Taco Bell Power Bowl is a delicious and hearty meal. Fuel up with a bowl loaded with chicken, black beans, Mexican rice, guacamole, cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, sour cream, and avocado ranch sauce.
Healthy Mexican Dinner
You may think of Taco Bell as a cheap restaurant serving the kind of food that’s perfect for crushing late-night cravings but not being particularly kind to your waistline. But the company is trying to keep up with the times and quietly added a few healthier options to its menu over the last few years.
One of the most popular of these health-conscious additions is the Taco Bell Chicken Power Bowl.
This recipe is not just better for you; it tastes downright delicious. After all, who doesn’t love the combination of seared chicken and creamy guacamole served on top of Mexican rice and beans?
Whether you are trying to make smarter food choices or just want something new, you can’t go wrong with this recipe.
Taco Bell Power Bowl Recipe Ingredients
Here’s a list of what you need:
- Knorr Mexican or Spanish rice
- Sour cream
- Fresh garlic
- Fresh lime juice
- Dry ranch dressing mix
- Boneless, skinless chicken breasts
- Olive oil
- Ground black pepper
- Red onion
- Canned black beans
- Shredded Cheddar cheese
- Low fat sour cream
How to Choose the Perfect Avocado
Avocados aren’t cheap, and choosing a bad one is like throwing away money, and nobody wants to do that. Here are three tricks for finding the best ones:
- Press your finger lightly against the stem-end of the avocado. If the stem gives slightly, then springs back, the avocado is ripe.
- Avoid any avocados that have dark or soft spots on the skin.
- Try not to buy bagged avocados. Buying in bulk may cost less per avocado, but there is a good chance at least one of them will be past its prime.
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How to Make Taco Bell Power Bowl
- Cook the rice according to the package directions.
- Place sour cream, buttermilk, ripe avocado, chopped garlic, lime juice, and dry ranch dressing mix into a blender. Puree until smooth.
- Cook the chicken in a skillet or until cooked through. Then thinly slice the chicken.
- Shred the romaine lettuce.
- Run water over the beans to rinse them and drain off excess water.
- Wash and chop the tomatoes.
- Make guacamole by mashing the avocado in a bowl and stirring in lime juice, onions, tomatoes, and salt.
- Build the bowl with rice on the bottom then topping it with portions of chicken, black beans, guacamole, chopped tomatoes, low fat sour cream, cheese, and chopped lettuce.
- Drizzle avocado ranch sauce on top and serve immediately.
Can Someone on the Keto Diet Eat a Taco Bell Chicken Power Bowl?
Unfortunately, the Taco Bell Power Bowl ingredients are not all keto-friendly. But if you are making this dish for someone on a strict keto diet, you can try these substitutions.
- Rice is a no-no, but cauliflower rice is a great alternative. If you aren’t that into cauliflower rice, you can try including an equal amount of cooked green lentils seasoned with a couple of pinches of taco spice.
- Beans have tons of fiber, protein, and, unfortunately, carbs. You’ll have to get rid of them, but you can toss in a few cooked peas in their place if you want.
- According to the keto diet, fat is fine, so toss out that low-fat sour cream and bring in the full-fat version.
- Sorry, no dairy milk on a keto diet, and that includes buttermilk. But you definitely don’t want to lose the tang that the buttermilk delivers to this dish. A simple way to make a keto-friendly alternative is to combine a third of a cup of unsweetened cashew milk with a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar. Stir it and let it sit on the counter for at least five minutes before adding it to the recipe.
- Onions are crucial for the crunch and pungent kick in guacamole, but red onions are full of carbs. Try using scallions as a substitute since they have fewer carbs and are generally more nutrients than red onions.
Tips For Serving and Storing Taco Bell Chicken Power Bowl
- This recipe is even better with beef. Grill a skirt or hangar steak and slice it thinly across the grain.
- Store guacamole underwater. As strange as it sounds, if you plan on making the guacamole ahead of time, put it in a bowl and cover it with a thin layer of water over the top. The water keeps mashed avocados from turning brown. Pour off the water before using the guacamole in the recipe.
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Taco Bell Power Bowl
- 1 package Knorr Mexican or Spanish rice
Avocado Ranch Sauce
- ½ cup sour cream
- ⅓ cup buttermilk
- ½ cup ripe avocado
- 1 teaspoon chopped garlic
- 2 teaspoons lime juice
- 2 teaspoons dry ranch dressing mix
- ½ pound chicken breast
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
- 2 teaspoons olive oil
- 2 small or 1 large avocado
- 2 teaspoons lime juice
- 1 tablespoon diced red onion
- 1 teaspoon diced tomato
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 15-ounce can black beans, drained and rinsed
- 1 tomato, chopped (use 1 teaspoon of this in the guacamole)
- ½ cup shredded Cheddar cheese
- ½ cup low fat sour cream
- 2 cups shredded lettuce
Cook the rice according to the package directions.
To make the avocado ranch sauce: Place the sour cream, buttermilk, avocado, garlic, lime juice, and dry ranch dressing mix into a blender. Puree until smooth. Pour the sauce into a small airtight container.
To make the chicken: Season the chicken with salt and pepper. Then heat a skillet over medium heat, and add oil. When the oil is hot, cook the chicken for 7 to 9 minutes per side, or until it is cooked through. The actual time will depend on the thickness of your chicken breast. Remove the chicken from the skillet and allow it to rest for about 3 minutes before slicing it into thin strips.
To make the guacamole: Mash the avocado in a bowl. Add lime juice, onions, tomatoes, and salt. Stir gently to combine.
To assemble the bowl: Place the cooked rice in the bottom of a bowl. Over the rice, add a portion of sliced chicken, black beans, guacamole, tomatoes, sour cream, cheese, and lettuce. Drizzle the avocado ranch sauce on top.