One Pot Mexican Rice Casserole is a super flavorful, quick and easy ground beef recipe!  Your whole family will love this tasty casserole full of beef, rice, corn, and tons of taco flavor!

mexican rice casserole


Mexican Rice Casserole:

This casserole tastes just like everyone’s favorite restaurant-style Mexican rice.  Except, that it is turned into a complete, hearty, meal in 30 minutes or less!  This rice casserole has always been a staple in my house because it’s something we can all agree upon.  It used to be something that I would put together and bake in the oven.  Until I realized I could just make this into a stovetop one pan dish.  The rice simmers in the pan right along with the cooked ground beef and onion, corn, salsa, tomato sauce, and seasonings for amazing flavor!  After your rice is tender you can stir in your favorite shredded cheese, and top with green onions if you’d like.  We also really enjoy this with an extra side of salsa and a dollop of sour cream!

rice casserole

Mexican Rice Casserole Notes and Tips:


  • You will want to use a fairly large and deep skillet with a lid for this recipe.
  • I personally happen to love this All-Clad skillet and find that it’s the perfect size for almost all of my one pan recipes!
  • Besides using a quality skillet, it is really important to make sure you cook your rice correctly for this recipe, otherwise, it will end up crunchy!
  • Be sure to add your rice to the skillet and have it come to a complete boil before you reduce the heat. Once the mixture is boiling, then you can reduce the heat.  But, make sure your mixture stays at a simmer.  You don’t want the rice to stop cooking.
  • I use long grain white rice (such as jasmine rice) for this recipe.  If you have instant rice on hand you can use that as well.  Just make sure to note that you will only need to simmer for about 5-7 minutes to soften the rice.

one pot mexican casserole


What to Make With Ground Beef:

This is a question that I get asked by my readers all the time!  Ground beef is a staple ingredient in most households, and we are always looking for new ways to use it up.  Aside from this one pot Mexican Rice Casserole, here as some of my other favorite dinner recipes to make with ground beef!  I love changing up taco Tuesday by making our Sheet Pan Nachos recipe, Dirty Rice is kind of a classic dish and we have it at least once per month!  We also really love Ground Beef Fried Rice when we want takeout made at home and my French Onion Salisbury Steak are a major favorite!



4.98 from 89 votes

One Pot Mexican Rice Casserole

This One Pot Mexican Rice Casserole is a super flavorful, quick and easy ground beef recipe!  Your whole family will love this tasty casserole full of beef, rice, corn, and tons of taco flavor!
Prep 5 minutes
Cook 25 minutes
Total 30 minutes
Servings 6



  • Cook the ground beef and onion together with salt and pepper to taste in a large skillet over medium high heat until beef is no longer pink. Drain grease if necessary.
  • Return the pan to the stove and sprinkle the beef with the garlic powder and taco seasoning.
  • Stir in the rice, broth, corn, tomato sauce, and salsa.
  • Bring mixture to a boil. Cover, reduce heat and simmer for 18-20 minutes until rice is tender.
  • Top with cheese and return the lid to the pan for 2-3 minutes until cheese is melted.



NOTE ON RICE:  I always use long grain white rice, but you can use instant rice if that's what you have on hand.  Keep in mind for instant rice you will only need to simmer the mixture for about 5-7 minutes to soften the rice.


Serving: 1Cup, Calories: 346kcal

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
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  1. 5 stars
    Enjoyed watching the video. Made me hungry tho. I will definitely make this. Thank you for sharing this 🙂

  2. 5 stars
    My family loved this tonight! Easy and had everything in my pantry already. I added black beans and had to use more broth than called for. I had to cook it longer bc the rice was not finished, then added more broth so it wasn’t too dry. Will definitely make again!

  3. 5 stars
    This recipe was REALLY good. My teenage daughter loves rice, especially Mexican rice, but she is picky! I was sure to chop the onion extra fine and didn’t add quite as much as the recipe called for. Otherwise I followed the recipe completely. I used shredded pepper jack cheese which was really good and also added a squirt of lime (to mine and my husband’s)as one of the other reviewers mentioned. The lime juice gave it a little something extra. I will definitely make this again!

  4. I also added black beans to this recipe and instead of tomato sauce I used enchilada sauce. I would add next time 2 cups of broth. It got a little dry. We ate it in corn tortillas with sour cream. Lettuce and a squirt of lime juice. Good recipe.

  5. I made this tonight. It was easy and something you can make substitutes to. I swapped the corn for black beans, added garlic gloves, green pepper and a small can of green chilies. Also added some Choulula for some heat. It turned out great.

  6. I’ve made this a few times now and it’s delicious! Only thing is mine is never finished cooking after 20 minutes. It always needs to go for about 30 minutes. I’m so glad I found this recipe bc it’s one that can be tweaked depending on what I have in my pantry! I skip out on the cheese and sub beans for the bean and it feels just a little bit healthier. Love it!

    1. Oh follow up! I also use about have the amount of corn. I’m sure it’s a preference thing, but I like mine with a little less corn.

  7. 4 stars
    Yummy!! I substituted ground turkey for the beef, added black beans, and a can of rotel tomatoes, and I doubled the rice, broth, seasonings and salsa. It was delicious and all 8 of us enjoyed it a lot!