Loaded Turkey Taco Bowls

loaded turkey taco bowl with fork ready to dig in

These Loaded Turkey Taco Bowls are easy, healthy and done in less than 30 minutes! Lots of veggies, healthy protein and delicious toppings! The perfect easy dinner!

Easy weeknight dinners are my jam. During the week, when I’m just so ready for Friday and homemade pizza and wine that my heart can hardly stand it, it helps me get through when I know that I can whip up a super easy, pretty healthy meal full of protein + healthy carbs in less than 30 minutes.

backlight shot of a loaded turkey taco bowl with all the garnishes

Enter in these Spicy Loaded Taco Bowls! Yes, I’m fully aware that I’m obsessed with Mexican food. And also “bowls.” Like, hello Southwest Chicken Meal Prep Bowls or Cuban and Black Bean Rice Bowls or even these Brown Butter Shrimp Bowls. Yes, I’m obsessed. And I don’t even give a hoot!

So, these Loaded Turkey Taco Bowls have it all. They’re:

  • slightly spicy from the turkey taco mixture
  • loaded with healthy fats like fresh avocado
  • have tons of fresh veggies (jalapeno, red onion, bell pepper, mushrooms and mooore)
  • protein packed from the ground turkey AND pinto beans (totally just take out the turkey if you want it vegetarian)
  • are filled with healthy carbs like the new eat banza chickpea rice which tastes like buttery cilantro lime deliciousness
  • are super tangy from the fresh homemade salsa and sour cream on top

Yup, these Spicy Loaded Taco Bowls are amazing. Let’s get into how to make them. Spoiler alert: it’s super duper easy.

How to Make Loaded Turkey Taco Bowls:

As always, it’s always best to just chop all of the veggies to kind of get them out of the way. So, finely dice a medium red onion, dice ½ of a green bell pepper, one jalapeno, ½ of white button mushrooms. Lastly, mince 4 cloves of garlic. Okay, great! The “hard” part is over.

close up shot of the jalapeno, cilantro lime rice

Next, add some olive oil to your favorite pan. Heat it up on medium heat. Once that’s done, add in half of the chopped onion. Cook for 1 minute or so and then add in your ground turkey. Cook for about 2-3 minutes and add in your taco spices like cumin, chili powder, garlic powder, oregano, paprika, cayenne etc. Find the full measurements in the recipe card below.

close up shot of loaded turkey taco bowl with white linen

Let it cook fully. Add in the garlic cloves and mix around. Also, add in the green bell pepper, jalapeno and mushrooms. Lastly, drain the can of pinto beans and rinse them thoroughly. Add them into the pot and mix until well combined and turn the heat to low-medium. Adjusting seasoning if needed.

In the meantime, time to make that delicious cilantro lime rice. Basically, you can cook whatever rice you have in your pantry – brown, white, or the Banza chickpea rice! Cook according to the package instructions. Once it’s done and extra fluffy, squeeze half of a lime, add a big pinch of salt to taste as well as finely diced cilantro. Mix around.

loaded turkey taco bowl at a 45 degree angle with another bowl in the background

Next, while everything is on low/simmer to stay warm, get garnishes ready!

Garnishes for Loaded Turkey Taco Bowls:

  • my easy homemade salsa 
  • fresh avocado slices 
  • full fat sour cream 
  • chopped cilantro 
  • lime 
  • extra jalapenos 
  • chopped radishes 

Now, all that you have left to do is assemble the bowls! Rice, turkey taco veggie beans mixture, garnish with all the goods. Serve with chips on the side! EAT UP!

one main loaded turkey taco bowl with a golden fork in it ready to eat

This meal is just so extra easy and packed full of flavor. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!

Did you enjoy this recipe? Here are a few others you might like:

One Skillet Taco Chili Mac and Cheese

Spicy Fish Tacos with Broccoli Slaw 

Refried Sweet Potato Tacos with Lime Crema 

Healthy Homemade Turkey Sloppy Joes 

Healthy Spicy Chicken Burrito Bowls 

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5 from 5 votes

Loaded Turkey Taco Bowls

These Loaded Turkey Taco Bowls are easy, healthy and done in less than 30 minutes! Lots of veggies, healthy protein and delicious toppings!

Course Main Course
Cuisine American, Mexican
Keyword ground turkey tacos, turkey taco bowl
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 people
Author Haylie


  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 medium red onion, diced
  • 1/2 green bell pepper, diced
  • 1 jalapeno diced
  • 1/2 cup white mushrooms, diced
  • 1 14 oz can of pinto beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1/2 lb. ground turkey

Cilantro Lime Rice

  • 1 cup rice
  • 2 cups water
  • juice of 1/2 lime
  • 1/8 cup diced cilantro
  • salt to taste


  • homemade salsa (or your favorite store-bought brand)
  • avocado slices
  • sour cream
  • extra diced jalapenos
  • diced cilantro
  • fresh lime
  • radishes

Homemade Taco Seasoning Blend

  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp oregano
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • freshly cracked black pepper to taste


  1. Begin by cutting all of the veggies. Dice the red onion, mince the garlic, dice the green bell pepper, jalapeno and mushrooms. Drain and rinse your can of pinto beans. Set aside. In a non-stick skillet, add a tbsp of olive oil. Add in 1/2 of the diced red onion (save the other half for garnish) and cook for 1 minute. Next, add in the ground turkey. Cook for 3-4 minutes and then add the homemade taco seasoning blend. Cook until brown and no longer pink. 

  2. To the pan, add in the garlic, green bell pepper, jalapeno, mushrooms, and can of pinto beans. Mix together until combined. Adjusting seasoning if neccessary. Let this cook on low/medium heat to stay warm. 

  3. In the meantime, cook your rice according to package directions. I usually say it's about 1 cup of rice to 2 cups of water. Once it's done and fluffy, add in the juice of 1/2 of a lime, cilantro and salt to taste. 

  4. Prepare the recommended garnishes above (slice the avocado, more jalapeno and cilantro etc.). Once done, assemble the bowls. Add rice, turkey taco mixture and top with salsa, avocado, jalapeno, sour cream and fresh lime. Eat while hot! Enjoy! 

12 comments / Add your comment below

  1. 5 stars
    You had me at ‘super duper easy’. Well, plus all those delicious flavours goin’ on! 9 times out of 10 hubby and I will have ‘bowl’ meals during the week and I’d love to have this one in rotation. Turkey is our protein of choice so this was made for me. Seriously, when you gonna send me a bowl 😉 ?? Hope you have a wonderful weekend ahead, Haylie!

    1. Thanks, Dawn! You’re so sweet 🙂 Anytime you ever come to NC, you know you have a place to visit and I’ll make you this bowl!! As long as you make me one of your delicious recipes in return! 😉

  2. “protein packed from the ground turkey AND pinto beans (totally just take out the beans if you want it vegetarian)”


    1. Lol! Thanks for catching that typo, EricT! Totally meant to put take out the turkey if you want it vegetarian. Just updated it in the blog post 🙂 Happy New Year! Best – Haylie

  3. 5 stars
    It was very good, but I had to use what I had on hand. I substituted chickpeas for the pintos and I used Greek yogurt for the sour cream. The recipe is very good. It has a little bit of a kick. Thanks for the recipe.

  4. 5 stars
    Ummmm this is amazing!! It was so easy and even my kiddos liked it. I used jasmine rice and didn’t have cilantro. Instead of green pepper I used red pepper and I didn’t have a jalapeño so I used the pickled jar kind chopped up. This was so delicious this will def be a staple!!

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