Cooking With Kids: Make Your Own Burrito Bowl Bar

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Being a mom of four, it's nice to every now and then, get a break from dinner duty.  Some nights the kids ask for breakfast for dinner (which is usually cereal or waffles), and other nights we are a little more "elaborate".  I've learned that allowing my older children to help out in the kitchen has been a great way to relieve some stress from my daily routine; it encourages independence and allows us all to spend quality time together. In honor of “International Cook With Your Kids Day,” which is on October 15th, my husband and kids cooked up a fun and easy weeknight meal that anyone can enjoy! A Beef Burrito Bowl Bar with Uncle Ben's Ready Rice! 

Cooking With Kids:  Make Your Own Burrito Bowl Bar


To make this a quick and easy dinner, my husband assigned each of our children age-appropriate duties in creating the meal. My hubby took charge of the stove, our two oldest children handled the slicing and chopping of the toppings, and my little guy was in charge of helping with the rice!  All I had to do was go to Walmart to do the shopping!

We LOVE rice in our house, and to be able to cook it in 90 seconds is pretty awesome!!!  For this recipe they used Uncle Ben's Spanish Style Ready Rice, ground beef, refried beans, black beans, corn, and toppings such as sour cream, shredded cheese and jalepenos, yum!


Cooking With Kids:  Make Your Own Burrito Bowl Bar


If you want to make this recipe, here's what you'll need:

  • 2 packets of Uncle Ben's Ready Rice, Spanish Style
  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • taco seasoning
  • 1 can of corn
  • 1 can of black beans
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup of sour cream
  • Salsa
  • 8 flour tortillas
  • Toppings: chopped tomato, jalapenos, cilantro, red onion, sliced avocado and lime for garnish!
Cooking With Kids:  Make Your Own Burrito Bowl Bar

While our older kids did the chopping and prepping of the toppings . . .

Cooking With Kids:  Make Your Own Burrito Bowl Bar

My husband browned the ground beef and mixed in the taco seasoning and refried beans.

Cooking With Kids:  Make Your Own Burrito Bowl Bar

Cayden, our 7 year old, helped my husband microwave the Uncle Ben's Spanish Style Ready Rice. We like to have him read the directions out loud, and then ask him to explain to us what the instructions are telling us to do, as it's a great way to practice comprehension.  

I thought it was really cool that the packaging has cool zones on the sides (where his fingers are placed), so he was able to safely remove the packet from the microwave (with my husband's supervision of course).

Cooking With Kids:  Make Your Own Burrito Bowl Bar

They poured the Ready Rice into a serving bowl . . .

Cooking With Kids:  Make Your Own Burrito Bowl Bar

and gathered the other items on our island to create the Burrito Bowl Bar!

Cooking With Kids:  Make Your Own Burrito Bowl Bar

Cooking With Kids:  Make Your Own Burrito Bowl Bar

Cooking With Kids:  Make Your Own Burrito Bowl Bar
  
When we make burrito bowls, we like to place the flour tortilla in the bowl first, then fill with the Uncle Ben's Ready Rice and ground beef/refried beans mixture.  Next we let the kids get creative and layer their toppings however they like!  

Cooking With Kids:  Make Your Own Burrito Bowl Bar

The kids tend to omit the onions, jalapenos and tomatoes, lol.  But my burrito bowls get all the toppings!!!


Cooking With Kids:  Make Your Own Burrito Bowl Bar

Cooking With Kids:  Make Your Own Burrito Bowl Bar

What are some of your favorite recipes to make with your kids?  If you're looking for more ways to get your kids cooking?  Visit Ben's Beginners for easy cooking lessons that you can teach your children!

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11 comments

  1. Carli this looks like an ad! I love it and love that the whole family was involved!

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    1. Thank you Erin! This was so much fun, you should see the out takes, my son, while chopping a jalapeno decided to take a taste and was in for a HOT surprise it was hilarious because I caught his reaction on camera!

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  2. Carli I love this !! We're making the same thing now !! Minus the rice lol !!

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    1. Wow that is so funny Nicole! We have to have the rice, my kids have BIG appetites, the rice fills them up :D

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  3. Carli, those burrito bowls look so yummy and easy to make! I never thought to simplify things by using uncle bens rice. Great idea! Next time please invite me over for dinner time :)

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    1. Hahhhaa! Most definitely, no invite needed :D Yes Uncle Ben's makes it soooo much easier!

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  4. wow! that looks so good! and so easy to prepare! The Uncle Ben's rice makes it super quick! I'll be doing this with my daughter as well!

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  5. Yum that looks so good. I love how you got the kids involved. It makes it easier for you and teaches them some simple recipes the older ones will be able to do without moms assistance, which can be nice at times. I definitely am going to try this with the uncles bens rice.

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  6. Yum that looks so good. I love how you got the kids involved. It makes it easier for you and teaches them some simple recipes the older ones will be able to do without moms assistance, which can be nice at times. I definitely am going to try this with the uncles bens rice.

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  7. I have to confess that I'm not good at cooking but always want to spend time with my kids. The recipe is not too hard I may give it a try. Thanks for sharing :)

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  8. Okay, this Uncle Ben's rice is looking really good, I'm going to have to try it with our next burrito bowls! I love how you got all the family involved, Carli! Looks like you guys are having a blast.

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