Texas Tacos

These ground beef tacos are taken up a notch with rice & beans, corn, diced tomato, and some fresh lime juice! Serve with your favorite taco toppings and you have a hearty, filling, and delicious twist on the traditional taco.

TEXAS TACOS | a yummy, hearty, and fun twist on the traditional taco! www.togetherasfamily.com

I found this recipe in a Taste of Home magazine and adapted it slightly by adding in some lime juice (totally necessary if you ask me 🙂 ) and changed up the rice. The original recipe calls for the ready-to-serve brown rice (like the Uncle Ben’s 90 second packs) but in my house we’re not crazy about the texture or taste of brown rice. Feel free to use the brown rice package, some leftover Mexican rice, or plain rice. Really any rice can be used as long as it’s equal to 1 cup.

As we were sitting down to eat these at dinner I was thinking of a name for them. They’re called ‘Texas Tacos’ not sure why? I asked my husband what he thought of the name ‘Sloppy Texas Tacos’ and he immediately shot that one down and said it “did not sound appetizing”. But really, they remind of sloppy joes but in taco form. They are yummy and messy! Oh and as you can tell, I just kept the name the same. I mean, why mess with perfection! Please don’t forget the taco toppings; green onions (surprisingly, they are really good on these tacos), shredded lettuce, jalapeno (if that’s how you roll 😉 ), diced tomato, avocado, shredded cheese, olives.

TEXAS TACOS | a hearty, filling, and yummy twist on the traditional taco. Simmers on the stove for a fast, 30 minute meal! www.togetherasfamily.com

This hearty beef filling simmers on the stove top and the flavors combine and it’s really, really good. I also love this recipe because we always have tons of leftovers and I can get another meal out of it by making this TACO CASSEROLE and using the leftover taco meat (NOTE- I do not add the additional onion and taco seasoning packet called for in the recipe. Just reheat the ‘Texas Taco’ leftovers with a tomato soup can + the water, let it simmer so the water reduces a bit and then follow recipe as stated). Plus, you will still have all your taco toppings that you can use again with this Taco Casserole 🙂 !!

Texas Tacos


  • 1 lb ground beef (90% lean)
  • 1 red pepper, diced
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 1 can (14.5) petite diced tomatoes, drained
  • 1 cup frozen corn
  • 1 can (8 oz) tomato sauce
  • 1 package (8.5 oz) ready-to-serve rice packet 'Pinto Beans & Rice' (Uncle Ben's 90 second rice)
  • 1 packet taco seasoning or 2-3 tablespoons homemade seasoning
  • 1/2 a lime, squeezed
  • taco shells
  • taco toppings


  1. Cook ground beef, red pepper, and onion over medium-high heat until beef is no longer pink and vegetables are tender. Drain.
  2. Stir in the canned tomatoes, corn, tomato sauce can, the rice packet (DO NOT COOK BEFORE), taco seasoning and the lime juice. Let simmer on medium-low heat for 10-15 minutes.
  3. Serve in taco shells with toppings of your choice.

Be sure and add this one to your menu plan. It’s a quick, delicious, and family approved meal. What more could you ask for?! Enjoy friends! xoxo

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