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Easy ground turkey taco bowls with rice and beans

Easy Ground Turkey Taco Bowls


Don’t be tricked by the long ingredient list because these taco bowls take just 30-minutes start to finish and require very little prep work.


  • 3 tablespoons lime juice (from about 2 limes)
  • 1/2 teaspoon lime zest
  • long grain white rice (see note 1)
  • 1/2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 pound ground turkey
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1/2 tablespoon ground cumin,
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano,
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder,
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup canned pinto beans
  • 1/2 cup frozen corn kernels
  • 1 tablespoon chopped cilantro


  • 1 small tomato, diced
  • 1/2 avocado (pit and skin removed), sliced
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 crumbled queso fresco (see note 2)


  1. Make the rice: Cooking instructions for rice vary brand to brand, so follow the cooking instructions on the package but add the lime juice and zest to the cooking water (plus any salt recommendations on the package). Make enough for two servings.
  2. Make the ground turkey and beans: Heat the olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add the ground turkey and break it up with a spatula while it cooks. Add the spices, beans, and corn and stir to combine. Lower the heat and stir occasionally while you prep the toppings. If you notice a lot of browned bits accumulating on the bottom of the pan, add a 1/4 cup of water (or chicken stock if you have some) and scrape them up. After you’ve prepped the toppings, add the cilantro to the turkey and beans.
  3. Serve the meat and beans over the rice. Top with toppings and enjoy!


  1. I’m working my way through a 5-pound bag of white rice, which is why I use it in most of my rice based recipes. I know, I don’t know what I was thinking either, but use what you got, right? Anyway, substitute brown rice to add a nutritional kick to your taco bowl, but be aware it may change the cooking time for the recipe.
  2. Queso fresco is a mild Mexican cheese that is carried in most grocery stores. If you can’t find it or don’t want to buy it (I get it), substitute your favorite taco cheese like shredded cheddar or pepper jack.

Nutritional information does not include the toppings.

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Category: Main Course
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Mexican


  • Calories: 498
  • Fat: 18.3g
  • Carbohydrates: 51g
  • Fiber: 3.7g
  • Protein: 36.7g

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