Since moving to Portland just over a year ago (happy recent Portlandversary to us!) we noticed that it had been a long time since we had eaten at Chipotle–weird, I know. Back in Chicago, with working late, no A/C, and little patience, we sought out the best option for a healthy, convenient meal. The winner was Chipotle’s Burrito Bowl; gluten-free, large, and filling (I would usually eat it over two meals), and full of fresh veggies and good proteins. Then I realized–why not just make our own?
That is what led us to creating a great meal for both hot nights and quick lunches, where the most difficult ingredient is rice (and that’s just depending on how you cook it). This meal yields a fantastic vegetarian and even vegan option too (minus meat and sour cream). Put this on your grocery list the next time you’re in need a meal without heating up the house!
- 1 lb steak, grilled (optional) (we like the adobo marinated steak from Trader Joe’s–grills up and stores nicely!)
- 1 cup rice, cooked
- 1-2 jalapeños, sliced (optional)
- 8 oz fresh salsa (again, TJ’s has a great one to grab and go)
- 1 avocado, sliced (optional)
- 1 16 oz can black beans, rinsed (optional)
- 1 red pepper, sliced
- 1 red onion, sliced
- 1 T chili powder
- 1 t chipotle chili powder
- 1/2 t cayenne
- 1 t oregano (dried)
- 8-12 cherry tomatoes, quartered (optional)
- 1 c Lettuce, chopped (optional)
- 1 small can/jar of black olives, chopped (optional)
- 2 T sour cream (optional)
- Hot sauce (optional)
In an oiled pan on medium-high heat, combine red pepper, onion, chili powder, cayenne, oregano, and chipotle chili powder (because of the heat level I would suggest something like coconut or grape seed oil, however, in a pinch olive oil will do—simply keep the temp under its smoke point). Cook approximately 5-7 minutes, stirring often. Remove from heat, and set to side.
Ensure all your toppings are chopped, and now you can begin the build! There isn’t really a wrong way to combine all of the ingredients, though I find it to be a nice presentation if the rice is the base to build on. You could also combine all ingredients into a large bowl, mix, and refrigerate until needed. Do what works best for you! This may even be a great dish to bring to your 4th of July picnic!
I like to top mine with a lot of olives and hot sauce:)