High Volume Taco Meal Prep Bowls

High Volume Taco Meal Prep Bowls

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Whether you’re struggling to stay full or you’re just bored with your current meals, these taco meal prep bowls are a must try. They’re loaded with veggies that you’ll never know are there and tons of flavor. And each 380-calorie serving weighs almost one pound!

If you’re unfamiliar with the term high volume when it comes to food, that’s exactly what it means—eating tons of food without consuming many calories. Typically you’d think of a salad as being a high volume meal, but those are kinda boring. These taco bowls are far from boring. 

Having trouble staying full? These meal prep bowls will put an end to that. Each bowl weighs nearly 1 pound, has 35 grams of protein, 380 calories, and just 4 SmartPoints.

Ingredients for Taco Meal Prep Bowls

Before you get to the recipe, I’ll warn you that the ingredient list looks longer than a typical recipe on my blog. Have no fear, most are spices that you could swap out for taco seasoning if you’re working with a minimally stocked pantry. 

Regardless of ingredient count, I promise these taco meal prep bowls are easy to make. And like the taco seasoning, most of the ingredients have even more convenient options if you don’t want to pull out your cutting board for veggie prep. 

how to cook the veggie stir fry for meal prep bowls

The Veggie Stir Fry

This is the golden ticket for making these meal prep bowls high volume. Here’s what you’ll need with a quick note about substitutions:

  • frozen cauliflower rice (fresh works fine)
  • can of black beans
  • can of corn
  • 2 bell peppers and a jalapeño (optional – you can also find these pre-diced)
  • chili powder
  • olive oil (optional) 

All these ingredients are flexible. Add what you want and take what you don’t want away. There’s really no messing this up!

The Beef Taco Mixture

If you’ve made my oven baked beef tacos, these meal prep bowls use the exact beef mixture with diced green chiles added. In that recipe, I dubbed it the best taco meat this side of the Mississippi. Seriously, it’s good stuff. 

how to cook the beef for taco meal prep bowls

Again, if you’d like to simplify the ingredient list, you could use pre-mixed taco seasoning, pre-diced onion, and pre-peeled garlic. Just don’t use pre-minced garlic. There’s a big difference! 

You can also use any type of meat for these taco meal prep bowls—everything from ground turkey or chicken to meat alternatives like Beyond Meat crumbles. The 97/3 ground chicken I used for my chicken breakfast sausage patties from HEB would be great here. 

Toppings and Extras for Your Taco Meal Prep Bowls

My favorite topping for Tex-Mex style dishes has to be Greek yogurt and salsa. You can use traditional salsa like I use in my healthy taco salad recipe or mix things up with avocado salsa like I used for my creamy chicken enchiladas.

And if you happen to have cheddar powder on hand, add a bit of that to the mixture or check out my chorizo dip recipe for a cheese sauce idea. 

Aside from the creamy salsa topping, freshly sliced jalapeño, cilantro, and lime juice are never a wrong move. They can add a bit of freshness and zest to the meal prep bowls, especially after 3-4 days in the fridge. And cheese, let’s not forget about the cheese! 

examples of creamy salsa in action

Assembling the Meal Prep Bowls

If you follow the recipe as stated, the veggie stir fry and taco mixture should both weigh around 800 grams each. When combined, that’s 1,600 grams and about 8 cups worth of food. 

I decided to split the recipe into 4 servings, but you could divide it up even further and still have large serving sizes. This would be ideal if you need to stretch the recipe to fill an entire week or use them for lunch and prefer a smaller portion. 

I’ve included the total macros in the recipe card’s notes section below to save you a bit of math. I hope you enjoy these taco meal prep bowls! If you do, be sure to let me know on the ‘gram @mason_woodruff

high volume taco meal prep bowls
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High Volume Taco Meal Prep Bowls

Highly customizable taco bowls with tons of veggies and spicy ground beef.

Course Main Course
Cuisine American, Mexican
Keyword meal prep
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 bowls
Calories 380 kcal
Author Mason Woodruff

Ingredients

Veggie Stir Fry

  • 12 oz bag Frozen Cauliflower Rice
  • 15 oz can Black Beans drained and rinsed
  • 15 oz can Whole Kernel Corn drained and rinsed
  • 2 medium Bell Peppers I used a red and green
  • 1-2 Jalapeño Peppers optional
  • 1/2-1 Tbsp Chili Powder (to spice preference)
  • 1 Tbsp Olive Oil optional

Beef Taco Mixture

  • 1 lb Ground Beef I used 96/4 from HEB
  • 1 medium (200g) Yellow Onion diced
  • 5 cloves (25g) Peeled Garlic minced
  • 2 tsp Paprika
  • 1/2 tsp Kosher Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Black Pepper
  • 1/2 tsp Cumin
  • 1/4-1 tsp Crushed or Ground Chipotle Pepper or chili powder (to spice preference)
  • 1/2 C (120g) Enchilada Sauce or salsa
  • 4 oz can Diced Green Chiles

