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Mexican Haystack Rice Bowls

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Mexican haystack rice bowls are a one pot dinner with a flavorful beef mixture seasoned to perfection. Build your rice bowl with cilantro lime rice, seasoned beef, and then pile high with all your favorite toppings. Don’t forget the Fritos corn chips. They make this dish spectacular!

Mexican haystack rice bowls are a tex-mex lovers dream! Cilantro lime rice, seasoned beef, and then piled high with all your favorite toppings!

I have had a thing for rice bowls lately. I posted these turkey taco burrito bowls last week and I am still obsessed with them! Rice & beans are quite literally my two favorite foods. I would take a bowl of rice and beans before a slice of chocolate cake, cheesecake, cookies, etc.Β You name it and I would rather eat rice & beans πŸ™‚ So naturally rice bowls are pretty much my best friend.

Hawaiian haystacks are one of our favorite dinners because everyone can make their own. A haystack starts with a base of rice and then it’s covered in a creamy chicken gravy and topped with toppings of your choice; pineapple, green onions, peas, cheese, are a few of our favorites.

I also have a recipe for Mexican chicken haystacks on the blog too! Same concept; rice topped with a {slow cooker} creamy chicken mixture and then finished off with your favorite burrito toppings.

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Mexican haystack rice bowls are a tex-mex lovers dream! Cilantro lime rice, seasoned beef, and then piled high with all your favorite toppings!

You can use regular white or brown minute rice, or even those 1 minute microwaveable rice pouches. But the cilantro lime rice is so good and quite simple to make. Combine some ingredients in a saucepan and let it cook.

The seasoned ground beef mixture simmers on the stove top while the rice is cooking. I like to chop up and prepareΒ all my toppings while the rice and meat are cooking. That way when the rice and meat are done, dinner is ready to serve!

Mexican Haystack Rice Bowls | Dinner | One Pot | Rice Bowls | Mexican haystack rice bowls are a one pot dinner with a flavorful beef mixture seasoned to perfection. Build your rice bowl with cilantro lime rice, seasoned beef, and then pile high with all your favorite toppings. Don't forget the Fritos corn chips. They make this dish spectacular!

I love to put the toppings, rice, and the meat into bowls and lay it out buffet style on the table. Then everyone can go to town and create their own.

Please don’t forget the corn chips. They seriously make these Mexican haystack rice bowls amazing! We like to scoop the corn chips into our haystack rice bowl or you can crush some on top of your rice bowl.

Mexican haystack rice bowls are a tex-mex lovers dream! Cilantro lime rice, seasoned beef, and then piled high with all your favorite toppings!

Get creative with your toppings. Our favorites are shredded cheese, lettuce, pico de gallo, chopped tomatoes, sour cream, avocado or guacamole, and Fritos corn chips. You could also top with cilantro, jalapeno, olives, and corn.

If you want a spicier rice bowl use pepper jack cheese. If you want really spicy use a can of hot green chilies for the meat mixture and/or add some cayenne pepper to it as well. I always make the recipe as is and my kids love it. It’s not too spicy for them.

Mexican haystack rice bowls are a tex-mex lovers dream! Cilantro lime rice, seasoned beef, and then piled high with all your favorite toppings!

Try these other burrito bowls and rice bowl recipes

Mexican Haystack Rice Bowls
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
30 mins
 
Mexican haystack rice bowls are a one pot dinner with a flavorful beef mixture seasoned to perfection. Build your rice bowl with cilantro lime rice, seasoned beef, and then pile high with all your favorite toppings
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican
Author: Jessica - Together as Family
Ingredients
Cilantro Lime Rice
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 1/4 cup basmati rice or long-grain rice
  • 2 1/4 cups chicken broth
  • juice and zest of 1 lime
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
Mexican Haystacks
  • 1 1/2 lbs lean ground beef
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 can (8 oz) tomato sauce
  • 1 can (4.5 oz) diced green chilies
  • 1 can (15 oz) chili beans (do not drain)
Toppings
  • shredded lettuce, tomatoes, avocado, sour cream, Fritos corn chips, shredded cheese, etc.
Instructions
  1. For the cilantro lime rice: Add the butter and dry basmati rice to a saucepan. Heat over medium-high heat until butter has melted and the rice is slightly toasted. Stir often so the rice does not burn. Add in the remaining ingredients. Bring to a boil. Cover and reduce heat to medium-low. Cook for 15-20 minutes or until rice is done. Fluff with a fork.

  2. For the meat: Cook and crumble the ground beef in a skillet pan over medium-high heat until no longer pink. Drain any grease. Add the seasonings, tomato sauce, green chilies, and chili beans. Stir to combine. Turn heat to medium-low and let simmer while the rice cooks.
  3. Layer rice in a bowl, top with the meat mixture, and then top with your choice of toppings.
Recipe Notes

My family does not like whole green chilies so I blend the green chilies and tomato sauce in the blender before adding it to the meat mixture.

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Chili beans are pinto beans in a mild chili sauce. You'll find them by the beans in the grocery store and they will say 'chili beans' on the can.

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After making the cilantro lime rice recipe for years, I have found that basmati rice is the best. It never turns out a bad batch, holds it's shape, is not mushy and soft, and has the better flavor. If you don't use it, the next best would be a long-grain rice or even jasmine rice. But try and get the basmati rice.Β 

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Mexican haystack rice bowls are a tex-mex lovers dream! Cilantro lime rice, seasoned beef, and then piled high with all your favorite toppings! Everyone can create their own. Don't forget the Fritos corn chips. They make this dish spectacular!

This post was originally published in March 2017.

It has been updated and republished August 2018

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    Kim
    May 9, 2017 at 9:04 pm Made this tonight and my boyfriend and I really enjoyed it. How many servings is this supposed to make?
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      Together As Family
      May 13, 2017 at 10:11 pm So glad you guys loved these. They're one of my favorites. It should make about 4-6 servings, just depend on the size of serving.
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    Rachel
    May 25, 2017 at 10:26 pm Made this tonight, absolutely delicious!! Thanks for the recipe!!
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      Together As Family
      May 27, 2017 at 9:05 am Awww, you're welcome! So glad you loved this. Thank you for coming back to leave your comment :) Have a great Holiday weekend.
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    Rachel
    August 11, 2017 at 9:58 am Love this recipe! Easy and delicious! Thank you!
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      Together As Family
      August 12, 2017 at 2:08 pm Awesome! SO good to hear because this is definitely one of our favorites too.
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    Caroline
    September 7, 2017 at 9:31 am This is one of my favorite Pinterest recipes! I made it for my family and even my 6 year old ate it (miraculous). The Fritos are a must! I could eat this every week.
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      Together As Family
      September 8, 2017 at 9:36 pm That makes me so happy to hear! And yes I tell everyone that you can't forget the Fritos. They seriously make the dish. So happy your little one ate it. That's a definite mom win right there. Thanks so much for coming back to let me know.
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    Kami
    January 18, 2018 at 8:49 pm We made these tonight, but substituted the meat with 3 cans of small red beans (drained). We still added the can of chili beans. My three boys and husband loved it. Super quick meal that we will be making again. Thanks!
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      Together As Family
      January 19, 2018 at 9:05 pm Yummy. I actually love meatless dishes so I really like the red beans you used instead. Thanks for coming back to let me know these were a hit!
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