Veggie bowls are a family fav since everyone can make what they want. This take on a Chipotle veggie bowl is a delightfully fresh and filling recipe loaded with vibrant veggies. It’s both filling and fun to eat, so get ready to dig into a week night staple!

chipotle veggie bowl

With all the uncertainty of how and when we’re getting our groceries right now, a weekly meal plan + shopping list is challenging. I decided to share my signature chipotle veggie bowl recipe as well as give you a tested guide on how to build your own veggie bowl. With this guide, you’ll win over all the members at your dinner table, because everyone can make this bowl their own.

Table of Contents
  1. The Guide to a Perfect Veggie Bowl
  2. More Vegetable-Powered Recipes
  3. Sauces
  4. Chipotle Veggie Bowl Recipe
rice is a great base to a chipotle veggie bowl

The Guide to a Perfect Veggie Bowl

We’ve all been to enough fast casual restaurants to know the basic principles of a build-your-own-veggie-bowl. You start with a base, typically a starch or grain. Then add in some roasted veggies + leafy greens, and finally top with protein and fun toppings. Since I’m a visual person, I created a printable guide to the best veggie bowl every time. Any veggie bowl I create, including the chipotle veggie bowl recipe below, uses this guide. So easy, so delicious, and so satisfying in a few easy steps:

build your own veggie bowl guide
  1. Download + print the Build your own Veggie Bowl PDF here
  2. Scroll through the veggie bowl recipes below for inspiration
  3. Decide what to make and then head to the store. If you can’t find what you’re looking for, that’s okay because you can always mix and match with this guide.
  4. If you want an exact recipe, then I’ve included the chipotle veggie bowl below.

More Vegetable-Powered Recipes

To help get those creative juices flowing, I’ve got 6 great veggie bowl recipes below. Tweak them in a way that works best for you.

grilled squash veggie bowl

Grilled Squash Bowl

This bowl includes brown rice, Brussels sprouts, summer squash, sweet potatoes, as well as avocado to top. You can access this recipe inside Rawk the Year Meal Planner, where we have 500+ plant-based recipes for yo to build custom meal plans. Start a 14-day free to trial today!

chipotle veggie bowl

Chipotle Veggie Bowl

This bowl includes brown rice, black beans, roasted peppers and onion, romaine, guacamole, cashew cream, salsa, and lime. This is my copycat recipe of my favorite meal at Chipotle. I’ve included the recipe below too since it’s sooooo good!

Simple green veggie bowl with coconut sriracha sauce

Simple Green Bowl

This bowl includes brown rice, asparagus, my fav recipe for Brussels sprouts, parsley, and walnuts, then the whole bowl is smothered in a coconut sriracha sauce. Get the exact recipe from my book, Simple Green Meals.

Happy veggie bowl with quinoa, green veggies and sweet potato

Happy Vegetable Bowl

This bowl includes quinoa, Brussels sprouts, kale, sweet potato as well as a delicious coconut Sriracha sauce. Get the recipe here.

What is quinoa? This ancient seed is one of my favorites to use in a veggie bowl because it’s light, gluten free, and packed with protein! This base is a great swap if you’re looking for a non-rice option in the chipotle veggie bowl recipe.

veggie bowl recipe

Sesame Celery Bowl

This bowl includes fresh spinach, chickpeas, celery, carrots, cucumber, green onions, avocado, almonds and then is topped with a spicy dressing. Get the exact recipe from my book, Simple Green Meals.

veggie bowl

Teriyaki Veggie Bowl

This bowl is packed with flavors from the brown rice, squash, broccoli, cabbage, to the pineapple and tofu. I suggest doubling or quadrupling the recipe so you can have leftovers throughout the week for easy meal prep. This bowl reheats nicely and almost comes alive more, kinda like leftover Italian food. 🙂


I live for a good sauce. No matter what veggies are in the bowl, the sauce has to be perfect. I’ve been known to add my own sauces to takeout food, so that I can take it to the next level. This chipotle veggie bowl is then topped with cashew cream, guacamole, and salsa. It doesn’t have to be fancy to taste amazing! Here are a few of my fav sauces for veggie bowls:

Perfect these sauce recipes, and then turn any veggie bowl into a gourmet party in your mouth.

Will this chipotle veggie bowl recipe make it onto your next meal plan? If so, don’t forget to rate + review it below. Especially if you customize it; seriously, I love hearing how you make these recipes your own!

