Enjoy the flavor of tacos without all the mess! This recipe combines ground beef, taco seasoning, Minute® Rice, shredded cheese, lettuce and tomato in a single skillet.

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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Spray large nonstick skillet with nonstick cooking spray. Add meat and brown over medium-high heat; drain off excess fat.

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  • Add seasoning mix and water; stir. Bring to boil.

  • Stir in rice. Sprinkle with cheese; cover. Reduce heat to low; simmer 5 minutes. Top with lettuce and tomato just before serving.

Tips

Serve with salsa, if desired. No need to use utensils. Serve with tortilla chips instead of forks!

Nutrition Facts

582.6 calories; 33.2 g protein; 54.1 g carbohydrates; 105.1 mg cholesterol; 939.9 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
01/04/2012
I rated it 5 stars because I hate when someone changes a recipe and then gives it a low rating. I changed this recipe so the 5 star rating is because it is a good "starting" point and this recipe can be changed to taste. I added two packs of taco seasoning I doubled the cheese and added it after I cooked the beef and rice. I also added a full can of corn a 16 oz can of refried beans and a 16 oz can of diced tomatoes. It tastes just like Taco Bell's Southwest bowl and you could also make this using shredded chicken breast. My husband had this mixture rolled up inside a burrito shell and I topped mine with lettuce sour cream and more cheddar. It made a TON and I will freeze the leftovers so we can have quick burritos in a few weeks. We really enjoyed this.: ) Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
01/28/2011
I made this according to the directions and I thought it was pretty bland as is. Definitely needed to doctor it up. I added more taco seasoning some minced onion a can of black beans a can of corn and a can of fire roasted diced tomatoes as I didn't have any fresh. Even then it was just ok. My husband thought it was alright but I probably won't be making again. Updated: Ended up putting the leftovers in tortillas for lunch the next day and it was MUCH better after the flavors blended overnight. I would make it again but not eat it until the next day. It went from 1 star to 4 in my book! Read More
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76 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 39
  • 4 star values: 28
  • 3 star values: 6
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 2
Rating: 5 stars
01/04/2012
I rated it 5 stars because I hate when someone changes a recipe and then gives it a low rating. I changed this recipe so the 5 star rating is because it is a good "starting" point and this recipe can be changed to taste. I added two packs of taco seasoning I doubled the cheese and added it after I cooked the beef and rice. I also added a full can of corn a 16 oz can of refried beans and a 16 oz can of diced tomatoes. It tastes just like Taco Bell's Southwest bowl and you could also make this using shredded chicken breast. My husband had this mixture rolled up inside a burrito shell and I topped mine with lettuce sour cream and more cheddar. It made a TON and I will freeze the leftovers so we can have quick burritos in a few weeks. We really enjoyed this.: ) Read More
(21)
Rating: 4 stars
11/27/2007
This was a nice change. I added a can of diced tomatoes some corn and a can of black beans to make in more filling. Both the kids and husband enjoyed it. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/10/2007
This recipe is an excellent base and you can go almost anywhere with it. I changed a few things to make it suit my husband and my tastes. As my husband is a vegetarian we used veggie mince instead of ground beef. I cooked this is a packet of taco seasoning mix to give it added flavor. I used 3 cups of rice instead of 2 and waited until the rice was cooked before I added the cheese. I also added about a half a can of corn and a small can of sliced black olives. I added some medium salsa as well to brighten it up. It was great with tortilla chips! So easy! Will add this to our dinner rotation!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/20/2009
Primo. For a one-pan dinner in 15 minutes this recipe is hard to beat. I took some of the advise offered by other raters and jazzed it up with onions black beans salsa and a dab of sour cream. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/08/2008
This is really good. I used brown rice instead of white. One large onion and 3 cloves of garlic were also added. I didn't have any fresh tomatoes so I added a can of diced tomatoes. We were out of lettuce so I threw in a hand full of frozen peas for color. Water chestnuts might also be good in this dish. It's just something different than the same old meat and noodles casserole. My husband liked it wrapped in a tortilla. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/13/2007
This was super good and easy. My kids loved it wrapped in tortillas liked a burrito. And the adults liked it over lettuce. I used slow cooking rice and cooked it in my rice cooker first and then added it to the ground beef and it was great. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/08/2011
This recipe is quick. This recipe is versatile. Both are huge attributes in my book. Some of us ate this with tortilla chips others rolled up some in a tortilla. Both ways were great. And this recipe really was done in about 15 minutes. If you have already cooked ground beef it would be even faster so this is perfect for those busy weeknights. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/10/2009
WOW!!! This is SOOOOO easy and quick. I used green onion instead of lettuce and quartered cherry tomatoes. I served it with a small amount of restaurant style sour cream. It was delicious. My husband just loved it! This will be a repeat meal for sure. Great for busy families. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/30/2016
We tried this recipe out while camping. We liked it so much that we ate it for dinner two nights in a row! The hardest part was keeping a head of lettuce from freezing and getting slimy in the cooler. We put it in the drink cooler in a ziploc bag inside of a large brown bag and kept it from touching any ice. It stayed good until we got home. I tore up some iceberg lettuce and diced a tomato. We also added some doritos. We put some lettuce in the bottom of our bowls added the recipe mixture and the topped with more lettuce tomato Doritos and some ranch veggie dip we had on hand. This was so yummy and is a new favorite camp food. Thanks for an awesome simple to make recipe!! Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
01/28/2011
I made this according to the directions and I thought it was pretty bland as is. Definitely needed to doctor it up. I added more taco seasoning some minced onion a can of black beans a can of corn and a can of fire roasted diced tomatoes as I didn't have any fresh. Even then it was just ok. My husband thought it was alright but I probably won't be making again. Updated: Ended up putting the leftovers in tortillas for lunch the next day and it was MUCH better after the flavors blended overnight. I would make it again but not eat it until the next day. It went from 1 star to 4 in my book! Read More
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