The ‘Gate Plate


Kristen Miquel

A TWIST ON TACO TUESDAY: These delectable taco bowls are the perfect remedy for the inevitable Sunday scaries.

Simple and scrumptious recipes for college students.

With the Yik Yak petitions calling for the immediate construction of a Chipotle on the Colgate campus, it only felt right to have this week’s recipe be inspired by the restaurant itself. These taco bowls are both delicious and filled with protein and nutrients to help anyone recover from a long weekend and get a good start for the week. Each part of the bowl can be reconstructed or eaten individually as well, with leftovers a given!

Sunday Night Taco Bowls

SERVES: 2-5 people

PREP TIME: 20 minutes 

COOK TIME:  15 minutes

EASY TIPS: I love to add different combinations of vegetables (and fruits) to the salsa. Feel free to mix in your favorites for fun flavors!


For the Protein (I used ground turkey but you can also try out  chicken, tofu, beef etc):

  • 1 pound ground or chopped meat of your choice
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves of garlic, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • ½ teaspoon cumin
  • Olive oil, for the pan
  • Salt and pepper to taste

For the Rice:

  • 2 cups of water
  • 1 cup of rice

For the Salsa:

  • 1 can black beans, drained
  • 1 can corn, drained
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, diced
  • Juice of 1-2 limes (or more, depending on how acidic you like it)
  • 1 tomato, chopped
  • ¼ cup cilantro, chopped
  • Salt and pepper to taste

For the Guacamole:

  • 2 avocados, smashed
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 2 cloves of garlic, chopped
  • Salt and pepper
  • Handful of cilantro, chopped


  • Shredded cheese
  • Sour cream
  • Tortilla chips
  • Extra lime wedges


  1. Heat the two cups of water and cook the rice according to package directions. Season with salt and pepper, and set aside.
  2. Heat a medium sauce pan with olive oil. Add onion and garlic. Once browned, add protein of choice. Season with chili powder, paprika, cumin and salt & pepper. Cook until protein is browned and fully cooked through.
  3. In a small bowl, combine the ingredients for the salsa. Season with salt and pepper to taste, and move to the fridge until ready to eat.
  4. Combine the guacamole ingredients in another bowl, and top with extra cilantro and lime.
  5. Assemble bowls with extra toppings as desired. Enjoy your Taco Bowl!