Delicious Arroz Con Pollo Burritos: A Mexican Delight

As a chef specializing in both Brazilian and American cuisine, I am excited to share with you one of my all-time favorite recipes: Arroz Con Pollo Burritos. This mouth-watering dish is a perfect blend of Mexican chicken rice and flour tortillas that will leave your taste buds dancing with delight.

Arroz Con Pollo, which translates to “chicken rice” in Spanish, is a popular dish in Latin America known for its fragrant spices and savory flavors. In this recipe, we take it up a notch by adding our own spin to it – a mole-inspired sauce that gives the chicken a nice smoky flavor topped with creamy avocado and tangy shredded cheddar.

These burritos are an excellent option for dinner or lunch, and they are also perfect for taking on-the-go. Whether you plan to enjoy them at home or want a delicious meal for an outdoor picnic, these burritos will not disappoint.

Trust me when I say that this recipe is a crowd-pleaser – one that will have your friends and family asking for seconds. So buckle up and prepare to indulge your senses with these delectable Arroz Con Pollo Burritos.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Arroz Con Pollo Burritos
Arroz Con Pollo Burritos

Are you looking for a flavorful and filling meal that’s easy to make and perfect for any occasion? Look no further than this mouth-watering Arroz Con Pollo Burritos recipe!

Here’s why this dish is sure to become one of your new favorites:

First, it features classic Latin American flavors that will transport your taste buds south of the border. The Arroz con Pollo, or chicken rice, is cooked with a mole-inspired sauce that gives the chicken a nice smoky flavor. The dish is then topped with creamy avocado, tangy lime, and shredded cheddar cheese. You’ll love the explosion of flavors in every bite!

Second, it’s a versatile recipe that can be modified to suit your personal preferences or dietary restrictions. Don’t like chicken? Swap it for ground beef or turkey instead. Want to make it spicier? Add some diced jalapenos or a touch of hot sauce. Don’t eat dairy? Leave off the cheese and sour cream. The possibilities are endless!

Third, it’s a great option for meal prepping, as you can easily make a big batch at once and store the leftovers in the fridge or freezer for later. Plus, it’s perfect for feeding a crowd – just double (or triple) the recipe as needed!

Finally, this recipe is incredibly easy to make, even for beginner cooks. Simply sauté the chicken with taco spices and seasonings, cook the rice according to package directions, and then combine everything together into a delicious burrito filling. Top with your favorite garnishes and you’re good to go!

In short, this Arroz Con Pollo Burritos recipe is perfect for anyone who loves bold flavors, simple recipes, and versatility in their meals. Give it a try today and see why it’s quickly becoming a fan favorite!

Ingredient List

 These burritos are packed with bold flavors and vibrant colors!
These burritos are packed with bold flavors and vibrant colors!

Here are the ingredients required to make this delicious and flavoursome Arroz Con Pollo Burritos recipe:

  • Long-grain white rice: 1 1/2 cups of uncooked long-grain white rice will be needed.
  • Water: 2 cups of water is required for cooking the rice.
  • Tomato sauce: 8 ounces or one can of tomato sauce works best for cooking the chicken and flavoring the burrito.
  • Diced tomatoes: Also one can, which is 14.5 ounces for adding freshness to the dish.
  • Chicken thighs: chicken is the star ingredient in this recipe. You’ll need around 1 pound boneless and skinless chicken thighs, cut into small pieces.
  • Taco spices and seasonings: Ground cumin, chili powder, paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, dried oregano and salt are required for providing classic taco flavours to the dish.
  • Cooking Spray: A little bit of cooking spray to prevent the ingredients from sticking to one another when cooking.
  • Green Onion: This adds flavour and aroma to the burrito. You’ll need two green onions thinly sliced.
  • Flour tortillas: 8 flour tortillas (burrito size) are used for wrapping the arroz con pollo filling.
  • Salsa: This condiment adds a little bit of heat and a zingy taste. Purchased salsa or homemade chunky salsa can be used in the recipe.
  • Cheddar Cheese: We use shredded cheddar cheese for topping on our burritos.
  • Sour Cream: This adds creaminess to our dish.
  • Avocado: One medium ripe avocado should be sliced and used as toppings over our dish.
  • Lime Wedges: One small lime cut into wedges should be served on the side.

The Recipe How-To

 Get ready to sink your teeth into a deliciously satisfying meal.
Get ready to sink your teeth into a deliciously satisfying meal.

