There are few cuisines I love to cook more than Mexican food.
I crave it constantly... especially during the colder months when I really need some heat in my life (don't we all?).
And, after attending the Morelia En Boca food festival in Mexico this past May, I've become especially addicted to cooking with Mexican cheeses.
I adore cheese in all forms but traveling to Mexico so much these past two years has made me downright obsessed with cojita, Chihuahua® Cheese and queso fresco. There's nothing like the flavor of fresh Mexican cheese! And the only brand I buy here in the States is V&V Supremo.
Maybe I'm just biased, since V&V Supremo is a Chicago-based company that's been around since 1964 (and is one of the nation's oldest family-run Hispanic food business). But no company brings flavors that authentically "evoke the countryside of Central Mexico" like V&V Supremo. Hubby and I have been making quesadillas with their Chihuahua Cheese for years -- we usually manage to go through a "family size" bag in about two weeks! No joke.
But when V&V Supremo asked if I would like to partner together for a recipe, I knew I couldn't just make a quesadilla... I knew EXACTLY what recipe I wanted to share with you all!
This easy vegetarian burrito bowl is one of the meals I make most in my kitchen. I started making my own vegetarian burrito bowls when I began working from home and missed my corporate lunches at Chipotle.
But this burrito bowl is FAR better. Grilled poblano peppers, zesty rice, beans, elotes corn topped with V&V Supremo's queso fresco (my favorite crumbling cheese -- made with grade "A" whole milk from Midwestern farms and no added artificial hormones), and a zingy cilantro sauce that'll have you licking your bowl clean? What's not to love?
And the best part is this recipe works for 1 or for 20. You can easily double or triple the recipe to make an easy, "build your own burrito bowl" dinner for the family or scale it back to make yourself a quick lunch.
(The cilantro sauce also makes a great salad dressing so be sure to make extra!).
Poblano & Elotes Burrito Bowl with V&V Supremo
Yields 2 Servings
1 Cup Cooked Rice
1 Bunch Fresh Cilantro
2 Poblano Peppers
1 Bell Pepper (I used an orange one)
1 - 2 Limes
2 Tbsp V&V Supremo Queso Fresco*
1 Garlic Clove
2 Ears Fresh Corn (or 1 Can Grilled Corn)
1 Can Black Beans
3 Tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Mexican Seasoning (I used this)
Salt & Pepper To Taste
Make the Cilantro Lime Sauce:
Combine the cilantro (leaves & stems) in a food processor with the olive oil, garlic clove, 2 Tbsp Lime Juice, and jalapeño. Add salt and pepper to taste. Set aside.
(You can store this sauce in the fridge for up to 5 days in an air-tight container).
Make the Grilled Vegetables:
Take a large grill pan and heat over medium-high. Slice poblano peppers and bell peppers into strips, discarding most of the seeds. Grill alongside ears of corn (if not using canned) until nicely charred. Set aside.
Make the Elotes:
Once your corn is grilled, mix in a bowl with a few squeezes of lime juice, Mexican seasoning (cumin works well too), and the crumbled queso fresco. Set aside.
Make the Beans:
Add a little oil to a sauce pan over medium-low heat. Add the black beans. Gently heat until you're ready to assemble your burrito bowls, stirring occasionally.
Make the Rice:
Make rice according to package instructions. When you're ready to begin assembling your bowl, squeeze a generous amount of lime juice onto the rice. Toss with chopped cilantro for an added pop.
Assemble Your Burrito Bowls:
First add a heaping serving of rice to your bowl. Then add the beans and grilled peppers. Top with the elotes mixture, sliced avocado, and the cilantro sauce. Garnish with more Mexican spices as needed.
* V&V Supremo cheeses are found in large retail stores across the country including Jewel, Mariano's, Walmart, Costco and a number of local independent stores like Pete's Fresh Market and Plum Market. You can check out where to find it near you with their store locator here. Look for it in the dairy section -- it has the brightest green packaging!