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Ground Beef Taco Rice Dinner

Need a quick and easy dinner? Ground Beef Taco Rice Dinner is a quick and easy recipe using a few basic ingredients. 

Ground Beef Taco Rice

Years ago, in my early days of blogging, I did two weekly series. One featured ground beef recipes. Every week I would share a favorite recipe that used ground beef. 

Every Monday during the fall and winter I would also share a favorite soup recipe for my Souper Monday series.

Readers loved those series because they were all simple everyday recipes. 

I thought it would be fun to occasionally revisit some of those old recipes that I shared for those series. 

Today we are starting with a simple ground beef taco rice. This isn’t the prettiest of dinners, but it is so good! Even the picky eater in my family loves this one. 

Ground Beef Taco Rice Dinner

Mexican and Tex-Mex foods are some of our favorite meals because are easy to change up and everyone loves the flavors.

One of the best things about most Mexican type food is that it is normal food that is usually easy to make gluten free and dairy free. 

This ground beef taco rice is an example of that. It is normal food and a normal recipe that just happens to be gluten free. 

We serve this with cheese and sour cream, but if you are dairy free like my daughter is you can skip the cheese and sour cream and still have a delicious meal. 

Ground Beef Taco Rice

This taco rice dinner includes ingredients that you probably always have on hand. 

  • ground beef
  • onion
  • canned tomatoes 
  • taco seasoning
  • rice
  • salt
  • green pepper (optional)

Taco rice is also great leftover for lunch or dinner the next day. The leftovers even work well as a burrito type filling. 

Ground Beef Taco Rice

Yield: 6 servings

Ground Beef Taco Rice

Ground Beef Taco Rice

Ground beef taco rice is a quick and easy dinner using a few basic ingredients.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 1 green pepper, chopped ( optional but good)
  • 1 can diced tomatoes with green chilies (like rotel)
  • 1 ¾ cups water
  • 1 cup uncooked long grain rice
  • 1 package taco seasoning (or use homemade taco seasoning)
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • optional ingredients for serving: sour cream, chips, cheese etc.

Instructions

  1. In a skillet cook ground beef, onions, and green pepper until meat is done and onions and peppers are tender.
  2. Drain off any fat and add tomatoes with green chilies, water, rice, taco seasoning, and salt. Bring to a boil and then reduce heat to low. Cover and simmer for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  3. Uncover and cook 10 - 12 minutes more or until rice is done.
  4. Optional: Serve with cheese, sour cream, and chips.
Original recipe posted December 2011. Updated October 2019. 

 

Menu Plan

Freezer Burrito Casserole

Here is this week’s menu plan.

I am hoping to restock our breakfast foods by making a large batch of homemade granola and a large batch of eggs and sausage for the freezer. They are two of our favorite things to keep on hand for easy breakfasts.

Breakfast

Oven Pancakes

Oven Pancakes

Chocolate Chip Coconut Granola

Mounds Bar Granola

eggs-and-sausage-

Eggs and Sausage

Dinner

Roasted Potatoes with Bacon__

Steak and Roasted Oven Potatoes

Tuna Melt Quesadilla

Tuna Melt Quesadillas 

Stuffed Green Pepper Soup

Stuffed Green Pepper Soup

Stir Fried Pork and Cabbage--

Stir Fried Cabbage and Pork and Baked Asian Rice

5 Ingredient Burrito Casserole-This freezes great

Pop Up Pizza Pie

Pop Up Pizza Pie 

Dessert Of The Week

Copycat Double Fudge Cake

Copycat Chocolate Fudge Cake

Gluten Free Menu Plan

Slow Cooked Cheesy Vegetable Potato Soup

This week there are several Mexican type meals on the plan. I love Mexican and Tex-Mex type of meals because everyone in my family loves them and they are easy to make gluten free.

Here is this week’s gluten free menu plan. I made notes next to the items that need to be gluten free, but as always read labels to be sure the ingredients are safe for your family.

