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Turkey taco rice in a bowl.

Turkey Taco Rice Skillet

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  • Author: Kelli Avila
  • Prep Time: 00:05
  • Cook Time: 00:35
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 4-6 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Stovetop


This Ground Turkey and Rice Skillet is a delicious, full-flavored one-pan meal. Made with ground turkey, beans, corn, and taco spiced rice, it's a wholesome meal that totally fits into the grind of weeknight dinner.


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  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 1 cup prepared chunky tomato salsa
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons coarse kosher salt (see note)
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1-1/2 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


  1. Heat oil in a large saute pan over medium-high heat. Once hot, add the ground turkey and cook, stirring occasionally with a wooden spoon, until no longer pink, 5 to 7 minutes. 
  2. Add the salsa, salt, garlic powder, chili powder, oregano, and cumin, and cook for 1 minute, until the spices are fragrant.
  3. Add the rice, beans, corn and chicken broth to the skillet and stir together until combined. Push any straw pieces of rice on the side of the skillet into the liquid.
  4. 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.
  5. 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. 
  6. Fluff the rice with a fork, taste, and adjust the seasoning. Serve with cilantro, fresh lime wedges, and additional salsa, if desired.


This recipe was tested using Diamond Crystal coarse kosher salt. If you use Morton's kosher salt or fine salt, decrease volume by half.