#ImprovCookingChallenge ~ Taco Rice

For March's #ImprovCookingChallenge we were given the ingredients of beans and rice to combine in a recipe. As usual, the options were endless but I had taco rice on my brain. My friend brought some to a potluck at work last winter and I have literally been craving it ever since then. And not had it. This seemed like the perfect opportunity to rectify that situation! 

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I took a basic recipe and added a bunch of stuff, and we were very happy with the results! Tender, very flavorful rice, chock full of vegetables, beef, and beans. It's hearty, filling, and very warming on a cool evening. I could see stuffing tacos full of this mixture to make it "handheld" as well if you wanted to. Sour cream might be a nice addition - you could even throw a sprinkling of lettuce and tomatoes on there to up the veggie content!

March Improv Cooking Challenge

Taco Rice adapted from The Country Cook
3 cups uncooked brown rice, rinsed
3 cups beef broth
1 lb ground beef
1 medium onion, diced
salt and pepper
1 pkt taco seasoning
1 TBS chili powder
1/2 tsp smoked paprika
1 15-oz can black beans, rinsed and drained
1 15-oz can corn, drained
1 4-oz can mushrooms (un-drained)
1 cup salsa
1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese

  1. Prepare your brown rice with the beef broth in the Instant Pot (recipe here). If you do not have an instant pot, feel free to cook stove top via your preferred method; adjust the liquid accordingly.
  2. Meanwhile, cook the ground beef with the diced onion in a large nonstick skillet over medium to medium-high heat for about 10 minutes, until meat is cooked through and onions are tender. Season lightly with salt and pepper during cooking. 
  3. Sprinkle cooked meat mixture with paprika and chili powder, then add in the beans, corn, mushrooms with liquid, taco seasoning, and salsa. Stir gently to combine. 
  4. Turn heat to low and cover with a lid until your rice is ready. Once the rice is cooked, add it into the meat mixture and stir gently to evenly combine and coat the rice. If your mixture is too dry, you can add a little extra liquid in the form of beef broth, salsa, water, or a can of diced tomatoes if desired.
  5. Taste and adjust seasonings as needed.
  6. Sprinkle cheese over the top, cover with a lid and allow to rest for about 5-10 minutes, until cheese has completely melted.
  7. Serve and enjoy!


  1. I know what I"m making next taco Tuesday. Thanks Rebekah.

  2. This looks like something I could adapt up for weekend dinners, add loads of veggies to make for a flavourful punchy meal ! so glad you could recreate and enjoy what you ate at ur friends place, Rebekah ! thanks for sharing this recipe with us :)


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