18 Taco Bowl Recipes That Will Spice Up Your Lunch and Dinner Rotations

If we *really* had to decide, tacos just might be our favorite meal of all time. They’re savory, satisfying and can contain a countless number of exciting ingredients (we’re partial to crispy fish and birria stew, but we’re not picky). While we love chowing down on half a dozen of these handhelds in 30 seconds flat at home, we’d rather not show that side of ourselves to our coworkers. That’s where these 18 taco bowl recipes come in: They contain all your favorite ingredients, but nix the mess by being served over rice or veggies. Read on for our top picks, which include everything from tequila shrimp to chipotle chicken.

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1. Chicken Burrito Bowl With Black Beans And Mango Salsa

This tropical stunner is protein- and fiber-packed, dairy-free, gluten-free and, most importantly, delicious. (The mango salsa will also taste great on seared fish, grilled shrimp and tortilla chips.) Time commitment: 25 minutes

2. Slow Cooker Meal Prep Burrito Bowls

We hope you brought your appetite to tackle this mix of tender citrus pork shoulder, avocado, tomatoes, greens, black beans and Greek yogurt-lime crema. It's loaded with protein and fiber, so it'll keep you full 'til dinnertime, plus it's gluten-free. Time commitment: 7 hours and 15 minutes

3. Vegan Fiesta Taco Bowl

Smoky beef-like seitan meets homemade green goddess dressing and tofu sour cream for a plant-based, dairy-free, protein-rich meal even carnivores can get behind. The bowls also boast quinoa, tortilla strips and lots of fresh produce. Time commitment: 30 minutes

4. Taco Meal Prep Bowls

Save on money, time and potentially calories by whipping up five servings of this brown rice-and-beef dish on a Sunday and eating the leftovers all week long. Did we mention the bowls are low in sugar, high in protein and Mediterranean diet-friendly? Time commitment: 1 hour

5. Chili Lime Sweet Potato Taco Bowl With Chipotle Ranch

Proof that vegetarian tacos can be far from boring. The sweet spuds are topped with Tajín and roasted until caramelized, then they’re paired with pico de gallo, pickled onions and the zestiest ranch dressing of all time. As long as you serve it with corn tortilla chips instead of flour tortilla chips, the dish is gluten-free to boot. Time commitment: 45 minutes

6. Healthy Taco Salad

Ground turkey and black beans pack a punch of protein and fiber, while the salsa-yogurt dressing keeps the bowl creamy yet light. Swap out flour tortillas for corn tortillas to make it gluten-free and lower in carbs. Time commitment: 25 minutes

7. Taco Salad With Homemade Tortilla Bowls

Believe it or not, the homemade tortilla bowls are so easy to make, since they come together in the oven and only call for two ingredients (three if you want to line them with melted cheese). What you fill them with is your call—these are loaded with vegetarian favorites like lettuce, black beans, cheese and creamy avocado dressing. Time commitment: 25 minutes

8. Tequila Shrimp Taco Salad

This pescatarian meal is loaded with lime-kissed deliciousness. We’re talking spicy grilled shrimp, vibrant radishes, cherry tomatoes, sweet corn, cilantro, queso fresco and honey-garlic vinaigrette. Skip the cheese if you want the dish to be dairy-free. Time commitment: 1 hour

9. Roasted Cauliflower Burrito Bowls

This vegan recipe couldn’t be simpler. It starts with a bed of rice, which is topped with taco-seasoned cauliflower florets, black beans, fresh veggies, lime juice and your favorite hot sauce. Not only is it teeming with plant-based protein, it also boasts 60 percent of your daily recommended fiber. Time commitment: 50 minutes

10. Beef Taco Salad Bowls

We’re prepared to inhale every last drop of the creamy cilantro-lime dressing (and every crumb of the massive low-sugar, protein-packed tortilla bowl). Might we suggest finishing the salad with crushed Doritos instead of tortilla strips to make it extra kid-friendly? Time commitment: 40 minutes

11. Quinoa Taco Salad Bowl

Vegetarians (and gluten-free eaters) rejoice. Instead meat or poultry, this taco salad features quinoa that's cooked in taco seasoning—along with chipotle chiles in adobo—for maximum flavor. Time commitment: 1 hour and 7 minutes

12. Chicken Burrito Bowl Meal Prep

Ready to make a week’s worth of gluten-free, protein-packed lunches in one hour? Pro tip: You’ll probably want to prepare a double batch of the garlicky chipotle cream sauce—it tastes heavenly on just about everything. Time commitment: 1 hour

13. Damn Good Salmon Taco Bowls For Two

Date night just got a whole lot spicier. You and your boo can sink your teeth into sofrito rice and protein-rich baked salmon coated in homemade taco seasoning. (The secret to combatting all the heat and smokiness of the chili powder and cumin in this pescatarian main is coconut sugar, BTW.) Time commitment: 1 hour

14. Chili Lime Rice And Shrimp Taco Salad

We’re not sure what to nosh on first, the chili-lime garlic shrimp, the zippy Mexican-inspired rice or the decadent avocado cream sauce. Even better, the pescatarian bowl is full of protein and fiber, plus contains minimal sugar. Time commitment: 46 minutes

15. Healthy Taco Salad With Ground Beef

You don’t need to use ground turkey to prepare a nutritious taco bowl. Simply opt for lean ground beef, reduced fat cheese and light sour cream. Either way, the keto-friendly, low-carb meal will keep you full with plenty of protein and fiber. Time commitment: 20 minutes

16. Taco Salad With Cilantro Vinaigrette

The protein (ground turkey, ground chicken, ground beef…) is up to you. Just don’t skip the vibrant, herbaceous vinaigrette—or the side of tortilla chips. Eat the gluten-free bowl as is if you're on the Mediterranean diet, or skip the black beans to make it keto-friendly. Time commitment: 30 minutes

17. Fish Taco Bowls

Picture crispy breaded cod served alongside tender basmati rice, shredded cabbage and pico de gallo. As if that wasn’t drool-worthy enough, now picture the pescatarian bowl drenched in cilantro-lime dressing, which starts with protein-rich Greek yogurt. Time commitment: 40 minutes

18. Crockpot Carnitas Tortilla Burrito Bowl

The protein-packed pork is cooked low and slow in fresh citrus juices, chipotle chiles and Mexican lager for maximum tenderness, moisture and flavor. Time commitment: 10 hours and 30 minutes

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Food Editor

Taryn Pire is PureWow’s food editor and has been writing about all things delicious since 2016. She’s developed recipes, reviewed restaurants and investigated food trends at...