Chipotle made a name for itself years ago for its accessible and affordable fast-casual Mexican restaurant concept. These days, the chain has earned a more notorious name for itself. Formerly loyal Chipotle consumers have abandoned the eatery — but if you are somebody who used to love their menu, never fear. We have all the recipes you could possibly need to make fast-casual and 100 percent plant-based Mexican food from the comfort of your home.
The first thing you’ll need to do is master the basic components that make up Chipotle’s dishes. Luckily, our guide on how to make a 100 percent clean version of Chipotle’s Veggie Burrito Bowl should set you right up. We also recommend checking out this guide on how to mimic Chipotle’s much-beloved Guacamole, and this step-by-step on how to assemble a perfectly layered plant-based burrito just like Chipotle does.
Once you know how to prepare the different ingredients, and the different assemblage techniques, the combinations you can dream up on your own are truly endless.
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For instance, you can assemble a sofritas dish from scratch. When Chipotle first announced it was serving vegan sofritas, tofu that has been shredded and then simmered in a smoky, spicy aromatic blend of herbs and spices, people absolutely went nuts over the plant-based, flavorful protein option.
We love these gluten-free and Spicy Sofritas Black Bean Bowls for their depth of flavor and protein.
When it comes down to it, however, Chipotle doesn’t actually have an impressive amount of different flavor combinations you can experiment with in-store. There are only so many ways you can combine the same ingredients together before each dish begins to taste similar.
Burritos come in all shapes and sizes, and serve a multitude of purposes. You can use them for early-morning fuel if you choose to make something like this Spicy Tofu Scramble and Avocado Breakfast Burrito. More of a fusion person? This gluten-free Asian Crispy Tofu Burrito marries Mexican and Asian cuisine together into one crunchy, flavorful lunchtime dish. If you’re on the go and want to be able to grab a burrito for any time of day, you can always plan ahead with these Freezeable Cheesy Chickpea Burritos.
Fans of Chipotle’s quesadillas will appreciate these Cheesy Corn and Smashes Avocado Quesadillas because they incorporate two fresh Chipotle stand-bys: guac and corn!
Bulk up your quesadillas with nutritious ingredients at home by experimenting with new vegetables not offered at Chipotle. How delicious do these Spinach Artichoke Quesadillas look? If you’re somebody who makes getting in your daily probiotics a priority, this Kimichi Quesadilla might be right up your alley. All you comfort-food lovers out there should definitely give this plant-based Smoky Shepherd’s Pie Quesadilla a try.
We hope this collection of recipes we found on our Food Monster App acts as creative culinary fodder for you to begin brainstorming different plant-based Mexican concoctions of your own. If you aren’t ready to begin recipe building on your own, the app has a whole section dedicated to different plant-based Mexican recipes.
We also highly recommend downloading our Food Monster App, which is available for both Android and iPhone, and can also be found on Instagram and Facebook. It has over 8,000 plant-based and allergy-friendly recipes for you to explore so you’re never at a loss for what amazing vegan meal to create next. Check it out!
Lead image source: Spicy Sofritas Black Bean Bowls