Breakfast

Corn Oatmeal Gluten Free Pancakes

Corn Oatmeal Gluten Free Pancakes

Banana Oatmeal Breakfast Cookies

Banana Oatmeal Breakfast Cookies

 Dinner

Fold Over Enchiladas– Use corn tortillas and gluten free or homemade enchilada sauce

salmon chowder

Salmon Chowder

Mexican Tortilla Pie

Mexican Tortilla Pie

Crock Pot Spaghetti Sauce

Crock Pot Spaghetti– Be sure the sauce is gluten free and use gluten free pasta

Fluffy-Gluten-Free-Waffles

Breakfast for Dinner- Gluten Free Waffles

Slow Cooked Cheesy Vegetable Potato Soup

Cheesy Vegetable Potato Soup

Beef and Bean Bake

Beef and Bean Bake – Use gluten free taco sauce

Gluten Free Dessert of the Week

Gluten Free Pumpkin Doughnut Muffins

Gluten Free Pumpkin Doughnut Muffins

Hamburger Soup

Need a simple dinner perfect for fall and winter? Hamburger soup is a simple soup full of ingredients that you probably already have on hand. 

Hamburger Soup

Some of the best recipes are the most basic recipes. They are the kind of meals that you can put together using basic ingredients that you always have on hand and that don’t cost a lot of money.

It is the kind of cooking that has been around for generations. It is not fancy or beautiful food. But it is food that feeds your family delicious food at the end of a long day. 

This soup recipe came to be because I had a few things in the fridge and freezer that needed used up. I dumped them in the crock pot and hoped for the best. 

What I ended up with was a soup my family loved. 

Hamburger soup is a pretty classic recipe. Maybe it is more like a concept. You really do not have to follow an exact recipe for this. You can easily vary the ingredients. 

If you don’t have frozen corn use canned. 

Hamburger Soup

If you don’t have ground beef use ground chicken or turkey. 

Maybe you don’t have fresh vegetables, but you have a bag of frozen mixed vegetables. Use those instead. 

If you don’t like carrots you can leave them out. 

This really is a recipe that you can change up and use what you have on hand. 

You can also skip the crock pot and make this on the stove top. Just cook for 20 minutes or so until all the vegetables are tender. 

Need more soup recipes? 

Hamburger Soup Recipe

Yield: 8 servings

Hamburger Soup

Hamburger Soup

Hamburger soup is an easy and delicious soup using basic ingredients that you almost always have on hand.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 5 hours
Total Time 5 hours 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 onion diced
  • 3-4 cups peeled and cubed potatoes
  • 3 14.5 ounce cans beef broth
  • 2 14 ounce cans diced tomatoes
  • 1 cup frozen corn
  • 1 cup peeled and chopped carrots
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon seasoning salt

Instructions

  1. In a skillet or pan cook ground beef and onion until beef is no longer pink and onion is tender. Drain off any fat.
  2. Place meat mixture into a 5qt or 6 qt slow cooker.
  3. Add remaining ingredients and stir to combine.
  4. Cook on low for 6 -7 hours or on high for 4-5 hours or until vegetables are tender.

Notes

This soup can be cooked on the stove top. Cook beef and onion as directed. Add remaining ingredients and cook for 15-20 minutes or until vegetables are tender.

Menu Plan

Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bars

This week’s menu plan includes a breakfast and dessert that can both be made ahead and kept in the freezer. It also includes one of my favorite quick, easy, and inexpensive meals. And since it is October I added a couple of soups and a pumpkin recipe to the plan. 

Here is this week’s plan.

Breakfast

Apple Pie Oatmeal

Breakfast Bowls

Banana Baked Oatmeal

Dinner

Barbecue Meatballs

Mexican Tortilla Pie

Easy Crock Pot Spaghetti Sauce

Copy Cat Panera Tomato Soup

Copy Cat Panera Broccoli Soup

Eggs and Rice

Eggs and Rice with Soy Sauce

Dessert of the Week

Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bars

Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bars

Gluten Free Menu Plan

Here is this week’s gluten free menu plan. As always I made notes next to the ingredients that need to be gluten free, but be sure to read labels so that you know the ingredients are safe for your family.

