Chipotle at home – $5.00 buck Friday

I have Mara to thank for my dinner last night! After reading her blog post about her Chipotle bowl at home I thought I had most of my ingredients to make it.

Her recipe also is inspire by Iowa Girl Eats.. It was super easy to put together and my whole family devoured it – not a morsel left!

I had lime rice on the bottom, topped with black beans, the seasoned chicken and cheese!

For the chicken, I made a rub from these ingredients:

1 tablespoon chili powder
1 tablespoon garlic powder
2 tsp. cumin
1 tsp. black pepper
1 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes

In a cast iron skillet, I added 5 cloves of garlic, sliced, 1/2 a white onion sliced and sauteed that for a few minutes. Next I added 1 jalapeno – seeds removed and cooked for another minute. Add the juice of 1 lime and the zest of 1 lime.

I added the chicken (however much you need to feed your family), then the seasoning (a few tablespoons) and cooked that until the chicken was no longer pink in the middle.

Meanwhile I cooked some brown rice. I used a quick cooking version of brown rice that’s ready in 15 minutes. Cook the rice according to your package directions. Once that is done, then I squeezed the juice of 1 lime and the zest of 1 lime into the rice. I unfortunately didn’t have cilantro :(.

For the black beans, rinse 1 can of black beans and I added 2 tsp. of the seasoning I used for the chicken and cooked that in the microwave for a minute so it was warmed through.

Next – build the bowl. I put the rice on the bottom, then the black beans, the chicken and topped with a little cheese. The only thing I really missed was not having any avocado. BUT, for making this with what I had on hand – I thought it was pretty deluxe!


So tomorrow my husband and I are going to be running on the Lakefront for Team in Training. We are running the Christy Clinic Illinois marathon (I’m doing the half). My run tomorrow is 6 miles, my husband has to run 10!!!

We are raising money for The Leukemia And Lymphoma Society – we have started a $5.00 buck Friday – do you have an extra $5.00 to spare?


I just read an e-mail from one of our coaches that there is a half marathon on the Lakefront path tomorrow with 1,200 participants, so that should be interesting! We will probably cross paths at some point.

Have a great weekend and HAPPY FRIDAY!!!!


  1. Lori says:

    I love Chipotle! Those burritos are huge, though. I confess that i have eaten a whole one in the past before… several times!

  2. What an interesting recipe. I’m having Crock Pot Lemon Pepper Chicken tonight but this is definitely going into my “gotta’ try” recipe collection for next weekend.

  3. Joanne says:

    My TNT group runs through Central Park a lot and we are ALWAYS invading races. It gives you an extra push! (And free water/gatorade/Gu gels).

    I definitely have chipotle cravings…I really should just recreate my favorite burritos in a bowl!

  4. Lindsay Lou says:

    I really love cheese. I have to make this dish now. Makes me feel very hungry. How many minutes does it take to prepare everything?

    Thanks for the recipe!


  5. Jennifer says:

    Lindsay – this comes together in about 30 minutes 🙂

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