Chipotle is my savior: I can’t count the number of times that I have been starving to death without the energy to even pour myself some cereal* and Chipotle is there to save the day with it’s hearty portions and quick service.
Anyone who is familiar with Chipotle and likes it (the only kind of person I associate myself with) knows that they probably drug their food with addictives so it is near impossible to mimic their flavors. However, I have attempted the impossible and came up with a pretty close version to the real thing! Mind you, I was working hard in the kitchen, sobbing over red onion, for a good hour when I could have just sacrificed $7 for the real deal but where’s the fun in that?!
Part 1: Lime Cilantro Rice
1 cup long grain rice (I used Basmati)
2 cups water
1/2 lime’s juice
a handful of cilantro, chopped
Boil the water, add the rice. Cover and cook for 20 minutes or until the water is evaporated and the rice is fluffy. Once fully cooked, add in the chopped cilantro and the lime juice. Stir until completely incorporated and add some salt to taste.
*I added the cilantro while the rice was still really hot and it wilted the leaves a little too much. I would wait a bit for the rice to cool until adding the cilantro so that it keeps a level of freshness.
Part 2: Corn Salsa
12 oz can of corn (sweet corn is the best)
2 small jalapenos, chopped to small bits
1/2 small red onion, finely diced
Handful of cilantro, chopped
2 limes worth of juice
salt and pepper to taste
Simple: combine ingredients, stir to full incorporation.
Part 3: Black Beans
Open can, heat over stovetop
Part 4: Guacamole
1 ripe avocado
1 small roma tomato, chopped
1/2 jalapeno, diced
small bunch of cilantro, chopped
1/4 red onion, chopped
Squirt of lime or lemon juice
Salt and pepper to taste
Mash up avocado into a bowl. Fold in the diced tomato and the jalapeno. Stir in the cilantro and red onion bits. Squirt a bit of lemon or lime juice into the mix and shake in as much salt and pepper as desired (taste as you go to add whatever you think it needs more of).
Pile all parts onto a plate and DEVOUR