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Wednesday, August 21, 2019

One Pan Taco Rice Skillet Meal

One pan taco rice skillet is a quick and easy way to get dinner on the table. It has maximum flavor with minimal dirty dishes!

close up of a plate loaded with one pan taco rice skillet meal topped with melted cheese, tomatoes, sour cream and cilantro with red cast iron pan in background


      One pan dinners are among my favorite ways to get supper on the table.  This taco rice version takes very little prep and you are rewarded with a hearty Tex-Mex meal. It's a great busy night meal and the leftovers are fabulous too.



     My one pan BBQ pulled pork rice skillet supper is always popular. It's a hit at our dinner table and a hit with people who have tried the recipe in their own homes.

      Usually I have a fair amount of leftover pulled pork in the freezer, so whipping some up isn't a problem. This year I seem to be finding myself in a pulled pork shortage.

skillet filled with ground beef, taco seasoning, jalapenos, onions and uncooked rice ready for skillet meal


      So I thought I'd create some new spins on that basic idea.  This taco inspired version is one of our new favorites.

         It is a simple and economical way to turn a pound of ground beef and some rice into a great family meal. It comes together quickly and will get gobbled up.

red enameled cast iron skillet full of one pan taco rice skillet meal before the cheese is melted on top


Tips, tricks and potential variations for one pan taco rice


I like using either an enameled cast iron braiser or a deep nonstick saute pan with lid for this kind of skillet meal. Both hold plenty of volume and clean up easily.  A 12" cast iron skillet would work as well, but cleanup is a bit more finicky.

I used seeded and ribbed jalapenos for the peppers for flavor. It hardly had any heat, so I wish I hadn't cleaned them so well.  If you are worried about the heat, just use a bell pepper or a few smaller sweet peppers instead.

skillet full of one pan taco rice skillet meal topped with melted cheese, chopped tomatoes, cilantro and sour cream


You can sub in your favorite beans if you don't have or don't like black beans. Or leave them out altogether if you prefer.

Feel free to stir in some corn if you'd like. It is a fabulous addition, but my husband prefers it without.

Ground turkey or venison would be great substitutions for the ground beef.  Or leftover carnitas or barbacoa would be delicious as well.

plate of one pan taco rice skillet meal topped with sour cream, tomatoes and cilantro in front of red cast iron skillet full of remaining dish


Serving suggestions


I ate mine as is. My husband loaded his in a tortilla with additional jalapenos, tomatoes, cheese and sour cream.

Serve with a small green salad, or on top of a salad!

Serve with avocado black bean salad or roasted salsa and tortilla chips.

Use your favorite taco toppings. We enjoyed fresh tomatoes, sour cream and cilantro.  Guacamole, taco sauce, chives, onions or additional salsa would be great as well.



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dinner
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Yield: 8 servings
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One Pan Taco Rice Skillet Meal

One pan taco rice skillet is a quick and easy way to get dinner on the table. It has maximum flavor with minimal dirty dishes!
prep time: 10 Mcook time: 30 Mtotal time: 40 M

ingredients:

  • 1 pound ground beef (or turkey or venison)
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 2-3 jalapenos, seeded and diced (or 1 bell pepper)
  • 1 package taco seasoning
  • 1 cup rice (uncooked)
  • 1 cup salsa
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 14 ounce can black beans, drained
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese
  • Your favorite toppings

instructions:

How to cook One Pan Taco Rice Skillet Meal

  1. In a large skillet with a lid, cook ground beef, onions and peppers over medium heat until the meat is browned and the onions are translucent.
  2. Add the taco seasoning and rice.  Stir to coat everything with the seasoning and let the rice toast for a minute or two.
  3. Add the salsa and water, bring to a simmer. Cover and simmer for about 20 minutes. Stir it about 15 minutes in and add additional water if necessary.
  4. Stir in black beans.
  5. Sprinkle cheese over the top, cover and let melt for a minute or two.
  6. Serve with your favorite taco toppings. 
Calories
303.18
Fat (grams)
15.23
Sat. Fat (grams)
6.67
Carbs (grams)
17.86
Fiber (grams)
4.44
Net carbs
13.42
Sugar (grams)
2.11
Protein (grams)
23.00
Sodium (milligrams)
626.97
Cholesterol (grams)
65.62
Created using The Recipes Generator


One pan taco rice skillet is a quick and easy way to get dinner on the table. It has maximum flavor with minimal dirty dishes!

Shared at The Weekend Potluck and Meal Plan Monday

10 comments:

  1. Onepan skillet meals are one of my favs for weeknights, this looks so delicious and perfect!

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  2. My people will devour this! YUM!

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  3. Hi Carlee, just reading this post has reminded me that I need to eat!... Life is a littel busy at the moment and this sort of meal will go down a treat. I will betrying it soon... I also keep meaning to dig out my cast iron pot too. We have a love/hate relationship. I hate it as it's big and heavy, but I love it too just because it holds so much.

    xx

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    1. Eating is something I rarely forget to do ;-) But I do hear you, life has been busy lately. Cast iron is really heavy, but so nice too!

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  4. I love one pan meals and this one sounds like one that my family will really like. Thanks for sharing the recipe and enjoy the rest of your Summer.

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  5. Hi Carlee, I just wanted to let you know that followed this recipe yesterday and it went down a treat. It was so quick and easy to throw together it was the sort of dinner I was in the mood to prepare after a busy day.... I cooked it in the wok which worked lovely and I have since dug out the cast iron pot and am re-seasoning it as I type.

    xx

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