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Easy and Delicious Mexican Rice Bowl Recipe

This beef and rice Mexican bowl is full of flavor and great for a weeknight meal! Mexican rice, ground beef and guacamole make for a delicious meal!

I actually spent a lot of time to figure out what my second rice bowl from Della Rice would be. The options were endless! The Steak, Veggie and Avocado Della Rice bowl was pretty awesome so I knew I had to match it–and I think I did!

Beef and Rice Mexican Bowl Recipe: A Flavor Fiesta

Get ready to bring the vibrant flavors of Mexico straight to your kitchen! This Beef and Rice Mexican Bowl is a culinary fiesta you don’t want to miss. Seasoned ground beef, aromatic Mexican rice, and fresh guacamole come together in a symphony of flavors and textures that will leave your tastebuds dancing. This bowl is customizable, nutritious, and incredibly satisfying—a perfect weeknight dinner or meal-prep option.

Mexican Beef and Rice Bowl


Do I have to use ground beef?

No, you don’t. While ground beef adds a rich flavor, you can also use ground turkey, chicken, or even tofu for a vegetarian version.

Can I use store-bought guacamole?

While homemade guacamole is recommended for its fresh flavor, store-bought will work if you’re in a time crunch.

Is the Mexican rice spicy?

The spice level of the rice can be adjusted according to your preference. Simply modify the amount of chili you add.

Tips and Tricks

For the Ground Beef:

  • Always drain excess fat after browning the meat for a less greasy bowl.

For the Mexican Rice:

  • Toast the rice in a pan with some oil before cooking. This gives it a nutty flavor and keeps it from getting mushy.SAMSUNG CSC

For the Guacamole:

  • Use ripe avocados for a creamy and flavorful guacamole.


  • Vegetarian: Substitute ground beef with tofu or a plant-based meat alternative.
  • Low-carb: Replace rice with cauliflower rice.
  • Spicy: Add some chopped jalapeños or a dash of hot sauce.

Where to Serve

This bowl is versatile and works well for various occasions:

  • Weeknight Dinner: Quick and easy to make.
  • Meal Prep: Store in individual containers for lunches throughout the week.
  • Outdoor Gatherings: Easy to transport and assemble on the spot.


  • Refrigerator: Store in an airtight container for up to 3 days.
  • Freezer: Not recommended for freezing due to the guacamole and rice, which may change texture.

Common Problems and How to Avoid Them

  • Dry Rice: Ensure you have the correct water-to-rice ratio and don’t overcook.
  • Bland Beef: Season generously. Taste and adjust.
  • Watery Guacamole: Use ripe, but not overripe avocados, and drain any excess liquid.

Mexican Beef and Rice Bowl

Tips for Making This Recipe with Kids

  • Safety First: Make sure to supervise when they’re using knives or near hot stovetops.
  • Engagement: Let them mash the avocados for the guacamole or stir the rice. It’s a great way to get them involved and interested in cooking.
  • Taste Test: Encourage them to taste and help adjust the seasoning. It’s a fun way to teach them about flavors.

Topping Options

  • Cheese: A sprinkle of cheddar or cotija cheese adds creaminess.
  • Fresh Herbs: Cilantro for a burst of freshness.
  • Crunch: Tortilla chips or corn kernels for some textural contrast.

Why This Recipe Works

  • Balanced Flavors: The spiciness of the beef, the tang of the guacamole, and the aromatic Mexican rice create a well-balanced meal.
  • Nutrient-Rich: It’s packed with proteins, healthy fats, and carbs.
  • Customizable: Easy to modify to suit different dietary needs or flavor preferences.

Whether you’re an avid home cook or a culinary novice, this Beef and Rice Mexican Bowl promises to be a hit. Enjoy the process and have fun with the flavors!

This recipe creates Mexican rice using Jasmine White Rice. I’d never made Mexican rice before and who knew it was so easy! It was the first time I’ve made rice in a sautée pan versus a regular pot. The recipe called for seasoning the oil as well which is also a total first for me! I was totally happy with the result though!


I also bought 93% lean ground beef which is great because it’s low on the fat but high on the protein. The thing about ground beef is the less fat it has folks tend to complain about less flavor–I seasoned the meat with taco seasoning and I didn’t notice a difference!SAMSUNG CSC

I also added guacamole to the dish because…guacamole! Confession: I didn’t have the time to make guacamole so I stopped at Chipotle and grabbed a side of guac for $3. Since the dish only calls for a teaspoon or so, once of the small containers is more than enough for multiple plates.


The entire dish consists of Mexican seasoned Jasmine Della Rice, Lean Ground Beef, Guacamole and a sprinkle of Cheese. The household really loved this one, even the super picky older child was asking for more.

Mexican Beef and Rice Bowl
Yield: 1 bowl

Easy and Delicious Mexican Rice Bowl Recipe

Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes

This Mexican inspired beef rice and guac bowl is so good and delicious for a weeknight meal!


  • Mexican Rice (adapted from All Recipes):
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder

  • 1 tablespoon onion powder

  • 2 cups water 

  • 1 cup Jasmine Della Rice uncooked

  • 1/4 cup canola oil
1/4 onion (optional)

  • 1/4 red pepper (optional)

  • 2 1/2 cups water (modified by me)

  • 1 (6.5 ounce) can tomato sauce
  • 1lb 93% lean ground beef
1/4 onion (optional)

  • 1/4 red pepper (optional)

  • 1 package taco seasoning (or make your own)


    Rice Directions

    1. Heat canola oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Season oil with onion powder and garlic powder. Cook and stir rice in seasoned oil until rice is golden, 2 to 4 minutes.
    2. Pour water and tomato sauce over the rice; stir. Add thinly sliced peppers and onions (optional). Bring the mixture to a boil, cover the skillet, reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer until the rice is tender, about 15 minutes. IMPORTANT: Keep stirring and add water if rice starts to stick. Taste rice at the 15 minute mark to see if it has fully cooked. If not, add small amounts of water and keep stirring. 

    Bowl Directions

    1. Place ground beef in skillet on medium heat, add 2 tablespoons taco seasoning until cooked. Once cooked, add more taco seasoning and salt and pepper to taste. 
    2. Guacamole--optional (check out my go to recipe here)
    3. 1/4 cup 4 cheese Mexican blend shredded
    4. Assembly
    5. Start with the base layer of rice, place cooked ground beef in the middle, top with one tablespoon of guacamole and a sprinkle of cheese. Wala! You have got a yummy Mexican rice bowl!

    Nutrition Information



    Serving Size


    Amount Per Serving Calories 444Total Fat 25gSaturated Fat 5gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 17gCholesterol 101mgSodium 360mgCarbohydrates 19gFiber 2gSugar 3gProtein 35g

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    Dawn Conklin

    Monday 5th of August 2019

    I am so glad I found your recipe! I love foods with Mexican rice (or just the yellow spanish rice even) and this is something the whole family will enjoy :) I haven't tried making Mexican or yellow rice homemade yet but now that I see how easy it is, it will be my go to for my fajitas too.

    I like to pick leaner meats as well but it depends on what I am making. Walmart now sometimes has 96 percent, not sure if they have it by you yet or not tho. It actually has the heart healthy label on it - I never thought I would see that sticker on ground beef!

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