Let’s get into the nitty-gritty of making these delicious Arroz Con Pollo Burritos. Follow the steps below carefully so you can make a meal worthy of any Latin American kitchen.


  • 2 cups Water
  • 1 cup Long Grain White Rice
  • 1 can Tomato Sauce (8 ounces)
  • 1 can Diced Tomatoes (14 oz)
  • 1/2 cup Green Onion (chopped)
  • 2 cloves Garlic (minced)
  • 1 tablespoon Taco Spices/Seasonings
  • 4 Chicken Thighs (boneless, skinless) cut into small pieces
  • 1 teaspoon Garlic Powder
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • 8 Flour Tortillas
  • 2 cups Shredded Cheddar Cheese

Step-by-step Instructions:

  1. Begin by cooking the rice. In a saucepan, bring 2 cups of water and 1 cup of rice to a boil over high heat.
  2. Reduce the heat to low, cover the saucepan, and simmer for 20 minutes, or until the rice is fully cooked.
  3. While the rice is cooking, sauté the chicken in a separate pan until browned.
  4. Add in green onion and minced garlic to the chicken mixture.
  5. Once the garlic and onion have softened up for around one or two minutes, sprinkle in taco spices and seasonings, garlic powder, salt, and pepper to taste.
  6. Pour tomato sauce onto your chicken mixture and then stir gently all together until everything is coated evenly. Cook for an additional three to five minutes or until completely heated through.
  7. Grab your flour tortillas and put some burrito ingredients on top such as shredded cheese, chicken-rice mixture, diced tomatoes and fold accordingly to create a burrito shape.
  8. After you have rolled all of your burritos tightly together, spray them with cooking spray and then warm them up over medium heat for some minutes on a griddle, ensuring the burritos are crispy on the outside.
  9. Serve your Arroz Con Pollo Burritos topped with salsa, sour cream, or avocado slices for extra flavor.

Trust me when I say that these pollo burritos pack a punch when it comes to being tasty and filling.

Substitutions and Variations

 The perfect combination of juicy chicken, fluffy rice, and savory spices.
The perfect combination of juicy chicken, fluffy rice, and savory spices.

If you’re feeling adventurous and want to mix up the flavors, there are plenty of substitutions and variations you can make with this Arroz Con Pollo Burritos recipe. Here are a few ideas to get you started:

– Salsa: If you don’t have salsa on hand, you can substitute it with diced tomatoes or tomato sauce.

– Cheese: Cheddar cheese is a classic choice, but you can use any type of shredded cheese that melts well, such as Monterey Jack, Colby, or Mexican cheese blends.

– Tortillas: Flour tortillas work best for this recipe, but if you’re looking for a gluten-free option, you can try using corn tortillas.

– Vegetables: Green onions and tomatoes add a fresh burst of flavor, but you can also add other vegetables like bell peppers or jalapenos for some extra kick.

– Chicken: This recipe features traditional Mexican-style chicken rice burritos, but you could swap in ground chicken or pressure-cooked shredded chicken burrito filling. Another option could be curry chicken.

– Sauce: The mole-inspired sauce gives the chicken a nice smoky flavor, but if you don’t have the ingredients on hand or don’t like mole sauce, you can try making a cheesy sauce instead.

Don’t be afraid to experiment with different combinations of flavors and ingredients! This recipe is versatile enough to accommodate many substitutions and variations while remaining delicious all the same.

Serving and Pairing

 You won't be able to resist the aroma of garlic and cumin wafting from the pan.
You won’t be able to resist the aroma of garlic and cumin wafting from the pan.

There’s nothing quite like biting into a warm and flavourful chicken rice burrito filled with all your favourite ingredients. Arroz con Pollo Burritos are perfect for a quick lunch, dinner or even served as bite-sized appetizers at your next party. To enhance the taste experience, serve these burritos with a side of fresh salsa and chopped green onions. The vibrant colours and flavours of the tomatoes and onions will complement the dish perfectly.

If you want to turn up the heat a notch, pair the burritos with a refreshing margarita cocktail or a cold cerveza on the side. The zesty lime tang in the margarita goes perfectly with Arroz con Pollo Burritos’ smoky and savoury chicken mole sauce. For those who prefer non-alcoholic beverages, serve chilled glasses of lemonade or sweetened iced tea ─ both will bring out the sweetness of the tomato sauce base in the burritos.

For an all-out Mexican feast, consider serving Arroz con Pollo Burritos alongside classic Mexican rice dishes like cilantro lime rice, guacamole or even cheesy corn dip. The burritos pair well with other Mexican delights such as tacos or enchiladas too.

