Weeknight Black Bean Taco Bowl Bar

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Black Bean Taco Bowl with rice, smoky black beans, avocado, salty Cotija cheese, sour cream, fresh tomato, and bright cilantro.  This Black Bean Taco Bowl Bar lets everyone fills their bowl with any of the toppings they want!  Perfect for kids.  #tacos #tacobowls #healthyfood  #dinner #healthydinner #familydinner #kidsdinner #blackbeans #vegetarian

Imagine this… Your spoon scoops up fluffy rice with smoky black beans, creamy avocado, salty Cotija cheese, cool tangy sour cream, fresh tomato, and bright cilantro.  Then you look at your child scooping up a giant spoonful of rice and a lone black bean, while simultaneously shoving cheese into her mouth with her other hand.  Ahhhh, family dinner ;).

Sound familiar?  Well, then this Weeknight Black Bean Taco Bowl Bar is just for you!  You can make the beans and rice on the weekend and reheat on the weeknight.  Then, everyone fills their bowl with any of the toppings that suits their fancy.  You can load ’em up and the kids can pick and choose. 

Black Bean Taco Bowl with rice, smoky black beans, avocado, salty Cotija cheese, sour cream, fresh tomato, and bright cilantro. This Black Bean Taco Bowl Bar lets everyone fills their bowl with any of the toppings they want! Perfect for kids. #tacos #tacobowls #healthyfood #dinner #healthydinner #familydinner #kidsdinner #blackbeans #vegetarian

Black Beans are Sooooooo Good for You!

Black Beans are pretty amazing in terms of health benefits.  They have a whopping 15g of protein and 15g of Fiber in 1 cup!  It’s recommended that Women get 25g of Fiber daily, but most women aren’t getting this much in their diet.   When I checked my daily fiber intake, I was only at about 15g and was really surprised!!  Track your Fiber for a day or two and see how you stack up. 

Black beans are a great source of Fiber, especially if you’re eating a gluten free diet and may not be getting fiber from grains.  Try my Huevos Tostadas, Easy Brazilian Black Beans or Chickpea & Black Bean Cakes with Cucumber Yogurt Sauce or my Creamy Cajun Beans & Cauliflower over Quinoa for other great ways to enjoy black beans!

Black Beans with spoon for Black Bean Taco Bowl with rice, smoky black beans, avocado, salty Cotija cheese, sour cream, fresh tomato, and bright cilantro. This Black Bean Taco Bowl Bar lets everyone fills their bowl with any of the toppings they want! Perfect for kids. #tacos #tacobowls #healthyfood #dinner #healthydinner #familydinner #kidsdinner #blackbeans #vegetarian

Quick note!  This post contains affiliate links, which means I earn a commission (at no extra cost to you) if you purchase from them.  This commission is what helps me keep this blog afloat :).  But, I also share these links because I have used the products, genuinely love them, and want you to know exactly what I used. 

PREP-AHEAD TO MAKE YOUR BLACK BEAN TACO BOWLS

We are all extremely busy and making dinner during the week can be overwhelming. Here are the steps you prepare in the day(s) in advance and store in the fridge as your meal Kit… (See the recipe below for more details) 

For Dry Black Beans start this 1-2 days prior to when you want to eat…Measure out 1 cup and strain them under water. Then pour into a bowl, cover with water so that the water is about 1 inch above the beans. Place in the fridge overnight.

Dry Black Beans soaking in water for Black Bean Taco Bowl with rice, smoky black beans, avocado, salty Cotija cheese, sour cream, fresh tomato, and bright cilantro. This Black Bean Taco Bowl Bar lets everyone fills their bowl with any of the toppings they want! Perfect for kids. #tacos #tacobowls #healthyfood #dinner #healthydinner #familydinner #kidsdinner #blackbeans #vegetarian

Dry Black Beans soaking in water for Black Bean Taco Bowl with rice, smoky black beans, avocado, salty Cotija cheese, sour cream, fresh tomato, and bright cilantro. This Black Bean Taco Bowl Bar lets everyone fills their bowl with any of the toppings they want! Perfect for kids. #tacos #tacobowls #healthyfood #dinner #healthydinner #familydinner #kidsdinner #blackbeans #vegetarian

You can definitely use canned black beans as well, just rinse them off under water and follow the same instructions in the recipe.

Mince the garlic, chop the cilantro, slice the scallion thin.

When you’re ready to cook the beans (this can be done up to 5 days in advance and even frozen up to 4 months in advance), drain them and give them another rinse. Pour them into a pot and add 1 cup water, along with the minced garlic, 1/2 cup cilantro, chili powder, cumin, and salt.

