Where once we had to order burritos on the go, hoping we could burn off all those calories on our adventure or hope to finish the whole massive thing in one sitting, now we have options.
Burritos, while admittedly delightful, can be more food than you want to eat. Enter the burrito bowl from Chipotle; you get to choose all your burrito ingredients and enjoy them without the giant, calorie-rich flour tortilla.
While a burrito can feel impossible to heat up, a Chipotle bowl is a cinch to reheat using virtually any appliance.
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Can You Reheat a Chipotle Bowl?
The short answer to whether you can heat a Chipotle bowl is yes. Of course, you can.
At the same time, you may be concerned about the cold ingredients like guacamole and sour cream. In that case, you can simply do your best to scrape them off the top before reheating.
You see? Easy peasy.
The truth is it can be a cinch to reheat a Chipotle bowl, or any food that has been refrigerated or frozen. You just have to use the right method with the right appliance.
For example, food that has been breaded or fried should often be reheated in the oven or in an air fryer.
For food that has been baked or grilled, you’re usually going to be best off using the oven again or the grill.
For a Chipotle bowl, honestly, our best bet is probably going to be the microwave.
But, just to be sure, let’s run through each appliance and see what we come up with.
Should You Reheat a Chipotle Bowl?
If what you’re really concerned about is whether you should reheat a Chipotle bowl in terms of food safety, that’s a fair question.
While you won’t typically have to worry about rice, beans, or any of the salsas, you will want to be sure you heat the meat or dairy thoroughly, so you don’t make yourself sick.
Though, truly, the chances of getting sick from a reheated Chipotle bowl are slim. You’re more likely to get sick if you leave it out in the sun and then try to eat it.
As long as you refrigerate it and store it properly, you’re unlikely to have any trouble.
Still, it is wise to know all the details, just in case. You don’t want to take any chances with your health.
For this reason, you should always do your own research. To get you started on that research, check out this article on reheating leftovers by Healthline
How to Reheat a Chipotle Bowl in the Oven
Reheating a Chipotle bowl in the oven is one of the best ways to get this job done.
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Place all your ingredients, except those meant to be kept cold, in an oven-safe dish.
- Heat your bowl for 10-15 minutes and check to be sure it is heated through.
- Return your cold ingredients to the bowl and enjoy!
How to Reheat a Chipotle Bowl in the Microwave
Reheating a Chipotle bowl in the microwave is quick, easy, and efficient, and you have little to worry about in terms of drying out or overheating.
Place your ingredients you want heated in a microwave-safe dish and heat in the microwave for 20 seconds. Stir and heat for another 20 seconds. Continue in this fashion until the contents are heated through.
Return your fresh ingredients to the bowl and enjoy!
How to Reheat a Chipotle Bowl in an Air Fryer
Okay, while I am usually a big fan of the air fryer, there is just no way to approach reheating a Chipotle bowl in an air fryer.
The only option would be if your air fryer also functions as an instant pot or a contraption with lots of different heating compartments.
In this case, you can usually heat up the ingredients of a Chipotle bowl in an instant pot quickly, in like 1 minute, total.
Otherwise, leave the air fryer for another day, another leftover.
How to Reheat a Chipotle Bowl on a Grill
While the air fryer is impossible, the grill is not.
- To reheat your Chipotle bowl on a grill, simply heat your grill to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Place a cast iron skillet with a bit of oil over the flame.
- Toss in your ingredients, all but the fresh ones, and stir until they are heated through.
- Then, return your guac, sour cream, lettuce, and salsa to the hot ingredients in a bowl and delight in your like-new meal!
How to Reheat a Chipotle Bowl in a Toaster Oven
The best bet for reheating a Chipotle bowl in a toaster oven would be to scatter all the ingredients you want heated on a greased baking sheet.
- Heat your toaster oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and heat that sheet for about 10 minutes.
- Add your cold ingredients to your hot ones in a bowl and enjoy!
How to Reheat a Chipotle Bowl in a Pan on the Stove
Finally, you can enjoy a Chipotle bowl heated up in a pan on the stove the same way you did with the grill.
- Bring a cast iron skillet to medium heat on the stove and add a bit of olive oil.
- Add in the ingredients you want heated and toss them in the pan for a few minutes until they are heated through.
- Serve with your cold ingredients in a bowl and enjoy!
Winner! – The Best Way to Reheat a Chipotle Bowl Is Using the Microwave
While the microwave is usually my last resort for leftovers, in this case, the Chipotle bowl really is best reheated in this magical appliance. It will get the job done fast and easy, and you will be so happy to have your bowl in front of you!
What do you think? Do you have any tips or tricks for reheating a Chipotle bowl? Let me know in the comments. I love to hear from my readers.