One Pot Cheesy Chicken Taco Rice

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One Pot Cheesy Chicken Taco Rice.  This 30 minute, one pot meal will become a quick family favorite! |

One Pot” recipes have become favorites of mine, since a) I hate washing dishes and b) I hate washing dishes.  By the way, did I mention that I hate washing dishes?  Because I do.  I hate it.

One Pot Cheesy Chicken Taco Rice.  This 30 minute, one pot meal will become a quick family favorite!

But you know what I don’t hate?  Delicious chicken, beans, corn, rice, tomato, avocado, onions, and cheese all cooked together in one pot with salsa and Mexican seasonings and ready to eat in 30 minutes.  Nope, I don’t hate that at all.  In fact, I love it very much.

So much that I’ll be making One Pot Cheesy Chicken Taco Rice again this week.

One Pot Cheesy Chicken Taco Rice.  This 30 minute, one pot meal will become a quick family favorite!

Now I know this is called “One Pot Cheesy Chicken Taco Rice”, but if you’re more of a beef or turkey fan, feel free to switch out the ground meat.  If you don’t like beans, nix them.  If you prefer quinoa, be my guest.  Throw some jalapenos in there if you like heat.  Really, this dish is quite versatile, so work with what you have on hand!

Speaking of work, can I just say how weird it feels to be back at work after the 4th?  Yesterday I could not focus.  Today, I’m totally zoned out.  I’m in a creative slump and I still have no idea what I’m going to be cooking tomorrow.  This blog post?  Well I really have no direction and I’m just hoping for your sake that you overlook most of it and focus instead on the pictures.

One Pot Cheesy Chicken Taco Rice.  This 30 minute, one pot meal will become a quick family favorite!

See how cheesy that is?  Look at all of the colors.  It’s way more enticing than anything I could write right now.  OOOOH.  AHH.

But you know what?  These kind of one pot meals– the ones you just kind of throw in a skillet and grunt at or something, maybe stir every once in a while if you’re feeling up to it– are the kind people like me need on days like today.  No nonsense.  No challenge.  Hardly any clean-up.  Tons of taste.

One Pot Cheesy Chicken Taco Rice.  This 30 minute, one pot meal will become a quick family favorite!

Now if you’ll pardon me, I’m going to leave you with the recipe and go do some jumping jacks or something to get the blood pumping again.  Let me know what you think of this recipe if you give it a try, and feel free to leave some “Morgan, this is how you can get your brain to function again after a long weekend” tips in the comments section.

One Pot Cheesy Chicken Taco Rice
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Serves: 4
  • 1 - 1.5 lbs lean ground chicken
  • ½ yellow onion, diced
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil, plus an extra drizzle for cooking the rice
  • 1½ cups uncooked instant brown rice
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon chili powder
  • 2 cups low sodium chicken broth
  • 1 (14.5 oz) jar salsa
  • 1 cup corn kernels
  • 1 cup canned black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 Roma tomato, diced
  • ¾ cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 avocado, peeled and diced
  • 1 green onion, chopped, to garnish
  • Fresh cilantro, to taste
  1. Add oil to a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add in the ground chicken and break it up a bit with a wooden spoon. Add the diced onion and cook until the chicken has browned and the onion is translucent.
  2. Move the chicken and onion over to one side of the pan and drizzle just a bit more oil on the empty side. Add in the uncooked rice and toss it around briefly to toast it.
  3. Stir in the spices, chicken broth, salsa, corn, and black beans. Bring the liquids to a simmer and then reduce the heat to low. Cover and cook for 18 minutes, or until rice is tender and liquid has absorbed.
  4. Taste the rice and adjust seasoning to your liking. Sprinkle the tomato, cheese, and avocado over the rice and then cover once more until the cheese melts, about 2 minutes. Then sprinkle with green onion and cilantro and serve!
Feel free to sub in pinto beans for black beans (or use them in addition) if desired!