Breakfast

Sorghum Waffles Gluten Free

Sorghum waffles

Gluten Free Pumpkin Doughnuts-

Gluten Free Pumpkin Doughnuts

Chocolate Banana Oatmeal Breakfast Muffins

Chocolate Banana Oatmeal Breakfast Muffin

Dinner

Slow Cooked Three Bean Chili-

Slow Cooked Three Bean Chili and Pumpkin Cornbread-use gluten free cornmeal

Sweet Potato Soup

Creamy Sweet Potato Soup-use gluten free chicken broth

Gluten Free Macaroni and Cheese 4

Easy Gluten Free Mac and Cheese

Gluten Free Pop Up Pizza Pie from LynnsKitchenAdventures.com

Gluten Free Pop Up Pizza Pie

taco pasta

Gluten Free Taco Pasta

Homemade Gluten Free Frozen Pizza

 Gluten Free Frozen Pizza

Dessert

Gluten Free Dark Chocolate Loaf Cake

Gluten Free Dark Chocolate Loaf Cake

Gluten Free Chocolate Pound Cake

Gluten free can be easy and delicious! Gluten Free Chocolate Pound Cake is so good no one will know that it is gluten free. 

Gluten Free Chocolate Pound Cake Recipe

I know I say it a lot, but gluten free food doesn’t have to taste bad. It also doesn’t have to be complicated.

Gluten free recipes can be easy and delicious. They can be recipes that anyone can make. In fact, they should be easy and delicious. 

Gluten Free Chocolate Pound Cake

The trick to getting a really good gluten free dessert is the ingredients. Sometimes gluten free flour blends work fine, but other times the individual flours work best.

For this recipe the individual gluten free flours work best. Don’t let that stop you though from making this. This cake is easy to make and the ingredients are worth it. 

Sour cream is another important ingredient in this cake. It helps the taste and texture. This cake is rich and delicious. 

Gluten Free Chocolate Pound Cake Recipe

I really hope you all do not get tired of my gluten free chocolate desserts, because gluten free chocolate desserts are some of my favorites.

I have a gluten free chocolate sheet cake, a gluten free pudding cake, and a gluten free layer cake already on the site. It only seemed right to share a recipe for a gluten free chocolate pound cake.

I love pound cake and I love chocolate, so I knew I needed to adapt a chocolate pound cake to be gluten free. I have been making this recipe for at least eight years and it is still a favorite!

Now, I know this is not a healthy dessert, but it is a dessert after all and we can all use a treat once in awhile.

This cake is great on it’s own, but is is also delicious with homemade chocolate whipped cream and fresh fruit.

Gluten Free Chocolate Pound Cake Recipe

Yield: 18

Gluten Free Chocolate Pound Cake

Gluten Free Chocolate Pound Cake

Gluten free chocolate pound cake is a gluten free cake so good that no one will know that it is gluten free.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 25 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 8 ounces sour cream
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 6 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup rice flour
  • ¾ cup cornstarch
  • ½ cup sweet rice flour
  • 1 teaspoon xanthan gum
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ¾ cup cocoa

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 325.
  2. Grease a bundt pan and set aside.
  3. In a mixer cream together the butter, sour cream, and sugar. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add vanilla.
  4. In a small bowl combine dry ingredients. Slowly add to creamed mixture, beating well for about 2 minutes.
  5. Pour batter into prepared pan and bake for 1 hour and 10 minutes to 1 hour an 15 minutes. Test doneness with a toothpick. Mine took about 1 hour and 15 minutes.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

18 servings

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving:Calories: 352 Total Fat: 15g Saturated Fat: 8g Trans Fat: 1g Unsaturated Fat: 5g Cholesterol: 97mg Sodium: 137mg Carbohydrates: 52g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 1g Sugar: 34g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 4g

 

Corn Dog Casserole

Need a kid friendly, quick and easy, dinner? Corn Dog Casserole is an easy dinner that your kids are sure to love! And I am sharing how you can make it gluten free for a gluten free corn dog casserole. 

Corn Dog Casserole

Corn dog casserole is a great meal to make for kids, but adults will love this too. It is easy to make and a great way to use up leftovers. 

This casserole would also be a great dish to take to a potluck type of meal. 

What is corn dog casserole? 

It is pretty much what it sounds like. It is hot dogs and cornbread. Most recipes call for a cornbread mix, but today I am sharing a simple recipe that uses a homemade cornbread batter, hot dogs, and cheese. 

Corn Dog Casserole

What to do with leftover hot dogs? 

