This Turkey Taco Rice Skillet is a delicious, full-flavored one-pan meal. Ground turkey, beans, corn, and lightly spiced rice make this a wholesome meal that totally fits into the grind of weeknight dinner.
Taco Rice Skillet with Ground Turkey
One-pan dinners are the ultimate weeknight dinner hack. When I was developing this Skillet Turkey Taco, I paid particular attention to the prep that needed to go into making this meal. Originally, I had thought about adding onions, bell peppers, and garlic for the flavor, but that meant more prep time in the form of chopping and dicing. Instead, this recipe calls for a chunky tomato salsa that easily provides onions, garlic, and diced tomatoes! This adds flavor without the need for a lot of knife work.
The resulting dish is a hearty and comforting healthy-ish meal with lean ground meat, protein, and veggies with a lightly spiced (not spicy, but taco spice) taste.
This recipe also means minimal cleanup and minimal hands-on cooking, but yields maximum flavor!
So let's get to making it! The text below offers some tips for making it, or you can scroll down to the bottom for the complete recipe.
Ingredients Needed and Substitutions
Here is a brief overview of the ingredients needed for this recipe. The full recipe with quantities is listed below this text in the recipe card. If substitutions are available for this recipe, they'll be listed here. If you don't see a substitution you are looking for, feel free to leave a comment below.
- ground turkey (buy dark meat if you can)
- chunky tomato salsa
- spices: garlic powder, chili powder, dried oregano, cumin (or just substitute 1 tablespoon of your favorite taco seasoning)
- long-grain white rice (this can be made with brown rice, but the amount of water and cook time will change and the rice package instructions should be followed for that)
- pinto beans (this can easily be substituted with whatever beans you have on hand)
- frozen corn (or fresh, or another veggie if you want!)
- chicken broth or water (chicken broth will obviously produce a more full-flavored end result, so use it if you have it)
- shredded cheese (use your favorite)
Kitchen Tools Needed to Make Skillet Turkey Taco Rice
This one-pan dish is as simple as adding ingredients to a large skillet and cooking them. No chopping or multiple dishes or pots are needed.
Use a large skillet here (about 12 inches or so), preferably a heavy-bottomed one. But a non-stick one works too!
Oh, and you'll need a strainer to rinse your uncooked rice before adding it to the pan. Rinsing the rice is essential to get rid of excess starch, and it's not recommended to skip it.
How to Store and Reheat Leftovers
This rice dish reheats nicely, and I’ve even frozen leftovers successfully. To reheat, you can heat it in an oven-safe container. I love using Glass Pyrex Containers because they double as storage and baking dishes. Or, you can reheat briefly in the microwave until warmed through. It’s best to add a few tablespoons of water to the dish when reheating it.
To freeze, place completely chilled rice in a freezer-safe container with a tight-fitting lid. It's best to use within 1-2 months after freezing.
How to Make Turkey Taco Rice Skillet
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- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 pound ground turkey
- 1 cup chunky tomato salsa
- 1-½ teaspoons kosher salt
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon chili powder
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- ½ teaspoon cumin
- 1-½ cups long-grain white rice, rinsed well
- 1 (15 ounce) can pinto beans, drained
- 1 cup frozen corn kernels
- 3 cups chicken broth or water
- 1 cup shredded cheddar or Mexican cheese
- Cilantro, for serving
- Fresh lime, for serving
- Additional salsa, for serving
- Heat oil in a large oven-safe skillet over medium heat. Once hot, add ground turkey. Cook until no pink remains, about 5-7 minutes.
- Add in salsa, salt, garlic powder, chili powder, oregano, and cumin, and cook for 1 minute, until the spices are fragrant.
- Add the rice, beans, corn and chicken broth to the skillet and stir together until combined.
- Increase the heat to bring the liquid up to a boil, then cover the skillet with a tight-fitting and lower the heat to low. Cook for 20 minutes.
- Shut off the heat, sprinkle the top of the rice with the cheese, and return the cover to the skillet and let it sit for 5 minutes.
- Serve with cilantro, fresh lime wedges and additional salsa, if desired.
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