Mexican Rice Bowl

Like, I’m guessing, many people, I go through phases of fall-back meal types. I’ve been in a “rice bowl” phase for a few months now. If I can’t think of anything else to make, I think of a cuisine, get some appropriate rice cooking in the rice cooker, put the cooked rice in a bowl, and top with various veggies, protein, and sauce. Rice bowls are great because they are extremely versatile, quick and easy, cheap, and good for using up leftovers. Tonight we had Mexican rice bowls, which is a first. I’m so fond of tortillas I’m generally very eager to wrap anything I can find into them, but tonight we had no tortillas and I didn’t feel like going to the grocery store. So Mexican rice bowl it was.

Although it may look like it, this isn’t really a recipe; it’s a list of suggestions. I’m just recording what I did for inspiration; a lot of it was stuff I used because I had it on hand and needed to use it, like the half can of tomatoes.

Mexican Rice Bowl

2 – 3 servings cooked rice
1 1/2 cups salsa (see below for a recipe or use your favorite)
1 can pinto beans
1 cup cooked corn
vegan “chicken” broth
1 packet Goya Sazon Azafran seasoning
1/2 small onion, diced (separated)
1 jalapeno, minced (separated)
vegan cheddar cheese, like Daiya

1/2 can diced tomatoes
1 large tomato, chopped
2 Tbsp minced onion
1/2 jalapeno, minced
1 clove garlic, pressed
1 tsp Mexican oregano
1 cube Trader Joe’s frozen cilantro, or fresh cilantro to taste
salt, to taste

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

To make the salsa, place all ingredients in a bowl and combine well. Set aside to allow the flavors to meld.

Drain the pinto beans and put in a small saucepan with half the diced onions, half the minced jalapeno, and the packet of seasoning. Add vegan broth to cover. Bring to a simmer and cook until thickened. I added a little too much broth and got sick of waiting for it to thicken enough, so eventually I added a little bit of xantham gum, which thickened it right up and made it gloriously saucy.

Because I wanted to finish the rice bowls off in the oven so I could have melty “cheese” on top, I used individual cast iron bowls. I sprayed them with olive oil then added a layer of rice. I then topped them with the beans, the corn, some salsa, the rest of the diced onions, the “cheese’, and finally the rest of the minced jalapeno. Then I popped them in the oven for about 10 minutes or until the cheese had melted. This was very tasty and I’ll definitely make it again some night I’m lacking in fresh vegetables (as I was tonight).


  1. Josiane Said,

    May 21, 2010 @ 10:55 pm

    It does indeed look very tasty! It would have been the perfect complement to tonight’s leftovers. I’m bookmarking this for next time we feel like Mexican food!

  2. Jennifer Said,

    May 21, 2010 @ 11:14 pm

    This looks like the most delicious comfort dish. Sensational. Love that Daiya!!

  3. Happy Long Weekend | Said,

    May 22, 2010 @ 9:15 am

    […] currently addicted to Mexican food. I’m going to make something like this […]

  4. Koko Said,

    May 22, 2010 @ 5:35 pm

    This looks amazing!

  5. Courtney Said,

    May 22, 2010 @ 5:43 pm

    I love making quinoa bowls in much the same way…they are always different, but always good. I am surprised you hadn’t tried Mexican before–that is always my go-to “bowl” creation, lol!


  6. Keli Maye Said,

    May 22, 2010 @ 8:00 pm

    Wait–are you saying you don’t make your own tortillas??? 🙂 Just poking fun; I’m deeply impressed by the way you make your own tofu, miso, etc.

  7. Jes Said,

    May 23, 2010 @ 12:32 pm

    Looks like an awesome fall-back idea!

  8. Dave Said,

    October 26, 2010 @ 2:42 am

    I totally made THIS! It’s full of CHEESY goodness! It made me HAPPY! So hayyp my SPECIAL PLACE got tingly and then I thought of BOOBIES!

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