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Saturday, June 28, 2014

30 Minute Taco Rice Skillet

This easy, family friendly 30-minute meal is a must for your weekly meal plan.
Kids love this!

30-minute taco rice skillet (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

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I'm still trying to get used being a stay-at-home mom.  I constantly forget what day it is.  I still feel like come 9 p.m. I better start getting ready for bed as I have work in the morning.  I tell myself often that we need to stay home, as in my head I know the work week is ahead.

I wonder when this will change?  Today felt a bit different.  The kids and I had a play date and picnic with some friends that lasted 3 hours.  It was glorious.  Now that I'm at home these things can happen.  The kids ran around barefoot, got sweaty, begged to eat lunch at 10:30 and a friend and I got in some good conversation.  In turn, it wore out my kids and the rest of our day was pretty darn good because of it.

The little miss had a late afternoon swim lesson and my oh my.....a girl can get quite a bit done with that little daredevil/non-stop-talker/go-getter thing out of the house.  In an hour I managed to get the baby down for a nap, do the dishes, switch out laundry, return a phone call and prep this easy 30 minute dinner.

30-minute taco rice skillet (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

Now, I've made this dinner before, but just now realized I had never blogged about it!  If you have trouble coming up with simple and quick family dinners then this one is for you.  My kids love it.  I let them scoop it up with tortilla chips as we all know kids love scooping up their food!

This mixture also freezes well.  When I was working {See?  Here I go again...} I would divide out the leftovers into to-go containers, freeze it, then grab a container when I didn't have anything planned to take to lunch.

30-minute taco rice skillet (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

Try this cheesy rice dish soon - you won't be disappointed!

Oh, and my stars and stripes cloth napkins I used in these photos, people have asked where I got them.  I can't remember!  But I did find similar ones on Amazon.  Super cute!

30 Minute Taco Rice Skillet

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1 lb. ground beef
1/2 c. salsa
1 3/4 c. water
1 c. white rice
1 c. shredded cheddar cheese
1/2 t. cumin
1/2 t. smoked paprika
1/2 t. chili powder
1/2 t. garlic powder
sour cream
crushed tortilla chips

1.  In a large saucepan, cook the ground beef until juices run clear, drain off grease.
2.  Add in water, salsa and seasonings and bring to a boil.
3.  Add rice and stir.  Turn heat down to low and cover for 15 minutes.
4.  Once all water is absorbed and rice is tender, stir in cheddar cheese.
5.  Serve hot, garnished with additional salsa, sour cream and crushed tortilla chips.


I have high hopes of hitting up the farmer's market today {with three kids....please pray for me}.  Our local one is growing by leaps and bounds and I want to support them. 

I also need to make one LAST batch of strawberry jam and if time permits make a BIG batch of basil pesto.  My plant is out of control and needs to be tamed.  Look for my recipe soon!

And lastly, if even more time permits get caught up on about a zillion blog related items.  Having a newborn really permits most of that!

Have a great weekend!

Would you like to comment?

  1. Mackenzie TetmeyerJune 28, 2014 at 12:10 AM

    I have so much Basil on my plant to I have cooked it in dinner for the last two nights!!!! I still have so much more to pick !

  2. This looks awesome - I'm always looking for quick dinners for those super busy days!!

  3. Jolene (www.everydayfoodie.ca)July 6, 2014 at 11:14 AM

    I do a taco rice dish that I haven't had in ages! Yours looks really good :-)