Tex-Mex Skillet

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This is a colorful meal full of nutrients and great flavors. All you need is one skillet to cook the whole meal. If you serve it with whole grain chips or tortillas not much to clean after. This is a great time saver!

tex-mex skillet
Preparation Time
  • 10 minutes
Cooking time
  • 30 minutes
Number of servings
  • 5


  • 1/2 lb. lean ground meat or 1 1/2 cups chopped, pre-cooked meat
  • 1 Tbsp. oil
  • 2 cups chopped vegetables, any mix of onion, celery, peppers, carrots
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup white or brown rice, uncooked
  • 1 15-oz. can diced tomatoes
  • 2 tsp. chili powder
  • 2 cloves, garlic or 1/4 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tsp. ground cumin, optional
  • 1 tsp. dried oregano, optional
  • 1/4 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes, optional
  • 1 15-oz. can kidney, pinto, or black beans, rinsed and drained, or 2 cups cooked beans, drained


    1. Wash hands with soap and water.
    2. Gently rub peppers under cold running water. Scrub onions, celery and carrots under running water.
    3. Use a large skillet or saucepan (at least 4 quarts) with a tight-fitting lid. If using raw meat, brown the ground meat over medium heat, breaking apart with a spoon. Drain off any fat and discard.
      Wash hands after touching raw meat.
    4. Chop vegetables.
    5. Add 1 tablespoon of oil. Add the vegetables and cook 5-10 minutes.
    6. Add the water, rice, tomatoes, and seasonings. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium low. Cover pan and cook 10 minutes.
    7. Add drained beans to the pan. If using pre-cooked meat, add now. Continue to cook for 10-15 minutes, or until rice is tender and liquid is cooked off. Review guide for internal temperature directions.

    Number of Servings 5, Serving Size 1/2 cup, Calories 340, Total Fat 2 g, Saturated Fat 0.5 g, Trans Fat 0 g, Cholesterol 25 mg, Sodium 220 mg, Total Carbohydrates 57 g, Fiber 5 g, Total Sugars 6 g, Includes 0 g Added Sugars, Protein 21 g, Vitamin D 0 mcg, Calcium 120 mg, Iron 4 mg, Potassium 347 mg

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    In just 2 minutes, UNH Extension's nutrition educators help you turn simple ingredients into delicious meals. Watch our YouTube video for making Tex-Mex Skillet.

    Source: Adapted from Washington State University Extension