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Sunday, November 20, 2011

Chipotle Bowl at Home

So many times while eating a dish at a restaurant or bringing home a takeout we think “oh this is so easy, I can easily do it at home” but never really get around to doing it. And it is even easier for people like me to avoid the attempt, people who particularly like eating out as much as trying out new dishes at home.

One such dish we often bring home is the Burrito bowl from Chipotle and on a rainy Sunday some ripe green avocados lying on the kitchen counter motivated me enough to try out this awesome Mexican dish at home.

Looking at the list of ingredients you might feel there is a lot you need but most of them are commonly found in our refrigerator or pantry and the rest are easily available. The final dish is a “put together” thing so it is very convenient if you have a bunch of people coming over. Make all the preparations ahead of time and enjoy with your guests!

Cooked rice – 2 cups
Black beans – 1 can
Corn – 1 cup
Sour cream – 1 cup
Cilantro- ½ cup finally chopped
Lemon juice – 4 tsp
Guacamole – 1 cup (recipe below)
Spicy red salsa(store bought) – as tolerated
Red onion – ½ medium
Green bell pepper – ½ medium
Lettuce - 1 cup
Mexican four cheese blend – 2 cups
Fajita seasoning – 1 tsp
Olive oil – as needed
Butter – ½ tsp

2 avocados scooped out and mashed with a fork
½ red onion finely chopped
2 cloves garlic finely chopped
1 tomato finely chopped
½ cup cilantro finely chopped
2 jalapeños deseeded and finely chopped
½ tsp cumin powder
2 tsp lemon juice
Salt and pepper
Olive oil

Mix all the ingredients really well adding the lemon juice towards the end. Guacamole is ready to go with anything you want it to!

Now start preparing for your chipotle bowl. Empty the can of beans in a pan with the liquid and heat adding salt, pepper and some cumin powder. Mix well, turn the heat off and set aside.

Heat 1 tsp olive oil and add finely chopped cilantro, cooked rice, lemon juice, salt and pepper. Mix well and turn the heat off. Keep aside.

Cook the corn or defrost if frozen. Heat the butter in a pan and sauté the corn adding salt and pepper. Keep aside.
Give the lettuce a rough chop and keep it covered in the refrigerator till it is time to use it.
Cut the red onion and bell pepper into thin slices. In a skillet heat ½ tsp olive oil and cook the onion first for a few minutes. Add the sliced bell pepper, salt, pepper and 1 tsp of the fajita seasoning. Cook on high flame for 2 minutes and turn the heat off. Keep aside.

To assemble your final dish take a deep bowl and start with cilantro rice as the base. Layer it with black beans, corn and the onion bell pepper stir fry. Add red salsa, guacamole  lettuce and sour cream. Sprinkle a generous amount of the cheese and dig in!

Serving suggestions
·         Tortilla chips

·         You can use cooked brown rice to make this dish healthier.

  Interesting fact
·         “Chipotle” is a kind of smoked dried jalapeno chili pepper. The popular fast food chain restaurant named after it was established in 1993 in Denver, Colorado, United States.

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  1. Incredible n looks hearty..thanks for sharing..:)
    Tasty Appetite

  2. Love to make this one at home...looks so delicious

  3. Lovely dish to beat off the winter blues... spicy flavours..loved it..:)

  4. this looks sooper sooper sooooper good! :) LOVE IT! If you can, please go through the rules of my Ongoing event: Healthy Lunch Challenge and link this post there!
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  5. Thats a tempting mexican spread!!!
    Prathima Rao
    Prats Corner

  6. A tempting mexican spread!!!
    Prathima Rao
    Prats Corner

  7. Omg looks absolutely inviting and nothing will beat anything prepared at home..

  8. The chipotle is very comforting and nice! Would like to try this some day!

  9. Luks so yumm and super Good.Luv to try it soon.

  10. My Husband and myself love Chipotle!!!!Can't wait so I m trying it today itself....Thanks for recipe... :)

  11. Have been thinking of making something like this..but too lazy to experiment...THANKS for this:)

  12. yummy! :) i wish we got avocados here... I would have loved to make that dish! :)

  13. lovely combination of flavours looks wonderful

  14. I want this for lunch today!!!!!! looks inviting and delicious.
    btw, added the cooking time - thanks for pointing that out - Late night blogging is never a good idea for me :)

  15. We love the Chipotle Bowl. I have always wanted to make it at home, but now there is an even better reason to make it. Thank you for the recipe.

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