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Fiesta Beef Bowls

I have mentioned before the struggle I have with getting my family to eat brown rice and hubby is the worst.  So I was very excited to try out Uncle Ben's Whole Grain White Rice. 
 I cooked it up and used it in the following recipe.  It has the taste and texture of white rice and the nutritional power of whole grains.  It tasted great and best of all no one noticed the difference. YAY!! 
This is a great dish.  It has great flavor and the kids loved that they could put together their own bowls with the toppings they wanted.  It was a hit!! Hubby wanted a bit more heat, so next time I will get out the hot sauce for him.  The rest of us thought it was perfect!! The only thing missing was the guacamole. 
 Fiesta Beef Bowls
adapted from Taste of Home
1 1/2 pounds boneless beef top round steak
1 can (14.5 ounces) diced tomatoes and green chilies
1 medium onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 cup salsa
2 cans (15 ounces each) pinto beans or black beans, rinsed and drained
3 cups uncooked rice (I used Uncle Ben's Whole Grain White Rice)
shredded cheddar cheese
sliced ripe olives
diced onions
sour cream

Place round steak in the crock pot. Pour the tomatoes, onion, garlic and seasonings over the steak.  Stir to combine a bit.  Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours or until the meat is tender.  Stir occasionally.
Remove meat from the slow cooker.  Add beans and salsa to the tomato mixture.  Shred the meat and return it to the crock pot.  Stir to combine.  Cover and cook for 30 minutes or until the beans are heated through.  While the beans are heating cook the rice according to the package directions. In individual bowls, layer rice, meat and bean mixture. 
 Top with cheese, onions, olives, sour cream and guacamole.

*Next time I think I will use black beans instead of pinto.
 As a part of the Foodbuzz Tastemakers Program I received a box of Uncle Ben's Whole Grain Rice to try.   A huge thanks to Foodbuzz and Uncle Ben's.  All opinions are my own.


  1. Hmmm, I have one of those guys here, only it is no Whole Wheat anything. Brown rice is ok, for now!

  2. I could EASILY sub fake meat in this, thanks! Miriam@Meatless Meals For Meat Eaters

  3. Sounds good! You sure are being sneaky in the kitchen:@) I know what it's like, my grown sons don't want anything changed. If they had it their way there would be a 5-6 dinner rotation on Sunday when they come over!

  4. I tell my kids that the brown rice is just regular (ie white rice) with soy sauce on it...seems to do the trick. Yes, I lie, and I'd do it again! :)

    Lots of yummy love,
    Alex aka Ma What's For Dinner

  5. Yeah for you! Any time we can get our families, but especially our husbands to eat healthier food, I say we deserve a big pat on the back. Those fiesta bowls sound very tasty.

  6. Youza! This looks wonderful! And made in the crock pot? Perfect! Thanks!

  7. What's not to like about this dish!! And guacamole is perfect for the top. I might use basmati rice, though, for we really like that. Thanks for this recipe that I know we'll love!

  8. That is great that you got your family to like the rice and that it is healthier. :) I had quite a battle at first, too, but now we are finally eating brown rice. :)


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