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Fiesta Skillet Meal: Beef, Rice, Veggies, Beans & Cheese

I am a wife, a mom, a high school teacher, crafter, baker, and so much more. I love trying my hand at new things. Adventures are everywhere.


Not a Fan of Helpers

As a kid, my mom would serve me cheeseburger macaroni from a box. It was okay. We enjoyed it, but it wasn't something that I wanted very often. As an adult, I began looking for ways to make homemade one-dish "helper" meals. I loved the idea of one pot to cook and clean. However, this dish requires you to boil your bag of rice separately unless you want to up the broth and let it cook within the meal.

I prefer to boil the boil-in-a-bag rice first as a timesaver. This method is my preference and how I wrote this recipe.

You can use traditional white or Jasmine rice and let it cook within the meal in the skillet. However, the broth content would need a total of two cups.


Preparation Makes Cooking a Breeze

I get into the kitchen plenty of time to do my prep work. Doing some of the little things ahead of the actual cooking makes the cooking less hectic.

For instance, I will chop my onions ahead of time and set them aside in a small bowl, making it easy to take and dump into the meat when it is time.

I also like to measure the taco seasoning and put it into a small bowl. I now do not have to worry about something burning or boiling over because I am busy measuring other ingredients. I favor being able to grab and dump pre-measured ingredients into my meal as I am cooking.

I open the black beans can and dump it into a colander to rinse them. I can add them to the meal when it is time to do so.

I opened the diced tomatoes and green chiles can, as well. I open the corn, drain them, and measure one cup into a small bowl.

Cook Time

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

15 min

13 min

28 min

4 servings


For the skillet meal:

  • 1/2 onion, chopped
  • 1 pound ground beef or ground turkey
  • 4 tablespoons McCormick's Taco Seasoning
  • 1 bag Boil-in-a-Bag Brown Rice, cooked according to package directions
  • 1 can Rotel diced tomatoes & green chiles, undrained
  • 1 can fire-roasted corn, drained
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 1 can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 1/2 cups fiesta cheese, shredded

Optional toppings:

  • sour cream
  • chives, chopped
  • avocado, diced
  • cilantro, chopped
  • salsa


  1. Brown the ground beef. Add in the chopped onions. Cook until the beef is fully cooked (no red meat remaining) and the onions are translucent. Drain the grease.
  2. Add the taco seasoning, Rotel, corn, rice, and beef broth. Bring to a boil.
  3. Cook covered and simmer for 10 minutes. Stir at 5 minutes.
  4. Stir completely at 10 minutes. Top with shredded cheese. Cover and cook on low for 3 more minutes or until the cheese is melted.
  5. Optional toppings can be added at the table.
Step one of cooking

Step one of cooking

Recipe Notes From the Chef

After I complete all of my prep work, I can begin cooking. I use a two- to three-inch deep stainless pan for this meal with a lid. You can use whatever works similarly.

First, I begin to cook the ground beef. If you prefer to use ground turkey, it will substitute very well. I add the pre-chopped onions to the pan as the ground meat begins sizzling. I allow the meat and onions to cook thoroughly. I drain the ground meat and pour it back into the pan.

Time to Combine

Add taco seasoning, Rotel, corn, pre-boiled rice, and beef broth. Stir thoroughly. Bring to a boil and then let simmer covered for five minutes .

After five minutes, stir again. Re-cover the dish and let simmer for the remaining five minutes. Remove the lid and sprinkle cheese on top. At this point, I also sometimes mix about half a cup of cheese into the mix. The fact that I stir in the cheese allows the mixture to melt and stick together and allows every bite to have cheese, even if the topping cheese slides off when serving.

All of the ingredients combined

All of the ingredients combined

Ready to Serve

The meal is complete. I love to add various toppings. I prepare the toppings ahead of time and have them on the table. If I only have a few toppings, I use what I have. The toppings being separate allows the individual to personalize the flavor at the table.

Eat and enjoy!

Melted goodness

Melted goodness

Clean-Up and Leftovers

The clean-up now is a breeze. I washed the skillet and pot that was for the rice.

I put the remaining leftovers in a container and enjoy them the next day. This dish warms up tremendously and makes a supper easy leftover meal the following day.

© 2022 April McMichael