These taco bowls are one of the best easy weeknight dinner recipes you’ll ever make. That’s a fact, Jack. Or Jane. Or Olivia, or whatever your name may be.
All you need is one pound of the ground meat of your choice, some simple seasonings, a few fixings, and you’re all set. If you are all about using your favorite taco packets, feel free.
But, if you’d like to create a small sample of your own quick homemade taco seasoning, keep reading.
These taco bowls feature rice on the bottom, but you can make them even healthier by placing quinoa under your taco mixture. We tried and loved both.
We’ve added Instant Pot cilantro lime rice to our taco bowls line-up, and we haven’t looked back.
Cook your rice, or quinoa, according to package instructions.
How to Make Your Taco Bowls Mix
Making the spice mix for the taco bowls is pretty simple. Here are the quick steps. Combine:
- 1/2 tablespoon chili powder
- 2 teaspoons cumin
- 1 teaspoon garlic salt
- 1/2 teaspoon of onion powder
- 1/2 teaspoon paprika
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- If you love a little kick in your taco seasoning, you can add another 1/2 teaspoon of black pepper, or a 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes. Spice it up!
Our Ground Meat Secret
Brown your ground meat over medium high heat, drain most of the fat (if using ground beef), add your taco seasoning and stir together.
Add half a cup of water to your taco mixture, and stir together yet again.
Cover, turn heat down to low, and let simmer for 5 to 10 minutes.
Want to stretch your meal even more? Add in a can of rinsed pinto beans. It’ll change your life.
The Finale – Time To Eat
Fill your taco bowls with rice. Once the taco meat mixture is cooked, top each bowl with a hefty serving. At the table, have chopped lettuce, shredded cheese, jarred salsa, sour cream and any other fixings your family enjoys.