Taco Bowls (with Homemade Seasoning!)

Taco bowls are so delicious and easy! I generally cook with ideas inspired by different regions of the world. I love Greek and Italian food, but Mexican food is hard to beat. The ingredients are inexpensive and easy to work with, and the flavors always sound good. I’ve been making my own taco seasoning ever since I realized how simple it is (and how much more flavorful it ends up being!). These bowls are fun and less messy than burritos that tend to leak all over hands. I’m so happy to not be taking summer classes. I love my master’s program so far, but freeing up some brain space to focus on other things has been so nice. I’ve been able to connect to people through Facebook and e-mails to answer their health and baking questions. I also enjoy doing absolutely nothing after work other than Netflix. This challenge of sharing my meals every night has been occupying my free time, but I am loving it! I hope it’s helping you get ideas for healthy, light summer meals.

 

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Taco Seasoning

A quick mixture of spices is a great substitute for pre-made taco seasoning!

Servings 6 people

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 tsp chili powder

Instructions

  1. Measure all ingredients into small bowl and mix. Use 2 tbsp. of mixture per 1 pound of ground beef or chicken.

 

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Taco Bowls

Easy, quick taco components that can be easily adjusted to fit your family's tastebuds!

Servings 4 people

Ingredients

  • 1 tsbp canola oil
  • 1 red pepper, chopped
  • 1/2 lb. beef, ground or strips
  • 2 tbsp taco seasoning, recipe below
  • 1 can black beans, drained
  • 2 tbsp water
  • 1 cup jasmine rice
  • 2 cup water
  • 1 lime, zested and juiced
  • 1 avocado, chopped
  • 4 tbsp salsa
  • 4 tbsp shredded cheddar cheese

Instructions

  1. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add red peppers and let cook for 3 minutes. Add beef and cook until browned. Stir in taco seasoning, black beans, and water and let heat over medium-low heat until warm.

  2. Meanwhile, cook rice in a rice maker or pot on the stove. Zest and juice the lime. Add the zest and juice to rice once it's cooked. Fluff with a fork.

  3. In 4 bowls, layer 1/2 cup rice, 1/2 cup bean and beef mixture, and 1/4 of the avocado. Top each bowl with 1 tbsp of salsa and cheese and serve. Enjoy!

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