Copycat Chipotle Burrito Bols

May 17, 2009 · 31 comments

in beans and legumes,chicken/poultry,mexican/tex-mex,rice and grains

It isn’t very often that I look to fast food restaurants for cooking inspiration.  I don’t think you’ll really be seeing any recipes on here for Big Macs or Quizno’s sandwiches any time soon. Maybe a frosty, though…

At any rate, I admit I love Chipotle.  Just like any other fast food, though, I rarely eat it. Maybe 2 times a year.  Most of the time I eat fast food, I end up feeling like a giant greaseball afterward and it totally wasn’t worth the many calories I spent. But, I don’t feel that way about Chipotle. From the rice (which I like despite not even liking cilantro!) to the hot salsa, I love it.

If you remember, a few months back I was on a mission to organize my recipes. Well, I did (at least most of them). I put them in a binder, tabbed by main ingredient/course, and have been flipping through it a lot lately, looking for things that could be made on the stove or grill.  I’ve  had this copycat recipe for Chipotle’s chicken marinade saved for a long time, so I decided to make it. I soaked the chilies overnight, made the marinade before work, and Tom threw them on the grill when he got home. I reduced the amount of oil a bit and used dried oregano (because I had it around). Otherwise, everything stayed the same. I COMPLETELY forgot to salt the chicken pre-grilling, though, so don’t make that mistake. We salted it after, and it still tasted great but not quite the same.

I went with brown for the rice to make it a little more healthful. All the copycat recipes for rice I was finding asked that you actually boil the rice in broth and lime juice but I didn’t. I know I’ve seen them add the lime after the rice is cooked, so I went that route.

These were a great way to cure the chipotle craving in a somewhat healthier way.

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Alisa - Frugal Foodie May 17, 2009 at 10:40 am

I love chipotle! I can’t wait to try this recipe.

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Cynthia Nelson May 17, 2009 at 7:45 pm

Nice!

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truenorth67 May 17, 2009 at 8:04 pm

Oh yeah…I can taste & smell those Anchos…you sure you don’t have some Latina in ya?

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truenorth67 May 17, 2009 at 8:04 pm

Oh yeah…I can taste & smell those Anchos…you sure you don’t have some Latina in ya?

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nina May 18, 2009 at 3:49 am

i’LL HAVE TO GO AND HUNT FOR THOSE CHILIES BEFORE i CAN ATTEMPT THIS…I’D LOVE TO GIVE THIS A GO THOUGH!

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Melissa May 18, 2009 at 6:27 am

I have never been to Chipotle, but this looks delicious! Especially the cilantro-lime rice, yum!

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Joan Nova May 18, 2009 at 7:39 am

good seasonings for the chicken and, for me, the addition of lime juice takes everything to a new level!

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Ivy May 18, 2009 at 12:04 pm

I am sure I would love this recipe although.

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Joelen May 18, 2009 at 1:28 pm

Looks great and a burrito bowl is the only way to go at Chipotle!

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kanella May 18, 2009 at 1:47 pm

I am not a fan of cilantro and love Chipotle’s rice. I may just have to try this at home.

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Erin May 18, 2009 at 2:52 pm

I had chipotle on Saturday for the first time in at least a year. It was SOOOOOO good! I love the tortillas they have there, though, so I never get a bowl. But I’d love to try to replicate their chicken, and teh yummy rice!

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Erin May 18, 2009 at 2:52 pm

I had chipotle on Saturday for the first time in at least a year. It was SOOOOOO good! I love the tortillas they have there, though, so I never get a bowl. But I’d love to try to replicate their chicken, and teh yummy rice!

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Kerstin May 18, 2009 at 10:23 pm

Yum! I love Chipotle and have managed to convince myself it’s pretty healthy… Your version looks SO good AND healthy!

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Psychgrad May 21, 2009 at 7:47 am

Love the sounds of the chicken. I’m a chili beginner — I’ll need to keep an eye out for the dried ancho chilies

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Another Chipotle Fan June 25, 2009 at 6:31 am

FYI Here is the “real” Chipotle marinade recipe.

