Mexican Beef Rice Recipe: Easy and convenient. This Cheesy Mexican beef rice recipe is a mouthwatering Mexican-inspired meal with beef, rice, and tons of cheesy goodness! It’s the perfect easy and quick weeknight dinner and is also amazing as a hearty side dish.
Cheesy Mexican Beef Rice Recipe:
I love how I can easily throw this Cheesy Mexican Beef Rice Recipe together, especially when I have no time or just do not want to spend eternity in the kitchen. It’s also the perfect dinner idea for all the rice lovers out there! This is a no-fuss meal you can whip up any time. It’s loaded with flavors that will no doubt satisfy your taste buds!
This Mexican beef rice recipe is already a meal by itself. And this also pairs great with a lot of things! My favorite is serving this with my favorite tortilla chips, soft tortillas, guacamole, and jalapeno dip.
This Cheesy Mexican Beef Rice Recipe has become a staple at my house. And there are just a couple of simple ingredients needed to make this.
What You Need To Make This Mexican Beef Rice Recipe:
- Ground beef
- Garlic powder
- Black pepper
- Taco seasoning
- A can (15 oz) whole kernel corn
- Beef broth
- Tomato sauce
- Long-grain rice
- Shredded cheddar cheese
To make this recipe gluten-free (you should use these ingredients instead):
- Use Gluten-free taco seasoning (read the label for any wheat flour or yeast extract; make sure to choose the ones with no gluten ingredients or have a gluten-free label). Or make homemade taco seasoning by combining chili powder, ground cumin, garlic powder, onion powder, crushed red pepper flakes, dried oregano, paprika, smoked paprika, salt, and pepper. You can adjust the amount to suit your tastes (if you want more or less spice, heat, or smokiness).
- Beef broth made only with beef and water is gluten-free. Other brands of beef broth may contain gluten-contaminating ingredients. Always check the ingredients before buying.
Steps To Make Cheesy Mexican Beef Rice Recipe:
Step 1: Brown the ground beef for 4 – 5 minutes in a large skillet on medium heat, breaking up the clumps
Step 2: When done, drain the excess grease. Keep the cooked beef aside for now.
Step 3: Add the onion to the same pan and cook for 2 – 3 minutes while stirring.
Step 4: Add the cooked beef to the pan.
Step 5: To the beef, stir in the taco seasoning, salt, pepper, and garlic powder.
Step 6: Next, add the tomato sauce along with the sauce, salsa, beef stock, water, and corn. Stir well.
Step 7: Let the mixture boil on medium heat before adding the rice.
Step 8: Adjust the heat to low once the mixture is boiling. Let everything simmer for 15 – 18 minutes, stirring constantly to ensure the rice isn’t sticking.
Step 9: Cover with cheese.
Step 10: Allow the dish to stand for 5 minutes, then serve.
Frequently Asked Questions
What sort of rice does this recipe work best with?
There is no rule as to what rice you can use for this recipe. You can use whatever rice is available. Although, I prefer long-grain rice. Jasmine and brown rice are also an option. Note that using different rice will alter the cooking time.
Can I substitute other proteins?
Use whatever protein you prefer. Either ground beef, ground turkey, ground chicken, or grilled chicken. Ground pork and sliced meats such as steak, pork, or even lamb are also amazing choices.
Can I add other vegetables to Mexican Rice?
You are welcome to add anything you like! Other great veggie options are green peas, bell pepper, and lima beans. Feel free to get creative! Some other amazing options are butternut squash, zucchini, green beans, sweet potatoes, poblano chiles, or even carrots. If you are planning to add some chopped fresh greens, such as spinach, throw them in right before serving.
Easy Cheesy Mexican Beef Rice Recipe
The Mexican Beef Rice Recipe is an excellent all-in-one meal. A kid-friendly meal that you can easily whip up in no time! Super cheesy and loaded with mouthwatering flavors!
- Prep Time: 5 minutes
- Cook Time: 25 minutes
- Total Time: 30 minutes
- Yield: 4 servings 1x
- Category: Main Dish
- Cuisine: Mexican
1 small onion, chopped
1 tsp garlic powder
1 lb ground beef
2 tbsp taco seasoning
1 (15 ounces) can whole kernel corn
1 c. beef broth
1 c. long-grain rice, uncooked
1 c. shredded cheddar cheese
½ c. water
½ c. salsa
8 ounces tomato sauce
1 tsp salt
1 tsp black pepper
Cook the ground beef in a large skillet for about 4 – 5 minutes over medium heat until brown, breaking the meat into chunks.
Once done, drain any excess grease and set the browned beef aside.
Saute the onions in the same pan for 2 – 3 minutes.
To the pan, add the ground beef along with the taco seasoning, salt, pepper, and garlic powder. Stir well until everything is blended.
Then, stir in the tomato sauce, salsa, beef stock, water, and rice.
Bring everything to a boil on medium heat. Then, add the whole-kernel corn.
Adjust the heat to low once the mixture is boiling, and let it simmer for 15 – 18 minutes. Stir the rice regularly to ensure the rice isn’t sticking.
About 5 minutes before serving, top everything with cheddar cheese and let it melt.
For more flavor, toss in some bell peppers or jalapenos.
How To Make it Gluten free
Opt to use gluten-free taco seasoning or make your own.
Always check the label before buying as some brands of beef broth may contain gluten-contaminating ingredients.
- Serving Size: 1 serving
- Calories: 512
- Sugar: 6.7 g
- Sodium: 1298 mg
- Fat: 15.7 g
- Carbohydrates: 53.1 g
- Protein: 38.9 g
- Cholesterol: 100.5 mg
Keywords: Beef Rice Recipe
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