Skillet Taco Rice

Easy Taco Rice Recipe – quick and easy weeknight meal! Ground beef, taco seasoning, tomato sauce, black beans, and rice. Ready to eat in under 30 minutes! Top the rice with your favorite toppings – shredded lettuce, tomatoes, sour cream, jalapenos, and olives. Serve with some tortilla chips, salsa, and queso. Taco Tuesday never tasted so good!

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Easy Mexican Skillet Dinner

This Taco Rice is super easy to make and tastes great! Taco meat, black beans, tomato sauce, and rice. SO simple and packed full of great Mexican flavor! All you need is some tortilla chips and salsa and you are ready for a fiesta! We ate this for dinner and reheated the leftovers for dinner. Add this easy one-pan meal to your menu the next time you need the whole family will enjoy!

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How to Make Skillet Taco Rice

This recipe is effortless to make with only a few simple ingredients. In a large skillet, cook ground beef over medium-high heat until no longer pink. Drain excess grease. Add a packet of taco seasoning and water. Simmer for 5 minutes, until liquid has been absorbed. Stir in tomato sauce, black beans, and cooked rice. Simmer over medium heat for 5 minutes, until heated through.

Helpful Tips & Frequently Asked Questions

  • Can substitute ground turkey, ground pork, or ground chicken.
  • Here is our recipe for Homemade Taco Seasoning made with chili powder, garlic powder, onion powder, red pepper flakes, oregano, paprika, cumin, salt, and black pepper: https://www.plainchicken.com/homemade-taco-seasoning/
  • You can use any cooked rice that you enjoy. 
    • Long grain white rice 
    • Brown rice
    • Yellow Rice
    • I like to use a packet of prepared Knorr Mexican Rice for extra flavor.
    • Prepared instant rice is also a great option.
  • What can I add to the rice?
    • Fresh onions
    • Diced onions
    • Rotel tomatoes
    • Green chiles
    • Jalapenos
    • Chili beans
    • Pinto beans
  • Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
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What to Serve with Taco Rice

We top our rice with iceberg lettuce, sour cream, guacamole, olives, and shredded cheddar cheese. Add a drizzle of our Jalapeno Ranch to really put this over the top! You can also serve the rice mixture in a tortilla, crispy taco shells, or taco salad shells. All you need is some tortilla chips, salsa, and queso for a meal that rivals any restaurant.

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Skillet Taco Rice

Yield: 6 people
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Easy Taco Rice Recipe – quick and easy weeknight meal! Ground beef, taco seasoning, tomato sauce, black beans, and rice. Ready to eat in under 30 minutes! Top the rice with your favorite toppings – shredded lettuce, tomatoes, sour cream, jalapenos, and olives. Serve with some tortilla chips, salsa, and queso. Taco Tuesday never tasted so good!

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 (1-oz) packet taco seasoning
  • ¾ cup water
  • 2 (8-oz) cans tomato sauce
  • 1 (15-oz) can black beans drained
  • 2 cups cooked rice

Instructions:

  • Brown the meat in a skillet over medium heat. Drain excess grease.
  • Add the taco seasoning and water, mix and simmer for 5 minutes.
  • Stir in the tomato sauce, black beans, and rice. Heat in skillet for 5 -10 minutes, until heated through.
  • Serve over tortilla or corn chips and top with your favorite taco toppings.

Notes:

  • Can substitute ground turkey, ground pork, or ground chicken.
  • Here is our recipe for Homemade Taco Seasoning: https://www.plainchicken.com/homemade-taco-seasoning/
  • You can use any cooked rice that you enjoy. 
    • Long grain white rice 
    • Brown rice
    • I like to use a packet of prepared Knorr Mexican Rice for extra flavor.
    • Prepared instant rice is also a great option.
  • What can I add to the rice?
    • Fresh onions
    • Diced onions
    • Jalapenos
    • Chili beans
    • Pinto beans
  • Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

Steph

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  1. Just wanted to stop by and let you know that I made this recipe this wee… definitely a keeper. The combination of the warm taco rice with the lettuce, tomato, cheese, sour cream and salsa toppings was excellent. Excellent job on the recipe – and your photos are beautiful!

  2. We enjoyed this, but I think next time, I'll sub one of the tomato sauces with the spicy Mexican El Pato tomato sauce. The Pioneer Woman turned me onto it with her burrito recipe!

  3. yum, this looks great, I think I might have to make this tonight I should have all the ingredients at home….wahoo one less trip to the store! 🙂

  4. I immensely love your recipes. They are actually doable. I can't wait to make this for my family. Thank you!

  5. This is the type of dish I really enjoy rice in and yours looks very good. I have the same Mexican restaurant problem and am usually full on chips and salsa when the meal arrives.

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