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Slow Cooker Taco Bowls with Turkey and Brown Rice

Slow Cooker Taco Bowls with Turkey and Brown Rice are so tasty and you can double the amount of turkey if you prefer a lower-carb version. 

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Slow Cooker Taco Bowls with Turkey and Brown Rice are something I worked on for a few weeks with both Jake and Kara before we had a version we thought was ready for prime time. In this keeper version, ground turkey, chopped red bell pepper, chopped green bell pepper, and chopped onion are cooked quickly on the stove before they go into the slow cooker. Then you add chicken stock, uncooked brown rice, and spices, and let the slow cooker work its magic for about 2 hours while you do something else.

We served it with avocado-tomato salsa with a generous amount of lime juice, and we loved this combination of flavors. And if you do make this I highly recommend the salsa, but this would also be tasty with just sour cream and grated cheese if that’s more of a winner at your house. I haven’t tried it yet but I think you could make a lower-carb and version of this by doubling the amount of ground turkey. If anyone tries that I’d love to hear how it works.


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How to Make Slow Cooker Taco Bowls with Turkey and Brown Rice:

(Scroll down for complete recipe with nutritional information.)

  1. Cook the ground turkey until the water is evaporated and the meat is browned; then add to the slow cooker.
  2. Saute the red pepper, green pepper, and onion briefly in the same pan, then add it to the slow cooker.
  3. Add the brown rice, chicken stock, Kalyn’s Taco Seasoning (or taco seasoning of your choice and Spike Seasoning (affiliate link) or another all-purpose seasoning blend.
  4. Cook on high for about 2 hours. (If your slow cooker cooks hot, I would start to check after 90 minutes.)
  5. When the rice is nearly done chop avocado, cherry tomatoes, and green onions and toss with the lime juice and spices to make the salsa.
  6. Put a few scoops of the rice mixture in each serving bowl and top with a couple of spoonfuls of salsa.
  7. And most definitely I would serve this with Green Tabasco Sauce (affiliate link)!
  8. You could top with sour cream, grated cheese, or bottled salsa as well if desired.

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More Turkey Recipes You Might Like:

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The BEST Slow Cooker and Instant Pot Turkey Soup Recipes ~ Slow Cooker or Pressure Cooker
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Slow Cooker Taco Bowls with Turkey and Brown Rice

Yield 4 servings
Prep Time 35 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 35 minutes

Slow Cooker Taco Bowls with Turkey and Brown Rice are so tasty, and you can double the amount of turkey if you prefer a lower-carb version.

Ingredients

Taco Bowl Ingredients

  • 4 tsp. olive oil, divided
  • 1 lb. ground turkey
  • 1 large red bell pepper, chopped in half inch dice
  • 1 large green bell pepper, chopped in half inch dice
  • 1 small onion, chopped in 1/4 inch dice
  • 1 cup brown rice (see notes)
  • 2 cups homemade chicken stock (see notes)
  • 1 1/2 T Kalyn’s Taco Seasoning (or use your favorite taco seasoning blend)
  • 1 tsp. Spike Seasoning (or use another all-purpose seasoning blend
  • Green Tabasco Sauce and other toppings of your choice, for serving

Salsa Ingredients

  • 2 small avocados, diced into 3/4 inch dice
  • 3 T lime juice
  • 3/4 cup chopped cherry tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced green onions
  • 1 tsp. Spike Seasoning
  • 1 tsp. ground cumin
  • salt to taste

Instructions

  1. Heat 2 tsp. olive oil in a frying pan over medium-high heat, add the ground turkey, and cook until the turkey is nicely browned and any released water has evaporated, about 8 minutes.
  2. Add the browned turkey to the slow cooker.
  3. Heat the other 2 tsp. of olive oil and briefly cook the chopped red bell pepper, green bell pepper, and onion; then add that to the slow cooker.
  4. Add the brown rice, homemade chicken stock , Kalyn’s Taco Seasoning,  and Spike Seasoning (affiliate link) to the slow cooker and cook on HIGH for about 2 hours, or until the rice is done to your liking. (If your slow cooker cooks hot, I would start checking the rice after 90 minutes.)
  5. When the rice is nearly done, dice the avocado and toss with the lime juice in a small bowl.
  6. Chop tomatoes and slice green onions and add to the bowl.
  7. Stir ingredients together with Spike Seasoning and ground cumin, then add salt to taste.
  8. Put a couple of scoops of the rice mixture into each bowl and top with a little bit of the salsa.
  9. Serve hot. I like to serve with Green Tabasco Sauce (affiliate link).
  10. This rice mixture will freeze well, and can be reheated in a pan or in the microwave. You’ll need to make fresh salsa when you thaw it; the salsa mixture will only keep about a day in the fridge.

Notes

I'm a huge fan of Spike Seasoning (affiliate link), but use any all-purpose seasoning blend if you don't have Spike. I use Uncle Ben's Brown Rice (affiliate link) for this recipe. Just used canned chicken broth or chicken broth from a carton if you don't have homemade stock.

I used a 3.5 Quart Slow Cooker for this recipe.

Recipe created by Kalyn with lots of help from Jake and Kara for numerous tests of the recipe!

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

4

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 636Total Fat: 41gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 29gCholesterol: 124mgSodium: 1244mgCarbohydrates: 34gFiber: 9.6gSugar: 7gProtein: 36g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated by the Recipe Plug-In I am using. I am not a nutritionist and cannot guarantee 100% accuracy, since many variables affect those calculations.

If you make this recipe I'd love to hear how it turns out. Leave a star rating or share on social media with the hashtag #KALYNSKITCHEN, thanks!

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Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
This recipe for Slow Cooker Taco Bowls with Turkey and Brown Rice would be limited to Phase 2 or 3 of the original South Beach Diet due to the rice. If you want a lower-carb version of this recipe I’d recommend doubling the amount of turkey, but this would still have some carbs. I haven’t tried using Cauliflower Rice in the slow cooker, but that might work if you reduced the cooking time.

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    6 Comments on “Slow Cooker Taco Bowls with Turkey and Brown Rice”

  1. Thanks Katie; we loved how it turned out!

  2. Slow cooker recipes like this always are such a revelation to me. I love that you used raw rice and it all came together! So delicious and colorful looking.

  3. Lydia, I have some in my freezer right now!

  4. Love the idea of making this and portioning it out for freezer meals. You could always embellish the portions with black beans or cheese, too.

  5. Thanks Amy, so glad you like it!

  6. I like it, I could see making this at least once a week. Thanks.