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.

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

  • Yummm!!! Looks delish, and so easy!

  • 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! :(

  • Whats not to love here? Great meal idea!

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

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

  • 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!

  • 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!

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

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

  • 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.

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

  • 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! ;)

  • Looks wonderful!!

    Carmen

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

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

  • 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!!

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

  • 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

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

  • 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!

  • 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!

  • 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!

  • Mel

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

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

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

  • 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! ;)