This delicious Whole30 Chipotle Burrito Bowl Recipe packs in all the great Mexican flavors, but with a delicious healthy twist. These healthy low carb burrito bowls are topped with grilled chicken, guacamole, and lots of homemade salsa.
Low Carb Burrito Bowls with Healthy Cauliflower Rice
After discovering cauliflower rice, I was curious to know if I could use it to replace the grain in some of my favorite rice dishes, like Mexi rice and fried rice. I discovered it makes an amazing low carb substitution. I actually prefer eating cauliflower rice to the real thing these days. It’s just as fun to top with protein and seasonings, but doesn’t leave you weighted down.
Not only does using cauliflower rice lower the carbs and calories in a dish, it also ups the fiber, and the amount of protein in a 1 cup serving of cauliflower rice is the same as in 1 cup of white rice. You’ll also benefit from a vitamin A, vitamin C, and calcium boost from the versatile white veggie.
After creating a whole30 Mexican rice recipe, I knew I had to try to make a Whole30 Chipotle burrito bowl. The restaurant is amazing for offering healthier choices and allowing diners to choose the ingredients that fit into their individual diets, but as far as I know, they haven’t expanded their offerings to include cauliflower rice yet!
Layer on the Healthy Burrito Bowl Toppings!
To make it Chipotle-esque, you MUST have a simple creamy guacamole.
I always order my Chipotle meals with a few kinds of salsa – so knock yourself out with compliant salsas! I adore their corn salsa, and I do have a similar SW Salsa Recipe you can make and add to these bowls if you’re looking for a low carb burrito bowl, and not something that is Whole30 compliant.
The salsa recipe I posted earlier this month is Whole30 compliant as written — and totally delicious.
These bowls are perfect for the Whole30, when you’re pretty much limited to foods you cook and make at home. The diet mostly cuts out all convenience foods. I eat a ton of salads (always actually) when I’m doing the Whole30, but sometimes you just crave a warm and soul satisfying meal — like rice or pasta!
While these Whole30 Chipotle Bowls still have fresh salad ingredients, the core of them is a warming cauliflower rice and grilled chicken. The Whole30 Mexican Rice recipe makes around 8 servings, so you’ll have plenty to pack up for future meals.
You can certainly mix these up — serve them simply just topped with your protein of choice. We eat a lot of grilled chicken around here, but using pork, steak, or shrimp would work equally as well. You can just add salsa and stop there.
Or you can get fancy, and add sautéed peppers and onion, like I did here. I also love added simple roasted butternut squash or sweet potatoes, both vegetables that are extremely satisfying on the Whole30.
Tips for Whole30 Chipotle Burrito Bowl Variations
- Make it Vegetarian/Vegan: These bowls are also great if you’re looking for a low carb vegetarian bowl. Use black beans or kidney beans in place of the chicken.
- Make it Keto: Use a higher fat cut of meat, like chicken thighs or steak to make these bowls. It also helps to add extra oil when preparing cauliflower rice to keep the ratio of fats to carbs high.
Whole30 Chipotle Burrito Bowls
- 1 recipe Whole30 Mexican Rice
- 1/2 recipe Salsa
- 2 cups lettuce
- 1 cup purple cabbage
- 2 avocados ripe
- 2 tablespoons cilantro finely chopped
- 1-2 tablespoons lime juice
- 1-2 tablespoons jalapeno finely chopped
- sea salt to taste
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 2 pounds chicken breasts
- 1 teaspoon cumin
- sea salt and pepper to taste
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 onion sliced
- 2 bell peppers sliced
- sea salt and pepper to taste
- Prepare sauteed veggies by adding olive oil to a pan, and then adding onions and peppers, and sauteing over medium high heat for 7-12 minutes, until desired doneness. Season with salt and pepper.
- Prepare chicken by adding olive oil to a frying pan over medium high heat, and adding chicken. Season with cumin, salt and pepper, cooking both sides evenly until cooked through.
