November 11, 2013

Burrito Bowl with Creamy Chipotle Sauce

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I love how a simple sauce can really elevate a dish. Sauces have taken recipes like these Black Bean Spinach Enchiladas and Southwestern Chopped Salad to a whole other level. So when I was craving a burrito bowl, I knew I should try a new sauce to drizzle over it. Chipotle seemed like a logical choice and I love the way it came out, with hints of garlic and lime. This meal is awesome because if you're short on time, you can cook the rice, prep the veggies, and make the chipotle sauce beforehand for a quick meal to throw together come dinnertime. Just pull everything out of the fridge and it's ready to assemble!


Vegan, gluten-free
Makes 3-4 burrito bowls

Ingredients
1 cup uncooked rice or quinoa
1/2 cup salsa (restaurant-style, or your favorite store-bought brand)
1 can black beans, rinsed and drained
2-3 roma tomatoes, diced
1 1/2 cups corn (I used frozen corn, thawed)
Romaine lettuce, chopped
Creamy chipotle sauce
Other additions: onion, green onion, bell pepper, avocado, cilantro

Directions
Cook rice. (For firmer rice, use 1 cup rice + 1 1/4 cup water.)
While rice is cooking, prep your veggies and make the creamy chipotle sauce.
When rice is cooked, stir in salsa.
Begin layering your bowl: start with rice, then black beans, and vegetables.
Drizzle the creamy chipotle sauce on top and enjoy.

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Want to customize your own burrito bowl? Here are the basic layers:

Start with a bed of rice/quinoa.
I like to make "salsa rice". After the rice/quinoa is done cooking simply stir in some salsa. Sometimes I add lime juice and cilantro too.


Add a protein punch!
Black beans, refried beans, pinto beans, etc.


Pile on a mountain of vegetables.
Lettuce, tomatoes, onion, corn, bell pepper, avocado, cilantro, etc.


Get saucy!


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33 comments:

  1. YUM this is a winner! Delicious! Also salsa rice is a brilliant idea, I will be tryin that out when I make taquitos next!

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    1. Thanks! Salsa rice is such an easy way to add flavor. Sometimes plain rice is too dry for me so that's a quick fix :)

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    1. Awesome Madonna! Thanks for the pin - hope you enjoy!

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  3. Made it yesterday. It's a keeper! Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Hi Joanna! Yay! So glad you tried it and liked it! :)

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  4. We made this tonight with cilantro, avocados, green onions, and tomatoes. (We left out the corn.) It was fantastic!

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    1. Hi Nina! Yum - your toppings sound amazing :) Happy to hear you enjoyed it. Thanks for the message!

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  5. Any ideas on calorie content....

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    1. Hi there! I don't provide nutritional stats, but if you'd like to calculate your own you can try this website:
      http://caloriecount.about.com/cc/recipe_analysis.php
      I've heard it's pretty straightforward and easy to use. Hope that helps! :)

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  6. Try black rice instead of white, it's really good and has the same benefits as eating any purple food. I think it's called anthocyanins?

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    1. Hi Lisa! Yes! Anthocyanins are an antioxidant in black rice. I've had it a few times, but never with this. I'll have to make it with that next time! :)

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  7. Just made this - followed your directions and it turned out absolutely delicious! What a great idea for something fast, and something that will make multiple meals too! Loved the sauce - thank you for sharing!

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    1. Awesome!! Glad it worked out for you and that you loved the sauce too! Thanks for the message :)

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  8. I made the sauce but its really thick and chunky. Its nowhere near the color in the picture. Its more of a light peach color.

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    1. The color can vary depending on how much chipotle and adobo sauce you use. Mine is often a lighter color as you mentioned. I have notes on the chipotle sauce page on thinning it out if it's too thick (adding more lime juice is a great way to do that and add more flavor). I'm not sure what would make the sauce chunky as there's nothing really chunky in the ingredients. Did you blend it well? Possibly the garlic didn't blend long enough?

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  9. made a variation on this for dinner... super yummy. My sauce also came out chunky and peach in color but I don't have a blender so had to use a food processor. Still yumm

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    1. Hey Amanda! Glad you enjoyed it! Hmmm... my sauce is never super smooth but I'm not sure I'd call it chunky either. I guess as long as it tastes good, embrace the chunkiness! ;) Thanks for the message!

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  10. I followed the directions but the garlic I used had very large cloves. Perhaps I should have used one and cut in half. The sauce was way too garlicky but luckily I can try this again tomorrow because I have everything separate. I am a huge fan of garlic but it seriously just tasted like I ate an entire clove by itself and raw. I will make the sauce again tomorrow when I have this for lunch.

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    1. Hope you were able to cut back the garlic and enjoy it the second time around!

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  11. This is a keeper and it's making it's way into Meatless Mondays. I made my beans from dry, used a simple rice pilaf, and I will admit to pure laziness by using a bottle of Taco Bell brand creamy chipotle sauce.

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    1. Woohoo! So glad you enjoyed it! Definitely not lazy to use a store sauce! Can't make every single thing from scratch - who has time for that!? :)

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  12. Our dinner tonight - thanks to your sauce recipe! http://instagram.com/p/ozzUBhJnAi/

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    1. Yesssss - that looks absolutely AMAZING!! Thanks for sharing!

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  13. This looks supper yummy. Going to give it a try today.

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    1. Hi Stacey! Yay! Hope you love it :)

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  14. Ohmygoodness. This was SO GOOD!!! It surpassed all my expectations even though I could tell it was going to be yummy. The chipotle sauce is out of this world!!! This is going straight into my Favorites file. We added chopped avocado and cheese as the add-ins. What a great meatless meal! :-)

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    1. Oh, awesome!! Thanks so much for your sweet comments. SO happy you enjoyed it and great call adding the avocado - yum! I'm honored to hear it's going into your favorites :)

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  15. This recipe is fantastic. Comes to gather quickly and tastes amazing, which is hard to say about a lot of Vegan foods. DH gave it two thumbs up and I am now adding it to my go to cookbook.

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    1. Hi again Stacey! Thanks so much for coming back and letting me know you guys enjoyed it! Glad both you and your DH liked it! Hooray for easy, delicious vegan meals :)

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