Tacos in a Bowl Recipe
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Tacos in a Bowl Recipe

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“This easy skillet dish offers a tasty use for leftover taco meat,” Sue Schoening notes from Sheboygan, Wisconsin. Garnish it with sour cream and salsa for added Southwestern flavor.
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
MAKES:2 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
MAKES: 2 servings


  • 1/2 pound lean ground beef (90% lean)
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped onion
  • 3/4 cup canned diced tomatoes, drained
  • 2 tablespoons taco seasoning
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 package (3 ounces) ramen noodles
  • 1/4 cup shredded cheddar or Mexican cheese blend
  • 1/4 cup crushed tortilla chips, optional

Nutritional Facts

1 cup (prepared with reduced-sodium taco seasoning and reduced-fat cheese; calculated without tortilla chips) equals 435 calories, 18 g fat (9 g saturated fat), 66 mg cholesterol, 922 mg sodium, 37 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 30 g protein.


  1. In a small skillet, cook beef and onion over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain. Stir in the tomatoes, taco seasoning and water. Bring to a boil. Add ramen noodles (discard seasoning packet or save for another use). Cook and stir for 3-5 minutes or until noodles are tender.
  2. Spoon into serving bowls; sprinkle with cheese and tortilla chips if desired. Yield: 2 servings.
Originally published as Tacos in a Bowl in Cooking for 2 Spring 2006, p27

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Reviewed May. 8, 2015

"This was a quick and easy weeknight meal. I doubled the recipe for my family and used a whole can of tomatoes and a can of beef broth instead of the water for a bit more flavor. I also seasoned the ground beef with pepper and salt while browning."

Reviewed Dec. 19, 2014

"Wow! 922 mg of Sodium."

Reviewed Sep. 29, 2014

"I've been making this for several years & it's a favorite for my husband & I. It's so easy & tasty! To add a little kick, I use diced tomatoes with chilies & use some of the drained liquid instead of water. My husband likes it better spicy. I like it a bit more mild!"

Reviewed Jan. 16, 2014

"Great flavor combination"

Reviewed Aug. 11, 2013

"This is so quick & easy and taste great. Good one to make with kids and also easy for single guys who are not that into cooking."

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