Beef and Rice Soft Tacos

Easy Beef and Rice Soft Tacos made with Minute® Instant White Rice are simple to prepare yet big on flavor. For a satisfying dinner, try them with some lime and cilantro!

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Beef and Rice Soft Tacos

Cooking time PREP TIME 5 mins
Cooking time COOK TIME 10 mins
Servings SERVES 4
Ready in TOTAL TIME 15 mins
Cooking time
PREP TIME 5 mins
Cooking time
COOK TIME 10 mins
Ready in
TOTAL TIME 15 mins


  • 1 tbsp canola oil
  • 1 lb lean ground beef
  • 1 cup salsa
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 pkg (1.25 oz) dry taco seasoning mix
  • 2 cups Minute® White Rice
  • 8 (8-inch) flour tortillas, warmed
  • 1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese


  • Upgrade your tacos with our tasty and versatile beef and rice filling. Use our Minute® Instant White Rice, along with your favorite toppings, for an easy, weeknight taco dinner.

    Step 1

  • Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add ground beef and cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until lightly browned. Stir in salsa, water and seasoning mix. Bring to a boil.

    Step 2

  • Stir in rice and cover. Remove from heat and let stand for 5 minutes. Stir to combine.

    Step 3

  • Spoon ground beef mixture evenly onto tortillas and sprinkle with cheese.

    Recipe Tip

    Boost the flavor and the fun of these easy tacos by offering lots of toppings at the table. Try diced avocado, chopped cilantro, guacamole, hot sauce, lime segments, diced onion, sour cream, and extra salsa.

Team Soft Shells

Are you a softie for soft tacos? If the answer is yes, then this recipe is 100% for you. Made with the perfect balance of seasoned beef and our fluffy instant white rice, the filling in these tacos is just as good as the soft tortilla shell itself. We guarantee it!

Ready in 20 minutes, this taco recipe is great for first-time cooks and taco masters alike. With just 6 essential ingredients — rice, ground beef, salsa, Cheddar cheese, tortillas and taco seasoning mix — you’ll have a meal to remember.

After whipping up the main ingredients, add your chosen toppings — from coarsely-chopped fresh cilantro to a squeeze of fresh lime juice. The possibilities are practically endless. Oh, and did we mention avocado? Well, that’s a must!

For more information on how to cook Minute® Instant White Rice, on the stove or in the microwave, make sure to check out our product page.

Taco Dinner Options

If you prefer, switch up the beef for chicken using the same steps. Prepare the recipe as directed, substituting one pound of ground chicken or boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into strips, for the ground beef.

If you’re looking for more meal ideas with chicken, try our 15-Minute Chicken and Rice Dinner. Alternatively, if you are looking for a vegetarian option, make this Red Beans and Rice recipe with vegetable, instead of beef, broth. For a dish you can cook in the microwave, have a look at this Microwave Egg Fried Rice recipe.

Other Meal Inspiration

If you are looking for some Latin American meal inspiration, check out this Mexican Rice Recipe.


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