Taco Bell Bowl (Healthy Late Night Option)

Taco Bell Bowl (Healthy Late Night Option)

This recipe is inspired by your favorite Taco Bell late-night hack, offering a healthier and customizable alternative.


  • Base (choose 1 or 2):
    • 2 cups chopped romaine lettuce (or other preferred greens)
    • 1 cup cooked brown rice (rinsed and cooked beforehand)
    • 1 cup cooked quinoa (rinsed and cooked beforehand)
  • Protein:
    • 4 oz grilled chicken breast, sliced (can be pre-cooked or use leftover chicken)
    • OR Ground turkey (lean), cooked and seasoned (optional)
    • OR Black beans (rinsed and drained), heated (vegetarian option)
  • Toppings:
    • 1/2 cup refried beans (low-fat option recommended)
    • 1/4 cup diced red onion
    • Chopped fresh cilantro (optional)
    • Diced avocado (optional)
    • Pico de gallo (fresh salsa) (optional)
  • Sauce:
    • Taco Bell Fire Sauce (or your favorite hot sauce)
    • OR Low-fat Greek yogurt dressing with lime juice and chili powder (healthier option)


  1. Prepare the base: If using rice or quinoa, ensure they are cooked beforehand.
  2. Cook the protein (if needed): Grill or pan-fry your chicken breast or ground turkey until cooked through. Season with salt, pepper, and any desired spices. If using black beans, simply heat them in a pan.
  3. Assemble the bowl: In a large bowl, layer your chosen base (lettuce, rice, or quinoa). Top with the protein, refried beans, red onion, and any other desired toppings.
  4. Drizzle with sauce: Finish your bowl with your preferred sauce. Fire sauce adds a classic Taco Bell kick, while the yogurt dressing provides a healthier and tangy touch.


  • This recipe is easily customizable. Add other chopped vegetables like bell peppers, tomatoes, or corn.
  • For extra protein, add a sprinkle of shredded cheese. Opt for low-fat options for a healthier choice.
  • Prepare the chicken or cook the rice/quinoa in advance for a quicker assembly.
  • Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 days.

Enjoy this healthy and satisfying late-night meal after your swim meet!

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