As far as fast food joints go Chipolte is one of the healthier choices. Regardless of being owned my the big Micky D’s, it actually sources from [semi] local farmers, and is committed to using organic, hormone- and antibiotic-free meats, and produce. In the paleo world, you can’t get much better than that for fast food. Plus, it actually tastes good and thats better than I can say for most chains.
I really love a good burrito bowl from Chipolte, piled high with cilantro-lime rice, black beans, shredded barbacoa beef, lettuce, cheese, sour cream, fresh salsa, and guacamole. Its just a flavor explosion! Every little flavor just marries together, forming this perfect union of spicy, tart, fresh, creamy goodness. I am a huge fan.
When I was in college there wasn’t a Chipolte around and that was one of the meals I made sure to eat while I was at home. Its just so tasty and filling. I can make two to three meals out of one burrito!
When I found out I was allergic to rice, I didn’t really care until I realized that I wouldn’t be able to enjoy a burrito bowl again. SAD DAY. Until I discovered cauliflower rice. And once I had discovered this amazing thing, I started to dream up the perfect burrito bowl.
Now there are a few other things in the burrito bowl described above, that are not paleo approved, but I didn’t really miss them. If you are not paleo, just go ahead and add them in
- 1st layer – romain lettuce
- 2nd layer – cilantro-lime cauliflower rice
- 3rd layer – barbacoa shredded beef (the recipe from Against All Grain is so easy and the flavor is spot on)
- 4th layer – salsa (green, roasted red, pico de gallo)
- 5th layer – guacamole
- 6th layer – extra cilantro, jalapeños, and fresh lime juice
- optional 7th layer – sautéed green peppers and onions
- optional non-paleo layers – sour cream, cheddar-jack cheese, black beans
Now, if you are planning on making everything from scratch, there is quite a bit of work that goes into preparing this dish. Its not hard, and if you don’t try to make all the salsa and such on the same day it really wouldn’t be that much work. The barbacoa recipe is so so good and its not hard, love the crock-pot. And the cauliflower rice isn’t much work either. You can even grate the cauliflower up the night before and stick it in the fridge until you are ready to cook it. Than all you would have to do is sauté it until it was cooked and add the other ingredients. You can get fresh pico de gallo and guacamole from Whole Foods (and other grocery stores, I’m sure) and you can just buy a jar of nice salsa. Or make have a salsa making/canning day. So, if you plan it out, it really could be a super easy dinner to put together.
This meal would make such a great party buffet or dinner for guests. It tastes so wonderful and its really healthy. Serve with sweet potato or plantain chips and salsa or guacamole, and margaritas. And for dessert, paleo flan!
This Chipolte knock-off is absolutely one of my new favorites. I will definitely be making this one again. The flavors mimic the real deal almost perfectly and its just so healthy, I can’t argue with that!
What’s your favorite Chipolte combination? How about making your own at home?