Beans & Legumes / Mini-Meat: Taco Rice

Taco Rice :: タコライス :: tacos de arroz

Prep Time: 10-15 minutes


  1. 3 Cups cooked rice
  2. 1/2 lb ground Beef, or 1 small can of black beans or pinto beans, rinsed. (These can also be made ahead, via the Instant Pot method).
  3. 2-3 cloves of chopped garlic
  4. 1 onion, chopped (optional)
  5. 1 Tbsp chili powder
  6. 1/4 tsp: garlic powder; onion powder; red pepper flakes; oregano
  7. 1 Tbsp: paprika
  8. 2 Tbsp: cumin
  9. 1 small can of diced tomatoes, or 1 Cup chopped tomatoes
  10. Chopped or shredded lettuce
  11. Garnish: Grated Cheese, Pico de Gallo, Avocado, Guacamole, Sour Cream, Chili Sauce, Jalapeño peppers

Taco Rice requires a fair amount of prepping, or maybe it’s just depends on the amount of toppings. Honestly, when the kids are toddlers, they always want to help so much in the kitchen! But this is not always practical 😉 – and I am finding by their tweens they are naturally used to not participating – (grr). With Taco Rice, I usually just leave the toppings on the cutting board, in the colander, or in their original packaging – and then let everyone into the kitchen to prepare their own. It’s sort of a pot-luck style, and is a way to let kids into the kitchen when everyone might still be too busy to truly be supportive of full participation.

How To:

  1. Prepare your rice. Chop garlic and onion.
  2. Place about 1/2-to-1 Tablespoon of oil in your pan, heat to medium.
  3. Sauté chopped garlic, and onion until translucent.
  4. Add ground beef, if using. Cook through.
  5. Alternatively – if using beans, add to the pan with garlic and onion.
  6. Add seasonings (garlic powder; onion powder; red pepper flakes; oregano), coat the beef or beans.
  7. Add small can of diced tomatoes (if using), simmer for another 2-3 minutes.
  8. Place seasoned mixture over warn rice. Add fresh chopped tomatoes (if using), lettuce, and other desired toppings.

Kidwise: My kids love this meal! They always take a second serving, and/or eat the leftovers! ❤

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