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Beefy Mexican Rice Skillet Recipe

This easy to make Mexican Rice Skillet is made with beef, rice, and corn and is super versatile. You could eat it as a main dish, use it as a dip for tortilla chips, or wrap it up in tortillas and enjoy as burritos.

This beefy skillet dinner is like a homemade version of Hamburger Helper’s Crunchy Taco – minus the corn chip topping. If you do happen to be a Hamburger Helper fan, just add a few crushed corn chips (like Frito’s) to the top to make this less processed and perhaps healthier version.

Mexican casserole with rice and corn topped with cheese.

How To Make Mexican Rice Skillet

For this Mexican main dish that is perfect for Taco Tuesday, Cinco de Mayo, or any time you have a craving for a South-of-the-Border dish, you need the following ingredients:

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tbsp taco seasoning (or 1 Tbsp chili powder + 1 Tbsp cumin + 1 Tbsp corn starch)
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • ½ cup water
  • 1 cup salsa
  • 8 ounces tomato sauce
  • 15 ounces corn canned
  • 1 cup long-grain rice uncooked
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1 cup Mexican blend cheese
Ground beef, beef broth, red onion, corn, rice, cheese, salsa, and seasonings on a wooden cutting board.
Ingredients for making Mexican rice with beef

For this one-pan dinner, you start by cooking the beef in a large skillet over medium-high heat until it is no longer pink. Drain the fat and place the cooked beef on a plate lined with paper towels to get any excess fat.

Reduce the heat to medium and add onions to the skillet. Sauté for 2-3 minutes.

Next, return the beef back to the skillet. Stir in the taco seasoning and garlic powder. Add the tomato sauce, salsa, beef stock, water, corn, and rice, and bring to a boil.

Reduce the heat, cover, and simmer for 15 to 18 minutes, stirring occasionally. Once the rice is done, remove the skillet from the heat and season with salt and pepper.

Top with cheese and serve with tortilla chips or tortillas.

Close up view of Mexican Casserole with Rice topped with cheese.
Mexican casserole with rice

Mexican Rice Skillet

Lynda Self
This easy to make taco casserole is made with beef, rice, and corn and is super versatile. You could eat it as a main dish, use it as a dip for tortilla chips, or wrap it up in tortillas and enjoy as burritos.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 28 mins
Total Time 38 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 6 servings
Calories 461 kcal

Equipment

  • Skillet

Ingredients
  

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tbsp taco seasoning or 1 Tbsp chili powder + 1 Tbsp cumin + 1 Tbsp corn starch
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • ½ cup water
  • 1 cup salsa
  • 8 ounces tomato sauce
  • 15 ounces corn canned
  • 1 cup long grain rice uncooked
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1 cup Mexican blend cheese

Instructions
 

  • Cook the beef in a large skillet over medium-high heat until it is no longer pink. Drain the fat and place the cooked beef on a plate lined with paper towels to get any excess fat.
  • Reduce the heat to medium and add onions to the skillet. Sauté for 2-3 minutes.
  • Return the beef back to the skillet. Stir in the taco seasoning and garlic powder.
  • Add the tomato sauce, salsa, beef stock, water, corn, and rice, and bring to a boil.
  • Reduce heat, cover, and simmer for 15 to 18 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Remove from heat and season with salt and pepper.
  • Top with cheese and serve with tortilla chips or tortillas.

Nutrition

Serving: 1Calories: 461kcalCarbohydrates: 48gProtein: 24gFat: 20gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 65mgSodium: 1307mgPotassium: 719mgFiber: 4gSugar: 8gVitamin A: 748IUVitamin C: 9mgCalcium: 266mgIron: 3mg
Keyword casserole, ground beef, rice
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How to Make Burritos

To make burritos, scoop filling onto a flour tortilla. Roll it up and serve with some shredded lettuce, chopped tomatoes, sour cream, and a little guacamole on the side.

Mexican Casserole in a pan served with tortillas, and tortilla chips.
Beefy Mexican Rice

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