Chicken Burrito Bowls with Chipotle Crema

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Forget the fancy taco shop and it’s high priced burrito bowls. You can make your own — better and for less! Pack these Chicken Burrito Bowls with Chipotle Crema for lunch this week.

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For years a fancy pants taco shop has been my go-to for Sunday lunch. I can order online and pick up a variety of burritos, bowls, and quesadillas to bring home to my family. For a price. A pretty hefty price.

And while I can easily justify it that it’s Sunday, my day of rest, etc., etc., I can also just as easily make aforementioned burritos, bowls, and quesadillas at home. For less. Instead of paying close to $60 to feed our family of 8, I can spend $10 or $15 and have leftovers!

But, you say, I want a burrito bowl and my husband wants a burrito! I don’t want to make two meals. Beauty is, you’re not! When you stop to think about it, you’ll realize that burrito bowls, burritos, quesadillas, and tacos all share the same ingredients. Once you get that bar of ingredients ready, everyone can have exactly what he or she wants! If you batch cook and freeze your proteins, you can all have a different meat, too.

For the sake of this post, however, let’s say that everyone wants chicken. Because I said so. 😉

These Chicken Burrito Bowls are super delicious. You can choose white or brown rice, add cooked chicken, black beans, corn, tomatoes, cilantro, and scallions. Stir up a sour cream sauce spiced up with chipotle pepper and lime juice and you’ve got a super tasty supper!

–> Pro tip: Assemble a few extra bowls, minus the crema for easy, economical lunches the rest of the week.

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How to make this good and cheap:

Here are some of the strategies you can use to make this recipe more economical:

  • Stock up on ingredients when they are on sale. Chicken is your big ticket items here. Stock up when you see a good sale.
  • Shop at Costco. When I did my big grocery store showdown, I learned that Costco has the best price for a lot of the things I buy, plus they sell all the ingredients needed for this recipe. I love their rotisserie chickens and buy my rice in bulk from them.
  • Cook your own beans. It’s super cheap to cook beans at home.
  • Shop at ALDI. When I’m not of the mind to cook my own beans, I buy our canned beans by the case at ALDI. They are the cheapest deal in town and I love the convenience of opening a can.

How I make this recipe easy:

This recipe really couldn’t be easier than it is, but having the right kitchen tools can really make your time in the kitchen more enjoyable. Over time, I’ve honed my collection so that they are perfect for my needs.

Here are the tools that I use for this recipe:

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About Jessica Fisher

I believe great meals don't have to be complicated or expensive. There's a better way, and it won't take all afternoon.

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  1. Laurie Gaither says:

    I think this is our dinner tonight. We have everything except cilantro on hand.

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