This healthy taco bowl recipe contains an abundance of nutrition. It is a quick and easy recipe that you can create at anytime. It is even the perfect opportunity to meal prep with this recipe. Featuring taco meat seasoned with our chili seasoning, corn seasoned with our southwestern dip seasoning, and other delicious food items, this spin on the traditional taco recipe will have you coming back for more.
We like this taco bowl recipe because it uses kitchen staples like rice, ground beef, and frozen corn, just about everyone can brown ground beef and use a microwave, and eaters can top their own bowl however they please!
Taco bowls are great treats because they are super customizable just set out the different ingredients and let your family choose what they want. They are also a great way to meal prep for your weekly meals. Meal prepping has become a popular way to create meals that will last you a whole week without you having to make new meals all of the time.
This taco bowl recipe is great for meal prepping because you can switch up your different toppings and essentially create a new meal for each day, but you are using the same ingredients just different ingredient combinations.
How to Make Taco Meat
For this recipe you will need to brown 1 lb of ground beef. If you like using ground turkey for your tacos you can use that instead of the ground beef. You will cook the ground beef and drain any excess fat. To season your taco meat, you will add 1 1/2 tablespoons of Chugwater Chili Gourmet Blend. If you want a spicy taco meat you can always add more chili seasoning.
TIP: Tenderize 1 lb. of ground beef with 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda and 1/2 teaspoon water. Mix the baking soda and the water, toss with the ground beef, and let sit at room temperature for 30 minutes. If you do not want to use this tip then you can add a little water the to meat while it cooks to prevent it from drying out.
It is best if the meat is chopped into small pieces when you are cooking it. We always use a meat tenderizer from Pampered Chef or other sources to break the meat into small, 1/4 inch size pieces. Or you can use a pastry blender (but we recommend holding the pastry blender with an oven mitt! ouch :)
How to Season Corn
While you are browning your meat, you can season the corn. To season the corn, you will need to cook one package of frozen corn according to the package. If you do not have frozen corn you can used canned corn and heat it on the stove. Then you want to add 1 teaspoon of Chugwater Chili Dip-Dressing to the corn and stir.
For this recipe you will need to cook from 2-4 cups of rice depending on how many you will be feeding. You can use standard instant white rice or use a flavored boxed rice such as a Spanish or Mexican flavor. If you want an option besides rice you can use couscous or quinoa.
For cooking the rice or other alternatives you will need to follow the directions on the packaging when cooking them because each one has their own cooking methods.
TIP: To prevent overly sticky rice, rinse it under cold water until the liquid is clear. You can also cook the rice in at least 4 cups of water, as if it were pasta, to help keep its texture. Simply drain the excess water at the end of the cooking time.
How to Assemble a Taco Bowl
To assemble your taco bowl, you will want to do it in layers. First you will add the rice as the base then the taco meat and corn. This will be the base of your taco bowl. Some people like to cook beans like black beans to add to their bowls. You can certainly add this if you wish. Once you have your base it is time to start adding toppings.
Different Taco Bowl Toppings
There are many different toppings you can use for your taco bowl. Below is a list that you can choose from when making you own taco bowl creations.
- Halved cherry tomatoes
- Diced avocado
- Shredded cheese
- Chopped cilantro
- Sour cream
- Salsa (try our Easy Homemade Salsa)
- Prepared Chugwater Chili Dip
- Chopped onion
- Diced olives
- Diced jalapeno
- Chopped lettuce
- Chopped bell peppers
Note these are not all of the topping you can use. If you have something in your kitchen that you like to use for a taco topping feel free to use it. This taco bowl recipe is the perfect way to let yourself be creative while creating a delicious and healthy meal for you and your family. Make it yours and share it with others.
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