The town that I live in has a ton of great independent restaurants. I mean, seriously, we are so lucky to live here and have all of these options, especially during the kitchen remodel. I especially love that there’s not many chain restaurants in our town. I’d always rather go to a local place instead of a chain, with one exception. When I’m craving a burrito bowl, it has to be from Chipotle. And the nearest one is a legit 45 minute round trip, which seems kind of ridiculous.
The good news is that I tried my hand at making these Slow Cooker Chicken Burrito Bowls at home and I’m happy to say that they turned out great. Just combine some boneless, skinless chicken thighs, a jar of chunky salsa, a bit of chili powder, and some chicken broth in the bowl of your slow cooker, and let it do it’s thing for 3-1/2 hours on high or 7-1/2 hours on low.
After that, you’ll shred the chicken, then stir in some instant brown rice, black beans and corn, and cook on high for 30 minutes longer. While that’s happening, go ahead and prep whatever garnishes you like. I used sour cream (Greek yogurt works great, too!), shredded cheese, avocado, red onion, tomatoes, cilantro and limes for my Slow Cooker Chicken Burrito Bowls, but feel free to just choose a couple of those for a simpler meal.
Slow Cooker Chicken Burrito Bowls
Let your crockpot do the work for this healthful meal with big flavors. Chicken, black beans, corn and brown rice are topped with an explosion of colorful garnishes!
- 1 jar (16 ounces) chunky salsa
- 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken thighs
- 2-1/2 cups less-sodium chicken broth
- 2 teaspoons chili powder
- 1 can (15.5 ounces) black beans, rinsed and drained
- 2 cups instant brown rice
- 1 cup corn kernels (fresh or frozen)
- Chopped avocado, chopped cilantro, chopped red onion, chopped tomatoes, lime wedges, sour cream (or Greek yogurt) and/or shredded Colby Jack cheese, for garnish
- In slow cooker, stir together salsa, chicken, broth and chili powder. Cook on high 3-1/2 hours or on low 7-1/2 hours.
- Transfer chicken to cutting board and coarsely shred; return to slow cooker. Stir in beans, rice and corn. Cook on high 30 minutes longer or until rice is cooked through.
- Serve garnished with avocado, cilantro, onion, tomatoes, limes, sour cream and/or cheese.
Adapted from No. 2 Pencil.
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