DIY Gluten-Free Chipotle Burrito Bowls

Who needs takeout when you can make these Chipotle style burrito bowls at home? And, celiac friends, you don't have to ask anyone to change their gloves or get fresh ingredients from the back... you can be sure they are gluten-free! Fajita chicken and/ or vegetables, rice, seasoned black beans, guacamole and salsa make for a customizable, crowd-pleasing meal! Great for meal prep too!

DIY gluten-free chipotle bowls easy recipe
DIY Gluten-Free Chipotle Burrito Bowls

An easy recipe for make your own Chipotle Burrito Bowls!

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Who needs take out when you can make these Chipotle-style burrito bowls at home?

These DIY Gluten-Free Chipotle Bowls have become a go to dinner of ours and are sure to be a favorite of yours too!

They are made with simple ingredients, customizable to different tastes/ preferences and so delicious!

My son loves his with lots of rice, seasoned black beans, fajita chicken, guacamole and salsa; I love mine with rice, seasoned black beans, fajita vegetables, guacamole and salsa.

DIY gluten-free chipotle bowls easy recipe

A few more things we love about these DIY Gluten-Free Chipotle Bowls

We decided to make these bowls because my college-aged son love Chipotle when he’s at school and wanted to learn how to recreate his favorite bowls at home and I’m so glad we did!

They are a fabulous meal for so many reasons!

  • First it’s almost always less expensive to cook at home rather than eat at a restaurant.
  • Celiac friends, you don’t have to ask anyone to change their gloves or get fresh ingredients from the back… you can be sure these are gluten-free without any extra effort or worry! 
  • And as the mom of the house, I love a meal where it’s easy for both the omnivores and vegetarians at our table can enjoy the same gluten-free meal!
  • It’s a great make ahead gluten-free meal making it perfect for meal prep and busy days.

Let’s take a closer look at what’s in our DIY Gluten-Free Chipotle Burrito Bowls

As these were recreated with the intention that my son could make them at school, we made his favorites (the fajita chicken and seasoned black beans) and my favorite fajita vegetables and kept the extras simple.

So they are made them with just a few ingredients:

Fajita Chicken

Fajita Vegetables (we use a mix of red pepper, red onions and zucchini – you are welcome to switch it up)

Brown Rice

Quick Seasoned Black Bean

Guacamole and

Tomato Salsa

DIY gluten-free chipotle bowls easy recipe

How to make the Fajita Marinade

The chicken and vegetables are perfectly seasoned and so delicious!

It’s all starts with a simple but flavorful marinade.

All you need is 7 ingredients:

avocado oil

lemon juice

garlic

ground paprika

ground cumin

sea salt and

black pepper.

And all you do is whisk the ingredients together until well combined!

How to make Fajita Chicken and Fajita Vegetables

It couldn’t be quicker or easier to make great tasting, gluten-free fajita chicken or vegetables.

If making both the fajita chicken and fajita vegetables, I like to mix the marinade twice.

Then I place the vegetables in one glass container, the chicken in another, add the marinade to each container and toss well, cover and let sit for 45 minutes.

They will be perfectly seasoned and flavorful and ready to cook!

When it comes time to cook them, the vegetable saute in 15 minutes and the chicken can be grilled as we did or sauteed in 10 minutes!

How to make the Quick Seasoned Black Beans

To make the Seasoned Beans, all you need is:

canned black beans

garlic

cumin

chili powder

salt

lime juice

olive oil

Simply mix all the ingredients together in a saucepan and heat up!

DIY gluten-free chipotle bowls easy recipe

The Fixins

As these were recreated with the intention that my son could make them at school, we kept the extras super simple!

We added:

Brown Rice — rice is a must and we wanted to keep it simple, not seasoned as there is lots of flavor in everything else.

Guacamole – you can use already prepared (we live for the one at our farmer’s market!), or simply mashed avocado with a little lemon juice and salt or something with a few more ingredients like our Best Ever Guacamole.

Salsa— for these bowls we decided to use already prepared salsa.

With these few ingredients, you get tons of flavor and texture and it’s both delicious and satisfying!

DIY gluten-free chipotle bowls easy recipe

Make Ahead Options

The other thing we love about these bowls is that they are perfect for meal prep in that all the parts can be made ahead and reheated, making it perfect for busy days and busy college students!