Finally, finish off this delicious meal with a sweet treat like caramel flan or churros for dessert. These desserts provide a satisfyingly sweet end to your spicy Mexican meal and are sure to leave you feeling content and satisfied.

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 These burritos are like a fiesta in your mouth!
These burritos are like a fiesta in your mouth!

If you’re hosting a party or planning out your meals for the week, meal prepping can be a great strategy to save time in the kitchen. And lucky for you, these Arroz Con Pollo Burritos are just as delicious when reheated.

Once assembled, you can store the burritos in an airtight container in the fridge for up to four days. When ready to reheat, simply remove them from the container and place on a microwave-safe dish or plate. To prevent the tortilla from getting soggy, cover it with a damp paper towel before microwaving.

Alternatively, if you have several burritos to reheat, you can also use an oven. Preheat your oven to 350°F and place the burritos in an oven-safe dish. Cover with foil and bake for approximately 10-15 minutes, or until heated through.

If you’re making these burritos ahead of time and plan on storing them in the freezer, wrap each burrito individually in plastic wrap or aluminum foil before placing them into a zip-top bag. They can be stored in the freezer for up to three months.

When you’re ready to eat them, simply remove them from the freezer and let them thaw overnight in the fridge. Reheat following one of the above methods when ready to eat.

Whether making these Arroz Con Pollo Burritos ahead of time or dealing with leftovers, reheating them is easy and still ensures that you will enjoy every last bite of their delicious flavor!

Tips for Perfect Results

 Make sure to serve with plenty of fresh toppings to take it to the next level.
Make sure to serve with plenty of fresh toppings to take it to the next level.

Cooking is as much an art as it is a science. While creativity and spontaneity can make cooking an enjoyable and fulfilling experience, there are some steps we can take to ensure perfect results every time. As a chef specializing in Brazilian and American cuisine, I’ve learned a lot of tricks that have helped me create delicious dishes consistently. Here are some tips that can help you achieve perfect results when making Arroz Con Pollo Burritos.

1. Don’t Overcook the Rice

The most critical component of this recipe is the rice, so it’s important to get it right. Cook the rice according to package instructions, then spread it out on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper to cool down quickly. This will prevent the rice from overcooking and getting too sticky.

2. Use Fresh Ingredients

For optimal taste and nutrition, use fresh ingredients whenever possible. Fresh tomatoes, green onion, and avocado will bring additional flavor and texture to your dish.

3. Season Your Chicken Well

When sautéing chicken thighs for this recipe, season them with taco spices or other suitable seasonings like garlic powder, salt, and pepper. This will enhance the flavor of the chicken and complement the other components of the dish.

4. Add Some Mole Inspiration

The sauce in this recipe features a mole inspired flavor that gives the chicken a nice smoky taste, which is sure to be a hit with your family or guests. The sauce is incredibly versatile and can be used in a variety of ways.

5. Choose Good Quality Tortillas

Select good quality flour tortillas that are soft and pliable for burritos. They need to be strong enough to hold up against all of the filling.

6. Preheat Your Griddle

Before cooking your burritos filled with Arroz con Pollo, preheat your griddle or pan on medium-high heat until it reaches 350°F degrees or higher for even heat distribution.

7. Roll the Burritos Tightly

When rolling the burritos, make sure to keep them compact and tight for a more enjoyable eating experience. This way everything is contained inside and it won’t fall out when you eat.

Follow these tips, and you’ll have mouth-watering Arroz Con Pollo Burritos every time you make them. Enjoy!


As with any recipe, there may be questions that come up as you plan and prepare your Arroz Con Pollo Burritos. That’s why we’ve put together this FAQ section to address some common inquiries and provide helpful tips for making this dish a success. From ingredient substitutions to storage suggestions, we’ve got you covered so you can enjoy delicious, homemade Mexican-inspired cuisine with ease. Let’s dive into the most frequently asked questions about our Pollo Burritos Recipe.

How to make chicken burrito from scratch?

Let’s start with a mouth-watering chicken burrito recipe that will make your taste buds dance with joy. First, we will season the chicken with our homemade burrito spice mix and give it a good sear. Once the chicken is cooked to perfection, we will chop it up into bite-sized pieces.

Next, we will make the burrito filling by sautéing chopped onions and colorful capsicum/bell peppers until they are tender and flavorful. Then we will add some refried beans to give the mixture a creamy texture, and finally add the savory chicken to make it a protein-packed filling.

