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Mexican Beef and Rice Skillet {Deconstructed Easy Burritos}

Looking for a quick and easy weeknight dinner?  This Mexican beef and rice is a favorite for us since it is so simple to make.  Best of all?  It comes together quickly with whatever you happen to have on hand.  This is a great ground beef dinner that will be loved by all, and is super versatile.

Mexican ground beef and rice skillet

How to make Mexican Beef and Rice Casserole

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I love skillet meals, and this Mexican beef and rice casserole is super simple to make.  It comes together in 30 minutes and is a great weeknight meal.

The key ingredients here are of course, rice and ground beef.  They are joined by tomato sauce, beef stock, and taco seasoning to make a just about perfect meal.  This taco casserole with rice is easy to make and even the pickiest of eaters will love these deconstructed tacos.

You can add any veggies you like to this easy Mexican skillet, we like to go with some of our favorites like corn and onions.

The ground beef is sautéed, then vegetables are added.  Then, just add the rice and liquid and cook until the rice is soft – about 15 to 20 minutes.

That’s it!  That’s all there is to it.

Can I Add More Vegetables to This One-Pot Meal?

You bet!  You can add whatever you would like to this one pot meal.  Some other ideas are your favorite canned beans, tomatoes, peppers, squash, broccoli, and cauliflower.

Can I freeze Mexican Beef and Rice Casserole?

This Mexican beef and rice skillet is a great freezer meal!  To freeze, prepare it according to the directions, but leave the cheese off.

When it is time to reheat, add the cheese and bake until the cheese is bubbly and the casserole has warmed through, about half an hour to 45 minutes in a preheated oven.

What to Serve with Mexican Ground Beef and Rice?

This meal is a one pot wonder!  Some great side items to serve it with are your favorite tortillas, salad, tortilla chips, or taco shells.  It makes a great taco or burrito filling too!

One of the best parts of this dish are the leftovers.  You can use them in tacos, burritos, or even quesadillas!

What Toppings Go with This Mexican Skillet?

This Mexican skillet can be topped with everyone’s favorite taco or fajita toppings.  I like to create a little taco bar so that everyone can add their favorites and really customize this super simple meal.

Here are some of our favorite toppings:

Guacamole or Avocado
Diced tomatoes
Taco sauce
More cheese
Raw onion
Sour cream

Think of this like a little make your own taco bar, and pick all of your favorite toppings from Taco Tuesday or your last Cinco de Mayo party!

Mexican rice skillet with chips and salsa

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Mexican Beef and Rice Skillet {Deconstructed Easy Burritos}

Mexican rice skillet

This is a quick and easy weeknight meal ready in less than 30 minutes. It is packed with flavor, and has meat, rice, and vegetables all in one pan!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes


  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 15 oz can of corn (frozen or fresh corn works too)
  • 1 cup beef broth (or water)
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 to 1 cup salsa
  • 8 oz tomato sauce
  • 1 cup long grain rice
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 tablespoons taco seasoning (one packet)
  • 1 cup shredded cheese


    1. In a large skillet, brown beef over medium heat. Drain and remove from pan.browning beef
    2. Add onion and saute for 2-3 minutes until onion
    3. Add the ground beef back to the pan along with garlic powder and taco seasoning.ground beef and seasoning
    4. Add beef stock, water, tomato sauce, corn and salsa to pan and stir well.ground beef sauce rice and vegetables cooking
    5. Add rice to pan.
    6. Bring to a boil.
    7. Simmer for about 20 minutes, until the rice has cooked through, stirring frequently. If rice begins to stick, add more water to the pan.
    8. Sprinkle 1 cup of cheese over the pan, and allow to melt.
    9. Remove from heat and serve.


Feel free to add additioanl vegetables to this dish as you like. You can also add a can of your favorite beans! This meal stands on its own, and is also great with your favorite tortillas and taco or fajita toppings.

It also tastes great with ground chicken!

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