Delicious and Quick Taco Bell Fiesta Bowl Recipe

As a lover of fast food items, I have always been a fan of the delicious Fiesta Bowls offered by Taco Bell. These bowls offer a perfect combination of flavorful ingredients that you can’t resist. However, what happens when you crave those delicious bowls but don’t want to leave your house? Luckily for you, I have created the perfect copycat recipe for Taco Bell Fiesta Bowls!

My recipe includes all your favorite ingredients from Taco Bell and can be made right in the comfort of your own home. With this recipe, you can now enjoy the same great taste from your own kitchen.

Why not try making these copycat Fiesta Bowls with our cheesy fiesta potatoes at home for friends and family? This recipe is easy to make and will definitely save you time and money that would have been spent in a restaurant.

Continue reading to discover the ingredient list and step-by-step instructions on how to make this recipe that will leave your taste buds craving for more!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Taco Bell Fiesta Bowls-Copycat
Taco Bell Fiesta Bowls-Copycat

Taco Bell has been a beloved fast food chain for years, and their Fiesta Bowls are one of the most popular items on the menu. But did you know that you can recreate this deliciousness at home with just a few simple ingredients? This copycat recipe for Taco Bell Fiesta Bowls is sure to become your new favorite meal.

What makes this recipe stand out is the combination of cheesy fiesta potatoes, seasoned ground beef and toppings like diced tomatoes all in one bowl. It’s definitely a satisfying meal that is perfect when you’re craving something hearty and flavorful.

But what sets this copycat recipe apart is that it’s a cheaper and healthier version of the original Taco Bell dish. By using fresh ingredients, like Russet potatoes diced into bite-sized pieces instead of frozen, pre-packaged foods, you get added nutritional value and less sodium in each bite.

Plus, with the option to substitute certain ingredients or adjust the seasoning to fit your personal taste preferences, you have control over this dish exactly as how you want it.

Overall, whether you’re looking for an easy dinner option or craving some Taco Bell nostalgia without leaving your house; this Fiesta Bowl copycat recipe is just what you need to make your taste buds happy.

Ingredient List

 A fiesta in a bowl - Taco Bell copycat recipe
A fiesta in a bowl – Taco Bell copycat recipe

To make these Taco Bell Fiesta Bowls-Copycat Recipe, you will need the following ingredients:

For the Fiesta Potatoes:

  • 2 large russet potatoes, washed and dried
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt

For the Seasoning Mix:

  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp onion powder
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour

For the Cheesy Fiesta Sauce:

  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 4 cup shredded cheddar cheese

Recipe Ingredients:

  • Rice-A-Roni or brown rice(whichever you prefer)
  • Taco seasoning (homemade or store-bought)
  • Diced Tomatoes
  • Shredded lettuce

Make sure to have all of the ingredients required for this copycat recipe on hand before beginning to cook. You can either use store-bought items or take time to make homemade taco seasoning according to your preference.

The Recipe How-To

Now that we have our Ingredient List, let’s proceed to the most exciting part – the recipe how-to. Get ready to create your very own Taco Bell Fiesta Bowls at the comfort of your own kitchen.

Step 1: The Cheesy Fiesta Potatoes

First, we’ll start with the Cheesy Fiesta Potatoes which truly define the iconic Taco Bell flavor. Preheat your oven or air fryer at 400°F, and line a baking sheet with paper towels. Next, in a large mixing bowl, toss together 2 large russet potatoes (washed and dried) cut into 1 inch bite-size pieces.

Add 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil (or olive oil) – making sure all potatoes are coated evenly – followed by 1 tablespoon of taco seasoning, 1 teaspoon of salt, and half a teaspoon of baking soda until well incorporated.

Spread out the potatoes on the lined baking tray and bake for 20-25 minutes or air fry for about 12-14 minutes until golden brown and crispy. Remove from heat and set aside.

Step 2: The Rice

While waiting for the potatoes to roast, prepare your rice. In a saucepan, add one cup of water, one cup of chicken broth, and an optional tablespoon of butter or olive oil over high heat. Once boiled, stir in one cup of rice and reduce heat to low simmer.

