One pot, 20 minutes, and made almost entirely from pantry staples, this quick and easy Mexican couscous bowl is the perfect comfort food. Filled with beans and plantains, it’s packed full of fiber, protein, and bold Mexican flavors.
Do you like super quick dinners that you can cook in one pot? Because I sure do. And I’m excited to bring one of my favorites to you today — this Mexican couscous bowl.
Some version of this has been in our dinner rotation for years now. I used to make it at least once a month during my 4 years of long distance marriage.
Super easy, vegetarian, filling, and a ton of leftovers.
Here’s what I love so much about a Mexican couscous bowl: other than the plantains, everything in here is something you can easily store in your pantry.
(And you can even store sliced, uncooked plantains in the freezer, so you can pull out a bag in a snap.)
This whole dinner comes together in 20 minutes. It’s packed full of fiber, protein, and bold Mexican flavors.
The staple ingredients?
Whole wheat couscous. Beans (I usually use pinto beans and kidney beans, but black beans work well too!). Frozen corn and canned green chilies. Cilantro (also easy to freeze and keep on hand!), simple Mexican spices, garlic, citrus.
All easy ingredients which combine together into one power-packed delicious Mexican couscous bowl.
And of course, like any good “bowl” dinner — don’t forget the toppings!
We like ours with diced mango, sliced avocado, and if I have some in the freezer, some of my favorite slow cooker BBQ pulled pork.
I ate this many, many times in my 15 years as a vegetarian and never felt like it was “missing” anything, but now that I live with my husband and eat meat again, we often top it with some pulled pork or chicken.
Don’t be thrown off by the long list of ingredients. This is simple and quick.
One bowl. 20 minutes. Pantry staples.
Dare I call this the Mexican couscous bowl the perfect easy comfort food?
Filled with beans and plantains, this Mexican Couscous Bowl is packed full of fiber, protein, and bold Mexican flavors.
Adapted from Lunchbox Bunch