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.
Between my son’s basketball practice two nights a week, homework, and other activities some nights dinner is the last thing I want to think about. So it is really nice to have a few recipes in my arsenal, that I know everyone will eat, and come together quickly.
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.
Ground beef, turkey, chicken, or even a meat substitute would all work equally well. Plus, you can top it with any of your favorite taco toppings; tomatoes, avocado, black olives, sour cream, cilantro etc. The leftovers are great for lunch the next day as well. 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.
How to Make Mexican Rice Skillet
- 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.
- 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.
- Once the rice is cooked you top with cheese and let it melt. Then it is time to top how you like and serve!
- Black Olives
- Fresh Tomatoes
- Diced Avocado
- Sour Cream
Serve Mexican Rice Skillet Recipe with a few tortilla chips and some fruit for a complete meal that sill disappear quickly. This recipe is also a contribution to Food Fanatic’s Easy Dinner Recipes. Check out this and all the other recipes I have shared over at Food Fanatic.
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.
More One Pan Dinner Ideas
- One Pot Beef Stroganoff
- Sausage & Rice Skillet
- Cheesy Skillet Chili Mac
- Creamy Chicken and Rice
- Spicy Garlic Shrimp
- Sheet Pan Shrimp Boil
- Cheesy Sausage Pasta
- Pizza Chicken
- 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
- Sour Cream
- 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.
- 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.
- Sprinkle cheese over the top of the dish. Cover and heat until cheese is melted.
- Top with desired toppings to serve.
Amount Per ServingCalories 417Total Fat 20gSaturated Fat 9gTrans Fat 1gUnsaturated Fat 8gCholesterol 98mgSodium 1017mgCarbohydrates 26gFiber 2gSugar 6gProtein 33g
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