Puree this up in a blender…
1/2 can of 7 ounce chipotles in adobo
4 cloves garlic
3/4 cup vinegar
1/2 onion
1/2 cup water
1/3 cup lime juice
4 teaspoons of cumin
2 tablespoons of paprika
1 tablespoon salt
1/2 teaspoon of black pepper

For Chipotle’s chicken, marinate chicken thighs
For Chipotle’s steak, marinate sirloin/new york strip steak

Let your meat sit in a marinating vessel of your choice, with a lid for at least 8-12 hours. Grill to perfection and enjoy!

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Beck May 26, 2012 at 6:14 pm

I realize I am a bit late with my post – but how many chicken thighs can your marinade using your instruction above. Thanks

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elly May 27, 2012 at 6:36 pm

I’d guess 6-8 but it depends on the size.

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Katy August 31, 2009 at 6:44 pm

I love Chipolte!!! I have duplicated the bol pretty well but we can’t get the corn relish at all. Can anyone help with that?

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elly August 31, 2009 at 7:53 pm

I actually haven’t had the corn relish before to be honest! I’ll have to try it next time. Hopefully you can find the recipe somewhere.

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Katy August 31, 2009 at 6:44 pm

I love Chipolte!!! I have duplicated the bol pretty well but we can’t get the corn relish at all. Can anyone help with that?

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elly August 31, 2009 at 7:53 pm

I actually haven’t had the corn relish before to be honest! I’ll have to try it next time. Hopefully you can find the recipe somewhere.

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Katie November 20, 2009 at 7:00 pm

Chicken turned out pretty good but was missing something. Not sure what. Also used basmati rice for the cilantro lime rice and it rocked. Made the fresh tomato salsa to go with and had a great burrito bol. Yum!!!

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Becky May 25, 2012 at 1:53 pm

Has anyone tried the “rice” cooking instructions for long grained white rice? Just wondering if this method would work – maybe slightly decreasing the boiling time?
Thanks

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Nil June 16, 2012 at 10:51 pm

for the rice, you need to steam it with a bay leaf. And after that, you need to add soy oil (not just any oil) which gives it the unique taste. Use kosher salt. Citrus juice– lemon & lime.

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Rick August 4, 2012 at 11:29 pm

While I appreciate people think they have the “real” Chipotle restaurant recipe, we have tried just about every recipe that is on the web and I’m convinced that there is a lot of mis-information going around out there so people don’t get it right.

The Ancho peppers don’t taste right, and the recipe with the chipotle in adobo tastes way too smokey. We have not found one recipe that is right.

I’m not saying they don’t taste good, because they do. But it’s not like Chiptole’s chicken.

BTW, the rice, we have found the right recipe. And it does NOT include basmati rice (it’s long grain white) and you don’t cook it with broth or lime. You add the lime and cilantro after the rice is cooked.

Cook the long grain white with a bay leaf (this is the secret according to my wife) when the rice is done, add the oil, cilantro, and lime juice and salt and mix. we didn’t use lemon at all.

here’s the link http://www.ehow.com/how_4988332_rice-like-chipotle-mexican-grill.html

Now if we can only find the real Chipotle chicken recipe.

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Steve August 15, 2012 at 12:36 am

GREAT recipe! Closest thing to Chipotle I have tried. One twist…a shot of tequila and some salt in the rice when you are stirring it up was a hit at my house.

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Harleen September 8, 2012 at 4:35 pm

Oh this is awesome – I am from india and the day I landed in US, my husband took me to chipotle for my first meal here. He chose mexican coz i come from the land of spices (India) and he said this is the closest you can get to our indian taste buds in America. I loved it and went again and again to Chipotle for their chicken burrito. Today almost a year later, i ran into your website with the recipe and thought to give it a try. This is “The perfect recipe for the chipotle burrito” Thank you so much !! You rock !!! :) I am surely gonna make this again and again and again :)

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