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{One Pan} Mexican Rice Skillet

One Pan Mexican Rice Skillet is perfect for a busy weeknight taking as little as 30 minutes to make is just ONE pan. Full of veggies, cheese, and all your favorite taco flavors.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword easy mexican dinner recipe, easy weeknight meal, one skillet recipe
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 22 minutes
Total Time 37 minutes
Servings 4 serving
Calories 572 kcal


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 medium onion diced
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 red bell pepper cored, seeded and diced
  • 1 lb ground turkey or beef
  • salt and black pepper to taste
  • 1 jalapeno cored, seeded and diced (optional)
  • 1 cup uncooked long grain white rice you can also use minute or brown as well and adjust the cooking time
  • 1/2 cup canned black beans drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup corn kernels frozen or canned
  • 1/2 cup sweet peas frozen or canned (optional)
  • 1 14-ounce can fire-roasted diced tomatoes undrained
  • 2-1/4 cups low sodium chicken broth
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder or to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper or to taste
  • 1 cup shredded Colby-jack or cheddar cheese

Additional Toppings (optional):

  • diced avocado
  • green onions
  • fresh chopped cilantro
  • sour cream


  1. In a large 12" skillet over medium heat, sauté onions and garlic in 1 tablespoon of olive oil for 1 minute until fragrant. Add bell pepper and jalapeno and cook for another minute. Add ground meat to skillet and cook until brown, about 4-5 minutes, breaking up the meat as it cooks. Season with salt and black pepper, to taste. Drain any excess fat.
  2. Push everything to one side of the pan. Add another tablespoon of olive oil and sauté uncooked rice for about 1 minute or just until some grains start to turn golden brown.
  3. Stir in black beans, corn, peas, canned tomatoes, chicken broth, cumin, paprika, chili powder and cayenne pepper.
  4. Bring to a simmer, cover and reduce heat to low.
  5. Cook about 17-19 minutes or until rice is tender, stirring gently every few minutes so the rice doesn't stick. Season with additional salt and pepper as needed.
  6. Sprinkle with cheese and cover with the lid and remove from heat.
  7. Allow cheese to melt for 1-2 minutes then serve hot with desired toppings.

Recipe Notes

Feel free to substitute brown rice instead. The cooking time may have to be increased as needed.

Nutrition Facts
{One Pan} Mexican Rice Skillet
Amount Per Serving (1 serving (1/4 recipe))
Calories 572 Calories from Fat 180
% Daily Value*
Fat 20g31%
Saturated Fat 7g35%
Cholesterol 92mg31%
Sodium 417mg17%
Potassium 738mg21%
Carbohydrates 57g19%
Fiber 5g20%
Sugar 5g6%
Protein 41g82%
Vitamin A 1775IU36%
Vitamin C 53.1mg64%
Calcium 250mg25%
Iron 3.4mg19%
* Nutrition facts are provided as a courtesy using the WPRM recipe calculator. It is best to make your own calculations to ensure accuracy. We expressly disclaim any and all liability of any kind with respect to any act or omission wholly or in part in reliance on anything contained in this website. Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.