Chipotle Chicken Burrito Bowl (meal prep instructions, prep ahead, etc)

How to Make Vegan Burrito Bowls

These seriously could not be more easy to make! Here’s what to do:

  1. Start with a base of lettuce, rice, vegan carnitas.Load it up with all the toppings and dig in!
  2. Load it up with all the toppings and dig in!

Tips and tricks

The following suggestions should come in handy when making your own homemade burrito bowls:

  • Use a large, shallow bowl so you get a little bit of everything in every bite!
  • Set up all of the toppings buffet style and let each person make their own.
  • Prepare this meal in advance by making the rice, beans, vegan carnitas, fajita veggies, salsa, corn salad, and vegan sour cream. Store them separately until you’re ready to heat and serve.
  • You can also meal prep by portioning out all of the warm fillings in a microwave safe container, and the toppings in another one. Then all you have to do is warm it up and throw on the toppings!
  • Keep leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3-5 days.
  • Cooked rice and beans can be frozen in a freezer safe airtight container for up to 3 months.



I was first introduced to burrito bowls WAY back in the day at Café Rio – and it was love at first bite.  Now burrito bowls are everywhere from Chipotle to Wahoo’s to Taco Bell.  So, what exactly is a burrito bowl?  A burrito bowl is a deconstructed burrito without the tortilla or sometimes served in a tortilla bowl.  It is all of your favorite burrito filling ingredients – protein, cheese, corn, black beans, tomatoes, salsa, sour cream, guacamole etc. served over a bowl of rice. 

are burrito bowls healthy?

Yes, Burrito Bowls can be very healthy.  They are packed with protein, healthy fats, fiber, vitamins and minerals. You can make Burrito bowls even healthier by:

  • Using brown rice, quinoa or cauliflower rice in place of white rice.
  • Using Greek yogurt in place of sour cream in the Avocado Crema.
  • Using chicken breasts as recommend and not swapping for chicken thighs.

Toppings and Add-Ins: The Best and The Worst

Are you eyeing up the endless line of toppings and wondering which are best? Here are the best Chipotle healthy options for toppings and some of the worst. 

Best: Cilantro-Lime Cauliflower Rice 

This cauliflower-based rice gives a similar texture to traditional rice for a fraction of the calories – one serving contains just 40 calories, so eat up!

Worst: Cilantro-Lime White or Brown Rice

While this flavored rice is pretty tasty, it contains much more than just cilantro and lime. A regular-sized scoop contains 210 calories and a hefty serving of carbs. 

These carbs ruin your diet, so if you want to enjoy your meal with real rice, ask the staff to give you a smaller serving.

Brown rice is a slightly better option than white, as it contains less sodium and marginally more fiber, which will fill you up for longer. 

If you love white rice but want the benefits of both, ask for a mixture of both white and brown rice in your bowl. 

Best: Most Protein Options

The steak and sofritas proteins contain 150 calories while the highest calorie protein, carnitas, includes 210.

Most of the meat protein options at Chipotle are relatively comparable, so choose your favorite and go for it.

Meats tend to be a fairly significant source of saturated fat, which we should only eat in small portions – therefore, if you want to cut down on your saturated fat intake, skip the meat, pick a vegetarian option, and load up on pinto or black beans instead.

Bonus: you’ll save a bit of money!

Best: Load Up on Veggies

The veggies are what makes Chipotle really shine as a healthy fast food option, so load up as much as you like on lettuce and grilled fajita vegetables that contain a lot of fiber and nutrients and very few extra calories. 

Best: Pinto & Black Beans 

A serving of either pinto or black beans contains 130 calories, but it also adds another 8g of lean, plant-based protein to turn your burrito bowl into a protein power bowl. 

Best: Guacamole

There is no question that avocados are high in calories and fat, but we think guacamole’s nutritional benefits more than make up for those downsides. 

Guacamole’s healthy unsaturated fats will keep you full for longer and completely satisfied while aiding almost all of your bodily functions. 

Best: Tomatillo Green Chili Salsa

The tomatillo salsa is the lowest in sodium of Chipotle’s salsa options.

Worst: Salty Salsa 

It makes us scratch our heads that fresh salsa isn’t the healthiest salsa option at Chipotle, but it’s high in sodium and, according to some employees, not chopped fresh in-house like other Chipotle ingredients. 

Stay away from all salsas and opt for the healthiest option we mentioned, the tomatillo green chili salsa.

Worst: Sour Cream, Monterey Jack, & Queso Blanco

High-fat food like sour cream isn’t inherently bad, but it’s a high-calorie and -fat dairy product that contains very little protein – it hardly seems worth it.

Monterey Jack is probably the best option between the two because it has more protein, but it’s high-calorie without much nutrition to offer. 

Queso blanco contains 120 calories per serving – that’s ten calories more than a serving of sour cream!

Stay away from the queso to lower your calories. 

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 burrito bowl, about 2 1/2 cups Per Serving:

452 calories; protein 35.6g; carbohydrates 36.1g; dietary fiber 9.4g; sugars 2.6g; fat 18.7g; saturated fat 3.9g; cholesterol 90mg; vitamin a iu 2274.4IU; vitamin c 7.1mg; folate 159.7mcg; calcium 110.7mg; iron 3.3mg; magnesium 127.2mg; potassium 995.4mg; sodium 461.8mg; thiamin 0.3mg.

Exchanges: 2 fat, 3 1/2 lean protein, 2 starch, 1/2 vegetable

How to Reheat a Chipotle Burrito

In the Microwave

  1. Remove any foil wrappers and place the burrito on a microwave-safe plate.
  2. Sprinkle a few drops of water over the burrito.
  3. Microwave for 1 minute.
  4. Flip the burrito.
  5. Add a couple of extra drops of water.
  6. Heat for another minute.
  7. Repeat the process until the burrito is uniformly heated.
  8. Serve and enjoy.

In the Oven or Toaster Oven

  1. Preheat your oven or toaster oven to 225 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Remove the foil wrap of the burrito so steam can escape. Your tortilla will turn mushy if you skip this step.
  3. Now cover the burrito loosely with aluminum foil, leaving a gap for steam to escape.
  4. Place the burrito on a baking pan and heat for about 30 minutes.
  5. Serve and enjoy.

On the Grill

  1. Preheat the grill on a low setting.
  2. Loosen the foil to enable steam to escape or re-wrap in foil with a hole.
  3. Place the burrito on the grill and close the lid.
  4. Heat for about 30 minutes.
  5. Add additional lettuce, salsa, sour cream, and grated cheese to improve the taste even more.

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