Tex-Mex Beef and Rice Skillet

October 27, 2017Teresa

Gluten Free Living  – 2017

Tex-Mex Beef and Rice Skillet is a fantastic 30-minute meal you will love! It’s got plenty of Tex-Mex flavors with chipotle corn, chili powder and cumin, and diced tomatoes with green chilies. But it’s not overpowering even for young palates.

I have to admit I am kind of hooked on these easy skillet Tex-Mex dinners. I have another beef one made similarly to this one but with different ingredients and flavors. I also have fabulous ones with chicken and turkey. Just heap up the toppings and you’re good to go! It’s kind of like nachos but in a skillet.

Yes, we love our toppings. Pico de gallo, salsa, olives, green onions, cilantro, sour cream, habanero cheese, lime, avocados or guacamole are just a few of our favorite things to serve this tasty dish with. Pour ’em on! The more, the merrier.

This skillet dinner includes ground beef, rice, pinto beans, chipotle corn, diced tomatoes with green chilies, three colors of bell peppers, onion, cheese, lime and zucchini. Yes, you heard that right! This one even has a little bit of zucchini cooked up into it. It’s another great way to add a few more veggies to your weeknight suppers. I do recommend, however, that you add it in about the last five or ten minutes of cooking time so that it doesn’t get mushy while cooking.

If you’re looking for a delicious weeknight meal that doesn’t take all day to prepare, this is it! It’s also a high protein meal that’s healthy, lower calorie, gluten free and marvelous to the taste buds. Put Tex-Mex Beef and Rice Skillet on your menu today. I guarantee, you won’t be disappointed.

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Tex-Mex Beef and Rice Skillet is a 30-minute meal your family will love!

Tex-Mex Beef and Rice Skillet | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this fantastic #TexMex meal takes only 30 minutes to prepare! It's loaded with toppings that add incredible flavor. Filled with healthy veggies, #beans & #rice. #glutenfree

Tex-Mex Beef and Rice Skillet is healthy, clean eating and gluten free.

Tex-Mex Beef and Rice Skillet | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this fantastic #TexMex meal takes only 30 minutes to prepare! It's loaded with toppings that add incredible flavor. Filled with healthy veggies, #beans & #rice. #glutenfree

Load the toppings on and you’re good to go!

Tex-Mex Beef and Rice Skillet | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this fantastic #TexMex meal takes only 30 minutes to prepare! It's loaded with toppings that add incredible flavor. Filled with healthy veggies, #beans & #rice. #glutenfree

Tex-Mex Beef and Rice Skillet is terrific served with tomatoes, olives, avocado, cilantro, sour cream and extra cheese!

 

Here’s what I did.

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I used these ingredients for the skillet. (I only used one zucchini).

Tex-Mex Beef and Rice Skillet | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this fantastic #TexMex meal takes only 30 minutes to prepare! It's loaded with toppings that add incredible flavor. Filled with healthy veggies, #beans & #rice. #glutenfree

Place ground beef in a very large skillet over medium heat. Add red, orange and yellow bell peppers and onions. Stir to combine and brown meat, turning occasionally until no longer pink. This will take about 5 minutes.

Tex-Mex Beef and Rice Skillet | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this fantastic #TexMex meal takes only 30 minutes to prepare! It's loaded with toppings that add incredible flavor. Filled with healthy veggies, #beans & #rice. #glutenfree

Cook until beef browns. Drain. The veggies do not need to cook all the way. Sprinkle with cumin and chili powder. Stir to combine.

Tex-Mex Beef and Rice Skillet | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this fantastic #TexMex meal takes only 30 minutes to prepare! It's loaded with toppings that add incredible flavor. Filled with healthy veggies, #beans & #rice. #glutenfree

Add rice, pinto beans, corn, diced tomatoes with green chilies and Worcestershire sauce. Stir to combine.

SPECIAL NOTE:

You can add zucchini now, but it is probably better to wait about ten minutes before adding.

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Add beef broth. Only add two cups. If the mixture appears to be drying out, then add an additional cup of broth. Stir to combine. 

Tex-Mex Beef and Rice Skillet | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this fantastic #TexMex meal takes only 30 minutes to prepare! It's loaded with toppings that add incredible flavor. Filled with healthy veggies, #beans & #rice. #glutenfree

Cover with lid and cook about 10-15 minutes, until rice is cooked through. If desired, add zucchini after cooking about 5-10 minutes first.

Tex-Mex Beef and Rice Skillet | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this fantastic #TexMex meal takes only 30 minutes to prepare! It's loaded with toppings that add incredible flavor. Filled with healthy veggies, #beans & #rice. #glutenfree

I used these ingredients for the toppings.

Tex-Mex Beef and Rice Skillet | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this fantastic #TexMex meal takes only 30 minutes to prepare! It's loaded with toppings that add incredible flavor. Filled with healthy veggies, #beans & #rice. #glutenfree

Once rice is cooked, squeeze the juice of one lime over top.

Tex-Mex Beef and Rice Skillet | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this fantastic #TexMex meal takes only 30 minutes to prepare! It's loaded with toppings that add incredible flavor. Filled with healthy veggies, #beans & #rice. #glutenfree

Add habanero cheese.