- Prepare guacamole by scooping a ripe avocado into a bowl, and adding the rest of the prepared ingredients. Mix well until the avocado is creamy, and the season with addition lime, cumin, or salt, as necessary.
- Prepare burrito bowls by adding rice, sliced chicken, lettuce, cabbage, and sauteed veggies to a bowl. Top with salsa and guacamole, as desired.
Other Healthy Whole30 Recipes:
- Whole30 Chia Pudding, by Sunkissed Kitchen
- Thai Chicken Lettuce Wraps, by Sunkissed Kitchen
- Whole30 Roasted Carrot Hummus, by Sunkissed Kitchen
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Looks amazing, Michelle! I have never been to Chipotle but your pics have improved a lot!
Thanks Olena. I’ve been working on it this summer! Chipotle is one of my favorite stops when I’m back in the States — but homemade will always be better, and I love this cauliflower rice. It’s so much like the real thing it’s uncanny!
Joy Felizardo says
Your photos are amazing, as if I was flipping on the magazine.
Wow, what an incredible compliment! I appreciate it.
Suzanne Rudge says
I have to admit I am not a huge fan of Mexican food, but this looks pretty yummy! Full of good and healthy foods as well, so it is a keeper! I will have to give this one a try..
Not a huge fan of Mexican food? I’m sorry, we can’t be friends. Haha. Maybe this recipe will make you a convert.
Hanniz Envato says
I’ve never tried Mexican food (I know!) but this sure makes me wanna try some! Agree with the rest on the superb photography!
You are missing out. You need to find a good Mexican place and find out what you’ve been missing all these years!
Lovely photos! I am taking notes on how to do the food photos! So mouthwatering! And to think I am picky with my vegetables.
Sin Yee says
I feel hungry after looking at the photo. Can I have one plate?
healthy and delicious! i love mexican food! >XD
TABOO Magazine says
Oh my goodness! Your photography is fantastic. This meal would also be my perfect choice and you have photographed the dish so beautifully that it makes it even more appealing. The website is great.
Thank you! I’ve been really working on improving my photography lately, so it’s wonderful to hear feedback on it.
I love the way you still give a new taste to left over foods. Specially, it’s good for the body.
Roxi - Mr. Jacob's Mom says
My husband’s been dying to try Chipotle. He’ll love this recipe!
Chipotle is awesome, and there are healthy choices there! I recommend it. However, I am living about 8,000 miles away from the closest one right now, so I have to improvise. A great meal for when you want take out.
Franc Ramon says
It looks so tasty and you were able to capture the food well and it make me feel that I can just pluck it out of my monitor.
Francine A says
I have never had Mexican but its defiantly one cuisine I want to explore 🙂 I would also like to add that your photography truly is amazing! As an inspiring photographer I look to find inspirations and you have! What camera do you use? x
Thank you so much! Food photography is really much harder than it looks- you find that out soon after starting a blog! I’ve worked hard, and if you look back at my beginning posts, you can see a big evolution in my photos. It’s a steep learning curve! I use a Sony Nex5. Great camera. It’s small, and has both point-and-shoot and SLR capabilities, as well as being able to shoot HD video, 3D shots, and 360 panoramic shots.
You need to try some Mexican food, stat! Wonderful flavors.
Tiffany Yong says
Can I just buy them from you!
If I were just to eat 1 type of food, I will want that vegan burrito bowl!
Gosh. It’s wrong to look at this past midnight!
Tiffany, I would love to be able to sell the food I make 🙂 Unfortunately, it’s not so easy to run that type of business. Thanks for the compliment, though!
REally i love your Blog even my dad too..i used to tell him about your blog posts and uses
Thanks for sharing really awesome
Radhika, thank you for the compliment! I am glad you enjoy it. And thanks for sharing with your dad, too. 🙂
Eliz Frank says
Now this is my best kind of food to have for lunch or dinner. The photo makes the food look like it’s ready to jump at you!
Does the nutrition information breakdown include the cauliflower rice?
Good question — I just checked and no, it doesn’t. You’ll need to look at the nutrition info for the cauliflower separately!