Bowls! Is it just me or is this kind of a new thing? I mean I know I am a bit late and they have been mainstream maybe for a few years but it has been just lately that I have embrace them and now bowls give me life. So convenient and yummy I make them all the time.
There are so may ways to make a delicious bowl and some can get pretty fancy and creative. I am still on the early baby steps phase hence why I am bringing you the easiest of them all, a taco bowl. But I wanted to do so because this taco bowl really is a life saver and so so good.
To start I make a base of cilantro-lime rice which really all I do is squeeze a bit of lime and sprinkle chopped cilantro on my already cooked white rice. This is my hack and for me the rice tastes just as good as Chipotle’s. Ha!
For the meat, as always my hack is to use a taco seasoning mix. But you can season it as you prefer. For taco flavor you probably would want to add spices like cumin and ancho chile for sure. Oregano, garlic, onion, salt and paprika will be good for seasoning too.
The base for this taco bowl is rice but you can make them with just a base of greens or roasted vegetables, only rice like I did, or a combination of all of the above. Follow this with the endless possibilities for toppings. In this case I used guacamole, fresh tomatoes, black beens, lettuce, shredded cheese, and ground beef. That’s it! You won’t need anything else but a fork to enjoy this, well maybe tortilla chips, for those that like to add another level of crunch and texture.
If chips sound too basic and you want to switch things up, then do like I did and serve this bowl with fried plantains. You can get my guide for how to peel and fry plantains here.
I was born and raised in the Dominican Republic and we eat plantains almost everyday. We make them a million ways and can serve them for breakfast, lunch or dinner. You can think of them like a potato and when fried like this they act like a French fry or tortilla chip. Thinking of them like a tortilla chip is how I got inspired to serve them with this taco bowl.
Fried plantains are good plain, but they are usually sprinkled with a little salt, and in order to go with the Mexican theme of this bowl, I ended up sprinkling them with a bit of taco seasoning too. Gosh!!! sooo good! Please try them.
- 1 pound ground beef
- 1 package Old El Paso Taco Seasoning Mix
- 4 cups cooked white rice
- 1 lime
- ½ cup cilantro, chopped
- 1 can (15.5 ounces) black beans
- 4 cups lettuce, chopped
- 2 cups grape tomatoes, chopped
- 2 cups guacamole
- 2 cups cheddar cheese, grated
- In a skillet cook the ground beef seasoned with one package of taco seasoning mix.
- While the meat is cooking, squeeze the lime juice evenly over the cooked rice. Sprinkle the chopped cilantro over the rice as well and fluff the rice to distribute the lime flavor and cilantro.
- To assemble the taco bowls, start with a layer of rice and then follow with the rest of the toppings in any order: meat, lettuce, cheese, beans, guacamole and tomatoes.
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