This is a delicious (deeeelicious!) Tex-Mex style dinner that is all cooked in one pan in 30 minutes. Quick and easy to make, quick and easy to clean up. You need to try this one!
One-pan dinners are all the rage and for a fantastic reason. The dishes! Or lack thereof. If you can cook your whole dinner in one pan, then you only have one pan to wash. Sweet, right? Also, usually, the recipes come together really quickly and easily. That’s definitely the case with this one-pan Mexican dinner. It’s a Tex-Mex style meal with ground beef, black beans, rice, tomatoes, and cheese. Such tasty flavors. Everyone in my family deeply loves this one.
What you’re going to do is saute an onion in some oil then add some ground beef and seasonings. If you don’t have the seasonings in the ingredient list on hand, you can actually even use taco seasoning. They’re nearly the same, you can check out what makes them so similar if you’re curious, too.
Then you stir and cook until it’s browned. Go in and add some uncooked white rice, canned tomatoes, beans and broth. Bring it up to a boil, reduce to a simmer and cover it up. From that point it takes about 20 minutes until the rice is tender. You could eat it right then. But for me, something is missing. The cheese!
Stir up everything in the skillet then sprinkled it with some nice aged cheddar cheese. Put the lid back on so it can melt. To serve this up, I like to add some chopped fresh tomatoes and green onions. Sour cream or Greek yogurt dolloped on top would be a good thing. Slices of avocado or guacamole would also not be turned away.
We usually like to scoop this mixture onto salad greens, making something like a taco salad. It can go over tortilla chips instead. Or just have it on its own. If I have leftovers, I spoon it into thermoses and add broth for a Mexican Soup in the kids’ lunches the next day. Oh! I love these thermoses because the insert can go in the microwave. I can scoop in their lunch and microwave it to heat it through. Then the plastic goes into the insulated container. Very cool. Or not cool. Hot! Ha!
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This post originally appeared in October 2016. It was revised and republished in October 2018.
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