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My hope is to inspire you to be fearless in the kitchen, to try new things, to take the time to make things the homemade way and most importantly, to have fun doing it!

Burrito Bowls

I’m not embarrassed to admit my love for certain Mexican chain restaurants that serve massive, calorie-laden burritos – gotta love the Q!  Don’t get me wrong, I much prefer authentic Mexican food but sometimes Mexican fast food just hits the spot.  A quick peak at the nutritional value for any of my favorite entrees from such establishments is enough to send me running to the gym so as much as I may love it, we only indulge a few times a year.

Burrito bowls (basically a burrito minus the tortilla) are a popular menu item in these restaurants, and are often referred to as “naked” burritos.  (I’m a little wary of having that word in the title of a blog post.  Who knows what sort of weird searches could lead people here?)  I never order them myself because if I’m going to indulge, I go ahead and get the tortilla.  But this concept is perfect for a quick and easy, healthy weeknight meal.  I used leftovers from other meals to make these burrito bowls and they were so simple to throw together.  I was pleasantly surprised with what  a great meal this turned out to be.  Tasty, filling, and far better for us than the restaurant burrito.   This isn’t really even a recipe, just a general meal idea, so I have linked to the various components I included in my burrito bowls.  They are incredibly adaptable to suit your own tastes so feel free to experiment!

Burrito Bowls
Ingredients:
Cilantro Lime Rice
Spicy Citrus Black Beans
My Favorite Salsa Ever
Grilled Chicken (next time I’ll use this tequila lime chicken)
Shredded cheese
Sour cream

Inspired by Qdoba, Chipotle, etc.

  • http://warmvanillasugar.wordpress.com Warm Vanilla Sugar

    This bowl looks so tasty! And when you make it yourself it can totally be lightened up :)

  • http://www.vandeflier.com ValerieF

    Yummm!!! Looks delish, and so easy!

  • http://thespicylens.wordpress.com thespicylens

    I can’t wait to make some this weekend! :) I can even add extra rice. They always look at me strange when I ask for more at the Q! :(

  • http://Andrea-thekitchenwitch.blogspot.com Andrea the Kitchen Witch

    Whats not to love here? Great meal idea!

  • http://www.thesingledish.com Heather @ (The Single Dish)

    Yum! Burrito bowls are the best- Baja Fresh is great too!

  • http://www.greensnchocolate.blogspot.com Taylor

    I absolutely love burrito bowls! My favorite is from Chipotle, though Qdoba is a close second :)

  • http://www.thehealthyapron.com Erin at The Healthy Apron

    Oh yes! I am a huge fan of quedoba and chipotle! I often make burrito bowls at home! So delish and much more nutritious (portion-wise)! Now I want chipotle!

  • http://comfortofcooking.blogspot.com Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking

    Yum! What a great way to use leftovers. I’ll have to keep this in mind for a weeknight dinner. Thanks, Annie!

  • wholesomewomanhood

    That looks delicious! Mexican is one of my favorite cuisines….I’m adding this to my menu plan!

  • http://theculinaryenthusiast.blogspot.com Karla

    I love how a little of “this” and a bit of “that” makes a stellar meal! Yum!

  • http://www.mangiodasola.com Memoria

    What is the Q? queso? Anyway, this bowl looks amazing!

  • http://www.heidisfullplate.com Heidi

    Oh, the perfect use for the leftovers from my Crock Pot Pulled Pork Tacos! Love to transform leftovers so my fam is none the wiser:) Thanks!

  • Annie

    Qdoba.

  • http://www.jocelyneatsfresh.com Jocelyn

    Delish! I love making my own burrito bowls! :)

  • http://www.projectcookie365.blogspot.com Jen @ project cookie 365

    Ohhh, that looks yummy! And easy! This may have to be my quick dinner tomorrow as it looks to be a busy day! I’m so inspired by the fact that you post something yummy looking everyday! You’re not a woman, you’re a machine! ;)

  • http://bakingismyzen.blogspot.com Baking is my Zen

    Looks wonderful!!

    Carmen

  • http://www.tasteandtellblog.com Deborah

    Where have I been? I’ve never heard of a “naked” burrito before! I have got to try this!

  • http://www.aspicyperspective.com Sommer @ A Spicy Perspective

    Looks good to me! A perfect mid-week meal. Thanks for sharing!

  • http://shoshsfood.blogspot.com/ Sharon

    What a great way to use up some leftovers!! I love meals like this where everyone can kind of customize their bowl!!! Thanks for sharing!!

  • http://www.eatgood4life.blogspot.com Miryam

    Looks yummy, easy and tasty. Will have to give it a try. Thanks for sharing :-)

  • http://www.homewithmandy.com Home with Mandy

    I do love using left overs in unexpected ways! Love this idea, thanks for the post. And the tequila lime chicken….made me think of the perfect margarita. I could use both of those right now.

    The Perfect Margarita: http://tinyurl.com/hwm-tequila

    Thanks!
    Mandy

  • http://www.bananasforbourbon.blogspot.com Julie (Bananas for Bourbon)

    I like to do a “naked taco” style bowl and add shredded green cabbage and guacamole. Yum!

  • http://trainingtable.blogspot.com/ 12th Man

    Gotta love the Q? Uh oh … might have to challenge you on this one … seeing as how it is universally agreed upon that Chipotle’s rules.

    But other than that, loved your take on the burrito bowl. Cheers!

  • http://www.nibblemethis.com Chris

    Great looking bowl, haven’t had a naked burrito before (nor have I had a burrito, naked) but it seems perfect. Maybe toss some avocado in there, I need more fat;)

    Ooooo it would be even better in one of those fried tortilla bowls!

    You have inspired me, this dish is calling my name:)

  • Mary

    This was delicious! One of my new favorites and not that difficult to make! Thanks Annie!

  • http://www.cookingandeatinginthewindycity.blogspot.com Erin

    I agree that it’s a good indulgence a few times a year, and you gotta go with the tortilla when you get Chipotle! This is a great idea to make at home, so you can keep it healthier!

  • http://www.melrene.net Mel

    Mmmm…..Qdoba inspired goodness! Can’t wait to try this.

  • http://closetcooking.blogspot.com/ Kevin (Closet Cooking)

    Nice and simple and just packed with some of my favorite flavours!

  • http://nikitty.tumblr.com Nikitty

    I made these this week and they were extra yummy! Easy to make too, great recipe!

  • http://www.pantrytales.blogspot.com Nicole Gentilini

    Just made these tonight and they turned out delicious! Better than the Q, if you ask me! The only thing I did different is leave the black beans unseasoned (just added a little salt) and seasoned the chicken with a mixture of cumin, chili powder, garlic, onion, and salt. I even made homeade salsa! That really set the whole thing off! Yum! Thanks for the idea, Annie. I just might never visit the Q again! ;)