Easy Taco Beef and Rice Skillet

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Easy Taco Beef and Rice Skillet – Ground beef recipe loaded with rice is the ultimate casserole, ready and on the table in around 30 minutes. A ground beef recipe with a delicious kick of taco seasoning and incredible flavors that the whole family will go crazy for! Great for using up leftover rice, or you can just make it from scratch. 

Scooping out ground beef and rice from a skillet.

GROUND BEEF AND RICE SKILLET

Two comfort foods, taco-flavored ground beef + rice, combined together in just one skillet for one of the best dinner recipes of ever. Well, apart from this Southwestern Taco Skillet recipe packed with beans, corn, and cheese. 🥰 

Easy, healthier, and budget friendly beef and rice is perfect for a quick weeknight dinner and makes awesome leftovers for lunch. Eat it straight from the pan, stuff it inside some flour tortillas, layer it over lettuce wraps, or toss it in a salad. 

Raw ground beef cooking in a skillet.

HOW TO MAKE TACO BEEF WITH RICE

This recipe is pretty straight forward; it’s a hearty beef and rice casserole made with veggies and HOMEMADE TACO SEASONING. Yes, you can most definitely use store-bought taco seasoning, but homemade is best. 😉 

  1. First, we start with cooking the onions and peppers.
  2. Add ground beef; season with taco seasoning and cook until browned. This should take about 7 minutes.
  3. Stir in tomato paste, rice, and beef broth; bring to a boil.
  4. Lower heat, cover the skillet with a lid, and continue to cook for 14 to 15 minutes, or until liquid is almost all absorbed. 
  5. Remove from heat; stir around with a fork; cover, and let sit for 10 more minutes.

Cooking beef and rice.

And you’re done! 

This recipe does work just as well with any ground meat including, chicken and turkey. I’m sure it works with others, too, but I haven’t tried it myself.

HOW TO MAKE WITH LEFTOVER RICE

If you have leftover cooked rice, you obviously do not need to cook the rice. Therefore, skip the part with adding in the beef broth, but just stir the tomato paste and cooked rice into the browned ground beef, and cook for around 5 minutes, or until everything is heated through. 

HOW TO STORE LEFTOVERS

  • DO NOT keep leftovers in room temperature for longer than 2 hours. 
  • Once the beef and rice have completely cooled, store in an airtight container and keep in the fridge for up to 3 days.
  • Reheat in a skillet over medium heat. Add a little bit of broth or water when reheating to help loosen the mixture.

Cooked beef and rice in a skillet, topped with avocados.

Tacos filled with ground beef and avocados.

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5 from 9 votes
Scooping out ground beef and rice from a skillet.
Easy Taco Beef and Rice Skillet
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Resting Time
10 mins
Total Time
45 mins
 

Ground beef recipe loaded with rice is the ultimate casserole, ready and on the table in around 30 minutes. 

Course: Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine: Mexican, Mexican/Southwest
Keyword: easy beef recipe, ground beef recipe, rice recipes, taco recipes, taco seasoning
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 317 kcal
Ingredients
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 small yellow onion, diced
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 green bell pepper, diced
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons taco seasoning
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 1/4 cups long grain white rice, uncooked (see notes for preparing this recipe with cooked rice)
  • 2 cups low sodium beef broth
Instructions
  1. Set a large skillet over high heat and warm the olive oil.
  2. Add onion and bell peppers; cook, stirring occasionally, for 4 minutes.
  3. Add in the ground beef and break it up with a wooden spoon.
  4. Season with taco seasoning and stir around until well incorporated.
  5. Cook ground beef for 7 to 8 minutes, or until browned and cooked.
  6. Stir in the tomato paste and rice; cook for 1 minute.
  7. Pour in beef broth and mix well. Bring to a boil and lower heat to medium-low.
  8. Cover skillet with a lid and continue to cook for about 12 to 14 minutes, or until most of the liquid is absorbed.
  9. Remove from heat; stir the beef mixture with a fork and cover again.
  10. Set aside for 10 minutes; keep covered.
  11. Fluff with a fork and taste for seasonings; adjust accordingly.
  12. Serve.
Recipe Notes

WW FREESTYLE POINTS: 5

 

HOW TO MAKE WITH LEFTOVER RICE

If you have leftover cooked rice, you obviously do not need to cook the rice. Therefore, skip the part with adding in the beef broth, but just stir the tomato paste and cooked rice into the browned ground beef, and cook for around 5 minutes, or until everything is heated through. 

Nutrition Facts
Easy Taco Beef and Rice Skillet
Amount Per Serving
Calories 317 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 9g 14%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 47mg 16%
Sodium 304mg 13%
Potassium 643mg 18%
Total Carbohydrates 37g 12%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 3g
Protein 21g 42%
Vitamin A 17.1%
Vitamin C 54.4%
Calcium 2.9%
Iron 14.1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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13 Responses
  1. Thank you for sharing this delicious idea, Katerina! I made it yesterday but with modifications (I used what I had on hand). I used brown rice instead of long grain white rice and boiled it for an additional minute. I also added black beans, olives, and fresh tomatoes. It turned out perfect finally and everyone loved this!

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