Turkey Taco Bowls with Spanish Rice

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I love Mexican food but lately, I have tried to avoid it because, let’s be honest, it is not the healthiest type of food to eat. Since I have been avoiding beef and trying to use turkey and chicken in my meals, I decided to try and put a healthier spin on one of my favorite Mexican food dishes. Instead of making my family a Taco Salad, I decided to make them Turkey Taco Bowls with Spanish Rice. 

A healthy-ish taco bowl that has Spanish rice that is topped with beans, turkey and a variety of fresh vegetables.

Turkey Taco Bowls with Spanish Rice is easy to make and can be altered to your taste. I love that I used ground turkey instead of ground beef because turkey has a good amount of protein and has less saturated fat, but most importantly it tastes really good. 

Spanish Rice:

  • 2 cups uncooked instant white rice
  • 1 —14 to 16 ounce can of chicken broth (or fresh if you prefer)
  • 1 cup tomato sauce
  • 2 garlic cloves diced
  • 2 tablespoons olive or butter
  • 1-2 teaspoons sea salt
  • 3 tablespoons cilantro, diced

 

  • 1 pound ground turkey

  • Cook ground turkey on stove top until done as rice if being prepared

Rice:

  • Heat oil or butter in a deep saucepan
  • Add garlic and cilantro until sauteed
  • Add tomato sauce and chicken broth, bring to boil
  • Add rice and salt, bring to boil
  • Once rice boils, remove from heat and cover
  • Let sit for 5 minutes

Vegetables:

  • 2-3 tablespoons of oil or butter
  • 2-3 cups of fresh spinach
  • 1 opinion, diced or sliced
  • 1 red pepper, diced or sliced
  • 1 -2 tomatoes, diced
  • 1 can of pinto beans, rinsed

 

  • Heat oil or butter in a saucepan
  • Add spinach, onion, and red pepper, sautee

Taco Bowls: You can purchase pre-made taco bowls but I prefer to make mine. Years ago I purchased these —> Taco Salad Bowl Makers <—- and they are fabulous and super easy to make. They come with instructions and you can choose to make a softer tortilla bowl or a crispy one. At first glance, the bowls seem smaller than one might prefer but honestly, they hold a lot and are big enough. 

  • Heat the beans
  • Prepare the taco bowls
  • Add rice to the bottom of the taco bowl
  • Add your desired toppings
  • Top with sour cream, avocados, salsa and more

Sadly, when I opened my avocados they were “overripe” so I used Kumana Avocado Sauce instead. It was perfect. You can find it on Amazon —-> here <— and you can visit their website to read more about them. 

Turkey Taco Bowls with Spanish Rice

Ingredients

  • Spanish Rice:
  • 2 cups uncooked instant white rice
  • 1 ---14 to 16 ounce can of chicken broth (or fresh if you prefer)
  • 1 cup tomato sauce
  • 2 garlic cloves diced
  • 2 tablespoons olive or butter
  • 1-2 teaspoons sea salt
  • 3 tablespoons cilantro, diced
  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • Vegetables:
  • 2-3 tablespoons of oil or butter
  • 2-3 cups of fresh spinach
  • 1 opinion, diced or sliced
  • 1 red pepper, diced or sliced
  • 1 -2 tomatoes, diced
  • 1 can of pinto beans, rinsed

Instructions

  1. Cook ground turkey on stove top until done as rice if being prepared
  2. Rice:
  3. Heat oil or butter in a deep saucepan
  4. Add garlic and cilantro until sauteed
  5. Add tomato sauce and chicken broth, bring to boil
  6. Add rice and salt, bring to boil
  7. Once rice boils, remove from heat and cover
  8. Let sit for 5 minutes
  9. Vegetables:
  10. Heat oil or butter in a saucepan
  11. Add spinach, onion, and red pepper, sautee
  12. Bowl:
  13. Heat the beans
  14. Prepare the taco bowls- purchase pre made or purchase the taco bowl makers on Amazon
  15. Add rice to the bottom of the taco bowl
  16. Add your desired toppingsTop with sour cream, avocados, salsa and more
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Turkey Taco Bowls are delicious and the fresh ingredients combined with the delicious taste of turkey will make you want more the next day. 

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Chicken and Vegetables with Cilantro Rice 

Lemon Spaghetti with Zucchini and Squash

I decided to try and put a healthier spin on one of my favorite Mexican food dishes. Instead of making my family a Taco Salad, I decided to make them Turkey Taco Bowls with Spanish Rice. 

 

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