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Taco Turkey & Black Bean Rice Bowl

Change up your Taco Tuesday routine with these easy Taco Turkey & Black Bean Rice Bowl. These tasty rice bowls are also great for meal prep!

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Change up your Taco Tuesday routine with these easy Taco Turkey & Black Bean Rice Bowls. These rice bowls are also great for meal prep!

One thing I’m quickly learning these days is that the more prep I do as far as meals go, the smoother dinnertime is during the week. For instance, when you find yourself with some time to spare over the weekend (or while you are in the kitchen already cooking up something else), go ahead and cook up some brown rice to put in the fridge ready to go for another meal.

I’ve been trying to do that each week and because I did last week, for instance, these Taco Turkey and Black Bean Rice Bowl meals were a breeze to pull together for dinner. Cooking up the brown rice ahead of time freed up some cook time at dinner where I just had to pull together the taco meat and bean mixture while assembling the bowls.

Normally a pound of ground turkey doesn’t go very far for my hungry family of 5. I stretch it a bit by bulking it up with black beans, chopped red pepper and onion as it browns. Four out of 5 of us love black beans so adding them to our taco meat is always a more economical (and healthier) option in my book.

Your favorite brown rice will work for this Taco Turkey and Black Bean Rice Bowl recipe, but I like to add an extra boost of nutrition by using my favorite sprouted rice and quinoa blend that I have picked up at Costco in the past (unfortunately I didn’t see it last couple trips to Costco, but I’m hoping it comes back.).

How to meal prep for the week?

If you are into meal prepping quick grab & go meals for yourself and/or other family members, this is a great recipe for that! Just portion out the rice into 4-6 containers (this will all depend on the amount of rice you want in your meal obviously) and add the the taco meat topping to each. I would keep the cold topping ingredients in a separate container to add after heating up the rice and and taco meat. Or add extra lettuce and eat cold with salsa as a taco rice salad bowl!

I love using these glass Pyrex containers (affiliate link) for meal prep. The glass keeps everything fresh, and more appetizing (at least for me!). I have also used plastic round meal prep containers like these as well as plastic meal prep containers with compartments like these.

Rice Bowl Toppings

For me, the toppings are the best part of any rice bowl. I love adding chopped tomato, shredded cheese, lettuce, sliced avocado, jalapenos and chopped onion to every bowl. Cilantro too, when I have it fresh. Don’t forget the hot sauce!

Change up your Taco Tuesday routine with these easy Taco Turkey & Black Bean Rice Bowls. These rice bowls are also great for meal prep!



Taco Turkey & Black Bean Rice Bowls

  • Author: Aggies Kitchen
  • Yield: 4-6 servings 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Skillet
  • Cuisine: Mexican


  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 lb lean ground turkey
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 can Bush’s Black Beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 cup salsa

For the rice bowls:

  • 2 cups cooked brown rice
  • sliced avocado
  • shredded lettuce
  • chopped tomato
  • plain Greek yogurt or sour cream
  • hot sauce
  • extra salsa


  1. Heat olive oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium high heat. Add your ground turkey to pan and break up with a wooden spoon.
  2. As your ground turkey is browning, add your bell pepper, onion and spices to the meat mixture. Continue to cook for about 5-7 minutes until veggies are softened and turkey is cooked through.
  3. Add black beans and salsa to turkey mixture and gently stir to combine. Turn off heat.
  4. Build your rice bowls by adding a scoop of brown rice to your bowl, then topping with turkey and black bean mixture. Add toppings of choice but I love to add shredded lettuce, chopped tomato, avocado, Greek yogurt and hot sauce.


Change up your Taco Tuesday routine with these easy Taco Turkey & Black Bean Rice Bowl. These tasty rice bowls are also great for meal prep!

More meal prep recipes to try:

Teriyaki Chicken Meal Prep | iFoodreal

Meal Prep Breakfast Taco Scramble | Skinnytaste

5 Ingredient Stuffed Poblano Peppers with Turkey and Black Beans

BBQ Chicken, Kale and Quinoa Bowl

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15 comments on “Taco Turkey & Black Bean Rice Bowl”

  1. We are soul sisters! I’ve been eating something similar for lunch all week except I’ve been eating the turkey/bean mixture over a cabbage slaw. So freaking good!!

  2. Making! Early prep makes my life SO much easier! And anything Mexican-flavored gets two thumbs up!!

  3. Aggie, this looks so good. I just may make it for dinner tonight. Love the combo! Happy Wed., friend!

  4. Yes, a pound of hamburger just doesn’t fill up my three guys. Years ago I started adding a can of black bean to our pound of taco meat. Excellent. Everyone loves it, it stretches farther and is healthier.

    This looks really good. I’ll give it a try and I’m sure it will end up in the regular rotation.

  5. Great rice bowls!…love all the healthy, hearty flavors 😀

  6. I love quick and easy recipes like this. I’m with you on the meal prep, dinner can be thrown together so quickly when I prep ahead of time!

  7. This is my favorite kind of meal! So so so good!

  8. I totally agree about meal prep during the weeks! When it hits 4pm my kids get very needy so it is key to have things ready to go for dinner. I also really like your idea of bulking up the ground turkey with the black beans. Added protein and flavor too! Love this meal!

  9. Great dish, very tasty

  10. Just made these for a meal prep – SO good! I added a dash of pepper and used a hot salsa for that extra spicy kick of flavor. 10/10!

  11. Has anyone out there ever used Jasmin Rice instead of brown? Was just curious … wasn’t sure if that kind of rice went well with mexican style dishes…

  12. Tried the recipe it was very delicious!

  13. love it <3 thank you for sharing it it is easy to make and taste good 🙂 my favorites ingredients