both of those categories.

I’d never had pumpkin in a savory dish before and I wasn’t too sure what it would be like.  The flavor isn’t strongly pumpkin, not like adding pie to your chili.  It’s more of a healthy, warm veggie base that goes well with the black beans and chicken.

For the record, I did keep the pumpkin part a secret from the kids until after dinner.  No need to share all the truth before it’s necessary to do so.

Here’s what you’ll need to get this simmering in your slow cooker:  [Read more…]

Slow Cooker Beans for the Freezer aka Refried Beans without the Refry

I have heard about the beans for years.  Yes, years!  And I can’t believe I had never tried them.  I first heard about them on the Sonlight forums, where they were made famous by Bethany of For the Love of Grub.

Bethany loves these beans and makes them often and tells the rest of us that we need to be making them.  Everyone who has tried them raves about them.

Do I take the hint and give them a try?  No, I wait 5 or 7 years before it finally hits me that I need to see what the fuss is about.  I mean, it’s just beans, right? They can’t be that much better than canned, right?

Call me a crazy bean lover!  These things are fabulous!

They aren’t spicy, and yet they’re flavorful.  They make a quick dinner, can be mashed or left whole and they’re great for stocking your freezer.

Bethany gives a lot of variations on her blog, but this is how I made them:  [Read more…]

Ingredient Spotlight: Beans 2012

Beans are such a great food to keep on hand.  Both canned and dry beans can be stored in the pantry and have a long shelf life.

Beans are inexpensive and they’re a great way to add protein to meatless meals.

Here are a few of my favorite bean recipes:  [Read more…]

Chicken Enchilada Soup in the Slow Cooker

This is a recipe that will be made often in my house.  My kids have been asking for it again already.

I first saw the recipe when Mary from Giving Up on Perfect linked it for Ingredient Spotlight.  I’ve since spotted it on Pinterest several times.  This soup is fantastic!  And it’s easy too.

I made just a few minor changes to the way Mary fixed it.  I doubled the recipe, which made a lot.  It completely filled my 6 quart slow cooker.   Here’s what you’ll need:  [Read more…]

Grilled Chicken and Cream Cheese Enchiladas – 5 Ingredients

These couldn’t be simpler, especially if you’ve already got the chicken grilled, sliced and frozen.  But even if you need to do some grilling first, they are easy.  (If you do need to grill, cook more than you need and stock your freezer with the extra.)

The ingredients can be changed and swapped too.  Use cooked chicken instead of grilled, or use ground beef or leftover roast beef.  Swap out the Black Bean and Corn Salsa for another variety.  Skip the cream cheese and use Monterey Jack instead.  Anything goes, and it’s all good.

Here’s what you’ll need:  [Read more…]

Black Bean and Rice Freezer Burritos

freezer burritos done

These have been the handiest things to have stashed away in the freezer.  We’ve eaten them for a quick lunch or when someone needs to have dinner at an odd time.  The heat up in the microwave and taste great.

I read about the idea on the SC Johnson website in a post written by Sandy of The Reluctant Entertainer.  She shared her method for freezer burritos, but didn’t share a recipe.  I took her idea and decided to create a black bean and rice filling.  In just a little time I had 20 delicious burritos in the freezer.

Here’s what you’ll need:

[Read more…]

Black Bean and Corn Salsa/Salad

black bean and corn salsa done

I thought I was making a salad, but my family decided it was a salsa.  It did taste good scooped up on chips.

There must be a kachillion ways to make this dish.  I put mine together based on what I had available in the pantry.

[Read more…]

Beef and Black Bean Taco Bake

This is a beef spin on the Black Bean and Corn Chicken Taco Bake.  I was trying to come up with a dinner idea the other day and had all the ingredients except chicken.  But I had cooked ground beef in the freezer, so decided to give it a try.  It turned out really well.  Just as easy as the chicken version and just as tasty.  [Read more…]

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