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June 23, 2012

Taco Bowl with Crispy Kale Chips

By Worker Bee
50 Comments

One-bowl meals, like this taco bowl, are a great example of achieving maximum flavor with minimal effort. When all the ingredients for a meal are piled on top of each other in a bowl, every bite brings a delicious new combination of flavor. Plus, every bite is packed with protein, healthy fat, and a variety of vegetables. And, it’s ridiculously easy to make.

Start by mixing up a batch of taco seasoning. It’s a bold but not overpowering spice blend that can be used to season any type of meat, or vegetable for that matter. Double the recipe if you like, then store extra in your spice drawer to season other meals.

Next, slice up a variety of peppers and an onion and saute them in the same pan as the seasoned meat. Then gather up your garnishes. Avocado and tomato are a must for a taco bowl. Baked kale chips are optional, but add the perfect crunch. You could stop there if you wanted to, but why? The beauty of a one-bowl meal is that the more ingredients you add, the better it tastes. Cilantro, mixed greens, salsa, grated cheese, sour cream, black olives, green onions…dig through your kitchen and add whatever sounds good.

Pile everything high in a bowl, grab a fork and sit down to eat. In 20 minutes or less you’ve just made an incredibly delicious meal without breaking a sweat.

Servings: 3-4

Ingredients:

Taco Seasoning

  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon coriander
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder or a few minced garlic cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper

Taco Bowl

  • 1 pound of ground or thinly sliced meat
  • 1 to 2 onions, thinly sliced
  • 3 bell peppers, sliced
  • 1 or 2 other peppers such as Anaheim, poblano or jalapeno, sliced (optional)
  • 2 avocados, sliced
  • 2 to 3 tomatoes, roughly chopped
  • 1 small head of kale
  • Optional garnishes: cilantro, mixed greens, cheese, sour cream, salsa, green onions, black olives, etc.

Instructions:

Mix together the taco seasoning spices. Set aside.

To make the kale chips, preheat the oven to 300 degrees Fahrenheit. Remove the stems and separate the leaves from the tough center rib. Rip or cut the leaves into small pieces then toss with olive oil and a few pinches of taco seasoning. Bake the leaves in a single layer – this is important because if you crowd too many into one pan they won’t get as crisp. Bake for about 20 minutes until leaves are crisp and easily crumble.

While the kale chips bake, sprinkle the rest of the taco seasoning on the meat.

In a large skillet over medium-high heat warm a few tablespoons of oil and saute the onion just a few minutes. Add the bell peppers to the skillet. Saute about five minutes more until the onion and peppers are brown around the edges and a little bit soft.

Add the meat. Saute with the veggies until cooked.

In serving bowls, combine the meat, peppers and onion with avocado and tomato. Top with kale chips and other garnishes.

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39 Comments on "Taco Bowl with Crispy Kale Chips"

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Kyle
Kyle
4 years 11 months ago

yummmm

Knifegill
Knifegill
4 years 11 months ago

Does look good!

The Girl in Yoga Pants
The Girl in Yoga Pants
4 years 11 months ago

Yum! I love the recipes you give us! Thanks!

Lucy
4 years 11 months ago

I can do this! YUMMO 🙂

Primal Toad
4 years 11 months ago

Looks very yummy. I’ll definitely be making up that taco seasoning soon!

mars
mars
4 years 11 months ago

this is a perfect saturday night summer meal especially for kids, thanks! now i know what we’re having tonight 🙂

Alexis Collins
4 years 11 months ago

I am a huge fan of Mexican food, and those taco seasoning packets can have ingredients that are dicey. The trick is to make a HUGE ziploc bag of a taco spice blend (like this one) to have on hand. If you don’t want to make your own, Penzey’s Spices has some fun (clean) taco spice blends.

Uncle Frank
Uncle Frank
4 years 11 months ago

Alexis, did I miss the link?

ajt
ajt
4 years 11 months ago

http://www.penzeys.com/cgi-bin/penzeys/p-penzeyschickentaco.html

This is one (with no corn stuff). You can search spices alphabetically and look under “T” for “taco.”

yoolieboolie
yoolieboolie
4 years 11 months ago

Taco night is the best!!!! 🙂

Grok Fox
Grok Fox
4 years 11 months ago

Just got a great deal on ground beef at the farmers market- So happy to have another idea besides burgers!

Shary
Shary
4 years 11 months ago

Great-looking recipe that I will be trying soon. I would bypass the kale chips, however. I prefer my greens lightly steamed.

Brad
4 years 11 months ago

Great way to combine a wonderful rainbow of vegetables and spices!

