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Budget Friendly Recipe of the Week: Chipolte Burrito Bowl Knock-Off

I love the Burrito Bowls at Chipolte, however, they are overpriced at $7 a piece. Plus I can make my own heather version using organic and GMO free ingredients, while also saving a ton of money. We now eat these bowls at least once a week because they are so good!

This burrito bowl recipe is simple, inexpensive, and contains easy to find ingredients. This bowl can be a healthy meal if you buy the products at the right store. I shop for all the ingredients at Trader Joe’s and/or Whole Foods. I use organic for all ingredients and it is still much cheaper than dining at  Chipolte. Plus, the recipe lasts for 2-3 days.

Take a look at my Burrito Bowl recipe below and try it out for yourself!


Red Bell Pepper
Black Beans (soak dried beans overnight)
Brown Rice
Shredded Cheddar Cheese (or Daiya if Vegan)
Romaine Lettuce
Black Olives
Sour Cream (vegan options available to substitute)
Pico de Gallo
Hot Sauce


1. Chop the onions and bell pepper. Slice a few handfuls of olives into halves. Break lettuce into small pieces. Set up all ingredients on your counter-top to arrange a self serve burrito bar. I get small bowls and spoons out for the shredded cheese, lettuce, sour cream, pico, and guacamole. Or you could put them in small storage containers to make clean up easier.

2. I use the type of Black Beans that you soak overnight; they are healthier and more flavorful than canned black beans. However, you can choose to use canned beans if you prefer. I buy a bag of dried beans at Whole Foods for under $3 (Whole Foods 365 Brand). I soak the beans overnight and cook them on a low setting for about 3 hours. I also add a little salt to soften them up more. 2 cups of beans is usually more than enough for my boyfriend and myself for several days.

3. Next, I cook the brown rice. I usually buy the organic Trader Joe’s label. They have a quick cook version too for those short on time (takes about 15 minutes to cook). Always use brown rice over white as it is a whole grain, which is much healthier than white. 1 cup of brown rice is usually enough for my boyfriend and myself for 1 bowl each for 2-3 days. Note: I let the black beans continue to simmer while I cook the rice.

4. Saute onion and bell peppers in a pan with olive oil until tender.

5. Make your bowl with your desired toppings. I usually put brown rice on the bottom, then the black beans, and then sauteed vegetables on top.Next, I add a handful of chopped romaine lettuce. Then I put a handful of black olives into the bowl. I put a spoon each of sour cream, Pico De Gallo, and guacamole. I sprinkle a handful of shredded cheddar on top. I finish the bowl with a few squirts of hot sauce!

To make the meal even better, serve with blue corn tortilla chips and salsa/guacamole!

Test out the recipe for yourself and let me know in the comments how it turned out!

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