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Mexican Rice Bowl

Easy Mexican Rice Bowls on A quick and easy weeknight meal!

We have been eating a lot of Mexican food lately. Pregnancy has thrown off my tastes and food desires, but Mexican food has been a staple. It always sounds good to me. Josh has been making me a lot of quesadillas, burritos, and enchiladas. When he made Cilantro Lime Rice to take to a party, I asked if he could make a large batch for us to have at home. I used the cilantro lime rice to create a Mexican Rice Bowl.

Josh always cooks dinner, but unfortunately he is not home during lunch time, so I am on my own. I usually don’t feel like cooking, so my meals have been interesting. When I saw the cilantro lime rice in the refrigerator I decided to make a Mexican Rice Bowl. I added black beans, tomatoes, red onion, cilantro, and avocado to the rice. I squeezed fresh lime juice over the entire dish for an extra kick of citrus.

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This was the best lunch I have had in a long time. It really hit the spot, plus it was beyond easy to make. My kind of meal! I know this will be a regular meal at our house. Mexican Rice Bowls are fun and easy to make. Feel free to add cheese, chicken, fish, or any other toppings you like. And yes, I realize I served my Mexican Rice Bowl on a plate, but I usually eat it in a bowl. I just wanted you to see the entire dish:)

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Mexican Rice Bowl


Cilantro Lime Rice
Black beans
Diced tomatoes
Diced red onion
Chopped cilantro
Avocado slices
Fresh lime juice


1. Add cilantro lime rice to a bowl or plate. Top with black beans, tomatoes, onion, cilantro, and avocado slices. Squeeze fresh lime juice over the entire dish. Serve warm.

Note-I didn't include ingredient measurements because I never measure. This recipe is that easy! I like to make individual bowls so everyone can have add their favorite toppings. Enjoy!

If you like this Mexican Rice Bowl, you might also like:

Homemade Chipotle Burrito Bowl from Iowa Girl Eats

Leftovers Rice Bowl from Whipped

Homemade Vegetarian Burrito Bowl from Healthkicker

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103 Responses to “Mexican Rice Bowl”

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  1. Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) — April 29, 2011 @ 4:16 am

    Maria your bowl looks awesome! And yes, pregnancy does crazy things to tastebuds. I had cravings and aversions to foods like none other when I was preggers.

    I am linking up your cilantro rice bowl in a post of mine later today, too. All of your rice bowls are so pretty!

  2. Blog is the New Black — April 29, 2011 @ 4:30 am

    I love meals like this! I often recreate Chipotle rice bowls! Yum.

  3. Ally (oatsandspice) — April 29, 2011 @ 4:52 am

    Looks better than Chipotle – YUM!

  4. Heather (heather's dish) — April 29, 2011 @ 4:59 am

    oh girl, mexican is ALWAYS a staple! i love rice bowls, but funny enough we don’t ever eat them at home. i think that needs to change!

  5. Kristin @ Iowa Girl Eats — April 29, 2011 @ 4:59 am

    Thanks for the shout out! You’re right – these meals are so easy to make and really hit the spot. Feel good food, for sure! 😉

  6. Erica — April 29, 2011 @ 5:21 am

    This looks better than Chipotle to me! And I must agree- Mexican does always seem to hit the spot! Hope you guys have a great weekend

  7. Lori @ RecipeGirl — April 29, 2011 @ 6:17 am

    Delicious! That’s all I ate when I was pregnant- Mexican food!

  8. Jenny Flake — April 29, 2011 @ 6:32 am

    Love meals like this!! I Love Chipotle and boy this looks fab!!

  9. Beautiful avocado slices, and full of nutrition too! This is such a good way to get a healthy meal!

  10. Cookin' Canuck — April 29, 2011 @ 7:10 am

    This is exactly the kind of lunch I love – simple and full of flavor. Your little one is going to be a fan of Mexican food!

  11. Paula — April 29, 2011 @ 7:23 am

    I love Mexican food! I think I’m going to have to try this. It’s one of those make ahead meals for the busy days ahead. I’m going to add some grilled chicken too. Or better yet what about a burrito bowl party with some friends? You could have a whole bunch of toppings for the rice and people could choose what they want. This is a very versatile and simple dish!

  12. Tracy — April 29, 2011 @ 7:24 am

    Lovely dish, Maria! I love those kind of lunches where you just throw in whatever you have on hand!

  13. brandi — April 29, 2011 @ 8:16 am

    oh my gosh, dishes like this are my favorite! I plan big taco salads/bowls at least every 2 weeks in our house. They’re so easy, fast, and delicious!

