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Turkey Taco Rice Skillet

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All your favorite things about a taco but in a one pan, skillet dinner! Turkey taco rice skillet is loaded with ground turkey, beans, corn, and tomatoes. Add in some rice and let it all simmer in a beef broth blend. Top with melted cheese and your favorite taco toppings for the best and easiest dinner.

All your favorite of a taco in a one pan, skillet dinner! Turkey taco rice skillet is loaded with ground turkey, beans, corn, and tomatoes. Add in some rice and let it all simmer in a beef broth blend. Top with melted cheese and all your favorite taco toppings for the best and easiest dinner.

I have really been loving one pan and skillet pan dinners later. I mean what’s not to love? One pan on the stove top, less dishes to wash, and they usually involve simple ingredients that I most likely already have on hand.

We love anything with the words taco or burrito in it at my house 🙂 This chicken burrito skillet is one of our other absolute favorite dinner. It’s very similar to this turkey taco rice skillet. We’ve also been loving these turkey taco burrito bowls too. Everyone else is too, because they are being repined on Pinterest like crazy right now!

All your favorite of a taco in a one pan, skillet dinner! Turkey taco rice skillet is loaded with ground turkey, beans, corn, and tomatoes. Add in some rice and let it all simmer in a beef broth blend. Top with melted cheese and all your favorite taco toppings for the best and easiest dinner.

This turkey taco rice skillet starts by browning some ground turkey with some chopped onions. Then you add in the good stuff; beans, corn, tomatoes, seasonings, rice, and beef broth. Let that come to a boil and then cover and let it simmer until cooked. Serve with all your favorite taco toppings. It’s that easy.

The toppings are the best part of this dinner. Whenever I make this, tortilla chips are a must! Plus, it makes this dish even more kid-friendly because they can dip the chip in the rice mixture. Even I did that! We also love sour cream, guacamole, olives, and chopped tomatoes on ours. Some more ideas are green onions, sour cream, more cheese, jalapeno, etc.

All your favorite of a taco in a one pan, skillet dinner! Turkey taco rice skillet is loaded with ground turkey, beans, corn, and tomatoes. Add in some rice and let it all simmer in a beef broth blend. Top with melted cheese and all your favorite taco toppings for the best and easiest dinner.

I’ll let you in on a little secret. Shred your own cheese, please 🙂 It melts so much better than the pre-shredded stuff and it tastes way better too. They put some “stuff” on the pre-shredded cheese to make it not clump together which I think changes the taste of it.

One of my least favorite jobs in the kitchen is shredding cheese. I used to always complain when my mom asked me to grate the cheese while she was making dinner. I didn’t like it then and I still don’t! But, it’s so much better so I just do it now.

All your favorite of a taco in a one pan, skillet dinner! Turkey taco rice skillet is loaded with ground turkey, beans, corn, and tomatoes. Add in some rice and let it all simmer in a beef broth blend. Top with melted cheese and all your favorite taco toppings for the best and easiest dinner.

Pile your turkey taco rice with all your favorites and devour. The best part about this dinner is that the leftovers are fabulous! Use the leftovers for a burrito filling, inside a quesadilla, or on top of nachos. The possibilities are endless with this one.

Turkey Taco Rice Skillet

All your favorite of a taco in a one pan, skillet dinner! Turkey taco rice skillet is loaded with ground turkey, beans, corn, and tomatoes. Add in some rice and let it all simmer in a beef broth blend. Top with melted cheese and all your favorite taco toppings for the best and easiest dinner.

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Ingredients

  • 1.25 lbs ground turkey
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon coriander
  • 1 can (15 oz) pinto beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 can (14oz) petite diced tomatoes, do not drain
  • 1 can (14 oz) fire roasted corn kernels, drained
  • 3/4 cups long grain rice (I prefer to use Basmati)
  • 2 cups beef broth
  • 1-2 cups shredded colby jack cheese

Instructions

  • Cook the ground turkey and onion in a large skillet pan over medium-high heat, using a wooden spoon to break up and crumble, until meat is no longer pink and onions are softened. Drain to discard fat and then return meat to skillet pan.
  • Add all the seasonings to the ground meat and stir together until combined and fragrant.
  • Add the pinto beans, diced tomato, corn, rice (DO NOT prepare beforehand. You want dry rice), and beef broth. Stir to combine.
  • Bring to a boil and then reduce heat to medium low, cover with lid, and let simmer for 20-25 minutes or until the rice is cooked.
  • Serve immediately with your favorite taco toppings. Shredded lettuce, tortilla chips, tomato, avocado, sour cream, olives, green onion, guacamole, pico de gallo, etc.

Notes

I love using Basmati rice. It's a bit more expensive than long grain but it cooks up so perfect each time. I can always count on it.

It may seem like a lot of seasoning but it's actually about equal to 1 packet of taco seasoning. You need about 4 tablespoons spices which is what is in 1 packet of taco seasoning. If you would rather, you can use a packet of taco seasoning in place of all the spices. I would suggest still using the brown sugar because brown sugar + ground meats is meant to be together.

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All your favorite of a taco in a one pan, skillet dinner! Turkey taco rice skillet is loaded with ground turkey, beans, corn, and tomatoes. Add in some rice and let it all simmer in a beef broth blend. Top with melted cheese and all your favorite taco toppings for the best and easiest dinner.

recipe adapted from I Wash, You Dry

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11 Comments

  • Reply
    Katy
    October 2, 2017 at 5:17 pm How would the cook time change for brown rice??
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      Together As Family
      October 3, 2017 at 8:50 pm It would definitely have to cook much longer. Brown rice probably takes twice as long. I actually don't cook with brown rice because my family won't eat it, so I can't say for sure what they changes would be. For sure it would cook longer and it may need a but more liquid so it does not dry out during the longer cook time. Sorry I can't help more!
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    LPK
    October 11, 2017 at 3:25 pm What is the serving size? As in, how many does it serve?
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      Together As Family
      October 11, 2017 at 4:04 pm It serves 5 adults. Possibly more if you load each serving up with toppings. I will add that to the recipe. Thanks for catching that.
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    Carol
    October 12, 2017 at 5:51 pm When do you add the cheese?
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      Together As Family
      October 14, 2017 at 1:21 pm Sprinkle it on at the every end and cover with the lid to let the cheese melt. It should only take about 2-3 minutes.
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    Sherry Watkin
    October 29, 2017 at 1:40 pm Easy and fast. Great for reheating. Love stove top meals, no turning on the oven when it's hot. Served with homemade salsa or taco sauce. Used corn on the cob that I had on hand. Took corn off the cobs for the leftovers.
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      Together As Family
      October 30, 2017 at 11:11 pm Yummy! I love the one pot meals that don't require tons of time and heat from the oven. Using fresh corn sounds amazing in this! I'll have to try that.
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    Cynhia
    January 28, 2018 at 10:40 am Looks good. Could you freeze leftovers.
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      Together As Family
      January 29, 2018 at 4:54 pm I think that would be fine. I've never done it so I can't say for sure.
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    Jenna
    February 12, 2019 at 6:30 pm I've made this at leadt 10 times, sometimes subbing the turkey out for a sweet sausage, like chicken apple. It's so good and easy!
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