Things you can make ahead:

  • Brown Rice
  • Fajita Chicken
  • Fajita Vegetables
  • Quick Seasoned Black Beans

Or if you’re eating them day of you can marinate the chicken and vegetables and cook them when ready to eat, so that they are super fresh.

If making your own guacamole, I always think it’s freshest to make guacamole or mashed avocado just before serving.

Hope you love them as much as we do!

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DIY Gluten-Free Chipotle Burrito Bowls

Who needs takeout when you can make these Chipotle style burrito bowls at home? Fajita chicken and/ or vegetables, brown rice, seasoned black beans, guacamole and salsa make for a customizable, crowd-pleasing meal! Great for meal prep too.
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time15 minutes
Marinating time45 minutes
Course: Main Course, Dinner
Cuisine: Gluten-Free, Nut-Free, Gluten-free Vegetarian, Dairy-Free
Keyword: crowd-pleasing gluten-free dinner, make ahead gluten-free dinner, DIY Chipotle Burrito Bowls, gluten-free burrito bowls, gluten-free chipotle bowls, make your own chipotle burrito bowl gluten-free
Servings: 4 servings
Author: Healthy Gluten-free Family

Ingredients

Chicken and Vegetable Marinade *double if making chicken and vegetables*

  • 2 tablespoons avocado oil
  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon ground paprika
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper

Fajita Chicken

  • 1 pound chicken breast or tenders if making chicken

Fajita Vegetables

  • 1 medium red bell pepper, sliced if making sauteed vegetables
  • 1 large red onion, sliced if making sauteed vegetables
  • 1 large zucchini, cut into half moons if making sauteed vegetables

Seasoned Black Beans

  • 2 15oz cans black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon cumin
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 teaspoons lime juice

Other Bowl Ingredients

  • 3 cups cooked brown rice, about 3/4 cup per bowl - adjust to tastes To make we combine 1 cups rice with 1 ¾ cups water, bring to a boil, then reduce to simmer, cover and cook for 45 minutes. If making your own brown rice, make it while the chicken and vegetables marinate.
  • 1 cup prepared salsa (1/4 cup per bowl) more to taste
  • 1-2 cups prepared guacamole OR make your own using about 1/2 avocado per person, mashed with a squeeze of lemon juice and sprinkle of salt Or try our Best Ever Guacamole. Guacamole quantity according to tastes.

Instructions

Fajita Chicken

  • Marinate chicken: In a small bowl or liquid measuring cup, whisk together the oil, lemon juice, garlic, paprika, cumin, salt and pepper. Place chicken in a bowl or glass container with a lid, pour the marinade over the chicken and mix until well coated. Cover and set aside for at least 45 minutes.
  • Grill or saute chicken: Preheat grill 375 degreed F or cook on medium high heat in saute pan. For grilling, place chicken on grill, cover and cook 5 minutes, flip then grill an additional 4 minutes. For saute pan, saute 5 minutes, flip and saute an additional 4- 5 minutes. After cooking, cut the chicken into bite size pieces.
  • Can be made ahead and stored in the refrigerator for several days and heated up.

Fajita Vegetables

  • Marinate vegetables: In a small bowl or liquid measuring cup, whisk together the oil, lemon juice, garlic, paprika, cumin, salt and pepper. Place vegetables in a glass container with a lid, pour the marinade over the vegetables and stir until well coated. Cover and set aside for at least 45 minutes.
  • Saute vegetables: In a medium skillet over medium high heat, add marinated vegetables and sauteed for 12 -15 minutes or until tender and lightly charred/ golden. (I like to saute for a minute or 2, then cover for 7-10 minutes, stirring periodically, then saute an additional few minutes until the water evaporates and lightly charred)
  • Can be made ahead and stored in the refrigerator for several days and heated up.

Seasoned Black Beans

  • In a small to medium sauce pan, add the black beans, lime juice, olive oil, garlic and spices. Mix together and heat for 3-5 minutes, until warm.
  • Can be made ahead and stored in the refrigerator for several days and heated up.

Assemble bowls

  • To each bowl add rice, beans, chicken and/ or chicken, guacamole and salsa. Enjoy!
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