Chicken Burrito Bowls with Hatch Chile Pico de Gallo

by Shawnda on August 20, 2013

in Chicken & Poultry,Hatch chiles,Mexican & TexMex,Pasta, Rice, and Grains,Quinoa

Chicken Burrito Bowls with Hatch Chile Pico de Gallo

You can add “forgo dinner at home most nights and drag the family to Freebirds for a steak or chicken burrito bowl” to the list of things I’d do if money grew on trees around here. Right above that – never washing or flat-ironing my hair again.

And since money doesn’t grow on trees, butterfly clip or ponytail it is.

Chicken Burrito Bowls with Hatch Chile Pico de Gallo

But because they’re so stinking easy to make at home, I can dump a bunch of burrito fixins into a bowl, call it a burrito bowl, crank up the theme song to Supernatural (Carry on my wayward so-oon!), and pretend I’m at Freebirds.

Our burrito bowls start with a super simple cilantro-lime quinoa (a compromise since I don’t really eat rice anymore), black or pinto beans, leftover diced chicken or steak, cheese, pico de gallo, a spicy tomatillo salsa, and extra jalapenos or serranos – because you can’t take your tastebuds with you when you die.

With hatch chiles everywhere right now, including the floor of my kitchen – don’t ask, we added a couple of the smokey, sweet chiles to the pico de gallo.

Chicken Burrito Bowls with Hatch Chile Pico de Gallo

Minus the scoop of queso Jason usually adds to his burrito (were we just meant to be, or what?!), it’s just like eating at Freebirds. I do have to clean the kitchen but I can afford to keep the lights on around here :)

Chicken Burrito Bowls with Hatch Chile Pico de Gallo


  • For the quinoa
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 cup dry quinoa
  • Juice from 1 1/2 limes
  • Handful of cilantro, chopped
  • For the pico
  • 1 pint grape tomatoes, quartered
  • 1/2 cup chopped red onion
  • 2 hatch chiles, roasted, seeded, and chopped (directions here)
  • Juice of 1/2 lime
  • Salt
  • For assembly
  • 1 can black beans, rinsed
  • Leftover chicken or steak, diced
  • Shredded cheese
  • Diced jalapenos
  • Your favorite salsa


  1. Add a generous pinch of salt to the cooking water and cook the quinoa according to package directions.
  2. Let cool a bit, add the lime juice and cilantro, and fluff with a fork.
  3. While the quinoa is cooking, make the pico (stir all ingredients in a bowl and set aside) and prepare your other ingredients as necessary.
  4. To build the burrito bowls, spoon quinoa into each bowl, top with beans, cheese, meat, pico de gallo, jalapenos, and a couple of spoonfuls of your favorite salsa.


Source: Confections of a Foodie Bride

Estimated time: 30 minutes


{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Meagan @ A Zesty Bite August 20, 2013 at 1:25 pm

This salad bowl is absolutely gorgeous and probably WAY better than Freebirds.


2 Zainab @ Blahnik Baker August 20, 2013 at 5:11 pm

This is a great looking burrito bowl!!


3 Liz Parker August 20, 2013 at 7:28 pm

I cannot wait to try this! I recently connected with my cousin on FB who lives in New Mexico. Total hatch chile hook-up! Thanks so much.


4 Joanne August 20, 2013 at 8:10 pm

We are getting a chipotle across the street from us so I think I’m going to have to start making massive amounts of these in order to keep our credit card bill in check! So much gorgeous color.


5 Alaina @ Fabtastic Eats August 21, 2013 at 5:45 am

I flippin’ love love love burrito bowls! This version sounds fantastic!!


6 Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking August 21, 2013 at 3:13 pm

Yea girl, represent Texas with those heavenly hatch chiles! This looks soooo scrumptious!


7 Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious August 25, 2013 at 9:08 pm

Move over Freebirds. Move over Chipotle. I found a new favorite that I can make so easily right at home! Thanks for saving me a ton of money :)


8 sara barker August 26, 2013 at 1:09 pm

rock on, shawnda! we love that you’re channeling FREEBIRDS as you cook. you sure did make that burrito bowl look gorgeous. let me know when you get a hankering for the restaurant version! peace love, burritos, – sara | freebirds


9 Shawnda August 27, 2013 at 12:43 pm

Thanks, Sara! Going back tomorrow night, actually :)


10 Barbara Craig July 10, 2014 at 6:57 pm

Not only look so yummy but very healthy as well, will make it today for lunch. Thanks a lot.


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