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Tex Mex Rice Bowls
with sweet potatoes and beans / lime slaw / cheese

Active: 45 min Total: 45 min
We love variations on a burrito bowl, but this one is particularly flavorful, using sweet potatoes and beans seasoned with a Mexican spice blend as the topping. Assemble the bowls together or set all of the toppings out and let everyone assemble their own.

Ingredients

Metric
Servings:
4
Tex Mex Rice Bowls:
  • Sweet potatoes - 1 lb, peeled and cubed
  • Onions, medium - 1/2, diced
  • Limes - 1, wedges
  • Beans, pinto (15 oz / 397 g) - 1 can, drained and rinsed (sub any type of canned beans)
  • Oil, cooking - 1 Tbsp
  • Mexican spice blend (ingredients listed separately) - 2 1/2 tsp
  • Tomato sauce / puree (15 oz / 397 g) - 1 can
  • Cheese, shredded Mexican blend - 1 cup (sub cheddar)
  • Yogurt, plain or Greek - 1/3 cup
Lime Slaw:
  • Coleslaw mix - 10 oz
  • Oil, cooking - 2 Tbsp
  • Lime juice - 1 Tbsp
  • Brown sugar - 1/2 tsp
Mexican Spice Blend:
  • Salt - 1/2 tsp
  • Cumin, ground - 1/2 tsp
  • Chili powder - 1/2 tsp
  • Coriander, ground - 1/4 tsp
  • Oregano, dried - 1/4 tsp
  • Black pepper - 1/4 tsp
  • Garlic powder - 1/4 tsp
White or Brown Rice:
  • Rice, uncooked white or brown - 1 cup

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Prep

  1. Rice - (Double if making Thursday’s meal.) For white rice, rinse until clear. Fill a saucepan or Dutch oven (or rice cooker) with rice, water (use 2:1 ratio for water to rice), and some salt. Cover with lid and bring to a boil. Once water boils, stir, lower heat to a low-medium, and cover. Check white rice after ~20 min; brown at ~45 min. Rice is done when it's absorbed all the water. If it's not done, leave the cover on until all water has been absorbed. Take cover off to release steam and fluff with a wooden spoon after 5 minutes. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  2. Sweet potatoes / Onions - Prep as directed. Store separately. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  3. Make spice blend - Combine salt, cumin, chili powder, ground coriander, oregano, black pepper, and garlic powder. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  4. Make coleslaw - Toss coleslaw mix with oil (portion for coleslaw), lime juice, and brown sugar. (Can be done 1 day ahead)
  5. Limes - Slice limes.
  6. Beans - Drain and rinse.

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Make

  1. Heat a Dutch oven or large skillet over medium heat. Add oil (portion for rice bowls) and then onions. Saute until onions are tender, 3 to 4 minutes.
  2. Add spice blend and sweet potatoes to onions and saute until spices are fragrant, ~1 minute.
  3. Pour tomato sauce over onions / sweet potatoes and stir, scraping up any brown bits on the bottom of the pan. Bring to a simmer. Cover and simmer until sweet potatoes are tender, 8 to 10 minutes (depending on the size of the cubes).
  4. While sweet potatoes cook, give coleslaw a toss and season with some salt and pepper.
  5. Return to sweet potatoes and stir in beans.
  6. If rice was made ahead, reheat in the microwave. (Reserve half if doubled.)
  7. Set out all ingredients and assemble bowls with rice, sweet potatoes / beans, coleslaw, cheese, and yogurt. Serve lime wedges on the side for squeezing over top. Enjoy!

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Reviews

Ratings

Original (84)
Gluten-free (7)
Paleo (10)
Vegetarian (13)

Most Helpful

This was great. I thought the texture of the coleslaw mixed with rice might be a little weird, but I ended up really liking the way the slaw brought some freshness and brightness to what could have been a heavy dish. I’ll make this again for sure.

By: Melissa
Posted: Feb 14, 2020
Diet: Original
1 Helpful

67 reviews

A family favorite. I always make extra (5lbs) bc we love this meal so much and it freezes well.

By: Kimberly
Posted: Jul 13, 2021
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

We deconstructed this dish and served with cauliflower rice. The coleslaw added delicious crunch. Doubled the spices and added half to the beef and the other half with the tomato sauce.

By: Nancy
Posted: Jun 07, 2021
Diet: Original
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I subbed cauliflower rice for the potatoes, and it was really good. The meatballs could use a little salt but overall these were fast, easy and really good! Next time I’ll cook them in the air fryer to make things even easier. Family friendly recipe and delicious!

By: Leah
Posted: Jun 24, 2020
Diet: Paleo
0 Helpful

Loved this, sooo delicious! It was a bit more time consuming than other recipes we have done, but worth it!

By: Sara
Posted: May 05, 2020
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

This was so good! Everyone loved it.

By: Milne
Posted: Apr 25, 2020
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

The meatballs and sauce were very flavorful! We loved having it over roasted sweet potatoes (though I did them in the instant pot to save time. I did add some spices to the slaw to give it some more flavor.

By: Stephanie
Posted: Mar 31, 2020
Diet: Paleo
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