Now comes the fun part – assembling the burrito! We will start by placing a soft and warm tortilla on a flat surface and layering it with the delicious filling, cooked corn, fluffy rice, fresh cilantro, and gooey cheese. After that, we will tightly roll the tortilla to create a perfect burrito package bursting with flavor in every bite.

What is a pollo burrito?

In this recipe, I’ll be showing you how to make a delicious grilled chicken wrap. We’ll be using a generous flour or whole wheat tortilla as a base, then filling it with flavorful ingredients like rice, beans, cheese, pico de gallo, and sour cream. To finish it off, we’ll serve it with a side of guacamole that perfectly complements the bold flavors of the wrap. Let’s get started!

What is the best side dish for arroz con pollo?

Arroz con Pollo is a perfect combination of flavors and textures that make it a complete and satisfying dish. It goes well with a dollop of sour cream or yogurt, a drizzle of hot sauce, a bowl of fresh fruit, and a healthy serving of green salad tossed with a refreshing Cilantro Lime Dressing. For those in the mood for a little more adventurous eating, they can consider serving it with Corn Salad, Fruit Salad, or Pina Colada Salad.

What ethnicity is arroz con pollo?

A popular Latin American dish that is similar to paella is Arroz con pollo, which translates to rice with chicken. This savory dish is made by cooking rice and chicken along with onions, saffron, and a variety of grains and vegetables.

What is arroz con pollo the national dish of?

The term “Arroz con pollo” translates to “rice with chicken” in Spanish. This renowned dish has roots in Latin America and Spain, with each country showcasing their own distinctive twists on the classic recipe.

Bottom Line

In conclusion, this Arroz Con Pollo Burritos recipe is an excellent choice for anyone looking to add a Latin American twist to the classic American burrito. This dish combines the smoky flavour of Arroz con Pollo with the creamy and tangy toppings of Mexican cuisine.

What I love about this recipe is how easy it is to make. Regardless of your level of culinary expertise, you can whip up these pollo burritos in no time. Moreover, the ingredients are easily accessible, making them a great option for impromptu meals or gatherings.

Unsurprisingly, this recipe features some mouth-watering ingredients that take this dish to another level. The mole-inspired sauce gives the chicken a nice, smoky flavour and complements the creamy avocado tart and tangy shredded cheddar perfectly.

If you’re looking to add more spice to your life, try substituting the ground chicken in this recipe with some curry or alternate cheese sauce for added variety. There’s no limit to how you can customise this recipe.

In summary, whether you’re a fan of Mexican food or looking to explore new flavours, you should definitely try out this Arroz Con Pollo Burritos recipe. Take your taste buds on a journey through Latin America with each delicious bite!

Arroz Con Pollo Burritos

Arroz Con Pollo Burritos Recipe

These big rice and chicken burritos are easy to make and sure to please!
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Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Calories 506.6 kcal


  • 2 1/2 cups shredded cooked chicken
  • 3/4 cup long grain white rice
  • 1 (1 ounce) package lawry taco seasoning
  • 1 3/4 cups water
  • 1 (8 ounce) can tomato sauce
  • 1 large tomatoes, chopped
  • 1/3 cup sliced green onion
  • 8 large flour tortillas, warmed to soften (burrito size)


  • shredded cheddar cheese (optional)
  • salsa (optional)
  • guacamole (optional)


  • In large deep skillet, add chicken, rice, Taco Spices & Seasonings, water and tomato sauce.
  • Bring to a boil; cover, reduce heat to low and cook for 20 minutes.
  • Stir in tomato and green onion.
  • Scoop 1/2 cup filling on each tortilla.
  • Fold in sides and roll-up to enclose filling.
  • Top each burrito with cheese, if desired, and heat in 350°F oven until cheese melts, about 5 minutes.
  • Garnish each burrito with salsa and guacamole, if desired.

Add Your Own Notes


Serving: 286gCalories: 506.6kcalCarbohydrates: 75.7gProtein: 22.3gFat: 12gSaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 32.8mgSodium: 911.3mgFiber: 4.6gSugar: 4.1g
Keyword < 60 Mins, Chicken, Chicken Breast, Easy, Long-Grain Rice, Meat, Mexican, Poultry, Rice, White Rice
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Dora is a chef well-versed in Brazilian and American cuisine. After a hard day's work in the kitchen of her restaurant, she finds the time to jot down recipes for her food blog. Her recipes are sure to delight foodies everywhere, as she strives to make each one unique and enjoyable to read.