Mexican Spiced Beef & Brown Rice Bowl

by Sharon on September 12, 2018

This gluten free Mexican Spiced Beef Bowl is a favourite for  a healthy and super quick family dinner. Using ground beef makes it simple and it all comes together in less than thirty minutes! Easy peasy.

Mexican Spiced Beef Bowl topped with fresh salsa, guacamole, shredded romaine and cheese


I’ve been riding on a Mexican themed high lately. First guacamole and now this Mexican Spiced Beef Bowl which can be described as a spicy, fiesta in a dish.



The inspiration I had for this dish was to make my own taco seasoning. Back in the day, I was no stranger to the ‘taco dinners in a box’. Those pre-packaged versions are full of sodium, preservatives and crap in general.

Time to ditch those packets and realize how easy and satisfying it is to make your own rendition! Using spices I already had in the cupboard and a little help from pinterest, my own taco seasoning was created.

A simple blend of chili powder, ground cumin, garlic powder and red pepper flakes and we were off and running.

Taco seasonings on a white dish


To get started on this fiery bowl of goodness, put the brown rice on the stove. Since brown rice can take about 30 minutes from start to finish, it’s a good idea to get it simmering away before anything else. 

Brown Rice in a jar

These are my tried and true methods. One stovetop or use the magic of your Instant Pot:

Easiest method to cook brown rice on your stove top

How to cook brown rice in your Instant Pot

Once the rice is happily cooking away, saute your chopped onions and garlic.

Add in the beef, season it with sea salt and pepper and cook away until it’s no longer pink. Then the magic happens. 🙂

Pour in your homemade taco seasoning and mix it in really well.

Homemade taco seasoning

Then splash in a cup of water and heat to boil.

Once it’s all bubbly, turn the heat down to a simmer and let it cook and soak in all the flavour for 10-15 minutes, stirring occasionally.

In the meantime chop up some crisp romaine lettuce and grate a little cheese.

Put out a few little bowls of salsa, sour cream and guacamole for the family to build their own bowl!


I couldn’t persuade the man of the house to have brown rice so he built his plate with tortilla chips instead. It looked good but, truth be told, I preferred my healthier, whole grain version.

I loved this dish and I also loved the fact that there were leftovers for lunch the next day.

Nothing like cooking once and eating twice. 🙂

Yields 4 servings

Serves 4

Mexican Spiced Beef & Brown Rice Bowl
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  • 1 lb. extra lean ground beef, preferably grass fed
  • 1/2 onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 cup water
  • 4 cups cooked brown rice
  • homemade taco seasoning
  • Taco Seasoning:
  • 3 tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tbsp ground cumin
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp crushed pepper flakes


  1. Cook brown rice according to package instructions.
  2. Heat olive oil in medium saucepan.
  3. Saute onion and garlic until onion is translucent.
  4. Add in beef, season with sea salt & pepper and saute until browned.
  5. Add taco seasoning, combining well.
  6. Pour in water, bring to a boil. Lower heat and simmer 10-15 minutes, stirring accasionally.
  7. Assemble your bowl by layering rice then beef. Top with shredded lettuce, cheese, salsa, sour cream, guacamole, tomatoes, etc.

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Elle May 15, 2013 at 2:25 pm
I definitely am going to be making this. I haven't made tacos at home in a long time because like you, I've been avoiding the store bought taco seasonings. There's just way too much sodium and lots of added ingredients that I just don't need to be putting into my body. I thought it would be too much work to make the seasoning, but yours only has 4 ingredients (which I coincidentally all have in my pantry)! I think this would taste great with some avocados and some cilantro! I might even make it with some quinoa instead of brown rice. Thank you for sharing your recipe!
Sharon May 16, 2013 at 12:27 pm
Yes! Cilantro and avocados! Great additions:)

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