Last Updated on November 22, 2023
A rice bowl is such a dinnertime gift: Make the elements ahead of time, and when everyone’s ready to eat, set everything out and let everyone build their own bowl. Bonus: Leftovers make a perfect lunch the next day.
The star of these bowls is ButcherBox chorizo, a mild pork sausage that’s packed with flavor from paprika, garlic and other seasonings. Quick-pickled red onions, peppery radishes, creamy avocado, crunchy pepitas and a tangy lime crema give these bowls a variety of textures and tastes, so every bite is a celebration.
- 1/2 red onion very thinly sliced
- 1/2 cup cider vinegar
- 1 tbsp sugar
- Fine sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 1/3 cup sour cream
- 1 tsp lime zest
- 1 tbsp lime juice
- 1/4 tsp garlic powder
- 1/8 tsp raw honey
- 1 tbsp avocado oil
- 1 package ButcherBox Pork Chorizo Sausage defrosted
- 2 cups cooked rice
- 6 radishes trimmed, halved, thinly sliced
- 1 ripe avocado chopped
- 2 tbsp chopped fresh cilantro
- 2 tbsp roasted, salted pepitas
- Make the pickled onions: Place the onion in a bowl or jar. In a small saucepan, combine the vinegar, ½ cup water, sugar and 1 teaspoon salt. Place over medium heat and cook, stirring, until the sugar and salt dissolve. Pour over the onions. Let cool, cover and refrigerate. (You can make this up to 2 days ahead; keep covered and refrigerated.)
- Make the crema: In a small bowl, whisk together the sour cream, lime zest and juice, garlic powder and honey. Season with salt and pepper. (Yield: Scant ½ cup. You can make this up to 1 day ahead; keep covered and refrigerated. Whisk before using.)
- Warm the avocado oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the chorizo and cook, stirring and breaking it up, until cooked through and browned in spots, 7 to 10 minutes.
- Divide the rice among 4 shallow bowls. Using a slotted spoon, divide the chorizo among the bowls. Divide the radishes and avocado among the bowls. Add some of the pickled onion to each bowl. Drizzle each bowl with crema and sprinkle with cilantro and pepitas. Serve.
- If you have leftover pickled onions, add them to sandwiches, salads, tacos, or any dish that could use a little pizzazz.
Beth Lipton is a Brooklyn-based recipe developer and writer specializing in food and wellness. Her work has appeared in Clean Eating, Paleo magazine, FoodNetwork.com, Well+Good, Outside, Sleep.com and more. Beth's latest cookbook, Carnivore-ish, featuring 125 animal protein-forward recipes, is available now.