Cover the pan tightly and let cook for about 18-20 minutes without lifting the lid. Once done cooking, remove from heat and fluff rice with a fork.

Step 3: The Bowl Assembly

To assemble your Taco Bell Fiesta Bowls, grab four bowls and start by filling each bowl with 1/2 cup of cooked rice on one side each.

Next to the rice, add a handful of shredded iceberg lettuce on each side followed by Cheesy Fiesta Potatoes, 1/4 cup diced tomatoes on top, and finish it off with dollops of sour cream over the roasted potatoes.

Optional additions: For a meat version, add some beef or chicken to your bowl before assembling it. You can also add jalapenos if you want more heat or corn if you’re looking for some sweetness.

That’s it! You’ve now created your very own delicious Taco Bell Fiesta Bowl right from your kitchen!

Substitutions and Variations

One of the best things about this Taco Bell Fiesta Bowls-Copycat Recipe is its versatility! Read on to find out some substitutions and variations that you can make!

– Swap in Sweet Potatoes: Instead of using russet potatoes, try experimenting with sweet potatoes for a healthier twist. You can use the same cooking method and seasonings, and you’ll end up with a different but equally delicious result.

– Veggie Lovers: For a vegetarian option, you can omit the taco seasoning and replace it with your favorite vegetable seasoning blend. You can also add more vegetables like bell peppers, zucchini or mushrooms. You can also use black beans instead of ground beef.

– Border Bowl: Want to make a bowl that tastes just like a Taco Bell Border Bowl? Add some Rice-A-Roni to your mix! Prepare according to package instructions and add it to your bowl.

– Chicken Power Bowl: Switch the seasoned ground beef for grilled chicken slices or chicken fajita strips to give your bowls a completely different flavor profile. You can still include all the other ingredients or customize them to suit your taste.

– Cheesy Fiesta Potatoes: This recipe calls for adding shredded cheese to the fiesta potatoes once they are cooked, but you can also experiment with adding cheese sauce instead or skip it altogether.

– Spicier Option: If you love your food hot and spicy, try adding cayenne pepper or red chili flakes along with the taco seasoning which usually isn’t too spicy.

Remember that whatever variation or substitution you make; ensure you follow the recipe’s basic steps while keeping the final product’s balance. With so many ways to customize this recipe without compromising its flavor, you’re sure to find something that everyone will love!

Serving and Pairing

If you want to transport yourself to the streets of Mexico, this Taco Bell Fiesta Bowl is just what you need! With its layers of fluffy rice, crispy potatoes, and juicy cherry tomatoes all smothered in savory sauce makes it the perfect meal for any time of the day. But don’t forget to add some toppings- I like a dollop of creamy sour cream, diced avocado and fresh cilantro for that extra bit of flavor.

Pair your fiesta bowl with a cold and refreshing lime-infused margarita or a spicy bloody mary with a garnish of jalapeño peppers. If you’re more of a non-alcoholic beverage person, try pairing it with an ice-cold horchata or an agua fresca.

As for serving options, these Taco Bell Fiesta bowls can be served in individual portions, family style, or even as a larger buffet-style spread at your next fiesta-themed party. Set up a self-serve station with all the ingredients to let your guests make their own personalized bowls.

You could even serve your Taco Bell copycat recipe alongside some other Mexican-inspired dishes,such as cheesy nachos, chicken tacos or quesadillas with guacamole to make it into a full-fledged feast. Trust me your guests will be begging for seconds!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

You can easily make the Taco Bell Fiesta Bowls ahead of time and store them for later. Once assembled, cover tightly with plastic wrap or foil, and store in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

If you need to reheat the bowls, you can do so in the oven or microwave. To reheat in the oven, preheat to 350°F and place the bowls on a baking sheet. Cover loosely with foil and heat for 15-20 minutes, checking occasionally until heated through. To reheat in the microwave, place the bowl on a microwave-safe plate and heat for 2-3 minutes, stirring halfway through.

