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15 Chipotle Copycat Recipes

Skip the line! You can have a made-from-scratch burrito or bowl at home with our copycat Chipotle recipes.

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Slow-Cooker Barbacoa

My husband adores this barbacoa, which is beef roast simmered in lime juice, chipotle and cumin. He would eat it one a week if I would make it that often! We have it over rice with cilantro and a spritz of lime. —Aundrea McCormick, Denver, Colorado

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Chipotle Chicken Copycat

Chipotle chicken is tender, juicy and perfectly seasoned to complement all the burrito fixings in those gigantic flour tortillas. Making this copycat Chipotle chicken recipe at home couldn’t be easier; the key is marinating your chicken overnight in a spicy, smoky blend of herbs, spices and aromatics.

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Chipotle Queso Blanco Copycat

Ooey-gooey cheesy queso is great in bowls, burritos—even straight out of the cup! This copycat recipe tastes just like Chipotle’s queso blanco, but if you want your queso to look more similar, use shredded white cheddar instead of yellow.
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Chipotle Guacamole Copycat

Chipotle’s guacamole is legendary—and for good reason. The secret? Its freshness! Though many dips tend to improve the longer they sit, guacamole tastes best shortly after it’s made, so the flavor of fresh avocado shines through the rest of the ingredients. Eating it right away also keeps guacamole from browning.
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Chipotle Tomatillo-Green Chili Salsa Copycat

Tomatillos may look like green tomatoes, but they’re not the same thing. Instead, tomatillos are small, round and firm with a dense interior. When raw, tomatillos have a bright, extremely tart flavor that’s somewhat reminiscent of limes. When roasted, tomatillos lose that acidic edge and become a little sweeter. They’re the perfect addition to salsa.
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Chipotle Rice Copycat

Have you ever dreamed of going to Chipotle and eating nothing but a big, heaping bowl of fluffy cilantro-lime rice? Well, you can make that dream come true in your very own home with this simple five-ingredient recipe.
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Chipotle Roasted Chili-Corn Salsa Copycat

If possible, try to find fresh or frozen sweet white corn for the most authentic Chipotle corn salsa. It’s what the restaurant uses in its recipe. However, if all you can find is yellow corn, this salsa will still be spectacularly delicious.

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Chipotle Fresh Tomato Salsa Copycat

You only need five ingredients (plus salt and pepper) to make this vibrant salsa, which livens up just about everything it’s paired with. Although this fresh tomato salsa is delicious the day it’s made, it gets even better the longer it sits—double the recipe so you can snack on salsa and veggies or chips all week.
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Chipotle Tomatillo-Red Chili Salsa Copycat

This recipe isn’t an exact replica of Chipotle’s fiery red salsa, but it’s a great “close enough” option if you don’t have access to fresh tomatillos. If you like your salsa extra spicy, don’t hold back when adding the hot sauce!
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Chipotle Carnitas Copycat

Carnitas is arguably one of the most popular meats at Chipotle. Though there’s no shortage of winning options on the menu, it was the irresistible slow-roasted spiced pork that put Chipotle on the map when it opened its first location in Denver, Colorado, in 1993.
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Chipotle Steak Tacos Copycat

Fire up the grill to make these Chipotle-inspired flank steak tacos, topped with a simple fresh salsa made explosive with fresh lime juice. For even more delicious acidity, serve these tacos with pickled red onions.
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Chipotle Chicken Tacos Copycat with Avocado Salsa

As good as these chicken tacos are, the real star of this copycat recipe is the easy-to-make avocado salsa, which you’ll want to eat straight out of the bowl. Let your guests choose between crispy corn tortillas or soft flour tortillas, just like you would at Chipotle.
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Chipotle Cheese Quesadillas Copycat

If you don’t want to worry about ordering a quesadilla ahead of time for pickup at Chipotle, you can make quesadillas at home instead. This is a basic, easy quesadilla recipe everyone should know how to make, and once you do, you can start experimenting with all sorts of additional fillings.
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Chipotle Veggie Burrito Copycat

Perfect for meatless Mondays, no one will miss the meat when you dish up these satisfying burritos bursting with a fresh filling. Double the recipe, and you can eat the leftovers for Taco Tuesday! Include guacamole for an even closer copycat recipe.
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Chipotle Steak Salad Copycat

This vibrant flank steak salad is easy and quick to prepare, tastes delicious and is a healthy dinner all on one plate. For a non-Chipotle-inspired take, toss this salad with blue cheese dressing instead of the recommended vinaigrette, or maybe a drizzle of homemade steak sauce. Learn how to make a copycat of Chipotle vinaigrette.

Allison Robicelli
Allison Robicelli is a James Beard-nominated food and recipe writer, humorist, and the author of four (quite good) books. Her writing credits include the Washington Post, Bon Appetit, Food & Wine, Wine Enthusiast, Eater, Food52, The Takeout, and other major publications. Before becoming a full-time writer, she spent over a decade as a working chef, and was the co-owner of the acclaimed Robicelli's Bakery in Brooklyn. In addition to food and comedy, she also writes about history, parenting, and cannabis. She lives in Baltimore with her two teenage sons and four patient cats.