  14. Lucy@The Sweet Touch — April 29, 2011 @ 8:17 am

    Mmm, I love any and all Mexican food! Thanks for sharing this recipe – I will be making the cilantro lime rice soon!

  15. Lora @cakeduchess — April 29, 2011 @ 8:48 am

    A Mexican rice bowl is a great idea for a healthy and yummy lunch. Looks fantastic, Maria:)

  16. This looks delicious, and so simple! I would love this for dinner, lunch or anytime of day. Thanks for sharing, and have a great weekend.

  17. Tickled Red — April 29, 2011 @ 9:07 am

    It’s funny how a pregnancy will do that and even more ironic that the foods you craved end up being their favorites while they are growing up :) This will be perfect for Cinco de Mayo!

  18. Dr. Erik - Chiropractor — April 29, 2011 @ 9:18 am

    Delicious and full of power food. Love the freshness of this dish!

  19. Cookbook Queen — April 29, 2011 @ 9:37 am

    I LOVE rice and black my new favorite foods :) I’m always home alone for lunch too, and this looks like it would be perfect!! Hope you’re feeling well and taking good care of yourself. xoxo

  20. Adriana — April 29, 2011 @ 9:41 am

    I seriously LOVE this. Me and my ex roommate used to make ‘taco salad’ once a week, which was kind of the same idea but with crushed tortilla chips in the salad (yeah, not so healthy I guess). But the cilantro and lime seem like they’d brighten up the flavors, the perfect kick!

  21. Joanne — April 29, 2011 @ 10:19 am

    Mexican is definitely one those flavor profiles that always sounds good to me as well…unless it’s covered in grease! Which is why it’s much better to make at home, in my opinion. This looks delicious!

  22. Barbara Bakes — April 29, 2011 @ 10:37 am

    A great lunch – fresh, easy, healthy and delicious!

  23. Brooke — April 29, 2011 @ 10:46 am

    Oh, for the love. I’m officially eating this for a week straight. YUM!

  24. This looks yummy! I love flavored rice!

  25. Lauren@LYK — April 29, 2011 @ 11:04 am

    Look so tasty and refreshing. This is one of my favorite types of go to meals. Perhaps its my obsession with limes :) YUM!

  26. This looks tasty! Healthy and refreshing.

  27. Amanda — April 29, 2011 @ 1:24 pm

    Simple and delicious, my favorite combination! Jared and I feel like we eat a lot of Mexican food, too. It’s just so good. It will be even better when tomatoes are in season locally.

  28. Katrina — April 29, 2011 @ 2:12 pm

    This easy meal looks fabulous! Love this.

  29. Anna — April 29, 2011 @ 3:17 pm

    this looks so delicious. can’t wait to give it a whirl!

  30. Beans and rice are a classic combination and this is a great fresh and healthy way to do it.

  31. Dana — April 30, 2011 @ 9:22 am

    We have a local chain here called Taco Time – very different than Taco Bell. I always get the Fit Hit bowl which looks an awful lot like this, although this is so much better. I love that combo and could be happy eating that for lunch everyday!

  32. Aggie — April 30, 2011 @ 2:44 pm

    This is awesome. Next time I make rice I am making extra just so I can have a fresh easy meal like this the next day. Good stuff, looks so fresh!!

    Hope you are feeling good… :)

  33. Jeanette — April 30, 2011 @ 6:30 pm

    What a nice healthy meal, all in one bowl! Hope you’re feeling well.

  34. Emily — April 30, 2011 @ 9:11 pm

    Healthy and delicious! This looks great!

  35. Neil Butterfield — April 30, 2011 @ 11:05 pm

    These dishes look great and I love Mexican food. Thank you for sharing.

  36. Jan — May 1, 2011 @ 1:17 am

    I love the look of this – about to print it out now!

  37. SMITH BITES — May 1, 2011 @ 8:25 am

    you know i have a special place in my heart for black beans and rice – was the first meal The Prof cooked for me when we ‘were not dating’ – great dish!

  38. Pam — May 1, 2011 @ 9:20 am

    You KNOW I love this one. Perfectly delicious.

  39. yum! Sorry i’m so late seeing this. Still no power here. :(

  40. Bridgett — May 1, 2011 @ 2:31 pm

    Sounds delicious and I like the light aspect of this particular Mexican dish. I craved Mexican flavors with both of my pregnancies. It’s funny how so many ladies are saying that as well.

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