One-Pan Taco Rice Dinner Recipe

This One-Pan Taco Rice Dinner is a quick, easy, and flavorful dish that’s perfect for busy weeknights. Combining the savory taste of taco-seasoned beef with the simplicity of rice and the zestiness of salsa, this meal is sure to become a family favorite. Here’s how to make it:


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 packet taco seasoning
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 cups Minute Rice (uncooked)
  • 1 cup salsa
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese


  1. Brown the Ground Beef:
    • In a large skillet or frying pan, cook the ground beef over medium-high heat. Break the meat into small pieces with a spoon or spatula as it cooks. Continue cooking until the beef is thoroughly browned and no pink remains. Drain any excess fat.
  2. Add Taco Seasoning:
    • Sprinkle the taco seasoning over the cooked ground beef. Mix well to ensure all the meat is evenly coated with the seasoning. If the taco seasoning packet requires water, add the specified amount at this time, and stir until the sauce thickens.
  3. Cook the Rice:
    • Pour 2 cups of water into the skillet with the seasoned beef. Bring the water to a boil. Once boiling, stir in the uncooked Minute Rice. Reduce the heat to low, cover the skillet, and let it simmer for 5 to 7 minutes, or until the rice is cooked and the water is absorbed.
  4. Add Salsa:
    • After the rice has absorbed the water and is tender, stir in 1 cup of salsa. Mix well to combine thoroughly and ensure the rice is evenly coated with the salsa.
  5. Add Cheese:
    • Sprinkle the shredded cheddar cheese over the top of the rice and meat mixture. Cover the skillet again and let it sit on the low heat for a few minutes or until the cheese is melted.
  6. Serve:
    • Once the cheese is melted, remove the skillet from heat. Optionally, you can garnish with fresh cilantro, diced tomatoes, sour cream, or sliced green onions for added color and flavor.
    • Serve hot directly from the skillet for minimal cleanup.


  • Variations: Feel free to add beans, corn, or diced bell peppers to the skillet when adding the rice for extra nutrition and flavor.
  • Serving Suggestions: This dish can be served with tortilla chips, in taco shells, or wrapped in soft tortillas for a fun taco night.
  • Storage: Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat in the microwave or on the stovetop.


This One-Pan Taco Rice Dinner is not only delicious and filling but also incredibly convenient, requiring minimal prep and cleanup. It’s a versatile meal that you can customize to suit your taste preferences and is perfect for those evenings when you need a hearty meal on the table quickly. Enjoy this tasty and effortless dish that’s sure to satisfy!