Bring the beans up to a boil, then turn the heat down to a simmer, cover and let cook for 60 minutes.  NOTE, for canned beans you can reduce this time to 20 minutes.

While the beans are cooking, make the rice. Rinse the rice under water in a strainer until the water runs clear. Add to 4 cups of water with a pinch of salt and bring up to a boil. Turn the water down to a low simmer, cover and cook for 20 minutes. 

ASSEMBLE YOUR BLACK BEAN TACO BOWL BAR 

When you’re ready to eat, reheat the beans and rice if you’ve made them ahead.  Dice the avocado and the tomato. Get the sour cream and cotija cheese, extra cilantro leaves, and tortilla chips ready.

Serve the the rice in bowls with beans on top. Let everyone top them with whatever they want! Enjoy!

ENJOY!

😍 Carrie

Black Bean Taco Bowl with rice, smoky black beans, avocado, salty Cotija cheese, sour cream, fresh tomato, and bright cilantro. This Black Bean Taco Bowl Bar lets everyone fills their bowl with any of the toppings they want! Perfect for kids. #tacos #tacobowls #healthyfood #dinner #healthydinner #familydinner #kidsdinner #blackbeans #vegetarian

Black Bean Taco Bowls

Black Bean Taco Bowls have fluffy rice with smoky black beans, creamy avocado, salty Cotija cheese, cool tangy sour cream, fresh tomato, and bright cilantro.  This Black Bean Taco Bowl Bar lets everyone fills their bowl with any of the toppings that suits their fancy.  You can load 'em up and the kids can pick and choose.  #tacos #tacobowls #healthyfood #healthydinner #familydinner #kidsdinner #blackbeans #vegetarian

Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword black beans, dinner, easy dinner, family dinner, tacos, vegetarian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Dry Bean Soaking 8 hours
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 738 kcal
Author Carrie Tyler

Ingredients

  • 16 Black Beans, dry soaked in water or canned
  • 1 clove Garlic
  • 1 tsp Chili Powder
  • 1 tsp Cumin
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 cup Fresh Cilantro
  • 2 Scallions
  • 2 cups Rice, uncooked
  • 1 cup Sour Cream
  • 1 cup Cotija Cheese
  • 1 Avocado
  • 1 Tomato
  • 1 cup Tortilla Chips

Instructions

Prep-Ahead Instructions

  1. For Dry Black Beans start this 1-2 days prior to when you want to eat...Measure out 1 cup and strain them under water.  Then pour into a bowl, cover with water so that the water is about 1 inch above the beans.  Place in the fridge overnight.

    Dry Black Beans soaking in water for Black Bean Taco Bowl with rice, smoky black beans, avocado, salty Cotija cheese, sour cream, fresh tomato, and bright cilantro. This Black Bean Taco Bowl Bar lets everyone fills their bowl with any of the toppings they want! Perfect for kids. #tacos #tacobowls #healthyfood #dinner #healthydinner #familydinner #kidsdinner #blackbeans #vegetarian
  2. Mince the garlic, chop the cilantro, slice the scallion thin.  

  3. When you're ready to cook the beans (this can be done up to 5 days in advance and even frozen up to 4 months in advance), drain them and give them another rinse.  Pour them into a pot and add 1 cup water, along with the minced garlic, 1/2 cup cilantro, chili powder, cumin, and salt.

  4. Bring the beans up to a boil, then turn the heat down to a simmer, cover and let cook for 60 minutes.

  5. While the beans are cooking, make the rice.  Rinse the rice under water in a strainer until the water runs clear.  Add to 4 cups of water with a pinch of salt and bring up to a boil.  Turn the water down to a low simmer, cover and cook for 20 minutes. 

  6. While the beans and rice are cooking (or warming back up), dice the avocado and the tomato.  Get the sour cream, cotija cheese, extra cilantro leaves, and tortilla chips ready in bowls with spoons.

  7. When the beans and rice are done, serve the the rice in bowls with beans on top.  Let everyone top them with whatever they want!  Enjoy!

 

 

Skillet Eggs in Spicy Tomato Pepper Sauce

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Skillet Eggs in Spicy Tomato Pepper Sauce with Manchego Cheese.  Drop the mic.  It starts with a tangy red pepper and tomato sauce with smoky spices that cooks down into this thick and luscious sauce. Then the eggs sit nestled right in the sauce and cook to perfection with the yoke still runny and ready to ooze. The cheese melts on top for a creamy and nutty finish.  Set all of this over crisp tortillas and I swear you will not want to stop eating it!  Is your mouth watering yet?!

