turkey taco lunch bowls

I shared my favorite ground turkey taco recipe the other day, and today I’m sharing a delicious taco bowl that’s ideal for meal prep that uses leftover turkey taco meat!

Meal prepping makes my life so much easier throughout the week, especially when it comes to lunches. I usually have a salad for lunch, but this turkey taco meal prep bowl is a new favorite of mine (it’s basically like a taco salad), and I can’t wait for you to try it! It seems like things always come up during the workdays, so having lunch prepped and ready to go is huge!

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How to Meal Prep

This is the ultimate meal prep bowl. You can prep all of the components in advance and have a delicious, filling meal in minutes!.

How to store: In four meal prep containers add rows of cauliflower rice, corn, beans, ground turkey, romaine lettuce and tomatoes. Top with cheese and cilantro. Store the dressing in a separate container. This can be stored for 4-5 days in the refrigerator.

Serving suggestions: If you’d prefer warm turkey, reheat in the microwave or consume the bowl cold from the refrigerator. Top with avocado, drizzle a little dressing over top and enjoy!.

turkey taco lunch bowls

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • Time-saving: Simplify your week by prepping meals in advance.
  • Nutritious: Savor a well-balanced dinner that includes lots of vegetables, lean protein, and healthy fats!
  • Customizable: Feel free to make this recipe your own!
  • Flavorful: The ground turkey taco meat and creamy southwest dressing give this bowl a ton of flavor!

turkey taco lunch bowls

  • The primary source of protein in this bowl is ground turkey taco meat, a tasty and juicy mixture. After sautéing onion, garlic, and spices, ground turkey is simmered in tomato sauce and water.
  • Greek yogurt, lime juice, cumin, chili powder, garlic powder, salt, pepper, fresh salsa, and cilantro are blended to create a creamy, flavorful dressing that complements the other ingredients in this bowl. This dressing may be the highlight of the dish!
  • A crisp and refreshing base for your taco meal prep bowls is romaine lettuce.
  • The flavors of cilantro lime cauliflower rice, a tasty low-carb substitute for regular rice, go well with the other ingredients.
  • These meal prep bowls are made with filling, healthy ingredients like sweet corn and black beans that give them texture and taste.
  • Feel free to add your preferred toppings; however, I chose to garnish with fresh salsa (or pico de gallo), chopped grape or cherry tomatoes, shredded Mexican cheese, avocado slices, and cilantro.

turkey taco lunch bowls

To prepare the dressing, place all the ingredients in a blender and process until smooth and well combined. You can also use an immersion blender for this. Store in the fridge until ready to use.

Cook turkey: Add oil to a large skillet over medium heat. Add onion and garlic and sauté for 3-5 minutes. Add ground turkey and cook until brown, about 5-7 minutes. Use a wooden spoon to break up the meat while cooking. Add the chili powder, cumin, paprika, salt and pepper. Cook for an additional 1-2 minutes. Pour in the water and tomato sauce and stir to combine. Let the mixture simmer for 5-7 minutes, or until the liquid has been absorbed.

To assemble the bowls, place a layer of cauliflower rice on the bottom, followed by romaine lettuce and ¼ of the ground turkey. Then top with black beans, corn, tomatoes, shredded cheese, avocado, cilantro and salsa. Drizzle southwest dressing over bowl and serve.

To prepare the meal, arrange a row of cauliflower rice, corn, beans, turkey, romaine lettuce, and tomatoes in a glass container. Add cheese and cilantro on top and serve with dressing on the side. When ready to enjoy, drizzle dressing on top, add avocado and enjoy!.

turkey taco lunch bowls

You can add whatever you want to these ground turkey taco bowls! Here are some suggestions for personalizing the recipe:

  • Protein: Although I really enjoy using ground turkey in this recipe, you can also easily use ground beef or ground chicken in its place. Check out this tempeh taco recipe for a vegan option!.
  • Grain: Use brown rice, white rice, quinoa, or farro instead of the cilantro lime cauliflower rice.
  • Dressing: You can use this recipe’s creamy southwest dressing, but you can also use another one. This cilantro lime dressing would also be delicious!.
  • Beans: Feel free to use your favorite style of beans. Chickpeas, kidney beans, pinto beans, or refried beans would all be delicious in this recipe.
  • Veggies: To make your meal prep bowls even more nutrient-dense and vibrant, mix and match your favorite veggies. Try adding any of your favorite vegetables, such as bell pepper, spinach, kale, cucumber, zucchini, and cabbage!
  • Feel free to vary the toppings to your personal preference. Some suggestions are pickled red onions, pickled jalapeño slices, queso fresco, Greek yogurt or sour cream, cheddar or cotija cheese, hot sauce, or pineapple salsa.

turkey taco lunch bowls

Meal Prep Turkey Taco Bowls with Chef Billy Parisi

How to make Taco bowls?

Making taco bowls is very simple and it requires only one skillet pan! Cook the Ground Turkey : Add the ground turkey, salt, and pepper into a skillet pan. Cook over medium-high heat until the ground turkey is no longer pink. Crumble the meat as it cooks to get small pieces.

What is a Turkey taco bowl?

Turkey Taco Bowls are a tried & true family dinner recipe where everyone can make their own taco bowl. Ground turkey, beans, and corn simmer in a perfectly seasoned beef broth and tomato sauce base. Serve over rice and top with all your favorite taco toppings. Be sure to also try my Slow Cooker Fritos Taco Bowls.

How do you cook a Turkey Taco?

Add turkey to a medium pan and cook over medium heat, breaking it up with a spatula until no longer pink (approximately 10 minutes). Sprinkle the taco seasoning over the cooked meat, then add the water. Stir and simmer for a couple of minutes, until sauce has thickened. Remove from heat and allow to cool slightly before portioning out.

What is a Turkey Taco meal Prep Bowl?

These turkey taco meal prep bowls are made with juicy turkey taco meat, corn, pico de gallo and brown rice and are simple, but filling. Make them ahead for four delicious lunches.

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