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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 recipe
The other night, I ran out of time for dinner and had to come up with something quick like this taco bowl recipe. I had rice in the fridge left over from another meal and then I had my ground turkey in the freezer that I had already browned.
After a few minutes of thinking I came up with this meal. Surprisingly, it was delicious. We are calling this one the Taco Bowl recipe, as named by my sweet kids. 😉
Don’t buy those expensive taco bowls at restaurants when you can easily make them at home for less! I think they taste better and you definitely save money.
Taco Bowl Recipe is great for busy weeknights.
Taco bowl ingredients:
- ground turkey or ground beef
- kidney beans
- diced tomatoes
- chili powder
- garlic salt
- salt and pepper
- cooked rice
How do you make taco bowls from scratch?
In a skillet, brown the ground turkey or ground beef.
Once cooked, add the onion and seasonings.
Toss in the beans, canned tomatoes and the water.
Stir everything together. Your kitchen will smell amazing as all of this combines and simmers.
Spoon the meat mixture over rice. Top with shredded cheese and enjoy. Yum!
Season with salt and pepper to taste.
I told you it was super easy. Keep reading for the full recipe.
The results: My kids devoured this one! The practically licked their bowls cleaned they loved it so much.
We served it with some salad on the side to make it a complete meal. It was frugal, FAST, and fabulous… just the way I like it. 😉
More delicious topping ideas:
How do you make Keto bowls?
This meal is so simple to modify for everyone in your family. If you are eating keto, simply eliminate the beans and rice.
Tips to make taco bowl recipe even easier:
You can save even more time and learn how to freeze rice and you can make this meal even easier.
I love to grab the rice from the freezer in the morning and when we come home it is all ready to enjoy. We do this for lots of meals and it helps put together a quick meal.
It is so easy and helpful for busy weeknights. You can also use brown rice. Learn how to cook brown rice in the microwave for a quick side.
We have also used this Delicious Cilantro Lime Rice Recipe. There are lots of delicious options.
It is also good with tortillas shells.
If you are eating low carb, serve this meal with cauliflower rice.
This recipe like many calls for diced onions. Another time saving tip is to use a small food chopper or food processor to quickly and easily chop the onions.
If you do not have one of these, I highly recommend them. They are such a time saver and you can get the veggies really fine if you have children that are picky.
I usually just chop the entire vegetable and freeze what I don’t need. It’s so nice to be able to just take the diced onion out of the freezer for recipes.
This is how I meal prep. It’s so quick and easy and helps get dinner on the table fast.
Taco bowl recipe is easy and frugal.
Ground turkey and ground beef are both inexpensive. You can mix the 2 or use what you can get on sale.
It is perfect for feeding your family on a budget.
I often just use what I have in the freeze or what is on sale. You can truly make this recipe your own and customize it for your family.
This is how I keep our grocery budget reasonable. By shopping when things are on sale I save money on groceries and it really helps our budget.
I keep recipes like this on the regular menu plan rotation because I know the entire family will enjoy and it is easy to use what I have.
In fact, I cut our grocery bill by 50% off by following these 8 Tips for for Saving Money on Groceries by Menu Planning! Save that money for a family vacation or maybe just some wiggle room in the budget.
Everyone will be well fed and your budget will be better as well. Give some of these tips a try!
You can even add more beans corn to the recipe to stretch the meat. Try also making homemade taco seasoning.
Print this taco rice bowl below:
Taco Rice Bowl Recipe
- 1 lb ground turkey or ground beef
- 1 can kidney beans I used frozen -really any kind of bean will do
- 1 can diced tomatoes with green chilies or rotel
- 1 can water just fill up the can
- ½ onion chopped
- 1 tsp chili powder
- 1 tsp cumin
- ½ tsp garlic salt
- salt and pepper to taste
- cooked rice brown or white rice
- shredded cheese to top optional
- In a skillet, brown the ground turkey or ground beef.
- Once cooked through, add in the onions and seasonings. Cook until soft.
- Toss in the beans, canned tomatoes, and the water.
- Stir to combine. Let simmer for about 15 minutes to allow flavors to combine.
- Spoon your taco mixture on top of some cooked rice. Top with some cheese.
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