Playing Chopped: Dinner Ideas on the Go

One of my favourite Food Network shows to watch is Chopped. I really like learning about new ingredients and seeing how Chefs work with mystery ingredients. Some of the items that appear I recognize, even some of the unique ones. I used to work at a grocery store and a fruit/vegetable supplier (my Dad’s work), so my knowledge of random fruits and veggies is extensive.  Meat is a whole different story. I had never heard of skirt steak before nor that really gross clam, gooeyducks (or geoducks)  that look really weird. I will spare you the sentence I wrote to figure out what geoducks were called because it was kind of inappropriate.

Anyways, sometimes I feel like switching things up in the kitchen and making a dinner up without really planning for it. I usually have some sort of protein object ready to go, some vegetables on hand and a ready shelf of spices. Today I had ground beef – and I did not feel like spaghetti, chili or burgers. I found a can of Trader Joe’s black beans, had a fresh bunch of cilantro and lots of rice. I started cooking by sautéing some onions and cilantro in a pot and then added the ground beef. I also remembered that I had some cheese, sour cream and tomatoes in the fridge. I instantly thought “BURRITO BOWL” and proceeded to assemble that delicious meal.






Basically, my “burrito bowl” was a layer of rice, followed by a layer of black beans and ground beef with bell pepper. I topped the bowl off with cheese, sour cream, avocado, tomato and cilantro. Because I did not have any jalapeños on hand, I added my good friend, Sriracha sauce to the mix. Delicious!


Playing Chopped: Dinner Ideas on the Go
Recipe type: Easy Dinner
Cuisine: Tex-Mex
Prep time: 
Cook time: 
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Serves: 3
A bit of different version of a burrito bowl recipe.
  • Ground Beef
  • 1 bell pepper
  • 1 onion
  • rice
  • black beans in a can
  • avocado
  • tomatoes or salsa
  • cilantro
  • olive oil
  • shredded cheese
  • jalapeño or a hot sauce
  • sour cream
  • paprika
  • salt and pepper
  1. Cook your choice of rice
  2. In another pot, sauté some onions, stems from a cilantro bunch and some olive oil
  3. Add ground beef, salt and pepper and paprika - cook until brown
  4. While the beef is cooking, cut up some tomato, avocado and shred some cheese. Alternatively you can use guacamole and salsa
  5. Once the rice is cooked, place into a bowl
  6. Next layer is the beef and beans
  7. Top with your choice of toppings: I like tomato, cheese, sour cream, cilantro and hot sauce
  8. ENJOY
Alternatively you can use brown or mexican rice

You can also use a shredded beef recipe - I just had ground beef on hand


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1 Comment

  1. Jo

    I love Chopped! Gooeyducks are actually found where I grew up (Vancouver Island/Western Canada) but they aren’t commonly eaten or served at restaurants locally (they are typically exported to Japan). When we were kids at the beach we would look for these little holes in the sand made by gooeyducks and stomp on them. The gooeyducks would then shoot water up like a fountain (and bury themselves deeper in the sand). Knowing what a gooey duck looks like, I can only imagine what description you put in when searching for the name. Ha!
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