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Taco Bowl Recipe only takes a few simple ingredients and 30 minutes to prepare. Make this taco rice for dinner this week and everyone can choose their favorite toppings!

Taco Bowl topped with slice avocados sour cream corn salsa and tortilla chips
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Taco Bowls make this best weeknight meal. Everyone can make their own bowls with their favorite toppings. This is the perfect meal to use up leftovers and loaded with fiesta flavors.

This Easy Mexican Recipe is our go-to meal when we are feeding a crowd or having a family gathering. If you love this recipe, make sure to check out this Slow Cooker Chicken Burrito Bowls Recipe.

What is a Taco Bowl?

Taco Bowls are layered with rice, a protein, lettuce and your other favorite toppings. You can layer the ingredients in a regular bowl or make a bowl with a crispy tortilla.

Taco Bowls are completely customizable and the perfect recipe to make ahead of time. It is very similar to a taco salad but instead of tortilla chips as the base instead of rice.

You will love this taco bowl recipe and one of our favorite and easy Kid Friendly Recipes.

Ingredients

  • Cilantro Lime Rice  or use leftover rice
  • Ground Beef
  • Taco Seasoning
  • Salsa
  • Onion
  • Roma Tomatoes
  • Can Santa Fe Corn
  • Can Black Beans
  • Avocado
  • Lime and Fresh Cilantro (for garnish)

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Variations Ideas

  • Change Meat – Feel free to use different types of meat. Ground turkey is a great option but so is leftover shredded chicken or shredded beef.
  • Rice – When I make a taco bar, I like to have different types of rice. Have different options such as quinoa, brown rice, white rice, or cauliflower rice.
  • Seasoning – We like using Homemade Taco Seasoning it is has chili powder, cumin, and garlic powder. Feel free to add in onion powder, salt, paprika, or oregano.
  • Veggies – Layer the taco bowls with peppers, sweet potatoes, and other favorite veggies.

Step by Step Instructions

  • Step 1 – Prepare rice according to package directions.
  • Step 2 – On medium heat cook ground beef and onion in a large skillet till meat is cooked through and onions are transparent. Drain grease.
Cooking ground beef in a skillet with onions
  • Step 3 – Add taco seasoning and salsa to the skillet and stir into meat mixture with the spatula. Continue cooking on medium heat for approximately 5 minutes.
Adding taco seasoning and salsa to the cooked ground beef
  • Step 4 – Add a scoop of rice to the bowl.
  • Step 5 – Top rice with taco meat, diced tomatoes, corn, beans and diced avocados.
  • Step 6 – Garnish with lime slices and fresh chopped cilantro, if desired and enjoy

Recipe Tips

  • Rice – Prepare the rice ahead of time. You can even freeze prepare rice and freeze with these easy freezer steps.
  • Make a Taco Bar – If you are looking for an easy way to feed a crowd, make these taco bowls. Put all the toppings in bowls and everyone can create their own. I even have flour and corn tortillas if someone wants to make tacos.
Taco Bowl topped with slice avocados sour cream corn salsa and tortilla chips

Topping Ideas

These taco bowls are even better with your favorite toppings. These are some of our favorite but you can choose your own.

Serving Suggestions

These taco bowls make an easy weeknight dinners but we like to add a few sides to serve with it. Serve it with Crock Pot Refried Beans or Pinto Beans.

Another option is to serve a large fruit salad for a delicious complete meal idea.

Close up image of a serving of the taco bowl on a spoon

Frequently Asked Questions

How to Meal Prep

This is a great meal to prep for a delicious and healthy lunch idea. Prep all the ingredients and create an assembly line with your individual containers. Place the rice, meat and toppings in the containers. If you have cold toppings you may need to store them separately so you can easily heat the rice, meat and beans. Cover the container and store in the fridge for up to 5 days.

How Long do they Last

The taco bowls ingredients will stay fresh for up to 5 days. We recommend storing the ingredients separately for best results. This will prevent the ingredients from getting soggy.

How to Reheat

Reheat the leftovers in the microwave or the stovetop depending on how much you have leftover.

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Taco Rice Bowl Recipe

5 from 6 votes
Taco bowl recipe only takes a few easy ingredients and 30 minutes to prepare. Make this taco rice and everyone can choose their favorite toppings!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 6
Cuisine Mexican
Course Main Course
Calories 346

Ingredients

  • 1 package Cilantro Lime Rice
  • 1 pound Ground Beef
  • 2 Tablespoons Taco Seasoning
  • 1/4 cup Salsa
  • ½ onion (diced)
  • 2 Roma Tomatoes (diced)
  • 1 can Santa Fe Corn (15 ounce can)
  • 1 can Black Beans (15 ounce can)
  • 1 Avocado (diced)
  • Lime and Cilantro (for garnish)
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Instructions

  • Prepare rice according to package directions.
  • On medium heat cook ground beef and onion in a large skillet till meat is cooked through and onions are transparent. Drain grease.
  • Add taco seasoning and salsa to the skillet and stir into meat mixture with the spatula. Continue cooking on medium heat for approximately 5 minutes.
  • Add a scoop of rice to the bowl.
  • Top rice with taco meat, diced tomatoes, corn, beans and diced avocados.
  • Garnish with lime slices and fresh chopped cilantro, if desired and enjoy!

Recipe Video

Recipe Notes

Refrigerate the leftovers in airtight container for up to 5 days.  

Nutrition Facts

Calories 346kcal, Carbohydrates 22g, Protein 19g, Fat 21g, Saturated Fat 7g, Polyunsaturated Fat 1g, Monounsaturated Fat 10g, Trans Fat 1g, Cholesterol 54mg, Sodium 265mg, Potassium 656mg, Fiber 7g, Sugar 2g, Vitamin A 354IU, Vitamin C 8mg, Calcium 37mg, Iron 3mg

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