This One Pot Taco Rice Dinner is the perfect family dinner idea. Serve with all the fixins for taco bowls as an easy Mexican recipe!
Taco Tuesday is reinvented with this One Pot Taco Rice Dinner! Cook the rice and the meat in the same pot and then serve as taco bowls. My recipe for this taco rice dinner is extremely easy and will be one of your new favorite Mexican meals alongside our Mexican Street Corn and White Cheese Dip!
One Pot Taco Bowl Recipe
This cheesy taco rice bowl is a delicious easy Mexican recipe for your busy weeknights. Even better for Taco Tuesday! Gather these ingredients:
- Ground beef: Choose lean ground beef. I always buy the 93% at Sam's Club for a great price!
- Taco seasoning: One store-bought packet, or 2 tablespoons of my homemade taco seasoning.
- Beef broth: Enough to soak up the rice and flavor it. In a pinch, you can use chicken broth instead.
- White rice: Use long-grain white rice, uncooked. We'll be cooking it in the recipe.
- Salsa: Choose your favorite!
- Taco fixins: For serving, to top in individual bowls. (Cheese, lettuce, salsa, sour cream, etc.)
How to Make One Pot Taco Rice Dinner
- Use a large pan or skillet to brown and crumble the meat. Drain the excess grease.
- Return pan to the heat and stir in the taco seasoning, broth and salsa.
- Bring to a boil over high heat. Add the rice and return to a low boil.
- Cover and reduce to a simmer. Cook for 25 minutes, do not remove the cover!
- Remove cover and let set 3 minutes then fluff with a fork.
- Serve with taco fixins.
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Family dinner idea
This one pot taco rice is a perfect family dinner idea, and also for guests you may be hosting in your home. Everyone can grab their bowl, spoon in the taco rice and then top it with their favorite fixins.
I like mine with diced avocado, red onions, lettuce, shredded cheese and a drizzle of our favorite white queso. You can add more salsa to the top, sour cream, cilantro, and anything else you think is great with tacos!
Tips for One Pot Taco Rice Dinner
Drain grease with paper towels. The EASIEST way to get rid of excess grease! A handy trick that makes you say, "Why didn't I think of that?" Use a pair of tongs to hold a paper towel and dip into the pan to soak up the grease. Discard the paper towel onto a paper plate next to the pan and repeat with more paper towel until you've soaked up all the excess grease. Toss the paper plate with the greasy paper towels into the trash when done. That's it!
Stir in the cheese. If you know everyone loves cheese, then try stirring 1 or 2 cups of shredded cheese into the pan at the end to make a CHEESY taco rice dinner. I tend not to do this so everyone can decide how much cheese they want, if any.
Cooking time may vary. Our taco rice is done consistently at 25 minutes. If you happen to lift that lid, you must add more minutes. So don't lift the lid! If, for some reason the rice is not cooked all the way and the juices are not fully absorbed after 25 minutes, replace the lid and cook another 5 to 10 minutes until done.
Other One Pot Dinner Recipes
- Biscuit Italian Ground Beef Casserole
- Cheesy Nacho Beef Skillet
- Family Favorite Chili Mac
- Sloppy Joe Noodle Skillet
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One Pot Taco Rice Dinner
- 1 lb lean ground beef
- 1 oz. packet taco seasoning
- 3 cups beef broth
- 2 cups uncooked long grain white rice
- 1 cup salsa
- taco fixins for serving (sour cream, cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, salsa, avocados, red onion, etc.)
- In a large pan, brown and crumble the beef over medium heat. Drain excess grease. Stir in taco seasoning, then broth and salsa.
- Bring to a boil over high heat. Stir in the rice; return to a low boil. Cover, reduce heat to a medium-low and simmer for 25 minutes without removing the lid.
- Remove lid; allow to set 3 minutes before fluffing with a fork. If liquid remains, replace lid and continue to cook another 5 to 10 minutes.
- Serve in individual bowls with preferred taco toppings such as cheese, lettuce, red onion, salsa, avocados and sour cream.