Skillet Eggs in Spicy Tomato Pepper Sauce with Manchego Cheese cooked in a skillet. With a smoky, spicy, thick, and luscious red pepper tomato sauce. #eggs #huevosrancheros #tomatosauce #easydinner #brunch #shakshuka

An Egg-cellent Source of So Many Nutrients!!

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Eggs are really amazing!  Aside from being incredibly delicious scrambled, poached, fried, soft or hard boiled, they are incredibly healthy! 

One little egg has 6 grams of complete protein.  Your body needs protein to form muscle, repair tissue, and transport nutrients.  Proteins are made of amino acids and our bodies can produce all but 9.  Those 9 are essential amino acids that must consume from food.  Not all foods contain all 9, but a balanced diet can provide all 9.  Food that has all 9 essential amino acids is called a Complete Protein and examples are red meat, poultry, fish, milk, cheese, yogurt, soybeans, quinoa, and EGGS. 

Eggs also contain Vitamins A, B5, B12, B6, B2, D, E, and K!  They have Calcium, zinc, Folate, Phosphorus, and Selenium.  Check out more health benefits of Eggs here.

So, if your kids suddenly wake up one day and no longer like chicken or beef after loving it the day before, no worries!  Just give them eggs!

A few other Yummy Egg Recipes Links:

Skillet Eggs in Spicy Tomato Pepper Sauce with Manchego Cheese served over a crispy corn tortilla with skillet in back. With a smoky, spicy, thick, and luscious red pepper tomato sauce. #eggs #huevosrancheros #tomatosauce #easydinner #brunch #shakshuka

Quick note!  This post contains affiliate links, which means I earn a commission (at no extra cost to you) if you purchase from them.  This commission is what helps me keep this blog afloat :).  But, I also share these links because I have used the products, genuinely love them, and want you to know exactly what I used. 

PREP-AHEAD TO MAKE YOUR SKILLET EGGS IN SPICY TOMATO PEPPER SAUCE

We are all extremely busy and making dinner during the week can be overwhelming. Here are the steps you prepare in the day(s) in advance and store in the fridge as your meal Kit… (See the recipe below for more details) 

For this recipe, there are actually two levels of prep that you can tackle.  You can simply dice the onion, chop red pepper, mince the garlic, measure out the spices, chop the cilantro and store it all in the fridge and call it day.

Chopped red pepper for Skillet Eggs in Spicy Tomato Pepper Sauce with Manchego Cheese. With a smoky, spicy, thick, and luscious red pepper tomato sauce. #eggs #huevosrancheros #tomatosauce #easydinner #brunch #shakshuka

Diced red onion for Skillet Eggs in Spicy Tomato Pepper Sauce with Manchego Cheese. With a smoky, spicy, thick, and luscious red pepper tomato sauce. #eggs #huevosrancheros #tomatosauce #easydinner #brunch #shakshuka

Spices in a bowl for Skillet Eggs in Spicy Tomato Pepper Sauce with Manchego Cheese. With a smoky, spicy, thick, and luscious red pepper tomato sauce. #eggs #huevosrancheros #tomatosauce #easydinner #brunch #shakshuka

Or you can take it one more step and cook the sauce entirely and store it in the fridge.  The the night or morning you plan to eat it, warm it up in a skillet, then add the eggs and cheese.  

So, let’s get right into the cooking.

 

COOK YOUR SKILLET EGGS IN SPICY TOMATO PEPPER SAUCE 

Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Place 4 tortillas on a sheet pan, brush with olive oil, and lightly salt. Heat for 10 minutes, then flip tortillas over and cook for another 10-15 or until crisp.  I tried this step in advance, but the tortillas became chewy and when reheated, overcooked.  Therefore, I don’t recommend doing this ahead, just do it while you are cooking the sauce/eggs.

4 corn tortillas on sheet pan for Skillet Eggs in Spicy Tomato Pepper Sauce with Manchego Cheese. With a smoky, spicy, thick, and luscious red pepper tomato sauce. #eggs #huevosrancheros #tomatosauce #easydinner #brunch #shakshuka

4 crispy corn tortillas on sheet pan for Skillet Eggs in Spicy Tomato Pepper Sauce with Manchego Cheese. With a smoky, spicy, thick, and luscious red pepper tomato sauce. #eggs #huevosrancheros #tomatosauce #easydinner #brunch #shakshuka

For the sauce, you need a large frying pan or skillet.  I use my absolute favorite 12″ Ceramic Pan, which is great because food really does slide right off with minimal oil and I don’t have to worry about food sticking and burning.  It comes with a lid, which is perfect for these types of sauce that need to simmer.  

