Tex Mex Ground Beef and Rice Skillet

Get a meal on the table in 20 minutes with my Tex Mex Ground Beef and Rice Skillet! It’s quick and easy enough for a weeknight dinner and uses simple ingredients, like rice, ground beef, veggies, and seasonings.

To stretch this meal I like to add a garden salad or even a zesty wedge salad on the side. Garlic bread goes with everything in my opinion, but it’s a totally optional side for this dish.

a large skillet with tex mex ground beef and rice and some sliced limes

Tex Mex Flavor in a One Pan Meal

One of our favorite meals around here is Fried Rice. My kids will literally jump for joy when I make it. This Tex-Mex version is a play off of Pioneer Woman’s recipe and I wasn’t sure if they would like it, but even my pickiest had two servings. My mom, who happened to be joining us, doesn’t like bell peppers but loved them in this dish. This one pan skillet meal is definitely a crowd pleaser!

Tex Mex Ground Beef and Rice Recipe

I opted to use ready cooked rice that I grabbed at the grocery store so I didn’t have to cook any. However when planning to make something like this I would usually use leftover rice. Either one would work, or you could cook some up just for this dish if you don’t mind washing another pot.

I topped the rice with fresh parsley and lime juice. If you’re a fan of cilantro I imagine it would be great – I just happen to be not be a fan. The lime juice is a must though; it offers a burst of brightness and freshness that perfectly rounds out the dish.

a skillet with ground beef, corn and bell peppers

a skillet with ground beef, corn, peppers and rice

How to Make Tex Mex Ground Beef and Rice

Ground beef and Rice skillet is such an easy recipe to make and it’s practically impossible to screw up. You can swap out veggies for what you have on hand, add beans, or even swap in ground turkey for the beef.

  1. Heat some oil in a large skillet and add in some ground beef, chopped onion, garlic and bell peppers. Break up the ground beef with a spatula as it cooks, and cook until the meat is no longer pink and the veggies are tender. I use ground sirloin and it’s very lean so there isn’t a ton of grease left behind.
  2. Stir in corn and cooked rice with the ground beef, then turn up the heat and and add seasonings like cumin, chili powder and Worcestershire sauce. Season with salt and pepper, then cook for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. For the rice, i almost always have extra cooked rice in my freezer. If you don’t you can grab a box of precooked or make it yourself (it only takes 20 minutes). Don’t add uncooked rice to the skillet.
  3. Turn off the heat and squeeze fresh lime juice over the rice. Offer more lime wedges with each serving of Tex Mex Ground Beef and Rice and garnish with fresh parsley or cilantro.

a wooden spoon holding up a serving of ground beef and rice

Top Tips and Variations

  • If you don’t want to use instant or precooked rice, go ahead and cook your own. I recommend using a long grain or jasmine rice for this. And definitely invest in a rice cooker. It takes all the guesswork out of cooking rice.
  • Add extra protein or make this a vegetarian Tex Mex dish, by using black beans in place of ground beef. Drain them well, and stir them in with the corn and rice. Simmer with a ¼ cup of water to help the seasonings mix well.
  • Ground Beef and Rice is a simple recipe that uses easy to find and pantry ingredients. If you don’t have fresh bell pepper, add drained and rinsed black beans or other veggies you do have.
  • Brown rice works great in place of the white rice.

Leftover Tex Mex Ground Beef and Rice

Store leftover ground beef and rice in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days. Reheat in the microwave. You may need to add a little bit of water to help the rice from drying out.

This is also a great freezable dish. Place cooled ground beef and rice in a freezer bag or container, and store in the freezer for up to 6 months. Thaw in the fridge and heat on the stovetop with a little water.

a bowl of rice with ground beef and vegetables and a skillet with the meal

Easy Family Meals

If you’re in need of some easy family meals that don’t require a lot of difficult ingredients or steps, check out our round up of Quick and Easy Dinner Recipes! There are lots of favorites that have the same Tex Mex flavors as this Ground Beef and Rice, like Healthy Chicken Fajita BowlsChicken Tortilla Soup, and White Chicken Chili.

