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Taco Rice ($5 Dinner)

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In the mood for some Mexican, but don’t want to go out and get some? Try this Taco Rice recipe that is made with simple ingredients that you can find in your pantry in less than 20 minutes and for $5 or less.

You can even serve this Taco Rice on some flour tortillas add in a little more cheese and roll it up to make a simple dinner or appetizer.

So, keep this recipe in mind the next time you are wanting to go to eat at a Mexican restaurant and it isn’t in the budget, you will still leave the table happy and full!

Ingredients for Taco Rice ($5 Dinner)

Taco rice ingredients

Rice: use uncooked white rice in a bag

Seasoning: taco seasoning (in a package or homemade taco seasoning) and chili powder

Cheese: shredded sharp cheddar cheese or whatever you have on hand already

Beans: use a can of black beans and rinse and drain them before using them

Onion: a diced yellow onion or white onion will do just fine

Tomatoes: a can of diced tomatoes with green chilis like Rotel

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How to make Taco Rice ($5 Dinner)

  1. Cook the rice according to the package instructions.

Add the cooked rice to a large pot over medium heat on the stove, add in the taco seasoning, chili powder, black beans, and diced onion stir well, and let cook together for 5 minutes. 

taco rice

Stir in the cheese and let it melt, serve!

How to store leftover easy taco rice:

Fridge: If you have leftover taco rice, place it in an airtight container and store it in the fridge for 4-5 day. 

taco rice

Tips and tricks for rice for taco night: 

Type of rice to use: 

When you are ready to get started making this dinner recipe, grab a bag of white rice, like the minute rice you can find in the grocery store.

Taco Rice ($5 Dinner)

Add protein:

​While this recipe does have protein from the beans and cheese, but if you want to up the protein on this you can brown some ground beef or ground chicken in a large skillet before you add in the rice.

Toppings for taco rice: 

  • Sour cream
  • Fresh cilantro
  • Fresh green onions
  • Salsa
  • Tortilla strips
  • Fresh limes
  • Guacamole 

More stove-top recipes to make:

Garlic Parmesan Chicken Pasta

Sweet and Sour Meatballs

Seared Pork Chops and Instant Pot Baked Beans

Broccoli Panko Orzo

Taco Rice ( Dinner)

Recipe by Julia Pacheco
Course: DinnerCuisine: MexicanDifficulty: Easy
Servings

4-5

servings
Prep time

5

minutes
Cooking time

20

minutes

Keep dinner simple, cheap, and of course delicious. You can make this dinner recipe with everything you might at home too!

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Ingredients

  • 1 lb bag uncooked white rice

  • 2 tbsp taco seasoning

  • 1 tsp chili powder

  • 8 oz sharp cheddar cheese, shredded

  • 15 oz black beans, drained and rinsed

  • 1  yellow onion diced

  • 10 0z can diced tomatoes with green chilis

Directions

  • Cook the rice according to the package instructions.
  • Add the cooked rice to a large pot over medium heat on the stove, add in the taco seasoning, chili powder, black beans, and diced onion stir well and let cook together for 5 minutes.
  • Stir in the cheese and let it melt, serve!

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