Cheesy Taco Rice Skillet

This Cheesy Taco Rice Skillet is filled with quick-cooking minute rice, flavorful taco meat, melty cheese and is ready in under 15 minutes!

Cheesy Taco Rice in a large white skillet topped with cilantro.pinterestWhen we go camping in our trailer I’m always coming up with new one-pan recipes using whatever ingredients I happen to have in my small fridge and pantry. This Cheesy Taco Rice just happened to be one of those recipes and ever since I created it, we can’t get enough of it!

Ingredients for Cheesy Taco Rice

You only need a handful of ingredients to make this tasty dinner!

  • Instant Rice – the quick cooking variety (like Minute Rice)
  • Salsa – my restaurant salsa will work perfectly, or just a nice blended salsa (not too chunky)
  • Taco Meat – I usually make this recipe when I have leftover taco meat, but you can make it fresh too.
  • Taco Cheese Blend – a fun blend of cheeses usually labeled “taco blend” or “fiesta blend”
  • Garlic Salt
  • Cumin
  • Lime Juice

I don’t always have fresh limes on hand when making this recipe, so it’s an optional ingredient, but one that I highly recommend. It helps to brighten the flavors of the dish and make it really pop.

Easy Spanish Rice Recipe using just a handful of ingredients

Quick Spanish Rice Recipe

To start off the recipe for Cheesy Taco Rice you’ll first make a Quick Spanish Rice recipe. So quick, it only takes a few minutes!

  • Bring 2 cups of water, 1 cup salsa, garlic salt, cumin and a little lime juice to a boil.
  • Once it’s boiling, add in 3 cups of instant rice, stir, cover and remove from heat.
  • Let the rice sit for 5 minutes (or until liquid is absorbed), then fluff with a fork. Done!

PRO TIP – if you don’t have minute rice, you can make my Mexican Rice recipe and once it’s cooked follow the remainder of this recipe.

Quick Spanish Rice with cheese and taco meat on top.

All that’s left to do now is add in some taco meat and cheese, and stir over low heat until the cheese is melted throughout.

What To Serve With Taco Rice:

Honestly, my favorite way to eat this is with a pile of crispy tortilla chips. Just scoop up the taco rice with the chips and enjoy! Here are some more ways to stretch this meal even further.

Close up shot of cheesy taco rice with bits of taco meat, gooey cheese and fresh cilantro on top.

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Spoonful of Cheesy Taco Rice with quick spanish rice and taco meat.

I know you’re going to love this quick-cooking dinner as much as we do!

Close up shot of cheesy taco rice with bits of taco meat, gooey cheese and fresh cilantro on top.
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Cheesy Taco Rice Skillet

This Cheesy Taco Rice Skillet is filled with quick-cooking minute rice, flavorful taco meat and cheese and ready in under 15 minutes!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: Mexican
Servings: 6
Calories: 421 kcal
Author: Shawn


  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup salsa, preferably not chunky
  • 1 tsp garlic salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 lime, juice of
  • 3 cups instant, quick cooking rice, such as Minute Rice
  • 1.5 cups taco meat, warmed up
  • 1.5 cups taco cheese blend, shredded


  • Combine water, salsa, garlic salt, cumin and lime juice in a large pot and bring to a boil.
  • Once boiling, stir in the instant rice. Remove the pan from the heat and cover for 5 minutes (or until liquid has absorbed into the rice). Fluff rice with fork and bring back to stove top over low heat.
  • Stir in the warmed taco meat and cheese and cook until cheese is melted throughout. Enjoy!


Calories: 421kcal | Carbohydrates: 39g | Protein: 20g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 67mg | Sodium: 934mg | Potassium: 311mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 393IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 221mg | Iron: 4mg
Keywords: Cheese, Ground Beef Taco Meat, Minute Rice, salsa, Spanish Rice
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About the author

Shawn is the Owner and Creator of I Wash You Dry. She loves to create and share simple, family-friendly recipes. Mom to 5 adorable children and dwells in the desert of Southern Utah.
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Hi, I’m Shawn and I’m a busy mom of five; pretending to live on a budget. I love to cook, and explore new recipes, but they have to be quick and easy with as few dishes as possible.

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