Does your family love mexican food like mine?  This is very easy to make and very popular in my house.


Southwestern Rice Bowl


My kids love this because they can ‘build’ their own rice bowl. It’s perfect for a lunch or light dinner.

Southwestern Rice Bowl

1 box Zatarain’s Spanish Rice (to prepare this, you will need a can of diced tomatoes, we actually use a can of Rotel tomatoes… but use whatever you like)
1-2 Seasoned chicken breasts (seasoned with taco seasoning), cooked, and diced
1 can refried beans
1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 can corn, drained
lettuce, shredded
cheddar cheese, shredded
olives, sliced
fresh tomatoes, diced
sour cream
tortilla chips (or strips), crumbled

Chipotle ranch dressing:
1 c. ranch dressing (bottled or make your own)
7-10 shakes Tabasco sauce (or any kind of hot sauce)
1/2 tsp. cumin
a few drops lime juice
(adjust any of the ingredients to taste)

In a medium saucepot, prepare Spanish rice. In a different small pot, heat refried beans. In another pot or pan, heat corn and black beans. While everything is heating up, combine sauce ingredients. In each bowl (makes 3-4 bowls), layer refried beans, a little cheese, rice, chicken, a few drizzles of Chipotle ranch dressing, black beans and corn, a little more cheese, lettuce, olives, tomatoes, sour cream, and tortilla chips/strips.