Deconstructed Burrito Bowl with Spicy Pulled Chicken and Avocado Dressing


One of our favorite fast food restaurants is Chipotle Mexican Grill. Have you heard of it? If you don’t have one nearby than I would venture to say your missing out. Chipotle is a fresh and fast Mexican restaurant with a focus on enormous burritos, the softest tacos you have ever had and what they call burrito bowls. They are committed to serving Food with Integrity by finding the best natural ingredients raised with respect to the animals, environment and farmers. My husband loves this place so much that I try to re-create the burrito bowls at home every now and then. It wasn’t until lately that I realized everyone should know about this amazing idea of a deconstructed burrito and I had to share!


There is no real secret recipe here, no recipe really at all just a few simple tips and instructions to get you on your way to a fantastic bowl of goodness! The only thing that requires any recipe of any kind ( and you are more than welcome to use your favorite chicken recipe) is my Spicy Pulled Chicken and Avocado Cilantro dressing– which Lo and Behold, You just happen to be in luck! I have the most delicious recipe for both of them and they are super easy to make. The spicy chicken uses our crutch the Crock Pot and the avocado dressing just involves blending:)

The best thing about a burrito bowl is that you get all the goodies that one expects in a burrito but without all the heaviness of having a burrito.  The lettuce and rice are great substitutes for the enormously large flour tortilla and you can pack it with whatever floats your boat at the moment. My favorite blend is spicy chicken with rice, lettuce, a hint of roasted red bell peppers, corn, black beans and avocado dressing. It’s like a dressed up, on steroids kind of rice salad and it is our favorite! Will it be yours? Find out this week!


Deconstructed Burrito Bowl with Spicy Pulled Chicken and Avocado Dressing
  • Spicy Pulled Chicken:
  • 3 lbs of chicken trimmed chicken breasts
  • 1 10 once jar of salsa
  • ½ cup Mexican beer
  • 2 TBSP balsamic vinegar
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 3 TBSP adobe sauce
  • 1 chipotle pepper in adobe sauce. chopped
  • 1 cup of water
  • Avocado Dressing:
  • 1 ripe avocado
  • 1 cup fresh cilantro
  • ½ plain non-fat yogurt
  • 2 TBSP buttermilk
  • 2 TBSP Saucy Mama Creamy Chipotle Dressing
  • 1 TBSP minced garlic
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • ½ tsp sugar
  • ½ salt and pepper each
  • Other Ingredients For Your Bowl
  • 1-2 cups of cooked rice (I flavor white rice with chicken stock and a few spices)
  • 1 Head of lettuce, shredded
  • 1-2 cups of fresh cooked corn
  • 1-2 cans black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 jar of roasted red bell peppers
  • 1-2 cups of shredded Mexican Cheese
  • favorite salsa
  • favorite guacamole
  • tortilla strips
  1. For the Chicken
  2. Place the trimmed chicken breast in the salsa, push to bottom and cover with some of the salsa. Pour in the rest of the ingredients and mix the chicken around a little to get everything nice and coated. Start the slow cooker on low for six to eight hours or on high for four hours.. Within the last hour of cooking, remove the chicken to a chopping board and shred with two forks and place back in crock pot for the last hour.
  3. For the Dressing:
  4. Place all ingredients in a food processor or blender and pulse until combined (1 minute). Chill until ready to use!

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  1. Mimi

    This looks so good. Love that chicken !

  2. Barbara @ Barbara Bakes

    We love the burrito bowl too. Your avocado dressing sounds amazing.

  3. Angie (@angiesrecipess)

    wow Love your new profile photo!
    Can’t even remember when I last had a burrito! Your spicy chicken burrito bowl looks so yum!

  4. Mary

    Oh that looks simply delicious – I think ALL my kids would love this one – that’s quite an achievement!
    Mary x

  5. @LaCuisineHelene

    I really have to make this, it looks so appetizing and I am sure we would love the flavors!

  6. Sues

    I’m not a huge burrito fan, but do LOVE burrito bowls. Not sure why… But this is right up my alley!

  7. Sam @ My Carolina Kitchen

    We’ve been dying to try this restaurant. Jim Cramer talks about it all of the time on his show and what a success it is, including it’s stock. In the meantime I must your burrito bowl. So full of color and flavor.

  8. Karen (Back Road Journal)

    This is a delicious sounding meal…especially as it is more a salad and less a burrito.

  9. Gintare @Gourmantine

    I haven’t had a burrito in ages, this looks fabulous!

  10. Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl

    I am craving a big burrito bowl tonight for dinner now! Looks so tasty!

  11. Velva

    What a great new profile photo-Nice!

    I enjoy Mexican food. I love burritos too. I don’t always need the wrap to be satisfied. I like it just in the bowl too.


  12. Maureen | Orgasmic Chef

    No Chipotle restaurants here but who needs them with a recipe that looks as good as this??

  13. 2 Sisters Recipes

    Love the idea of a NO flour-tortilla burrito, and instead a burrito bowl! Sounds and looks delicious and it’s healthier. Would love to try this one night for dinner. Thanks for the recipe.
    PS Love your the new photo of you in the kitchen at the top! You look beautiful!
    xxoo Anna and Liz

  14. Veronica's Kitchen

    I love pulled meat, wish that Australia have some decent Mexican food outlets. Love your new layout of the website, clean and fresh! Cheers!

  15. ATasteOfMadness

    Oh my goodness, this sounds delicious! I have finally got my whole family on the avocado bandwagon, so this would be perfect!

  16. Kiran @

    HUGE fan of Mexican bowls. Even more delicious with avo dressing. YUM!

  17. Joanne

    I’ve been craving chipotle like crazy lately! Definitely time to make myself a burrito bowl! This looks awesome.

  18. nancy at good food matters

    you always add some surprising perfect ingredients to your recipes–like the Mexican beer! Delicious, especially with avocado-cilantro dressing, who could resist?
    More corporate chain eateries should follow Chipotle’s lead in committing to sustainable practices. We’d all be better off…

  19. Alicia@ eco friendly homemaking

    Oh this salad looks amazing! When we lived in California we saw a lot of this chain but never tried it. I am pretty sure there are some here in the Nashville area and after seeing this recipe I am sure we will be checking them out! Thanks.

  20. Eva Taylor

    Now that is an endorsement, I have to say, I’ve not dine at Chipotle and I would have assumed it’s the same chain-like food that the other’s serve. Your endorsement will have me try it next time I’m in the States. Although I must say that your burrito bowl would be my preference for sure.

  21. Tricia @ Saving room for dessert

    I love Chipotle’s! I haven’t been in such a long time but love their soft chicken tacos. And their guacamole, and a cold beer! Very nice bowl of deliciousness. Have a great week!

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    Thanks & Regards, Sonia!!!

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