December 10, 2018

Taco Rice with Queso

A one-pan skillet dinner recipe made with ground beef, taco seasoning and Mexican style rice drenched in an easy queso cheese sauce.


My baby boy’s absolute favorite type of food in the world is Mexican. When the family’s going out to eat he begs to go to our local Mexican restaurant or Moe’s. He BEGS.

When we’re there he always orders the same thing or a combination of dishes that yield three things: taco meat, Mexican rice and queso.

When we’re at our local Mexican restaurant, that comes in the form of soft tacos, queso dip and a side of rice. When we’re at Moe’s, it comes in the form of a burrito made with taco meat, queso and rice.

Taco Rice Skillet Dinner with Queso! A one-pan recipe made with ground beef, taco seasoning and Mexican style rice drenched in an easy queso cheese sauce.

However he orders the three, he inevitably mixes them all together (ditching the tortillas) and gobbles it all up with a fork. And I must say, it looks mighty tasty!

We eat a ton of ground beef during the week. Whether it’s spaghetti, hamburger steaks or even Hamburger Helper, ground beef is the cheapest and fastest way for me to get supper on the table after work.

So I decided to create a recipe that my boy will LOVE using taco seasoned beef and rice that’s also super-fast to get on the table. Plus sometimes ya just get tired of eating the same ol’ things week after week.

Taco Rice Skillet Dinner with Queso! A one-pan recipe made with ground beef, taco seasoning and Mexican style rice drenched in an easy queso cheese sauce.

I made this recipe by combining two easy staples – taco meat and Mexican rice – and prepared all of it in one skillet.

Less dishes to clean makes me a happy mama! Then I drizzled it all with quick and easy homemade queso cheese sauce and BOOM! I’ve got a one-pot wonder that’s done in 30 minutes!

And a happy boy.

Taco Rice Skillet Dinner with Queso! A one-pan recipe made with ground beef, taco seasoning and Mexican style rice drenched in an easy queso cheese sauce.

To make this we’re going to cook the ground beef and onion in a skillet (make sure you choose a skillet with a lid), seasoning both with salt and pepper.

Then we’ll add uncooked white rice, a packet of taco seasoning, garlic and chicken broth and let everything cook together until the rice is tender.

When ready to serve you can leave everything in the skillet or spoon it into a serving bowl (which is what I did for the sake of taking pretty pictures) then drench the whole lot in velvety queso sauce.

Taco Rice Skillet Dinner with Queso! A one-pan recipe made with ground beef, taco seasoning and Mexican style rice drenched in an easy queso cheese sauce.

I have a recipe below for making easy queso but feel free to use your favorite prepared queso sauce (store bought or from your favorite Mexican restaurant) if you prefer!

While we're talking about it, if you love the rice served at your favorite Mexican restaurant, here's a quick and easy way to prepare my version of it at home:

Bring four cups of chicken broth to a boil in a saucepan. Add four tablespoons of butter, one packet of taco seasoning and two cups of uncooked white rice. Reduce heat to low, cover and cook rice for 20-25 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Taco Rice Skillet Dinner with Queso! A one-pan recipe made with ground beef, taco seasoning and Mexican style rice drenched in an easy queso cheese sauce.

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Taco Rice Skillet Dinner with Queso! A one-pan recipe made with ground beef, taco seasoning and Mexican style rice drenched in an easy queso cheese sauce.

This recipe was shared at Meal Plan Monday

If you love easy Mexican recipes with queso, also check out this one for Slow Cooker Queso Chicken Tacos from Sweet Little Bluebird!

Taco Rice with Queso


Yield: 6 Servings
Author:
prep time: 10 Mcook time: 25 Mtotal time: 35 M
A one-pan skillet dinner recipe made with ground beef, taco seasoning and Mexican style rice drenched in an easy queso cheese sauce.

ingredients:

Taco Rice:
  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • Salt & pepper
  • 1 1/2 cups uncooked white rice
  • 1 packet taco seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 3 1/2 cups chicken broth
Queso Sauce:
  • 8 ounces Velveeta Queso Blanco cheese
  • 3-5 tablespoons half & half

instructions:

How to cook Taco Rice with Queso

Taco Rice:
  1. Add ground beef and onion to a large skillet then season liberally with salt and pepper. Cook over high heat until meat is cooked through. Do not drain. Reduce heat to medium.
  2. Add rice, taco seasoning and garlic powder to cooked beef then mix well. Add chicken broth then stir to incorporate. Bring mixture to a gentle boil then reduce heat to low. Cover skillet then cook for 25 minutes or until rice is tender, stirring occasionally.
  3. When ready to serve, drizzle mixture with queso sauce. Garnish with fresh chopped cilantro if desired.
Queso Sauce:
  1. Combine Velveeta and 3 tablespoons of half & half in a microwave-safe bowl then microwave for 2-3 minutes or until melted through, stirring every 30-45 seconds. 
  2. Add additional half & half until sauce reaches desired consistency.

NOTES:

We need the pan drippings from the ground beef for flavor and richness but if your beef produces an excessive amount of fat, drain some of it if you prefer.
Feel free to use whichever queso sauce you like best. I’ve been known to order an extra cup from Moe’s just to use with this recipe.
If you can’t find the Queso Blanco variety of Velveeta, use any flavor.
You can also heat heavy cream and white American cheese to make queso sauce (it’s actually better than using Velveeta but I never feel like standing in line at the deli to get the white American cheese).

TIPS FOR COOKING RICE:
Do not open the lid to the pot/pan or stir more often than necessary.
Only stir with a fork and scrape the bottom of the pot/pan when stirring.
Keep temperature at the lowest temperature possible while still maintaining a simmer.
Don’t stir or open the lid of the pot/pan the last 10 minutes of cooking.
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If you love easy Mexican food main dishes to cook at home, also check out this recipe for Green Chili Chicken Smothered Burritos!

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Taco Rice Skillet Dinner with Queso! A one-pan recipe made with ground beef, taco seasoning and Mexican style rice drenched in an easy queso cheese sauce.


6 comments:

  1. I love Mexican too and I love that this is quick and easy!

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  2. This looks delicious I'm sure my kids will love it!

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  3. Yow! I just found what I'm gonna fix my kids (and me!) for lunch when they're on Christmas break!

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  4. How do you think this would freeze? Trying to build up my freezer stash! Thanks!

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    1. Hmmm... I've never tried to freeze rice so I'm not sure. I know it gets a little brittle when refrigerated so I think the same might happen in the freezer. If you try it, let us know!

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  5. Tried it tonight. It was delicious!

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