One-Pan Taco Dinner

Try our One-Pan Taco Dinner for a fun lunch or weeknight meal. Made with rice, beef, Cheddar cheese, tomatoes, lettuce and taco seasoning, it’s a flavor fiesta!

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One-Pan Taco Dinner

Cooking time PREP TIME 5 mins
Cooking time COOK TIME 10 mins
Servings SERVES 6
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
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 pkg (1.25 oz) dry taco seasoning mix
  • 2 cups Minute® White Rice
  • 2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese
  • 2 cups shredded lettuce
  • 1 tomato, chopped
  • salsa (optional)


  • This One-Pan Taco Dinner is easy to prep, easy to make and even easier to eat. Delicious served with tortilla chips, it’s got all the flavors of your favorite tacos without the mess!

    Step 1

  • Heat oil in a nonstick skillet over high heat. Add meat and cook, stirring periodically, until browned and cooked through, about 5 minutes. Drain off excess fat.

    Step 2

  • Stir in water and seasoning mix. Bring to a boil.

    Step 3

  • Stir in rice. Sprinkle with cheese and cover. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 5 minutes. Top with lettuce and tomato just before serving. Serve with salsa, if using.

Fewer Dishes? Yes, Please!

Who doesn’t love the sound of one-pan dinners? With less fuss, fewer dishes and easier cooking steps, they’re a blessing on busy nights. This one takes things one step further, with all of your favorite Mexican flavors thrown into a simple, all-in-one recipe.

Enjoy fresh veggies mixed with browned beef, taco seasoning and shredded Cheddar cheese, all blended with our fluffy Minute® Instant White Rice. If this doesn’t top your list of easy meals, we don’t know what will!

Aside from its simple prep, this one-pan dinner also makes a great packed lunch. Just separate the beef from the shredded lettuce, tomato and any other fresh veggies you’d like to add on top and pack everything to go.

Made in 15 minutes, with the help of our Minute® Instant White Rice, this recipe can serve up to 4, making it an excellent option for families in need of a quick weeknight meal.

The Extra Mile

Want to take this recipe a step further? Make some homemade tortilla bowls for added crunch and a great presentation. There are two popular ways to prepare crispy tortilla bowls, in the oven or in a deep fryer. Although it takes a bit longer than deep-frying, we recommend you use the oven method as it’s faster and less greasy.

One Cup Meal

If you like the idea of simple, quick meals and need new lunch ideas for one, then you’ll enjoy our Ready to Serve Rice Cups. Perfectly portioned in one serving, they allow you to make all kinds of exciting meals on the go! To begin, try our delicious Microwave Egg Fried Rice. Ready for more? Take a look at our tempting list of meals you can make in the microwave.

If you are looking for an easy vegetarian option for dinner, try our Rice-Stuffed Eggplant Parmesan.

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