Taco Bowls with Mexican Salad

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This is one of my let me see what I have in the cupboards and fridge to throw supper together creations. It uses pantry staples and produce most people are likely to have on hand.

I cooked this in my slow cooker because my stove was having issues. The rice was a bit mushier than I liked.  I over cooked it because I hadn’t made rice in the slow cooker in awhile and forgot how long I normally cook it.  I’m giving you stove top directions to make it easier on all of us. :-)

The Mexican salad part of this dish is the lettuce, tomato and onion topping. That’s what my favorite restaurant calls the salad like garnish.

Taco Bowl with Mexican Salad


  • 1/2 pound ground beef
  • 1 cup long grain white rice
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1/2 tablespoon paprika
  • salt, pepper, garlic and onion powders to taste (can use1-2 Tablespoons taco seasoning instead if desired)
  • a few shakes of hot sauce, optional
  • 1/4 cup of salsa
  • shredded cheese
  • chopped lettuce
  • chopped tomato
  • chopped onion
  • hot sauce
  • sour cream


In a 2 quart sauce pan with tight fitting lid brown the ground beef over medium heat. Drain fat if needed. Add the rice and seasonings, cook and stir for a minute or two. Pour in water, salsa, and hot sauce if using. Bring to a boil, cover, reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes or until liquid is absorbed and rice is tender.

Remove from heat and rest for 5 minutes. Divide mixture into bowls or rimmed plates, top with cheese, lettuce, tomato,  and onions. Serve with sour cream, hot sauce, and salsa if desired.

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  1. Sounds great, but what’s the crockpot way??? Do you pre-cook the ground beef? I like a mushier rice – so how long did you cook it? Love your blog, great and easy recipes!! Thanks for your help. Keep cool!!!

    • Brown the ground beef and toss everything in a 2 or 4 quart slow cooker and cook on high for 2 or 3 hours.


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