Chipotle has always been one of my favorite fast-food restaurants. When my wife and I decided to start eating meat again, we thought Chipotle would be a good entry food. It was ok, but not great.
The first thing we tried was the steak bowl. Their steak has a great flavor, but the meat just doesn’t seem high quality. The next time we tried a carnitas bowl. We felt the same way we did about the steak. So now when we get Chipotle, we just order the vegan option like we have for years 😉
But this got me thinking that it would be better to make my own Chipotle at home with grass-fed beef. It’s fast, it’s tasty and my ingredients are higher quality.
Let me start by saying that no, my burrito bowls don’t taste like Chipotle’s. I only used them as inspiration. But that doesn’t mean they aren’t delicious!
- Cooked rice, organic white or brown (1 cup per person)
- Pinto beans, cooked
- Grass-fed ground beef, 1 lb.
- 1 tsp. cumin
- 1 tsp. sea salt
I throw two cups of rice and 4 cups of water into the rice cooker and forget about it for 30 minutes. While that’s cooking, I brown a pound of ground beef in a pan and finish that off with cumin and sea salt. I usually have beans already prepared and frozen so I just grab a container of beans, put them in a small pot and add cumin, sea salt, chili powder, onion powder and garlic powder – I just toss it in, no measurements.
- Shredded lettuce
- Tomato, chopped
- Cilantro, chopped
- Onion, chopped
- Shredded cheese, grass-fed and raw
Use whatever toppings you want. The above are what I usually use, minus the cheese. I just happened to have that on hand this time.
- 1 avocado
- tsp lime juice
- 1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper
- 1 tsp. garlic powder
- 1 tsp. onion powder
- 1/2 tsp. cumin powder
- 1 tbsp. MCT oil (optional)
You can use any guacamole recipe you want, but this is usually how I make it. I only make enough for me and my wife for dinner, which is why I only use one avocado. You can make more if you want. Mash it all up until it creamy and it’s done!
Putting It All Together
This is the easy part. Put the shredded lettuce on the bottom of your plate or bowl, add rice, sprinkle with a little ground beef, add beans if you’re using them, add your toppings of choice and top with guacamole.
I love this meal. It’s fresh and tasty and it only takes about 30 minutes, which is about how long it would take for me to drive to Chipotle, wait in line and drive home.