I can’t help it… I might be a lazy cook, but I just love an easy, healthy meal that cooks quickly! (That is why my cookbook is full of one-pan recipes that take 30 minutes or less.) This grain-free taco bowl is a single-pan meal with quick prep, minimal cleanup, and tons of veggies.
Little tip for picky moms: if it tastes like tacos, they’ll eat it!
Taco bowl: quick meals on busy evenings
This taco bowl recipe brings together all the best flavors of Mexican cuisine without soaked in vegetable oil corn chips or wheat tortillas! The stir-fry-style presentation opens up all kinds of possibilities, like adding a range of fresh or frozen veggies that aren’t normally found in a taco.
Also use any toppings from favorite Mexican restaurants, depending on your family’s diet: raw cheese, cultured sour cream, fermented salsa, guacamole, avocado or fresh tomato, coriander or a dash of lime.
For nights when fresh produce is available, it’s easy to switch to lettuce wrapped tacos for variety and a more traditional taco presentation.
Homemade taco seasoning hack
If you love Mexican food as much as our family does, it makes sense to use ready-made taco seasoning in place of all of the individual spices that make up taco seasoning. Of course, I don’t mean buying those taco mix packets in the store! Make your own Homemade taco seasoning in bulk so it’s always practical but also fresh.
I printed out the recipe and stuck it to the side of my jar so that it was easily accessible when I needed to fill it.
Taco Scramble for breakfast?
Grain-free breakfasts can be a challenge. It helps me (and the family meal budget) to reuse last night’s leftovers for breakfast. If that sounds like a crass proposition, consider seasoned meat and colorful peppers folded into an omelet or vegetable frittata and topped with a pinch of cheese and Mexican hot sauce. Not as out of the box as it looks!
Leftover taco bowls can also be easily packed for lunch. (It’s even very cold!)
Hope you will try!
Grain Free Taco Bowl Recipe
An easy stir-fry with Tex-Mex flavors. It’s a great quick meal for a busy night and is delicious for breakfast too!
- grated cheese
- Fresh cream
- lime wedges
In a large skillet, brown the ground beef over medium-high heat until cooked through.
Remove from the pan and set aside.
In the same skillet, brown the chopped onions, peppers and squash, stirring frequently, until they begin to soften.
Return the meat to the pan.
Add taco seasoning and stir.
Add the fresh spinach and continue to cook until the spinach wilts.
Remove from the heat and serve with the desired garnishes.
To use as a breakfast scramble, simply make a frittata or put it in an omelet.
Calories: 162kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 18g | Fat: 4g | Saturated fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 47mg | Sodium: 861mg | Potassium: 625mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: seveng | Vitamin A: 3235UI | Vitamin C: 72mg | Calcium: 38mg | The iron: 3mg
Try these other healthy, high protein, grain free recipes:
- Beef and cabbage – Build this meal the same way as Taco Scramble, but use cabbage, carrots, basil, and Oregano for a completely different flavor profile.
- Chicken and vegetables – chicken breasts, broccoli (even frozen!) and basil complete this simple yet nutritious stir-fry.
- Beef and Broccoli – More traditional Asian stir-fry flavors, with healthier alternatives like coconut aminos for the soy sauce and coconut oil for processed vegetable oil.
- Apple Chicken – An entirely different set of flavors, sautéed the same way in a quick sautéed scramble. Fennel is a powerful detoxifier and pairs well with the slight sweetness of the apple.
What’s your favorite Mexican dish or stir-fry? Are you going to try this taco bowl recipe? Share below!