You make an easy casserole! 

We recently had a group of friends over and I served chili and hot dogs. I ended up having quite a few grilled hot dogs leftover.

My family doesn’t really enjoy leftover hot dogs. They will eat them, but they are not a favorite. So I get creative when I need to use up hot dogs. 

I have been making corn dog casserole and corn dog muffins for years, but when I made this recipe last week I realized that I had never shared it here. I decided that it was time to fix that! 

Corn Dog Casserole

Can I made corn dog muffins instead of corn dog casserole? 

Yes, you can. Just scoop that batter into a greased muffin time and bake for 18- 20 minutes or until done. 

Can I make gluten free corn dog casserole?

Yes, this works great gluten free. To make it gluten free I use a Bob’s Red Mill 1 to 1 gluten free flour blend and gluten free cornmeal. You also need to make sure your hot dogs are gluten free. Most are, but always read labels to be sure. 

Now for the recipe!

Corn Dog Casserole

Yield: 8 servings

Corn Dog Casserole

Corn Dog Casserole

Corn Dog Casserole is a quick and easy dinner kids will love!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 cups flour ( for gluten free use Bob's Red Mill 1 to 1 GF flour blend)
  • 3/4 cup cornmeal ( for gluten free use gluten free cornmeal)
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/4 cups milk
  • 4 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 egg
  • 6 hot dogs cut into chunks
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar or colby jack cheese

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. In a bowl combine flour, cornmeal, baking powder, sugar, and salt.
  3. Add the milk, butter, and egg, Mix just only the ingredients are well combined.
  4. Stir in hot dogs and cheese.
  5. Pour the batter into a greased 8×8-inch pan.
  6. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until top is golden brown.
  7. Let cool slightly before slicing.

Notes

To make this gluten free use a gluten free flour blend. I like Bob's Red Mill 1 to 1 gluten free flour blend. Use gluten free cornmeal. And be sure your hot dogs are gluten free.

Menu Plan

Oven Grilled Cheese

It is officially fall. I hope that the weather where you are feels more fall like than it does here in Oklahoma. Here is this week’s menu plan. It includes some family favorites that I have been making for years. 

Breakfast

Banana Oatmeal Breakfast Cookies

Banana Oatmeal Breakfast Cookies and yogurt

breakfast bowls

Breakfast Bowls 

Instant Pot Hard Boiled Eggs

Instant Pot Hard Boiled Eggs

Dinner

Oven Grilled Cheese

Oven Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

Taco Salad with Spicy Ranch Dressing_

Taco Salad

Homemade Tuna Helper_

Homemade Tuna Helper

Enchilada-Rice-

Enchilada Rice

Homemade JoJo Potatoes from LynnsKitchenAdventures.com

Hamburgers and Jo Jo Potatoes

Barbecue Sloppy Joes

BBQ Sloppy Joes

Dessert of the Week

Easy Chocolate Glazed Doughnuts

Easy Chocolate Doughnuts

Gluten Free Menu Plan

That gluten free friendship bread in the picture above is becoming one of our favorite gluten free recipes. It is also one of the most popular recipes on my site right now. It is so good!

If you haven’t tried it, you need to. It is a great dessert, snack, or special breakfast for the fall and holidays.

Here is this week’s gluten free menu plan. I made notes next to everything that needs to be sure is gluten free, but as always read labels to be sure the ingredients are safe for your family.

Breakfast

Gluten Free Chocolate Cherry Scones and Eggs

Maple Sausage Pancake Muffins using GF Pancake Batter

 Corn Oatmeal Gluten Free Pancakes

 Dinner

Crock Pot Mexican Pork Chops

Pepperoni Spaghetti Pie– Use gluten free pasta and pepperoni

Taco Fries– I will use taco meat the I have in the freezer. Be sure your taco seasoning is gluten free

Crock Pot Beef Sandwiches– Use gluten free soy sauce and eat without bread or use gf bread

Sweet and Sour Chicken– Use gluten free soy sauce

Cheeseburger Pizza– Use gluten free pizza crust

Chipotle Style Burrito Bowls- With Black Beans and Cilantro Rice

Gluten Free Dessert of the Week

Gluten Free Friendship Bread

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