Mexican food is a staple in my house. I love a taco Tuesday. I am always looking for a way to get an extra Mexican meal into my week. These Mexican Fajita Bowls make a great dinner. They were extremely easy to make and delicious. This was definitely a what’s in the pantry dinner. We traveled to visit family in Nashville last week. My husband was traveling the week before, so I felt lucky to even find the ingredients to make this dish.
Ingredients Used For Mexican Fajita Bowls
The ingredients for this recipe were based on what I had on hand. I purchased a few pounds of organic frozen ground turkey from a local farm. When I went to make dinner, I was thrilled to find 1lb left in my freezer. I also had some peppers, 1 tomato, cilantro, and 1 onion. That used up everything I had fresh. Naturally, since I love Mexican it turned into these fajita bowls.
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Brown Your Meat
I started my fajita bowls by browning my ground turkey. I used this time to prep the vegetables and cook my rice. Once the meat was browned, I added in a chopped onion and half the cilantro. Cook until the the onion are clear stirring occasionally. I have this little rice cooker that was actually my husbands before we got married. It is so easy to use. Add two parts water to one part rice, hit the cook button and when it starts to boil switch to warm. It’s like a rice crockpot. If you don’t have one go get one now or make rice the old fashioned way. Follow the directions on the bag or box to cook on the strove.
Cook The Peppers & Tomatoes
While the onions are cooking with the ground turkey, start cooking the peppers and tomatoes. In a separate pan, add 1/2 Tsp of olive oil over medium heat. Add the chopped peppers. Cook 1-3 minutes until slightly tender. Next, add in the chopped tomatoes. Cook an additional 1-3 minutes.
Season The Fajita Mix
Combine the browned ground turkey onion mixture with the pepper tomato mixture in a pan that has a lid. I used the same pan I cooked the peppers in. Stir the mixture together well. Add in the frozen corn, paprika, Chile powder, garlic, oregano, and remaining cilantro stir and cover. Cook on medium for 5 minutes. Uncover and shimmer an additional 4 minutes.
Serve the mixture over rice. I used 1/2 cup of rice and 1/2 cup of the fajita mixture per bowl. Top with cheese and if you are like me, hot sauce. Add salt and pepper to taste. My husband added a little sour cream to his, as well. You can add additional toppings as you see fit for your family. This dish can be customized any way you like. Have fun with it and enjoy!
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
- 1lb Ground Turkey (beef or chicken)
- 4 Mini Sweet Peppers
- 1 Tomato
- 1 Onion
- 1/4 Cup Frozen Corn
- 1/2 tsp Olive Oil
- 1 tbsp Cilantro Chopped
- 1 tbsp Chile Powder
- 1 tsp Paprika
- 1 tsp Garlic
- 1/2 tsp Oregano
- 2 Cups White Rice
- Shredded Cheese for topping
- Salt and Pepper to taste
- Browning ground turkey over medium heat.
- Chop the vegetables and cook the rice by the directions.
- Once the meat was browned, add in the onion and half the cilantro.
- Cook until the the onion are clear stirring occasionally.
- In a separate pan, add 1/2 Tsp of olive oil over medium heat.
- Add the chopped peppers. Cook 1-3 minutes until slightly tender.
- Next, add in the chopped tomatoes. Cook an additional 1-3 minutes.
- Combine the ground turkey mixture with the peppers and tomatoes together in pan that has a lid.
- Add in the frozen corn, paprika, Chile powder, garlic, oregano, and remaining cilantro stir and cover.
- Cook on medium for 5 minutes.
- Uncover and shimmer an additional 4 minutes.
- Serve 1/2 cup of the fajita mixture over 1/2 cup of cooked rice.
- Top with shredded cheese.
- Salt and pepper to taste.