Beef Taco Bowls Low Carb Dinner Recipe

Yields: 4 servings
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 20-25 minutes

Ingredients

For the ground beef

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 lb lean ground beef
  • 1/2 onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2-3 tbsp homemade taco seasoning (recipe below) or store-bought low-carb variety
  • 1/4 cup beef broth or water

For the cauliflower rice

  • 1 medium head cauliflower, riced OR 1 bag pre-riced cauliflower
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper

Optional toppings

  • Shredded lettuce
  • Shredded cheese (cheddar, Monterey Jack, etc.)
  • Salsa
  • Guacamole or sliced avocado
  • Sour cream
  • Chopped cilantro
  • Lime wedges
  • Diced tomatoes
  • Hot sauce for some kick

Instructions

Make the taco seasoning (if making homemade): In a small bowl, combine 2 tbsp chili powder, 1 tbsp cumin, 1 tsp paprika, 1 tsp garlic powder, 1 tsp onion powder, 1/2 tsp oregano, 1/2 tsp salt, and 1/4 tsp black pepper.

Prep the cauliflower rice (if using fresh)

  • Remove leaves and tough stem from the cauliflower.
  • Cut into florets and pulse in a food processor until it resembles a rice-like texture.

Cook the beef

  • Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion and cook until softened (about 3 minutes).
  • Add garlic and cook another minute until fragrant.
  • Push onion and garlic to the side, and add the ground beef. Brown the beef, breaking it up with a spoon. Drain off any excess grease if needed.
  • Stir in the taco seasoning and beef broth/water. Simmer for 5 minutes, or until the liquid is mostly absorbed.

Cook the cauliflower rice: In a separate skillet, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add riced cauliflower, salt, and pepper. Cook for 5-7 minutes, stirring occasionally, until tender.

Assemble bowls: Divide cauliflower rice among bowls. Top with the seasoned ground beef, and add your favorite toppings. Serve immediately.

Tips

  • Customize it: Swap out ground beef for ground turkey or chicken, or try a vegetarian option with crumbled tempeh or seasoned lentils.
  • Adjust the heat: Add more chili powder, cayenne pepper, or your favorite hot sauce for extra spice.
  • Meal prep: Make a big batch of cooked ground beef and cauliflower rice at the beginning of the week for easy taco bowls throughout the week.
  • Lettuce cups: For even lower carb, use lettuce leaves as taco “shell” instead of bowls.

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