Mexican Bowl Recipe (with Cilantro Lime Dressing)

This Mexican Bowl Recipe is a fun, delicious and healthy dinner idea!  Serve everything buffet style so everyone can create their own bowl.

Even though we still have over a foot of snow in our backyard on April 10 (right?!!!), my mind is still turning towards summer.  I just can’t wait…and can taste it already.  I’m dreaming of warm sunny days on my flower filled deck, of BBQ’s and backyard parties.  It will come, it will come, it will come.  But for now, I’m going to eat like it’s summer, with fresh and light dinners that taste of warmer days.  With the added benefit that my bathing suit might fit a little nicer by July. 😉

My goal is to introduce more healthy and fresh dinner recipes to my family, and if they are delicious enough they might not even realize they’re eating better!  One of the ways I like to do this is to offer buffet style bowl dinners.  So basically, I put out a selection of ingredients, and everyone can put together their own dinner bowl. My kids love the interactive nature of the dinner, and I love that we’re eating more healthy, so it’s a win-win all over.

I thought it would be fun to share the bowls I am making with you!  First up, a Mexican Bowl Recipe.

Mexican Bowl Recipe

Everyone in my house loves anything Mexican inspired, so this Mexican Bowl Recipe is always a big hit when I serve it.  Bursting with fresh ingredients with fresh flavour.

Mexican Bowl Recipe

You can offer any of your favourite taco toppings to go with this bowl.  For ours, I put out fresh sliced peppers, tomatoes, onions, purple cabbage, beans, corn, avocado and ground beef cooked with taco seasoning.  I leave out the tacos for this dinner, just to make things a little more healthy.  You can even leave out the rice if you wish.

Mexican Bowl Recipe

Then, when the bowls are all assembled, drizzle them with the delicious cilantro lime salad dressing…so so good.

Mexican Bowl Recipe

Just look at this colourful and tasty bowl…then watch everyone gobble it up.

Mexican Bowl Recipe

I think my favourite part of this bowl is the dressing…it’s made with fresh cilantro, garlic and lime juice and tastes amazing.  Tangy and a perfect topping to this Mexican bowl.

Mexican Bowl Recipe

This Mexican Bowl is such a simple dinner recipe, and can be ready in under 1 hour!  Enjoy.

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Mexican Bowl Recipe


  • Author: Jo-Anna Rooney
  • Prep Time: 25
  • Cook Time: 15
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings

Description

This Mexican Bowl Recipe is a fun, delicious and healthy dinner idea!  Serve everything buffet style so everyone can create their own bowl.


Ingredients

Cilantro Lime Dressing:

  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro (a handful)
  • 1 clove of garlic, cut into 4 pieces
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • zest and juice from 1 lime
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • fresh ground pepper

Ground Beef:

Mexican Bowl:

  • 1 cup sliced grape tomatoes
  • 1 cup sliced purple cabbage
  • 2 cups corn
  • 1 can chickpeas or black beans
  • 1/4 cup sliced red onion
  • 1 bell pepper, sliced
  • 1 sliced avocado
  • lime wedges
  • 1 – 2 cups cooked rice

Instructions

Cilantro Lime Dressing:

  1. Add all of the dressing ingredients into a food processor (or use a hand blender), and pulse until all the ingredients are mixed well.  Set aside.

Ground Beef:

  1. In a skillet add the ground beef and cook until it is no longer pink.  Then drain and return to the pan.
  2. Add the taco seasoning and water, and simmer for a few minutes, until the water is gone.

Mexican Bowl:

  1. Prepare all of the fresh ingredients and put them into their own serving bowls (buffet style).

Putting everything together:

  1. Place out all of the bowls of prepared ingredients, and let everyone make their own Mexican bowl!

More delicious bowl recipes:

Greek Chicken Bowl

Greek Chicken Bowl Recipe

Coconut Lime Grilled Turkey Noodle Bowl

Coconut Lime Grilled Turkey Noodle Bowl

Salad Roll Bowl with Peanut Dressing

Salad Roll Bowl with Peanut Dressing

Have a delicious day!

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2 Comments

  • Reply Ashleigh Langmaid April 17, 2018 at 7:54 PM

    Great recipe Jo-anna. I made this tonight and I loved it as tastier alternative to tacos.

    • Reply Jo-Anna Rooney April 18, 2018 at 9:04 AM

      Thank you Ashleigh! I’m so happy you enjoyed it…and I agree, it’s a great alternative to tacos!

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