The Country Cook: One-Pan Taco Rice Dinner

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

One-Pan Taco Rice Dinner

If there is one item I always tell new cooks to keep in their pantry - is rice. Especially quick-cooking rice like Minute Rice. It can be pulled out and added or mixed with so many other meals and it's doggone easy to get creative with. It beefs up meal time to make it more filling and you can add just about any flavor to it. 
I love my Mom's Spanish Rice, so I figured, why not a taco version? And let me tell you, this turned out crazy good! And it made for awesome leftovers. I topped it with lettuce and tomato and later added a dollop of sour cream but that's not necessary to make this taste outstanding. This would make a great filling for burritos too!
1 pound ground beef
1 packet taco seasoning
2 cups water
2 cups Minute Rice, uncooked
1 cup salsa
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
In a large skillet, brown and crumble ground beef. Drain excess grease.
Add in taco seasoning and water. 
Stir well and allow mixture to come to a boil.
Turn down heat, then add in uncooked Minute Rice and stir. 
Cover and cook for about 5 minutes (until rice is tender.)
Then remove lid and stir in salsa and cheese.
Turn off heat and it's ready to serve.
This meal can be served as-is or you can top with shredded lettuce, diced tomatoes and even sour cream!
Cook's Notes: Serve with diced tomatoes, shredded lettuce and sour cream.



  1. Another great recipe to try tonight. Thanks for all the great recipes you share!

  2. This sounds delicious and so simple. Thanks for the recipe, Brandie!

  3. Sheree that was so sweet, thank you!! Hope you love it!

  4. Thank you Mary! Great to hear from you! See you soon!!

  5. This looks really good. I wonder if I could skip the salsa? My family doesn't like spicy stuff. Thanks for the recipe!

  6. Brandie this sounds delish, but I don't buy minute rice due to husband's medical issues. How would you suggest making this with regular rice???

  7. Libragirl,

    I'm DEF not the cook that Brandie is, but I'd suggest MILD taco sauce in place of the salsa. My husband cannot have tomatoes due to health reasons, but CAN tolorate tomato based sauces in moderation, so I've begun sub'ing in taco sauce in all my recipes that call for salsa. You might want to cut back just a bit on the amount you use so you don't end up with something that is far soupier than intended.

  8. What a great weeknight meal! I agree. Rice is a pantry staple must! I have a huge bag from SAMS club and love having it there whenever I need a quick starch. Love this recipe!

  9. Libra girl, It is not spicy hot at all. If you purchase a very mild salsa like I did - it does not come out spicy. However, you could just leave it out all together. I am very sensitive to hot foods because of my acid reflux so I totally understand that!

  10. Lora, just prepare your rice as normal and then you will add it to the prepared taco meat. The only water you'll use is the water needed for the taco seasoning (just use the amount it says on the back of the package.) Hope that helps!

  11. I made this tonight and it ROCKS!!! Thank you for posting this recipe!! :D

  12. My husband LOVED this!! It was delicious and I like that I can have everything on hand for a hurry-up dinner..

  13. So glad hubby approved! Who doesn't love a one pot wonder? Less dishes to wash and all bellies are full and happy!

  14. Was wondering if I could add black beans to this?? Thoughts?

  15. Bonnie-absolutely you can add black beans to this recipe.

  16. When I saw this recipe the first time I tried it out immediately. And it was a hit. I still make it this exact way but I do sometimes add bell pepper and rinsed black beans. I cook the bell pepper with the mear or cook it separately, whichever is fine. I add the beans with the Salsa they only need to warm. This is a great dish to take to a pot luck dinner and the extras only add to the amount tou take to the dinner. There is never any left.

  17. Thank you, this has been a hit since I first shared it. So glad you are enjoying it as much as we have.

  18. My mom used to make this recipe when I was growing up. I Always loved it. She would put it on a bed of crushed up corn chips and put the lettuce and tomato on top. I believe she got the recipe right off of the Minute rice box back in the day. Thanks for sharing so I can make it for my family.

    1. LOVE that idea of the corn chips and lettuce and tomato! Hope your family loves it.

  19. Very picky husband loved this, and so do I!


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