The Fiesta Potatoes can also be made ahead of time and stored separately for later use. After cooking, let them cool to room temperature before storing in an air-tight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

If you find yourself with leftover Fiesta Potatoes, they can be reheated in the oven or air fryer for added crispiness. To reheat in the oven, preheat to 400°F and spread out potatoes on a baking sheet. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until heated through and crispy. To reheat in an air fryer, toss potatoes with a little olive oil and air fry at 375°F for 8-10 minutes, shaking occasionally until hot and crispy.

With these storage and reheating tips for both the Fiesta Bowls and Fiesta Potatoes, you can enjoy this delicious meal anytime without worrying about cooking from scratch every time.

Tips for Perfect Results

To ensure the best results for this Taco Bell Fiesta Bowls copycat recipe, I have compiled a list of helpful tips for you to follow. From preparing the ingredients to assembling the bowls, these tips will help you create a delicious and authentic Taco Bell experience right in your own home.

Firstly, when it comes to chopping the russet potatoes for the fiesta potatoes, cut them into bite-size pieces that are not too small. This will ensure that the potatoes do not turn into mush during cooking and retain their texture in the finished dish.

Before cooking the potatoes, toss them in oil making sure each piece is coated. This will allow the potatoes to crisp up in the oven nicely. You can also try using an air fryer instead of baking them in the oven to achieve an even crispier texture.

In addition, adding a pinch of baking soda to the water before boiling the potatoes will help to break down pectin and soften them up just enough to create that perfect texture.

When making the taco seasoning, don’t be afraid to adjust the spices according to your personal preferences. Adding cayenne pepper will give it a spicy kick while reducing it will make it milder.

To prepare for assembly, have all your ingredients prepped and ready to go before you start layering the bowls. This way, you can work quickly while everything is still warm and combine all of your ingredients together seamlessly.

Finally, don’t forget to top your bowls off with a dollop of sour cream and diced tomatoes for added flavor and freshness. These simple additions are what really set these Taco Bell Fiesta Bowls apart from any other bowl recipe or fast food imitation out there.

By following these tips, you’ll be well on your way to making delicious and authentic Taco Bell Fiesta Bowls at home in no time.

Bottom Line

In conclusion, this Taco Bell Fiesta Bowls Copycat Recipe is a must-try for any food enthusiast. From the crispy and flavorful fiesta potatoes to the deliciously cheesy toppings, this recipe has all the flavor elements of the infamous Taco Bell dish.

Whether you’re entertaining guests or indulging in a tasty homemade meal, this copycat taco bell recipe is sure to satisfy your cravings. And with its customizable nature, you can easily switch up some ingredients to cater to your personal taste buds.

So why not save some coins and try whipping up this Taco Bell Fiesta Bowls Copycat Recipe at home? Trust me, it’s worth it!

Taco Bell Fiesta Bowls-Copycat

Taco Bell Fiesta Bowls-Copycat Recipe

If you liked the Taco Bell Fiesta Bowls, then this is right up your alley. Easy peasy to make with boxed and prepared items. I also use this recipe to use up leftover chili.
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Fusion
Keyword: < 60 Mins, Easy, Inexpensive, Mexican
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Calories: 137.6kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 (6 7/8 ounce) package of spanish Rice-A-Roni
  • 1 (14 1/2 ounce) can diced tomatoes
  • 1 (15 ounce) can chili with beans
  • 1 (16 ounce) can beef tamales (paper removed)
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese

Instructions

  • Prepare rice according to package directions.
  • Spoon chili into 8 inch square baking dish'.
  • Cut up the tamales into 1 inch pieces. Top the chili with the tamales.
  • Heat mixture (covered) in microwave for 4 minutes on high.
  • Add the rice and cheese on top and finish microwaving until the cheese melts on top-3 minutes on high.

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Nutrition

Serving: 237g | Calories: 137.6kcal | Carbohydrates: 16.7g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 2.5g | Cholesterol: 18.1mg | Sodium: 560.1mg | Fiber: 5.9g | Sugar: 4g

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