Once in a while, when our busy schedules align, a really close friend and I will get our families together for dinner. It ends up quite a large gathering with the 6 of us and the 5 of them. So we usually rack our brains for dinner ideas that are economical and simple to prepare. This way we can enjoy each other’s company instead of spending the whole visit slaving over a stove or cleaning up.
On one such occasion, my close friend came up with this idea for rice bowls for us to make- an idea that was based on food from a local Mexican place. These rice bowls are super easy and fun. They are usually a huge hit with everyone and great for company because you can customize your own toppings and flavors to your liking. This also makes them a huge win with the kids. My kids just love to be part of the dinner making process and creating their own rice bowls.
You can make these rice bowls with ground beef or chicken breasts. Just cook the meat through and season with taco seasoning. You can even use this DIY taco seasoning I recently posted. Put that over some cooked rice and then add toppings. You’re done, a super easy weeknight meal!
Use your imagination with the toppings. Ones we love are- black beans, avocado, peppers, red onions, green onions, cucumbers, olives, tortilla chips, cilantro, and lots of shredded cheese. Top it off with some salsa and sour cream.
- 1 to 1 1/2 lbs of ground beef or 2 boneless chicken breast (shredded once cooked)
- Taco seasoning packet or DIY homemade taco seasoning
- Salt to taste (do not need if using packaged taco seasoning)
- Cooked Rice
- Chopped red onion, chopped green onion
- sliced avacado, chopped peppers (any color)
- sliced olives, chopped cucumber
- black beans (rinsed and drained)
- shredded cheese, cilantro, tortilla chips, salsa
- Sour cream
- For meat- cook according to directions on package of taco seasoning or follow directions for DIY homemade taco seasoning. If using chicken, make sure to shred it before adding the taco seasoning. Add salt to taste to the meat mixture.
- Put some of the meat mixture over rice and add toppings of your choice.
- It's really that easy!!
- *This amount feeds my family fine, sometimes with a little leftover, so I would say it's enough for 4 adults. Plan for 3/4-1 cup of cooked rice per hungry adult! You can always adjust amounts to the number of mouths you have to feed.
- *One way to add more flavor and stretch out the hamburger meat to feed more people is to add some chopped onions/garlic while browning meat and throw in a can of beans (drained) with the taco seasoning and water.