5 from 3 votes

Chipotle Veggie Bowl

This Veggie Bowl recipe is super fresh, nutrient-dense and bursting with flavors! The rice can be made in advance and stored in the refrigerator to speed up the process. Recipe yields 1 meal-sized bowl.
Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 25 mins
Total: 35 mins
Author: Jen Hansard
Course: Entree
Cuisine: Plant-Based
Serves: 1


  • 1 cup brown rice cooked
  • ¼ cup black beans drained and rinsed
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 red bell pepper chopped into strips
  • ¼ yellow onion chopped
  • ¼ cup romaine lettuce
  • 2 tbsp guacamole
  • 2 tbsp cashew cream or vegan sour cream
  • 2 tbsp salsa
  • lime optional


  • Cook brown rice as directed on packaging. (you can make more for leftovers too)
  • Heat a skillet over medium heat. Add olive oil, then add chopped bell pepper and chopped onion. Cook until onions are translucent and peppers are soft. Remove from heat.
  • Assemble the veggie bowl: start with brown rice on the bottom, then layer with cooked veggies, lettuce, guacamole, cashew cream, salsa, and black beans. Don't be afraid to add more of your favs. Add a fresh squeeze of lime juice before serving.


  • Swap the rice with white rice or cauliflower rice. 
  • Work with the veggies you have on hand; no need to buy extra ingredients if you’ve got some fresh produce at home! 
  • I love making the components of this bowl then setting them out buffet-style so everyone can choose what they want in their own bowls.
  • If you want a great vegan meat option for this bowl, add some walnut taco meat


Calories: 508kcal, Carbohydrates: 71g, Protein: 11g, Fat: 21g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g, Monounsaturated Fat: 14g, Sodium: 237mg, Potassium: 869mg, Fiber: 13g, Sugar: 8g, Vitamin A: 4951IU, Vitamin C: 158mg, Calcium: 63mg, Iron: 3mg
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About the Author

Jen Hansard

I went from exhausted mama to running across the Grand Canyon, riding & hiking to the top of the tallest waterfall in North America with my kids. How? I fell in love with the smoothies and plant-based meals you can find on my blog.

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  1. 5 stars
    Thanks for giving us an easy dinner in a pinch! That cashew cream is still my favorite.

  2. 5 stars
    We love doing this fun bowls! We probably make this chipotle style bowl at least once a week, it’s so easy and delicious.

  3. 5 stars
    Thank you so much for this guide! I literally cannot make most of my fav recipes lately since items aren’t in my grocery store with this COV19 stuff. I also am impressed with the macros on this bowl: 15g protein is awesome for plant-based!!!! This would totally fuel me and be a great dinner (with leftovers).

  4. I plan to make the Teriyaki Veggie Bowl (it sounds delicious!). I have one question on the ingredients for the spice blend though. Is it 3 TABLESPOONS of fresh ginger or 3 TEASPOONS? It is abbreviated differently from the previous ingredients, which makes me wonder whether it was supposed to be tsp (rather than tbs)?

    1. Lesley, it’s 3 Tablespoons of fresh ginger, grated.

  5. Thank you for the wonderful recipes! They all look delicious! I am curious though, what kind of couscous are you using because it is normally not gluten free.

    1. Yes, couscous is not gluten-free. There are a handful of gluten-free couscous options available, I think it would depend on what your local grocery store carries. But even if you’re not able to find any, you can sub gluten-free options like quinoa and brown rice. 🙂

    2. Thank you, I was asking because in the recipes it say that it is gluten free in the portion explaining what couscous is. I just wanted to make sure.

    3. There was a mistake in the article Angelic. I meant to write quinoa and said couscous… which explains the confusion. I’ve updated it now to make more sense. Great catch!

  6. Hi! This is awesome, thanks for sharing!

    The PDF says ‘see sauce guide’ in the toppings section, where can I find that?

    Thank you!

    1. Hi Elise! It’s part of the “mix and match” guides we’re creating for our members of Rawk the Year. Right now, we’re offering a free 30-day trial of RTY if you’re interested in giving it a try! Here’s the link: RTY 30-Day Trial 🙂

  7. Hi, The print button for the “build your own veggie bowl” sends you to a 404 error page.

    1. Hi Nancy. I’ve reached out to the tech team to see what happened there. Thanks for letting me know. I am pretty confident we can have it working in a few hours.