This Mexican Ground Turkey Bowl recipe with rice, black beans and tomatoes is a healthier twist on restaurant-style Mexican rice! Leftover cooked rice is mixed with sauteed veggies, lean ground turkey, spices, lime and cilantro! YUM!
2cupsleftover cooked rice - if you don’t have leftover riceyou can also start by cooking 1 cup dry rice.
114 oz can black beans, drained and rinsed
1cupplain tomato sauce
1tbsplime juiceup to 2 tbsp to taste
1/3cupcilantrochopped + more for serving
Heat olive oil in large skillet over medium heat. Add onion, garlic, bell pepper and turkey to the skillet. Cook, stirring often and breaking down the turkey in small bits with the spoon, until turkey is no longer pink (it will finish cooking after).
Stir in rice, black beans, tomato sauce, salsa, chili powder and cumin. Reduce heat to low and cook for about 4-5 minutes, stirring often, to let the flavor develop. If it starts to dry out, add a bit more tomato sauce or salsa, just enough to moisten.
Turn off the heat, stir in lime juice and cilantro. Taste and adjust salt if needed.
Serve immediately with more cilantro and some lime wedges; or pack in containers to eat later.
Use cold pre-cooked rice: So leftover refrigerated rice is ideal! Yep, you’ve gotta plan ahead when making fried rice and use thoroughly-chilled cooked rice. A fresh batch of rice will not fry that well when it hits the hot pan. If you are really in a hurry and GOTS to have your fried rice and NOW, cook up a fresh batch of rice. Then spread it out on a baking sheet or another large flat pan, drape the rice with a layer of plastic wrap, then pop it in the freezer for 10-15 minutes until it is thoroughly chilled.
Leftover brown rice will work just fine as well.
Feel free to add in some corn or use kidney beans instead of black beans, if that's what you're having.
Yes, you can make a low carb cauliflower rice version of this fried rice. Add in the cauliflower rice, along with the tomatoes, salsa and spices, cover with a lid and cook for another 5 - 7 minutes until the cauliflower rice has begun to soften in texture. Lift the lid and continue to cook until liquid is evaporated, then stir in lime juice and cilantro.
Mexican Ground Turkey Bowl
Amount Per Serving (1 /4th)
Calories 441Calories from Fat 126
% Daily Value*
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Vitamin A 1978IU40%
Vitamin C 48mg58%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.