The word burrito means "little donkey" in Spanish, coming from burro, which means "donkey". The name burrito possibly derives from the appearance of a rolled up wheat tortilla, which vaguely resembles the ear of its namesake animal, or from bedrolls and packs that donkeys carried.
A burrito bowl is a burrito or fajita served without the tortilla wrap. It is instead placed in a bowl. It gained popularity during the low carb fad in the early 2000's.
The burrito bowl is found in some form at all the major national Mexican chains , and they call it by some pretty amusing and creative names.
At Baja Fresh you would ask for the Bare Burrito or Naked Burrito.
Chipotle refers to it as the "Burrito bol",
Qdoba informs customers to: "ask for it naked"
Moe's menu states: "be a streaker! Lose the tortilla!
Panchero's menu states to order "just the insides."
- Mexican rice - 1 cup (I used Basmati rice)
- Water - 2 cups
- Lime - 1
- Black beans or Pinto beans - 1/2 cup
- Lettuce - 1 cup shreaded
- Tomato - 1 chopped
- Onion - 4 tbsp
- Green chillies - 2 chopped
- Steak or Chicken or Shrimp or Fish - about 2 cups
- Bell peppers - 1 cup cut in strips(green,red,yellow, orange any you have)
- Onion - 1 cut into thick wedges
- avacado - 1/2 of one
- Cilantro - 3 tbsp chopped
- Pineapple - 1 cup chopped (optional)
- chopped garlic - 1/2 tsp
- dried Oregano/thyme - 1/4 tsp
- crushed cumin - 1/4 tsp
- Salt - to taste
- McCormick steak seasoning - 1/2 tsp (optional) you can use ground pepper instead.
- Oil - 2 tbsp
Preparing the cilantro lime rice.
Cook 1 cup rice in 2 cups water and salt to taste.
Once the rice is cooked add 1/2 tsp of fresh lime juice and tbsp of chopped corriander leaves and mix well.
Preparing the Tomato salsa
Mix together the chopped tomato , 2 tbsp of chopped onion , 1 chopped green chilly , 1/2 tbsp of chopped cilantro, salt to taste and a squeeze of lime juice.
Preparing the Pineapple salsa
Mix together the chopped pineapple , 2 tbsp of chopped onion , 1 chopped green chilly , 1/2 tbsp of chopped cilantro, salt to taste and a squeeze of lime juice.
Preparing the steak.
Slice the beef into thin strips and marinate with crushed cumin,steak seasoning(which contains salt,pepper,corriander seeds,crushed red pepper),Oregano/thyme mixture and a squeeze of lime juice.
Heat 1 tbsp oil in an iron skillet(on high) add in the beef and stirfry on high flame for 5 minutes until it is cooked and keep aside.
Preparing the grilled veggies
Add 1 tbsp oil and sliced bell peppers and onions into the same skittel you used to cook the beef in and stirfry on high until the veggies get a char on the outside but still retain a crunch (3 minutes).Season to taste with salt.
Preparing the beans
Pressure cook the black or pinto beans with enough water until it is cooked soft - add salt to taste and lightly mash some of them with the back of a spoon.
Assembling the bowl
Take a bowl, add a layer of cilantro lime rice then add the beans,Tomato salsa, Pineapple salsa, roasted vegetables,lettuce , Steak ,sliced avacado and more chopped cilantro on top.Garnish with sour cream and grated cheese if desired.