Tacos and taco bowls have exploded in popularity over the last few decades, and it’s no wonder why. Offering a diverse range of flavors and textures to please all palates, they are not only quick and easy to make, but also versatile and packed with flavorful ingredients. That’s why Mahatma® Rice is here to help you expand your taco recipe repertoire so that you’ve got plenty of inspiration for when those cravings come a-calling!

Key Ingredients for Tacos and Taco Bowls

Getting the right ingredients is the first step to creating crowd-pleasing taco dishes. To kick things off, let’s take a look at some classic taco ingredients.

Protein and Meat Options for Tacos

  • Ground beef: A classic choice for tacos, providing a rich and savory flavor profile.
  • Turkey: A leaner alternative to beef, offering a lighter option without skimping on taste.
  • Chicken: Versatile and high in protein, chicken works wonders in a variety of taco recipes.
  • Beans: Beans are a great source of protein and flavor, hence their popularity in taco meals. 

Toppings for Tacos and Taco Bowls

  • Cheese: Whether it’s Cheddar, Monterey Jack, or Cotija, cheese adds a melty and indulgent finish to your tacos.
  • Avocado: Creamy and nutritious, avocado brings a buttery texture to taco meals.
  • Cilantro: Fresh and aromatic, cilantro transforms tacos into vibrant and refreshing delights.

Mouthwatering Taco Recipes

Few lunch and dinner recipes excite grown ups and kids alike more than tacos. These Rice and Beans Tacos Dorados bring together classic Mexican ingredients such as rice, pinto beans, and avocado cream, and smother them in Monterey Jack cheese for a finish that’s both wholesome and comforting. What’s more, baked taco recipes are not only a delicious way to enjoy tacos, but also relatively hassle free. Simply gather your ingredients, wrap them up in corn tortillas, then sit back and let the oven do the work! 

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Rice and Beans Tacos Dorados

Taco Recipe with Chicken

Looking for a chicken taco recipe with a twist? Then these Chicken Tinga and Rice Tacos might be just the dish for you. Chicken tinga recipes have been growing in popularity, not only within Mexico itself, but also among lovers of Mexican cuisine around the world. Made with fluffy Mahatma® White Rice, cumin, chipotle, avocado, lime juice, and feta cheese, chicken tinga makes for a spicy and refreshing taco filling that’s sure to please everyone at your dining table.

Easy Taco Bowl Recipes

Now that we’ve covered your traditional taco recipe needs, it’s time to explore some craveworthy taco bowls that you can whip up in a flash. First up is a delightful recipe which combines classic Mexican flavors with the convenience of taco bowl recipes. This Cilantro Rice Taco Bowl is made with Mahatma® Cilantro Limón Ready to Heat Rice, reducing the prep time for this dish to a staggering 15 minutes! Flavorful Mexican food has never been this easy!

Taco Bowl Recipe with Quinoa

If you’re looking to add a protein boost to your meals, try adding quinoa to the mix. Cooking with Mahatma® Jasmine Rice with Quinoa is a terrific way to do just that. These Jasmine Rice Quinoa Taco Bowls combine black beans, avocado, and quinoa to bring you a dish that’s not only gluten-free but also packs a protein punch. Boasting refreshing ingredients like chopped tomato, black olives, and lettuce, it’s the perfect taco bowl meal for summer!

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Jasmine Rice and Quinoa Taco Bowl

Taco Bowls for Fish Lovers

Part of the beauty of tacos and taco bowl recipes is their versatility, as they can be adapted to cater to all kinds of tastes. These Air Fryer Baja Fish Taco Rice Bowls are perfect for lovers of seafood recipes. Made with a host of traditional Mexican ingredients—avocado, pico de gallo, chili powder, lime juice, and sour cream—they make for a convenient lunch or dinner option. Best of all, this recipe is catered to cooking with air fryers, making mealtime a fun and hassle-free affair!

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Baja Fish Air Fryer Taco Bowls

Meal Preparation for Tacos and Taco Bowls

When it comes to preparing delicious tacos and taco bowls, efficient meal prep can make a world of difference. And that’s where batching cooking comes in.

Batch Cooking for Taco Bowls

Whether you’re cooking for kids, or have a busy week ahead of you, batch cooking is a great way to save time in the kitchen. But what’s the best way to go about it? Here are some handy tips to help:

  • Cook a large batch of seasoned meat in advance to save time during the week.
  • Prepare a big pot of cilantro lime rice to use as a base for your taco bowls.
  • Roast a variety of vegetables, such as bell peppers and onions, to add to your bowls.
  • Store pre-chopped toppings like avocado, tomatoes, and cheese in separate containers for easy assembly.

Hosting a Taco Night for Friends and Family 

Add some excitement to your next gathering by hosting a taco night! For a unique twist, set up a taco bowl bar where guests can build their own customized taco bowls. Provide a selection of bases like cilantro lime rice or shredded lettuce, and a variety of proteins such as beans, corn, and toppings. Encourage creativity and experimentation among your guests to create delicious and personalized taco bowls.

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