For even more Tex Mex flavor, we have Southwest Air Fryer Egg RollsSouthwestern Seven Layer Dip and Chicken & Black Bean Baked Tacos.

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A pan of rice, veggies, and ground beef.

Tex Mex Beef & Rice Skillet

An easy one skillet dish using simple ingredients, this Tex Mex ground beef and rice is a family favorite.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 12 mins
Total Time 22 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 6 servings
Calories 713kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 4 cups pre-cooked rice
  • 1 1/4 pounds ground sirloin
  • 2 bell peppers red, yellow or orange, diced
  • 1 small onion diced
  • 1 teaspoon cumin powder
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 cup frozen corn
  • 2 teaspoons or more to taste Worcestershire
  • Juice of two limes
  • Cilantro or fresh parsley if desired for garnish

Instructions
 

  • Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add a tablespoon of canola oil and let it get hot. Crumble ground beef into the skillet and add diced onion and peppers. Season with salt and pepper. Cook until meat is no longer pink and vegetables are tender.
  • Stir in corn and heat through.
  • Turn heat up to medium-high and stir in rice, cumin, chili powder, Worcestershire. Cook for about 4-5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Remove from heat and juice one lime over the rice and stir.
  • Divide into bowls and garnish with cilantro or parsley and a squeeze of lime juice.

Notes

Feel free to make substitutions and swaps:
  • Cook your own rice instead of buying precooked.
  • Swap ground turkey or even black beans for the beef. 
  • Use frozen veggies if you don't have fresh.

Nutrition

Calories: 713kcalCarbohydrates: 113gProtein: 28gFat: 16gSaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 64mgSodium: 115mgPotassium: 683mgFiber: 5gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 1648IUVitamin C: 61mgCalcium: 73mgIron: 4mg
Keyword ground beef and rice

Kristin Maxwell

Kristin Maxwell is the creator and main recipe developer, writer, and photographer of Yellow Bliss Road. A self-taught cook and self-appointed foodie, she specializes in easy, flavorful and approachable recipes for any home cook.

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  1. I had leftover homemade Mexican fried rice and leftover ground beef taco meat. I also had a bag of “ultimate southwestern vegetables”. I stir fried the vegetables, added the ground beef and rice. Continued to stir fry. Added cumin, chili powder, and California seasoned pepper. I didn’t have a fresh lime, but put a pack of True Lime in a tablespoon of water. And served it all in a bowl with fresh salsa and avocado slices. My husband was skeptical, but loved it. He asked me to portion out the leftovers.
    It was a win-win! Using up leftovers and a hit.

    1. Hi Mike, I haven’t used cauliflower rice personally, so I reached out to some friends (other food bloggers) who have and the suggestion was to steam it in the microwave per package directions and then add it when the recipe calls for rice. Let us know how it turns out!

  2. Made this a few weeks ago and making it again tonight. I usually add 2 Tablespoons of Worcestershire sauce because we like the flavor so much. We also make this with extra lean ground turkey instead of ground sirloin and it still is amazing! (Maybe that’s why we feel the need for extra Worcestershire sauce?). Anyways- I like how this recipe is adaptable and wonderfully delicious! Between my husband and I we have left overs the next night and usually enough for one more serving!!! Thanks for sharing this.

  3. The recipe didn’t say how many servings. I cook “house lunch” for my residential clients, but am not sure whether I should double/triple this. I usually have 10-12 folks for lunch!

  4. I made this tonight for dinner. This was delicious! Husband, 4 year old and 21 month old gobbled it up. The only change I made was adding 2 cloves on minced garlic. Thanks for a great recipe!

  5. Made the Tex Mex Beef & Rice Skillet tonight. Interesting flavour. Certainly a ‘refreshing’ taste with the lime juice. Reduced chilli amount and increased Worcestershire sauce. Used a corn and pea mixture. The whole family enjoyed this dish. We were not accustomed to dishes with lime juice so was very surprised with this one. Extremely easy to put together and tasty too! Thanks for a great recipe.

    1. So glad you enjoyed it! I love adding lime juice to all my Mexican dishes. Glad you gave it a try!