Here are the super simple ingredients to gather:
- Rice - 1-1/2 to 2 c, prepared in the usual manner except this time spritzed with the juice of one lime
- Steak, optional - Seasoned with Cumin, Chili Powder, Crushed Red Pepper ... Grilled, stove top or in the backyard. (I got easy breezy stew meat so it was pre-diced and just browned it in a skillet)
- Fajita veggies (1 green bell pepper and 1/2 an onion; should be red but I had white on hand) - softened over medium/high heat with a little fat in the pan
- Corn - I used one can of corn/chili/pimento mix
- Black beans - one can tumped into a colander and thoroughly rinsed
- Chopped black olives, optional (not a traditional Chipotle ingredient, but tasty)
- Fresh tomato - Diced
- Guacamole - preferably homemade (2 avocados, 1/2 a large tomatillo, 1/4 onion, 1/2 fresh tomato, juice from 1 lime, salt, a tiny bit of garlic powder, 1/2 jalapeno pepper diced and fresh cilantro if you have it, which unfortunately I don't)
- Sour Cream
- Grated cheese
- Lettuce, optional - Diced and sprinkled on top of everything after plating
|My grilled steak, 'resting'.|
Stove work: Prep the first three ingredients - so basic. Next, warm the corn and beans if you want - this is not a necessary step, as they will be topping hot rice and warm steak and veggies; considering pantries are usually room temp, they will warm up sufficiently.
|Homemade guac. Not my very best attempt, sadly, but still good. (maybe since avocados aren't really 'in' right now?)|
Construct all of this on a plate or in a bowl. Top with chopped olives if you're using them, fresh diced tomatoes, a scoop of guacamole, some sour cream and cheese. (A little salsa is yummy, too.)
Now all I need is a real live Chipotle margarita and I'm set! Has anyone else noticed how *amazing* their margaritas are?? If I wasn't stuffing myself full of their burrito goodness I'd be flat on the floor 1/2 way through my first drink! They are strong but oh-so delish. ;)
What's cool about doing stuff like this at home (aside from doing so in pajamas while watching Netflix) is saving a few bucks and having great leftovers. The entire meal for Kevin and me probably cost around $10-12 worth of groceries - steak, veggies, dairy, everything - and I had it for dinner again tonight and there is still a little leftover. Compare that to one dinner out + a drink or 2 at Chipotle -- it's over $20.
Also, here's a really scary calculator that tells you how many calories are in your very own personalized Chipotle burrito. Basically, just don't eat all day leading up to a stop at your local Chipotle and you should be OK.
The *real* Chipotle is still my crack, but having it at home was a fun, yummy and slightly more economical experiment.