Tex-Mex Beef and Rice Skillet | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this fantastic #TexMex meal takes only 30 minutes to prepare! It's loaded with toppings that add incredible flavor. Filled with healthy veggies, #beans & #rice. #glutenfree

Cover with lid about 3-5 minutes until cheese melts.

Tex-Mex Beef and Rice Skillet | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this fantastic #TexMex meal takes only 30 minutes to prepare! It's loaded with toppings that add incredible flavor. Filled with healthy veggies, #beans & #rice. #glutenfree

Garnish with toppings and serve!

Tex-Mex Beef and Rice Skillet | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this fantastic #TexMex meal takes only 30 minutes to prepare! It's loaded with toppings that add incredible flavor. Filled with healthy veggies, #beans & #rice. #glutenfree

If you enjoy Tex-Mex dishes, this one is sure to please.

Tex-Mex Beef and Rice Skillet | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this fantastic #TexMex meal takes only 30 minutes to prepare! It's loaded with toppings that add incredible flavor. Filled with healthy veggies, #beans & #rice. #glutenfree

I found the combination of flavors absolutely mouthwatering. I had the leftovers for lunch for several days and enjoyed this meal immensely.

Tex-Mex Beef and Rice Skillet | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this fantastic #TexMex meal takes only 30 minutes to prepare! It's loaded with toppings that add incredible flavor. Filled with healthy veggies, #beans & #rice. #glutenfree

The nice thing about Tex-Mex Beef and Rice Skillet is that it is a meal-in-one. You don’t need any other side dish for this entree to be complete. 

 

Here’s the recipe.

TEX-MEX BEEF AND RICE SKILLET

(My own concoction)

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This amazing 30-minute Tex-Mex entree includes ground beef, rice, pinto beans, chipotle corn, diced tomatoes with green chilies, bell peppers, zucchini and habanero cheese. The toppings make it spectacular! It's perfect for weeknight meals when you're short on time. Healthy, clean eating, gluten free.
Tex-Mex Beef and Rice Skillet | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this fantastic #TexMex meal takes only 30 minutes to prepare! It's loaded with toppings that add incredible flavor. Filled with healthy veggies, #beans & #rice. #glutenfree
Course Beef
Cuisine Tex-Mex
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 23 minutes
Servings
Ingredients
SKILLET:
TOPPINGS:
Course Beef
Cuisine Tex-Mex
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 23 minutes
Servings
Ingredients
SKILLET:
TOPPINGS:
Tex-Mex Beef and Rice Skillet | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this fantastic #TexMex meal takes only 30 minutes to prepare! It's loaded with toppings that add incredible flavor. Filled with healthy veggies, #beans & #rice. #glutenfree
Instructions
SKILLET:
  1. Cook the onion, bell peppers and beef in a large skillet over medium heat until beef is no longer pink.
  2. Drain any fat (but there won’t be much if you use 96% lean beef).
  3. Add chili powder, cumin, salt and pepper, diced tomatoes with green chilies, corn, beans, rice, zucchini, Worcestershire sauce and beef broth.
  4. Bring mixture to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer, covered, for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. (See note below).
  5. Juice one lime and drizzle over top of skillet.
  6. Sprinkle the shredded cheese over top.
  7. Cover with lid and cook over low heat for about 3-5 minutes, or until cheese is melted.
  8. Remove from heat and serve with Taco Toppings.
TOPPINGS:
  1. Dice, slice or chop veggies and set aside.
  2. Spoon sour cream, salsa or pico de gallo into separate bowls to serve.
  3. Sprinkle toppings over top of skillet or individual servings, as desired.
Recipe Notes

NOTE: Start with two cups of beef broth. Only add the third cup if mixture seems dry.

NOTE: It’s important that you not add the zucchini too early or it gets mushy. You can even add it the last five or ten minutes of cooking time and it will still cook enough, yet hold its shape.

© Can’t Stay Out of the Kitchen

 

Tex-Mex Beef and Rice Skillet | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this fantastic #TexMex meal takes only 30 minutes to prepare! It's loaded with toppings that add incredible flavor. Filled with healthy veggies, #beans & #rice. #glutenfree

If you’re short on time this is a delicious meal to prepare for your family.

Tex-Mex Beef and Rice Skillet | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this fantastic #TexMex meal takes only 30 minutes to prepare! It's loaded with toppings that add incredible flavor. Filled with healthy veggies, #beans & #rice. #glutenfree

Don’t you just love avocados? I can eat them on anything!

Tex-Mex Beef and Rice Skillet | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this fantastic #TexMex meal takes only 30 minutes to prepare! It's loaded with toppings that add incredible flavor. Filled with healthy veggies, #beans & #rice. #glutenfree

Time to dig in to this mouthwatering dinner.

Tex-Mex Beef and Rice Skillet | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this fantastic #TexMex meal takes only 30 minutes to prepare! It's loaded with toppings that add incredible flavor. Filled with healthy veggies, #beans & #rice. #glutenfree

This high protein meal is so hearty and satisfying.

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