For the last almost 41 years, I’ve been married to a guy who would rather eat a burrito than just about anything you might think to offer him. Yep, this guy loves his burritos. And over the years I’ve made some pretty good ones for him, but truth be told, while I like burritos, I really don’t love them. To me, burritos seem rather heavy and leave me feeling a bit like the Titanic about an hour after it hit that iceburg… pretty much on my way down.
So I will tell you that my preferred way of eating a burrito is in a bowl; a deconstructed burrito, if you will, sans tortilla, with all the flavor and textures of a great burrito, but without feeling like, well, you just ate a burrito.
Now, there are several ways to approach the making of a burrito bowl. They’re all good. You can grab some leftover or rotisserie chicken, leftover rice, some canned beans and in a matter of minutes you can have yourself a decent burrito bowl.
But I’ve become very serious about my burrito bowls, and I will tell you that my recipe for Mexican rice is worth the price of admission here. The beans are also incredibly good and neither will take you very long to make. With some leftover chicken and your favorite burrito stuffings, you’ll have yourself a very fun and delicious bowl of burrito goodness.
And while I’m pretty sure The Husband is not going to give up his beloved burritos any time soon, he’s decided that he’s pretty happy to swap out his tortillas for a bowl now and then. Here’s the recipe…
Chicken Burrito Bowls
This really isn't a recipe as much as it is a template for you to create your own burrito bowl. This works great for a group or a crowd, as you can just put out the condiments and let everyone assemble their own burrito bowl. I've included my recipes for Mexican rice and quick pinto beans and recommend that you serve this with crispy tortilla chips.
cooked, shredded chicken
grated cheese (I like to use a combination of jack and cheddar)
sliced avocado or guacamole
rice (here's my recipe for
beans (here's my recipe for Quick Mexican Pinto Beans)
For each bowl, start with a layer of Mexican rice, then top with the beans, then some grated cheese. Top that with some chicken, shredded lettuce, salsa, sour cream, and then top the whole thing with either sliced avocado or guacamole and another sprinkling of grated cheese. Serve with chips or tortillas.