Chicken taco bowl salad

Chicken Taco Bowl Salad

In South Africa we are not very familiar with Mexican Food, but having spend a fair amount of time in California over the last few years, I have come to love its delicious spicy taste . I have researched, bought books, googled, and pondered over a dish that I have been dreaming about for the last month and this is my version of a spicy chicken taco bowl salad.
Because it is not covered in sauce, and uses only the freshest ingredients , its healthy and so delicious.

The Bowl

I made the bowl from soft  tortilla wraps, but you can just make the salad  in a dish, because lets face it, we don’t all have the time to sweat the small things. If you do however enjoy the challenge, its fun, so give it a try.

Make sure that your tortilla is warm and flexible and slightly coated with oil . A non stick pan will do the trick to heat it.  At this stage you can grind coarse salt over and a sprinkling of lime juice to add to the flavour, but not necessary if you are watching your salt intake. Next place a ramekin or ovenproof bowl on a baking sheet and place your warmed tortilla over it.

Fold the edges so that your tortilla lies flat against the dish and crimp the edges with your fingers. Then wrap the whole thing up with foil to keep the shape. Bake for about 10 minutes at 180 C/350 F.

Take the foil off the tortilla and bake for a further 5 minutes and look how crisp and brown they become.

The Spicy Chicken Salad

Click on the image at the bottom of the page for the printable version of the recipe for the black beans, chicken, Guacamole, Pico de Gallo and other ingredients  needed for making  this healthy salad.

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Chicken Taco Bowl Salad
Recipe type: Healthy Salad
Serves: 4
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  • 2 cups rice - brown rice for a healthier option
  • 2 cups black beans
  • 2 chicken breasts
  • limes
  • 2 avocados
  • 1 onion
  • 4 large ripe tomatoes
  • 1 red and 1 yellow pepper
  • fresh corn or 1 tin corn kernels
  • jalepenos
  • lettuce
  • hard cheese (cheddar or Jack)
  • sour cream
  • cilantro/coriander
  • Spices used - coriander, cumin, chili powder, cayenne pepper, smoked paprika, garlic
  1. THE RICE - cook the rice of your choice and add a splash of lime/lemon juice and sprinkle with chopped cilantro/coriander.
  2. THE BEANS - Soak the black beans overnight to reduce the cooking time. Boil them in a pot with a little chicken stock, dash of chili powder, cumin, and cayenne pepper.
  3. THE CHICKEN - Slice chicken breasts lengthwise in half and brush with olive oil.
  4. Add juice of ½ a lemon, ¼ tsp cumin, ¼ tsp cayenne, ½ tsp chilli powder, ¼ tsp smoked paprika, 2 cloves crushed garlic, salt and pepper and cook in skillet until golden
  5. THE PEPPERS AND CORN - Cook the peppers and corn in the skillet just to get that chargrilled look but keeping them crunchy.
  6. THE GUACOMOLE - 2 avocado, peeled and diced, ½ onion, chopped finely,1 teaspoon minced garlic, chopped cilantro/coriander, Juice of 1 lime, Salt and pepper to taste
  7. Chop the avocado, and onion. Add minced garlic, chopped cilantro , lime juice and salt and pepper to taste.
  8. THE PICO DE GALLO - 3 ripe tomatoes, chopped finely, ½ onion, chopped finely, 2 teaspoon minced garlic, 1 jalepeno chili , Juice of 1 lime, 4 Tablespoons cilantro, plus extra for garnishing, salt and pepper
  9. Chop the tomatoes and allow the juice to drain off. Add the onion, garlic, cilantro, salt and pepper and lime juice.
  10. To Assemble the salad
  11. Place taco baskets on a plate and start with shredded iceberg lettuce.
  12. Next add the rice, beans, peppers and corn.
  13. The Pico de Gallo goes on top of this, and then the Guacamole, and cheese.
  14. Add sliced chicken and top with a dollap of sour cream and more cilantro to garnish.
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  • Reply Anonymous August 21, 2012 at 6:26 PM

    You are very Clever !!!! Love Co!!!!

  • Reply Yumgoggle August 22, 2012 at 3:36 AM

    This is a great idea…I have always been a fan of edible bowls. They provide a creative way of serving such delicious dishes (like this…) Really unique! Thanks for sharing!
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  • Reply Shades of Cinnamon August 22, 2012 at 6:35 AM

    Thanks so much – I would love to share my photographs with your viewers

  • Reply Anonymous August 22, 2012 at 7:00 PM

    Um sorry but that’s not a corn tortilla it’s flour…

  • Reply Shades of Cinnamon August 22, 2012 at 8:19 PM

    You are 100% correct – these are flour tortillas, but you can use corn if you prefer

  • Reply Ana Eugénio August 27, 2012 at 9:45 PM

    hi Ev 🙂 I’m Ana from Behind the Scenes and I’m your new follower. you rock with food photography. all looks so yummi! and for me it’s 8:44pm dinner time, lol. happy Monday 🙂 xxo

  • Reply Shades of Cinnamon August 27, 2012 at 10:20 PM

    Hi Ana – great to hear from you , I hope you have an awsome dinner. Looking forward to seeing more of you Behind the Scenes and here. 🙂

  • Reply photecstasy August 27, 2012 at 10:58 PM

    WOW! You so were NOT kidding about your love of food photography! This post is simply divine! I’m a single mom & rarely cook anymore… but this post made me want to try it. It looks scrumptious! I’m looking forward to getting to know you better Behind the Scenes!

  • Reply kinkycurlyliebe January 8, 2013 at 7:23 PM

    This looks absolutely delish!! I would love to know the calorie intake. Could it be at least 500?

    • Reply Shades of Cinnamon January 9, 2013 at 6:31 AM

      I shouldnt think it would be too much. You could always add more of the low cal food.

  • Reply Anonymous January 8, 2013 at 7:45 PM

    …Dinner tonight!

  • Reply Quesha October 8, 2013 at 10:47 PM

    The best taco salad I ver tried! Thanks, love it!

    • Reply Ev October 8, 2013 at 11:06 PM

      I am so happy you like it, and thanks for such a lovely comment.

  • Reply Carilyn November 17, 2014 at 10:17 PM

    Wow – your instructions are fantastic. My taco bowls turned out perfectly. Thanks

  • Reply Elizabeth August 28, 2015 at 7:17 PM

    Thanks so much for this recipe and technique, Ev! Your featured image looks so appetizing! It’s the prefect portion for everyone on the table or even for entertaining! Love ti! 🙂 Have a great weekend!

    • Reply Shades of Cinnamon August 28, 2015 at 11:11 PM

      Its such a fun way of eating – and quite honestly the taco bowl could be filled with anything. Hope your weekend is fun filled too.

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