One Pot Cheesy Mexican Beef and Rice

I love one pot recipes. I want to be relaxing on the couch after dinner not doing endless dinner dishes.

This recipe is easy, hearty, and packed with flavor and texture from the taco-seasoned ground beef, sautéed onions, salsa, tomatoes, corn, rice, cilantro, and cheese. Comfort food at its finest.

One Pot Cheesy Mexican Beef and Rice - All your favorite burrito ingredients minus the wrap!! Made in one skillet, ready in 30 minutes, and so EASY! Hearty comfort food that's packed with bold Mexican flavors!!

It has all the ingredients you’d find in a burrito, minus the wrap, and made in a skillet. Anything with Mexican inspired flavors is a hit in our house.

You could incorporate black beans, top with avocado, guacamole, or sour cream. Get creative with your favorite Mexican ingredients.

One Pot Cheesy Mexican Beef and Rice - All your favorite burrito ingredients minus the wrap!! Made in one skillet, ready in 30 minutes, and so EASY! Hearty comfort food that's packed with bold Mexican flavors!!

I used no salt-added tomatoes, medium heat salsa, and medium reduced-sodium taco seasoning. Go as mild or hot as you like.

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This was great the day I made it but the flavors married over time and the leftovers were great. They heated up beautifully in the days to follow.

One Pot Cheesy Mexican Beef and Rice - All your favorite burrito ingredients minus the wrap!! Made in one skillet, ready in 30 minutes, and so EASY! Hearty comfort food that's packed with bold Mexican flavors!!

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One Pot Cheesy Mexican Beef and Rice

This one pot recipe is easy, hearty, comfort food and it's packed with flavor and texture from the taco-seasoned ground beef, sautéed onions, salsa, tomatoes, corn, rice, cilantro, and cheese. It has all the ingredients you'd find in a burrito, minus the wrap, and made in a skillet. Get creative with your favorite Mexican ingredients. I used no salt-added tomatoes, medium heat salsa, and medium reduced-sodium taco seasoning. Use your favorites.

Yield: serves 6

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: about 30 minutes

Total Time: about 35 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • one pound ground beef (I used 85% lean)
  • one small/medium sweet Vidalia or yellow onion, peeled and diced small
  • one 1-ounce packet taco seasoning (I used medium, reduced sodium)
  • one 14.5 ounce can petite diced tomatoes (I used no salt-added)
  • 3/4 cup red salsa (I used medium Herdez)
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 3/4 cup long-grain rice, uncooked (I used white)
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, or to taste
  • 3/4 cup corn (I used frozen, straight from freezer)
  • 1 1/2 to 2 cups finely shredded Mexican cheese blend (or your favorite cheese blend)
  • 3 to 4 tablespoons fresh cilantro, finely chopped
  • avocado, guacamole, sour cream, etc. for garnishing, optional

Directions:

  1. To a large skillet, add the olive oil, ground beef, onion, and heat over medium-high heat to cook. Break up the beef as it cooks and stir onions intermittently to ensure even cooking.
  2. After beef has cooked through and onions are tender, evenly sprinkle the taco seasoning, add the tomatoes, salsa, water, rice, black pepper, and stir to combine.
  3. Turn the heat to medium, cover, and allow mixture to simmer for about 25 to 30 minutes or until rice is tender and cooked through. Resist the temptation to lift the lid and stir often. Just let it simmer for at least 20 minutes before doing a quick lid lift to check and also do a quick stir at that point. Re-cover and allow to simmer until rice is done.
  4. Add the corn and stir to combine.
  5. Evenly sprinkle with the cheese, cover, and allow cheese to melt and corn to warm through, about 2 minutes.
  6. Evenly sprinkle with cilantro, any optional garnishes, and serve immediately. Extra will keep airtight in the fridge for up to 5 days or in the freezer for up to 3 months.

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18 comments

  1. Yum!! Jon is gone this week but I’d still like to try a couple of new recipes this weekend and leave him some leftovers. An easy mexican dish sounds perfect!

  2. Mexican food is always a hit in my home. Yum!

  3. I love everything about this! Easy and cheesy – count me in!

  4. hey girl- this is right up my alley! So yummy!

  5. One pot is definitely the best. Plus, CHEESE!!! OMG.

  6. I couldn’t agree more. One pot meals are the best, especially on busy weeknights! LOVE this tex mex version too!

  7. I hate cleaning pots and pans. I love Mexican food (especially cozy stuff with lots of cheese!). I mean, there’s nothing about this dish that doesn’t please me. Thanks for the cozy inspiration! Those vibrant photos, too!! Wow. 

  8. This was delicious! I didn’t have ground beef so I subbed some carnitas I had in the freezer. I also used long grain brown rice with an extra 1/4 cup of water and threw in a can of black beans. It took a little longer to cook with the brown rice (almost an hour) but now I know for next time! Also, I didn’t know they sold taco seasoning in .25 oz packets so I just threw in the full 1 oz package that I had on hand – it wasn’t too salty and just the right amount of flavor. Thanks for the quick and easy recipe!

  9. The recipe, although I changed it a bit, worked extremely well. I left out the rice and water, added a can of drained black beans, and added an extra 1/2 – 3/4 cup of salsa. I also used a whole package of taco mix (low salt kind). My version was perfect and it made such a lot too. Enough for leftovers today. Thanks again Averie for another winner.

    • Thanks for trying the recipe and I’m glad it came out great for you given the changes you made. And yes mine made a hefty amount too and we had leftovers for a few days!

  10. Averie, thanks for sharing your One Pot Cheesy Mexican Dish with Beef and Rice recipe. Quick and tasty recipe for those busy times. Good basic recipe! Sylvieann

  11. Another delicious, easy recipe Averie! I waited til Jon came home to make and it hit the spot tonight ( along with a convenient bag of southwestern salad mix). Lots of cheesy goodness and loads of cilantro for our taste!

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