Taco Rice

5 from 5 votes

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With just a handful of everyday ingredients, you can have dinner on the table lickety split. Taco Rice has ground beef, rice, tomato soup, seasoning and cheese made all in one skillet. Serve with tortilla chips, Fresh Tomato Salsa, sour cream and lettuce for a well rounded meal.

taco rice on plate with chips and toppings

But First, What is Taco Rice?

Taco Rice is a take on a Japanese inspired, Okinawan dish with the ingredients of a Tex-Mex taco. Ground beef, lettuce, cheese, and tomatoes are served on a bed of rice and salsa on top. This version of Taco Rice is amazing and sure to be a new family favorite.

What to Serve with Taco Rice

Taco Rice is pretty versatile – serve it with chips, add it to tortillas as burrito filling, add it to hard or soft taco shells as taco filling, or in a tostada shell or taco salad. Taco Rice can also be made meatless for a vegetarian option. If you want to use ground turkey or pork, that works fine too.

taco rice in pot

How to Make Taco Rice

In just 30 minutes and a handful or ordinary ingredients, you’ll have dinner on the table! For full recipe details including an ingredients list and measurements, see the printable recipe card down below. Here is what you can expect when making this recipe.

1. Cook Ground Beef, Onion + Garlic

Brown ground beef and onion together in a large skillet. Once that has browned, add garlic and saute a couple minutes longer.

Stir in taco seasoning, rice, broth (or water), and tomato soup.

Do I have to use canned soup?

No. This is one of the rare recipes I have that use canned condensed soup because that was how my mom always made it, but feel free to substitute with tomato sauce, diced tomatoes or even salsa.

2. Simmer Until Rice is Cooked

Place lid on skillet and simmer on low until rice is cooked through (follow your package directions). It’ll be about 15 minutes.

Can I use Minute Rice?

Yes. Minute Rice will work with this recipe. Just adjust your cook time according to the package directions. You can also use brown rice, if you prefer.

3. Top with Cheese + Serve with Optional Toppings

Add shredded cheese and give everything one last stir.

Serve over a bed of lettuce, with tortilla chips and/or you choice of optional toppings listed below.

taco rice in pot with wooden spoon

Optional Topping Ideas

While these are all optional, here are few topping ideas that go great with Taco Rice.

Storage Directions

Place any leftover Taco Rice in an airtight container and into the fridge for up to 4-5 days.

To Reheat, microwave until heated through.

To Freeze, place in a freezer safe, airtight container. Taco Rice will stay fresh for up to a month. Allow to thaw in the fridge overnight before reheating.

taco rice on plate with chips and toppings

More Delicious Recipes a Try…

Enjoy this tasty dinner! It’ll be a great addition to your meals this week. Have a great day, friends! 🙂

If you make this recipe, I would really appreciate it if you would give it a star rating and leave your review in the comments! If you have a picture of your finished dish, post it on Instagram using the hashtag #laurenslatest and tagging me @laurens_latest.

taco rice on plate with chips and toppings
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5 from 5 votes

Taco Rice

With just a handful of every day ingredients, you can have dinner on the table lickety split. Taco Rice is ground beef, rice, tomato soup, seasoning and cheese made all in one skillet. Serve with tortilla chips, tomato and lettuce for a well rounded meal.
servings 4
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 med onion diced
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 packet taco seasoning
  • 1 cup rice uncooked
  • 2 cups chicken broth or water
  • 1 can condensed tomato soup (or substitute salsa)
  • 1 cup cheese grated, any (sharp cheddar, mexican blend, etc.)

optional toppings

  • lettuce shredded
  • tortilla chips
  • tomato diced
  • sour cream
  • green onion diced
  • guacamole

Instructions

  • Brown onion and ground beef together in a skillet.
  • Add garlic and saute a few more minutes.
  • Stir in taco seasoning, rice, broth (or water), and tomato soup.
  • Place lid on skillet and simmer on low until rice is cooked through (follow your package instructions)…about 15 minutes.
  • Add cheese and give everything one last stir.
  • Serve over a bed of lettuce, with tortilla chips and/or your choice of optional toppings listed above.

Nutrition

Calories: 525kcal | Carbohydrates: 57g | Protein: 36g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 0.4g | Cholesterol: 101mg | Sodium: 1682mg | Potassium: 948mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 1395IU | Vitamin C: 16mg | Calcium: 246mg | Iron: 4mg
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: taco rice

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8 Responses
  1. Bill G.

    5 stars
    Hi Lauren,

    I really enjoyed this recipe! I just included it in my latest recipe roundup post about ways to use leftover taco meat.

    You can see how I linked to your recipe here: https://www.seasonalcookbook.com/21-crazy-ways-to-use-leftover-taco-meat/

    Thanks for a great recipe!
    Bill

  2. Carol H

    5 stars
    I fixed this for supper tonight. It was easy, quick, & we thoroughly enjoyed it. I substituted tomato sauce for the tomato soup, since I didn’t have soup on hand.

  3. Janet

    5 stars
    This is a family favorite. My 14yo requests it weekly. I now double it and add a can of black beans and corn. Delish! Thanks for the quick and easy recipe!

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