The sauce is soooo simple!  Heat 1 tbsp olive oil in a large sauté pan preheated on medium heat. Add onion, red pepper, and garlic. Sauté for 8 minutes, stirring frequently to ensure the garlic and onions do not burn.Diced onion, red pepper, and garlic in skillet cooking for Skillet Eggs in Spicy Tomato Pepper Sauce with Manchego Cheese. With a smoky, spicy, thick, and luscious red pepper tomato sauce. #eggs #huevosrancheros #tomatosauce #easydinner #brunch #shakshuka

Diced onion, red pepper, and garlic in skillet cooking for Skillet Eggs in Spicy Tomato Pepper Sauce with Manchego Cheese. With a smoky, spicy, thick, and luscious red pepper tomato sauce. #eggs #huevosrancheros #tomatosauce #easydinner #brunch #shakshuka Add tomato sauce, spice blend (chili powder, cumin, cayenne, salt, pepper) and water. Stir until blended.  Then Cover and simmer mixture over medium-low heat for 10 minutes till it starts to reduce.Spices, tomato sauce, diced onion, red pepper, and garlic in skillet cooking for Skillet Eggs in Spicy Tomato Pepper Sauce with Manchego Cheese. With a smoky, spicy, thick, and luscious red pepper tomato sauce. #eggs #huevosrancheros #tomatosauce #easydinner #brunch #shakshuka

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Crack the eggs, one at a time, in a separate cup so that you can fish out any shell pieces. With a spoon, make a ‘hole’ in the sauce and pour the egg into it. Do this for all 4 eggs, making sure to space them evenly over the sauce. Sprinkle the cheese over top.  TIP: I like to sprinkle it all around the yoke, leaving that beautiful yellow yoke poking through. 

Hand pouring raw egg into hole in tomato sauce in pan for Skillet Eggs in Spicy Tomato Pepper Sauce with Manchego Cheese. With a smoky, spicy, thick, and luscious red pepper tomato sauce. #eggs #huevosrancheros #tomatosauce #easydinner #brunch #shakshuka

Hand pouring raw egg into hole in tomato sauce in pan for Skillet Eggs in Spicy Tomato Pepper Sauce with Manchego Cheese. With a smoky, spicy, thick, and luscious red pepper tomato sauce. #eggs #huevosrancheros #tomatosauce #easydinner #brunch #shakshuka  Shredded cheese being sprinkled over raw eggs sitting in tomato sauce in pan for Skillet Eggs in Spicy Tomato Pepper Sauce with Manchego Cheese. With a smoky, spicy, thick, and luscious red pepper tomato sauce. #eggs #huevosrancheros #tomatosauce #easydinner #brunch #shakshuka

Cover the pan.  Allow to simmer for 8-10 minutes, or until the eggs are cooked and the cheese has melted. Skillet Eggs in Spicy Tomato Pepper Sauce with Manchego Cheese cooked in a skillet. With a smoky, spicy, thick, and luscious red pepper tomato sauce. #eggs #huevosrancheros #tomatosauce #easydinner #brunch #shakshukaPlace a tortilla on a plate and cover with an egg and sauce.  Sprinkle with chopped cilantro.

ENJOY!  😍 Carrie

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Skillet Eggs in Spicy Tomato Pepper Sauce with Manchego Cheese cooked in a skillet. With a smoky, spicy, thick, and luscious red pepper tomato sauce. #eggs #huevosrancheros #tomatosauce #easydinner #brunch #shakshuka
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Eggs in Spicy Tomato Pepper Sauce

Skillet Eggs in Spicy Tomato Pepper Sauce with Manchego Cheese are incredible.  With a smoky, spicy, thick, and luscious red pepper tomato sauce. The eggs sit nestled right in the sauce and cook to perfection with the yokes ready to ooze. The cheese melts on top for a creamy and nutty finish.  Set all of this over crisp tortillas!!  #eggs #huevosrancheros #tomatosauce #easydinner #brunch #shakshuka 

Course Breakfast, Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword eggs, peppers, shakshuka, tomato sauce
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 4 Servings
Calories 431 kcal
Author Carrie Tyler

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp Extra Virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 Red onion
  • 2 cloves Garlic, minced
  • 1 Red bell pepper chopped
  • 15 oz Tomato sauce
  • 1/2 tsp Chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp Cumin
  • 1/4 tsp Cayenne pepper (optional)
  • 1/4 tsp Salt
  • 1/4 tsp Ground Black Pepper
  • 1/2 cup Water or low sodium vegetable broth
  • 1 Cup shredded Manchego (you can substitute Gruyere or cheddar)
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 tbsp fresh chopped cilantro (you can substitute parsley)
  • 4 Soft Corn Tortillas

Instructions

Prep Ahead

  1. Dice half of onion.  

    Diced red onion for Skillet Eggs in Spicy Tomato Pepper Sauce with Manchego Cheese. With a smoky, spicy, thick, and luscious red pepper tomato sauce. #eggs #huevosrancheros #tomatosauce #easydinner #brunch #shakshuka
  2. Chop red pepper into ½ inch pieces.  Mince 2 cloves garlic.  Store the onion, red pepper, and garlic together in fridge if doing ahead.