Steph
Steph
4 years 11 months ago

Kale chips with taco meat! Why didn’t I think of that???

Kevin T
4 years 11 months ago

Eye (& mouth) candy! Must … eat … soon! Love the idea of adding kale chips… never thought of doing that.

Cormac
Cormac
4 years 11 months ago

Simple,tasty,colorful,economical and nutritious…perfect!

Keri
Keri
4 years 11 months ago

Picked up both kale and grass fed ground beef today! Wonder if the kale could be made crispy leaving the leaves whole to use as an edible “bowl”? Might experiment with that. I don’t have peppers but I I have squash blossoms which would go very nicely with this dish. I just can’t seem to ever follow a recipe…lol!

Debra
4 years 11 months ago

I love the way the kale chips stand in for the crunch of a taco shell! Thanks for the idea.

Rick E.
Rick E.
4 years 11 months ago

Posted by Worker Bee 😀

Rob D
Rob D
4 years 11 months ago

The meat needs a little finely diced habanero and/or serrano chile for my liking.

Shell
Shell
4 years 11 months ago

We use crunchy lettuce leaves as the taco shell to wrap it all up in. Kids love it.

Goldie
Goldie
4 years 11 months ago

I made this for dinner tonight, with ground bison. VERY yummy! And I really like kale chips!

Caralyn @ glutenfreehappytummy
4 years 11 months ago

looks delicious! i lovvvvvve making kale chips! so healthy and yummy!

MississippiMama
MississippiMama
4 years 11 months ago

YUM. Can’t wait to try this. I love to spoon salsa and sour cream over kale chips while my not-fully-primal husband and son have regular taco chips. I’m workin’ on them!

Jennifer
Jennifer
4 years 11 months ago

Nummy, num, num!!!

Max Ungar
4 years 11 months ago

Looks delicious!! Especially if your using local organic veggies and meats

faith
4 years 11 months ago

Looks so yummy!

Ware
4 years 11 months ago

You know those dried ancho chili peppers you can get at the store? They’re about the texture of sun-dried tomatoes. If you cut those into strips, and put them in the oven until they get crispy, you can crumble them on top of this for added deliciousness.

Scooch
Scooch
4 years 11 months ago

This is perfect! I just made a huge batch of kale chips for the first time in my dehydrator yesterday. So delicious! Thanks for this post.

MonicaP
MonicaP
4 years 11 months ago

Awesome! I love fahitas, but can’t quite ween myself away from the flour tortilla, so I hope this bowl will help 🙂

Joshua
Joshua
4 years 11 months ago

Can’t forget the cinammon from the taco seasoning list!

Hailey
Hailey
4 years 11 months ago

I made this today and honestly it was AMAZING. I had to use ground turkey instead of ground beef but it turned out great.. I will definitely be making this every time I crave Mexican.. It’s so nutritious too.. so many vegetables and good fats.. I recommend adding cilantro in at the end, it really tied it all together and made it so great!

Matthew Hampton
4 years 11 months ago

Love the recipe for its simplicity and the nutrient content, keep them coming! The pictures definitely made me hungry!

Rachel
Rachel
4 years 10 months ago

Hell yes. I’m going to make the shit out of this.

pam
pam
4 years 10 months ago

this looks simple & good. thanks.
perhaps i’ll like kale more this way!

(i dont’ know how to cook kale; it always tastes a little bitter & “grassy” which i hate)

Doug
Doug
4 years 10 months ago

To drain or not…?
To lick the bowl or not….?

I just made this recipe with some not-so-lean grass fed ground beef. It was awesome with a side salad of arugula, cucumbers, more tomatoes and a gulp of EVOO.

I am wondering if I should drain the liquid (coconut oil, beef fat, water) that sits in saute pan and plate after finishing? Or just slop it up with some cauliflower rice or squash?

Karen B.
Karen B.
4 years 10 months ago

I dump the lovely liquids in the pan over my salad… makes a lovely dressing for it! and any that is left, I get with a spoon!

Jackie Kessler
4 years 10 months ago

I just made this for dinner for me and my SAD family — they had it with taco shells, and I had it primal. My family **loved** this, and I thought it was a perfect meal. I loved adding the kale chips — what a great way to get the taco crunch without actually having taco shells! I had mine with sour cream, shredded cheese, avocado and tomato, along with the kale chips. Delicious!

Susan
Susan
4 years 6 days ago

Can someone tell me what “cauliflower rice” is? I have seen it mentioned a couple of times. I figure it is cauliflower that is grated and maybe steamed, but I would appreciate any information on a recipe.
Thanks.

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