Life Changes and Lunch: Slow Cooker Chicken Burrito Bowl

If you don’t care to read this long-ish update on my personal life, you can skip ahead to the easy and delicious Slow Cooker Chicken Burrito Bowl Recipe. I won’t be offended. 🙂

Slow Cooker Chicken Burrito Bowls - These delicious Slow Cooker Chicken Burrito Bowls are the perfect make-ahead lunch - simple and tasty, plus your slow cooker does all the work.

For those of you who aren’t connected to my personal Facebook page, I’ve been making some pretty extraordinary changes in my life lately.

Drum roll, please…

Last week I started my first grown-up, bra-and-real-pants-wearing-5-days-in-a-row employment for someone else in about 25 years. Crazy, right? I have been self-employed most of my adult life.

The main focus of my current business was originally marketing, but over time it morphed into planning in-store events and parties.  Eventually, I realized I was enjoying the events a lot more than the marketing, plus the marketing side was becoming suuuuuuuuper frustrating.

A successful marketing campaign isn’t just about the campaign itself. You need buy-in from employees because they have more direct contact with your customers than anyone. A marketing campaign is not a magic bullet…..the best promotion in the world won’t work if it brings customers in and they aren’t treated well, you know? Unfortunately, a lot of business owners just aren’t interested in doing the work to improve their staff and company culture. Happy employees create happy customers, it’s as simple as that.

I wasn’t interested in drumming up any more marketing clients, and launching an event planning business just isn’t appealing at this stage of my life. Being a freelance marketer is easy enough, but event planning is another whole beast. So – I started applying for event planning jobs.

With my current business, a good chunk of my work is done on the computer. I work a lot, but my schedule has been very, very flexible. I do have to meet with clients, but it’s not unusual for me to not leave the house for days or even a week at a time. So my new gig has definitely been an adjustment. I started working as the Event Manager at our local zoo planning weddings and parties. I love it so far, and the team couldn’t be nicer.

The only downside? My current schedule is bat-shit crazy! The new job is 40 hours, but I haven’t phased out my client work and a few other projects. So, I’m basically working 2 full-time jobs plus trying to maintain this blog. Holy moly, I’m tired…I know it will level out as I off-load some of my projects, but right now it’s pretty challenging.

Since my “lunch break” no longer involves scavenging through my fridge at home, I’ve been on the hunt for some easy and healthy-ish recipes that I can take with me to the zoo. I found a recipe on The Kitchn that I tweaked a bit and fits the bill perfectly. It takes just a few minutes to throw everything into the Crock-pot and you’re rewarded with enough yummy burrito bowl goodness for about 4 lunches.

Slow Cooker Chicken Burrito Bowls - These delicious Slow Cooker Chicken Burrito Bowls are the perfect make-ahead lunch - simple and tasty, plus your slow cooker does all the work.

You can top your chicken burrito bowl with whatever you like – cilantro, shredded cheese, sour cream or guacamole.

Slow Cooker Chicken Burrito Bowls - These delicious Slow Cooker Chicken Burrito Bowls are the perfect make-ahead lunch - simple and tasty, plus your slow cooker does all the work.

This recipe was adapted slightly from the Chicken Burrito Bowl Recipe at The Kitchn. 

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  1. Place chicken in the bottom of a 3-quart slow cooker. Salt and pepper liberally.
  2. In a small bowl mix chicken stock, tomatoes and seasonings. Pour over the chicken. Cover and cook on low for 3 hours.
  3. Add black beans, corn and a splash of your favorite hot sauce. Cook for 2-3 more hours or until chicken is fully cooked. Shred chicken with a pair of forks.
  4. Add rice, stir to combine and cook for 15 more minutes. Top with cheese if desired.
Recipe Notes

You can use just chicken breasts if you like, but for shredded chicken recipes in the Crock-pot I like the extra flavor you get from including a thigh or two.  2 large breasts plus 1-2 boneless skinless chicken thigh cutlets is about right.

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Julie is a serial entrepreneur, marketer, former newspaper columnist, black belt bargain hunter, voracious reader, gardener, music lover, foodie, wino, avid party thrower, hopeless romantic, closet Parrot Head and DIY machine.