    Chopped red pepper for Skillet Eggs in Spicy Tomato Pepper Sauce with Manchego Cheese. With a smoky, spicy, thick, and luscious red pepper tomato sauce. #eggs #huevosrancheros #tomatosauce #easydinner #brunch #shakshuka
  3. If your cheese is not grated, then grate and store in an airtight container.

  4. Chop the cilantro.  Store in fridge if doing ahead.

  5. Measure out your spices (chili powder, cumin, cayenne, salt, pepper) into a small bowl.

    Spices in a bowl for Skillet Eggs in Spicy Tomato Pepper Sauce with Manchego Cheese. With a smoky, spicy, thick, and luscious red pepper tomato sauce. #eggs #huevosrancheros #tomatosauce #easydinner #brunch #shakshuka

Cook

  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Place 4 tortillas on a sheet pan, brush or spray with olive oil, and lightly salt. Bake for 10 minutes, then flip tortillas over and bake for another 10-15, until crisp.

    4 crispy corn tortillas on sheet pan for Skillet Eggs in Spicy Tomato Pepper Sauce with Manchego Cheese. With a smoky, spicy, thick, and luscious red pepper tomato sauce. #eggs #huevosrancheros #tomatosauce #easydinner #brunch #shakshuka
  2. Heat 1 tbsp olive oil in a large skillet preheated on medium heat. Add onion, red pepper, and garlic.   Sauté for 8 minutes, stirring frequently to ensure the garlic and onions do not burn.

    Diced onion, red pepper, and garlic in skillet cooking for Skillet Eggs in Spicy Tomato Pepper Sauce with Manchego Cheese. With a smoky, spicy, thick, and luscious red pepper tomato sauce. #eggs #huevosrancheros #tomatosauce #easydinner #brunch #shakshuka
  3. Add tomato sauce and spice blend (chili powder, cumin, cayenne, salt, pepper) and water.  Stir until blended.  

    Spices, tomato sauce, diced onion, red pepper, and garlic in skillet cooking for Skillet Eggs in Spicy Tomato Pepper Sauce with Manchego Cheese. With a smoky, spicy, thick, and luscious red pepper tomato sauce. #eggs #huevosrancheros #tomatosauce #easydinner #brunch #shakshuka
  4. Cover and simmer mixture over medium-low heat for 10 minutes till it starts to reduce. 

    Spices, tomato sauce, diced onion, red pepper, and garlic in skillet cooking for Skillet Eggs in Spicy Tomato Pepper Sauce with Manchego Cheese. With a smoky, spicy, thick, and luscious red pepper tomato sauce. #eggs #huevosrancheros #tomatosauce #easydinner #brunch #shakshuka
  5. Crack the eggs, one at a time, in a separate cup so that you can fish out any shell pieces.  With a spoon, make a 'hole' in the sauce and pour the egg into it.  Do this for all 4 eggs, making sure to space them evenly over the sauce.  Sprinkle the cheese over top.  TIP: I like to sprinkle it all around the yoke, leaving that beautiful yellow yoke poking through. 

    Hand pouring raw egg into hole in tomato sauce in pan for Skillet Eggs in Spicy Tomato Pepper Sauce with Manchego Cheese. With a smoky, spicy, thick, and luscious red pepper tomato sauce. #eggs #huevosrancheros #tomatosauce #easydinner #brunch #shakshuka
  6. Cover the pan. Allow to cook for 8-10 minutes, or until the eggs are cooked and the cheese has melted.

    Skillet Eggs in Spicy Tomato Pepper Sauce with Manchego Cheese cooked in a skillet. With a smoky, spicy, thick, and luscious red pepper tomato sauce. #eggs #huevosrancheros #tomatosauce #easydinner #brunch #shakshuka
  7. Place a tortilla on a plate and cover with an egg and sauce.

    Skillet Eggs in Spicy Tomato Pepper Sauce with Manchego Cheese served over a crispy corn tortilla with skillet in back. With a smoky, spicy, thick, and luscious red pepper tomato sauce. #eggs #huevosrancheros #tomatosauce #easydinner #brunch #shakshuka