Recipe: Tortilla bowl deluxe

Winning Delaware recipe from “The 2013 Healthy Lunchtime Challenge Kids ‘State Dinner’ Cookbook,” courtesy Epicurious.

Recipe submitted by 9-year-old Braeden Mannering of Delaware. “I like tacos, but they are messy and don’t hold a lot, so I chose a corn tortilla bowl,” notes Braeden. “That way you can eat the bowl, too. Grilled chicken is good and it’s healthy. To add color and vegetables I picked avocado because I don’t like lettuce and I wanted it to have some green. I also picked orange sweet peppers and tomatoes. To top the bowl you could add shredded lactose-free cheese. (I am lactose-intolerant.) On the side would be fruit. Pineapples, mangoes, cantaloupe,grapes, and watermelon would be colorful and delicious.”


  • 1 medium (4-ounce) boneless, skinless chicken breast, grilled or cooked as desired, and cut into bite-size pieces
  • 1/4 cup diced avocado
  • 1/4 cup diced orange bell pepper
  • 1/4 cup diced tomato
  • 1/4 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 corn tortilla bowl


  1. In a medium bowl, toss together the chicken, avocado, bell pepper, tomato, and cheese. Season with salt and pepper,scoop into the tortilla bowl and serve immediately.

Nutrition information:

Makes one serving, 563 calories, 48g protein, 45g carbohydrates, 20g fat (7g saturated fat), 921mg sodium