Easy chicken taco bowls

Taco bowl on eatlivetravelwrite.comThis post is sponsored by Gay Lea.

I’m a huge fan of summer and not just because I get July and most of August off teaching 😉 I love the fact that there are literally more (daylight) hours in the day and I feel like I get so much more accomplished. Summer gives me the chance to “breathe” a little and actually check out some of the cool events that are taking place, wherever I am (home in Toronto; France, where I am currently or anywhere else in the world!). One of the things I love most about the summer, everywhere, is all of the food festivals that seem to be happening. From the marchĂ©s nocturne of Southwest France to the endless food-related events that take place in Toronto, there’s always something delicious to eat 🙂

One of my favourite dishes to check out in terms of festival and street food is tacos. Toronto does some pretty great tacos year-round and there’s even a Taco Fest! I confess to putting tacos in the “order out, not make-at-home” category (even though they’re really easy if you have all the ingredients) but recently I figured out a way that gives you the taste of a simple taco with less mess (confession: I always overstuff my tacos…), because, BOWLS! Obviously this is a simplified version but it satisfies a taco craving with just a few pantry and fridge staples (and hey, in my taco-less town in Southwest France, it means I can satisfy that craving for these flavours and textures pretty easily too!)

Fixings for tortilla bowls on eatlivetravelwrite.comTo kick your tacos up a notch, hot sauce/ salsa is great and if you are serving all the components separately, you can let people make it as hot as they like (or not!). I’ve chosen to use Gay Lea Low Fat Sour Cream to temper any heat from the salsa you might have chosen. Since you don’t need this as an ingredient to make anything creamier, just cooler, the low-fat version works here.

Fixings for tortilla bowls with Gay Lea Sour Cream on eatlivetravelwrite.comThis is the ultimate in “self serve” meals – prep the ingredients in advance (or get the whole family to help!), then let everyone assemble their own! A great anytime dish but especially great in the summer – bowls lend themselves to outdoor eating and hey, there’s less mess when you serve food in a bowl!

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Easy chicken taco bowls

Easy chicken taco bowls

All the goodness of a taco served in a bowl! Less a recipe than a guideline, feel free to add in the ingredients you have on hand!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes


  • Cooked rice
  • Shredded BBQ or rotisserie chicken
  • Shredded cheese (cheddar)
  • Shredded lettuce
  • Chopped tomatoes
  • Crushed tortilla chips
  • Sliced avocado
  • Salsa
  • Gay Lea Low-Fat Sour Cream
  • Chopped fresh cilantro
  • Finely sliced green onions


  1. Construct your bowl from the rice/ chicken layer up.
  2. Start with the rice and add the chicken.
  3. Scatter over a little of the shredded cheese and if you like, pop the bowl in the microwave for a few seconds until the cheese melts.
  4. Alternate layers of the rest of the ingredients to make a pretty bowl!

Taco bowl recipe on eatlivetravelwrite.comWhat about you – what’s your kitchen hack to make a favourite dish easier to serve?

Disclosure: I am part of the PTPA Brand Ambassador Program with Gay Lea, and receive compensation as part of my affiliation with this group. As always, opinions expressed here are my own and I only write about/ recommend products I use and love. If you know me in real life or follow me on social media, you’ll know that writing a French food cookbook requires ridiculous amounts of butter so this campaign is a perfect fit 😉



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6 Responses to Easy chicken taco bowls

  1. paula schuck July 7, 2017 at 11:58 #

    This is one I am pinning for later for sure! Great idea. Also I LOVE your dish. It is pretty perfect for this meal. Chicken taco bowls will be made here later this summer because hello easy and yummy and kids love this stuff. My kitchen hack actually used to be browning the ground beef the moment I bought it from a grocery store Sunday and came home, then saving it in the fridge for the next day. Made Back to school kind of Mondays so much easier and faster when the kids were small. I should do that again actually.

    • Mardi Michels July 17, 2017 at 02:00 #

      That is GREAT kitchen hack which would definitely make weeknights easier!

  2. Dawn - Girl Heart Food July 12, 2017 at 07:15 #

    I absolutely LOVE tacos so this taco bowl is definitely up my alley! I could eat this every day, I’m pretty sure of it. This looks super god 🙂

    • Mardi Michels July 17, 2017 at 01:57 #

      Yup, I think I could eat this for lunch everyday too!

  3. Ayngelina July 12, 2017 at 08:24 #

    I love taco everything and this recipe is making me hungry!

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