Instructions

  1. Microwave the cauliflower rice for 4-5 minutes while you prep the bell pepper, jalapeño, onion, garlic, black beans, and corn.

    ingredients for meal prep bowls on a cutting board
  2. When all your vegetables are prepped, heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the cauliflower rice, beans, corn, and peppers to the skillet. Briefly stir and then leave untouched for about 4-5 minutes to develop a bit of char on the bottom. Add the chili powder after 5 minutes and stir everything together. Continue cooking for another 5 minutes or so.

    veggie stir fry in the skillet for meal prep bowls
  3. Add the beef, onion, and garlic to a separate large skillet over medium-high heat and break the beef apart. Cook until no pink remains before reducing the heat to medium-low, adding the dry spices, enchilada sauce, and diced chiles. Simmer for about 5 minutes to let all the flavors get acquainted.

    cooked taco meat with green chiles for meal prep bowls
  4. To make the 4 meal prep bowls, add 1 cup or 200 grams of each mixture to a bowl or container. Squeeze a bit of fresh lime juice, garnish with cilantro, and add any other toppings you'd like when serving.

    cook veggie stir fry and taco beef mixture for taco meal prep bowls

Recipe Notes

  • One meal prep bowl has 4 Smart Points.
  • Each bowl is comprised of 1 C (200g) of each mixture for a total of 2 C (400g) per bowl. 
  • Total nutrition info for both mixtures:
    • Beef taco mixture: 709 calories, 100g of protein, 25g of carbs, 21g of fat
    • Veggie mixture: 811 calories, 38g protein, 126g carbs, 16g fat
  • If you wanted to save some extra fat, it's possible to cook the veggies without the olive oil.
Nutrition Facts
High Volume Taco Meal Prep Bowls
Amount Per Serving (1 bowl)
Calories 380 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Fat 9g14%
Carbohydrates 38g13%
Protein 35g70%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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15 thoughts on “High Volume Taco Meal Prep Bowls”

  • 5 stars
    This is my go-to meal prep when I’m in a pinch and have long days. It’s so volume heavy I stay full for hours. The only thing I change is that I usually use 98% fat free ground chicken instead, I have also used turkey as well and had great results.

  • 5 stars
    I use this meal prep idea for me and my boyfriend. It’s hard to get high volume, healthy, lower calorie meals for him and this is perfect! I added fat free Greek yogurt, salsa and shredded lettuce as toppings. He likes to have his with low carb wraps made into chips! I highly recommend this recipe! Super easy to make and customize to your liking!

  • 5 stars
    Although this recipe is a low carb one it’s really good as a nacho topping. My family will put a serving of this recipe on top of tortilla chips and it’s 👌🏽👌🏽👌🏽 I also add an extra pound of ground beef for extra protein and some fat

  • 4 stars
    loved this recipe especially for meal prep or an easy dinner! I am all for recipes that don’t have a million ingredients and are realistic for me to make! Was a winner with this husband so that’s always a win! I also like I can add other veggies or substitute stuff if needed . It’s a keeper!

  • 5 stars
    Love this one. Definitely HOT! It didn’t last as long as I thought it would and then I discovered that my super picky husband was eating it! 🤣
    I’d say this one gets the seal of approval!!

  • 5 stars
    I’m a vegetarian and swapped out the meat for garde in needless crumbles. Came out bomb dot com. The portion sizes are huge. Kept me full for the rest of the day so I snacked less. Love the cauliflower rice as well so it is guilt free and very low carb. Highly recommend this recipe!

  • I love this recipe! I make a double batch and freeze it to grab and go. I pair with tortilla chips and jalapeños to trick myself into thinking I’m eating nachos! Regardless, it is filling and helps me get through the day without snacking. I also have made my own enchilada sauce with tomato sauce and spices, just so I can avoid canned foods… just trying to eliminate all premade food options. Also my teen son, who is named “sir picky pants” loves this as well! 🤣

  • 5 stars
    I can’t stop making this one !! I keep the meat and veggies separate for my weekly meals so I can adjust according to my day. Try adding diced zucchini to the veggies for even more volume with low calories. I switch it up and will make burritos, taco salad, quesadillas, or just eat it plan topped with some salsa and greek yogurt. The possibilities are really endless.

  • 5 stars
    This is possibly my favorite recipe of mason’s! You can add any toppings and it’s perfect for meal prep! My husband is anti cauliflower rice but he loves this!

  • 5 stars
    This recipe was a game changer for taco night. I love that the cauliflower rice adds volume without the calories or guilt. I love making my own flat bread chips to scoop this with.

  • 5 stars
    This is the perfect meal prep recipe! So easy to make and easy to modify and add things based on what you like. Definitely a regular in my house

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