Mexican Rice Skillet

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This Mexican rice skillet is a one pot meal you’ll make again and again. Especially because you can make it in under 30 minutes!

I am kind of in love with skillet dinners lately.  They are so quick and easy to make, plus you can change them up in so many different ways.  Cheeseburger Macaroni Skillet was the start of it. Everything cooks on one pan, so the prep and clean up are so easy!  

Mexican food is one of our favorites, and this Enchilada Pasta Skillet is another wining one pan meal at our house. One of the things I love about Mexican food at restaurants is the rice.  So I decided to throw it all together, rice, meat, and everything else into a skillet and make a tasty dinner for the whole family.

Skillet dinners are great because you only get one pan dirty, and dinner is ready in about 25 minutes.  On busy weeknights when getting dinner on the table is a struggle, you don’t want to have a ton of clean up to do after dinner.  So, one pan dinners are ideal.

What You’ll Need

  • Ground Beef
  • Onion
  • Taco Seasoning
  • Corn Kernels (black beans make a great addition as well)
  • Salsa
  • Long Grain Wild Rice
  • Chicken Broth
  • Rotel Tomatoes
  • Cheddar Cheese

You can use Homemade Taco Seasoning and my favorite Restaurant Style Salsa to cut down on store bought items if that is important to you.

Mexican Rice Skillet {Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts}

Mexican rice skillet is so easy to customize to your families taste.  I used corn kernels in mine, but you can use black beans if your family likes them.  You can switch up the protein if you want too.  

Can I Use Something Other Than Ground Beef?

Absolutely! We always have ground beef in the freezer so it is easy to grab, but you can really use anything.

  • Ground Turkey
  • Ground Chicken
  • Any meat substitute

What Toppings To Use

Whatever your favorite taco toppings are would be great! Here are a few of our favorites.

I have even seen it made with cauliflower rice before.  So it is very flexible to what you have and the diet you are following.

Mexican Rice Skillet - a complete meal that is on the table in less than 30 minutes!

How to Make Mexican Rice Skillet

  1. Brown the meat.  Doesn’t matter what protein your are using you want to cook the meat and onions together until the onions are soft and the meat is cooked.  Mix in the taco seasoning until everything is coated.  
  2. Next you mix in the corn, salsa, uncooked rice, tomatoes, and the chicken stock.  Everything gets mixed together and then you bring it to a boil.  Once it is boiling reduce the heat to a simmer and cover to let it cook.  For the rice to cook properly you need to make sure the lid is on, this creates steam which helps the rice cook.  
  3. Once the rice is cooked you top with cheese and let it melt.  Then it is time to top how you like and serve!  


Got leftovers? Don’t worry, this reheats really well for lunches. Just store in an airtight container in the fridge for 4-5 days.

mexican rice skillet in a pan

What To Serve With Mexican Rice

And if you like Mexican flavors be sure to check out One Pan Southwest Chicken Skillet.  It is a similar idea to this one with chicken and it is oh so good!  Or Southwest Baked Chicken if for a recipe with just 4 ingredients!  I mean, you can’t get any easier.

close up mexican rice in a skillet

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Yield: 6

Mexican Rice Skillet

Mexican Rice Skillet

This Mexican rice skillet is a one pot meal you'll make again and again. Especially because you can make it in under 30 minutes!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes


  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 cup onion, finely chopped
  • 1 package taco seasoning
  • 1 cup frozen corn kernels
  • 1 cup salsa
  • 1 cup uncooked long grain white rice
  • 2 cups chicken stock
  • 1 (10 oz) can Rotel tomatoes
  • 1 ½ cup cheddar cheese, shredded


  • Black Olives
  • Tomatoes
  • Avocado
  • Sour Cream
  • Cilantro


    1. In a large skillet over medium high heat brown grown beef, breaking apart.   Add onions, and cook until soft.  Stir in taco seasoning until the meat is evenly coated. 
    2. Add corn kernels, salsa, rice, tomatoes, and chicken stock.  Stir until well mixed. Bring to a boil, then cover and reduce heat to a simmer. Cook for about 15 minutes, or until the rice is cooked through, and most
      of the liquid is absorbed.
    3. Sprinkle cheese over the top of the dish.  Cover and heat until cheese is melted. 
    4. Top with desired toppings to serve.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 417Total Fat 20gSaturated Fat 9gTrans Fat 1gUnsaturated Fat 8gCholesterol 98mgSodium 1017mgCarbohydrates 26gFiber 2gSugar 6gProtein 33g

Nutrition Disclaimer: All information presented on this site is intended for informational purposes only. I am not a certified nutritionist and any nutritional information shared on should only be used as a general guideline.

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  1. I made this last night. Really good, will definitely make again.
    Have you tried making this in a crockpot?

    1. I haven’t, but it should work just fine. Rice cooks well in the crockpot, just brown the ground beef first.