How to Make a Cantina Bowl at Home

A Cantina Bowl is a super delicious dish, served exclusively at Taco Bell. If you can’t afford to go to Taco Bell, try this authentic recipe, and enjoy a tasty and healthy meal which will make you feel like you are lunching at Taco Bell.

Prep Time: 10 min
Cook Time: 20 min
Total Time: 30 min
Yield: 4 to 6 servings
Utensils: Grill, food processor, measuring spoons, measuring cups, one small mixing bowl, cooking pot, stove, stirring spoon, plate, serving bowl

– Chicken tenderloins: 12 pieces
– Romaine lettuce (chopped): 1 stalk
– Tomatoes: 2 large
– Limes: 6
– Fresh cilantro: 1 bunch
– Salsa: 1 jar
– Fresh prepared quacamole: 1 tub
– Cooked rice (white or brown): 2 cups
– Black beans (drained and rinsed): 1 can
– Frozen corn thawed: 1 cup
– Mayonnaise (made with olive oil): 1 cup
– Honey: 1 tbsp
– Hot sauce: 2 tbsp
– Extra virgin olive oil: 2 tbsp
– Garlic: 2 cloves
– Scallions (chopped): 1/2 cup
– Onion and garlic powder to season the tenderloins
– Salt and pepper: to taste


  • 1

    Season the chicken tenderloins with salt, pepper, and onion and garlic powder.

  • 2

    In a small bowl, combine the seasoned chicken tenderloins with olive oil, hot sauce and lime juice and set aside for a few minutes.

  • 3

    Grill the marinated tenderloins for 3 minutes on each side or until cooked through.

  • 4

    Remove the tenderloins from the grill, put them in a plate lined with paper towels and set aside.

  • 5

    Cook two cups of rice (brown or white) using the instructions on the package, adding a splash of lime as well. Remove the rice from the heat once it is done.

  • 6

    To make the dressing, pour one cup of mayonnaise into the food processor.

  • 7

    Add two cloves of garlic, one tablespoon of honey and one tablespoon of olive oil to the processor and pulse for a few seconds to combine.

  • 8

    Now squeeze in the juice of four limes and add 1/4 cup of cilantro leaves to the blender. Pulse again, until liquefied and smooth.

  • 9

    Now it’s time to assemble your bowl. Set lettuce at the bottom of the bowl and add a scoop of rice over the lettuce. Layer on beans and corn before adding a layer of grilled chicken tenderloins.

  • 10

    Add on spoonfuls of salsa and drizzle on the mayo dressing.

  • 11

    Now add a huge spoonful of guacamole on top. Garnish your bowl with the remaining limes and tomatoes, and serve.

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