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  1. Gurinder says

    This looks amazing, I can’t wait to give it a try! I’ve been searching for a great summer dish and it looks like this fits the bill

    • Gurinder says

      So I made this today, and just blew my mind, I ended up using ground turkey instead of chicken (hey a bird is a bird) it turned out so good that I’ll be making it again and again and again throughout the summer. I also put in some chopped jalapeno peppers to give it an extra kick.

      Love this blog and keep posting!

  2. Hannah says


    I’ve been making your cubano sandwiches for a while (via foodgawker) and for some reason, I never looked at the rest of the recipes on your blog until today. Based on the amount of recipes I flagged, food we apparently both like, and your sarcastic sense of humor, I think we could be best foodie friends forever (bfffs, if you will). Thanks for the great recipes. Carry on, food warrior :)

    • says

      Haha thanks Hannah! Always happy to make a new bfff =) I’m so glad you enjoy the recipes and posts. Thanks again for the nice comment!!

  3. Sharon says

    Hi Morgan,

    I made this today and it is absolutely delicious! The only problem I had is that the rice took forever to cook (well, over an hour – i kept adding more broth) and still has somewhat of a bite to it. I know brown rice tends to be that way but I’m not sure what I did wrong (I’m new to cooking so it very well could have been many factors! Haha) I used a fresh salsa so maybe it was just too dry?

    Regardless, it was worth the wait because the dish is fabulous!


    • says

      Hi Sharon,
      I’m sorry to hear that. I’ve heard a few people say that they had the same problem so I went back and tried the recipe again several times this week using different types of rice and different methods of cooking to see what worked best. Some different brown rices I used (especially long grain) took especially long to cook. I found that instant brown rice is the best option as any brand I tried worked out fine. Sometimes”medium-grain” rice worked great, but sometimes it didn’t, so for now on I’m going to recommend instant brown rice. I hope that helps in the future, and I’m sorry the recipe gave you some difficulty (but glad to hear you enjoyed it none-the-less)!

      • Sharon says

        Thanks so much! I will use instant next time and I’m happy know I’m not just doomed when it comes to cooking! Haha

      • Shan says

        I gots a solution to that problem. I cook plain old rice in mass quantities in the oven then bag it up and chuck it in the freezer. When you want to make this skillet of yum, zap it in the microwave and dump it in or dump the frozen block right into the pan, put a lid on it, go draw a bath, go back into the kitchen and stir it, plate it, put a gigantic dollup of sour cream on top then you and your meal trot right off to the tub.

        Yep. Just you and your grub in the tub. Ole. Tell no one.

  4. Amy says

    Loved this concept but my rice,I used success basmati boil in a bag, was over cooked. But the flavor was great! And I loved the avocado on top. I cooked for 15 min maybe 10 would have been better.

  5. Chris says

    Made this three times – awesome recipe. But I still can’t figure out how you have the prep time as five minutes. Am I missing something? It takes me that long just to prep the tomatoes and avocado for the final steps. Never mind stripping the cilantro from the stems. Am I missing something?

    • says

      Glad to hear that you enjoy it, Chris! How long does it usually take you to do your full prep for this recipe? I am pretty fast at slicing/dicing, etc, so 5 mins for me might be different for someone else! I also chop my tomato/avocado/green onion/cilantro as the rest of the dish cooks, so as not to waste time, so the entire meal takes around 30 minutes. That might help cut some time out for you as well!

      • Chris says

        I thought that prep time was the time you spend physically working on the dish and the cook time is when you just check on it. Am I wrong? But if you are still prepping as the dish is cooking, wouldn’t that count towards prep time? I am not splitting hairs. But that is always the way I’ve read recipes. – have I been wrong all of this time? Honestly curious.

        In either case, this is still a great recipe. I tried to streamline it a bit (I’m lazy and cheap – sue me). This is what I did….

        I threw a 28 ounce can of whole tomatoes, onion, garlic, jalapeno and salt in the blender. And blended. Used that instead of the salsa the recipe called for. Not a big fan of jarred salsa and this came out fresher with less of a ‘processed’ taste., I did use Tostitos the first time so that could have been the problem.

        So… I browned the meat. Toasted the rice. Added half of the ‘blender salsa’. Plus the beans, corn, water, bouillon etc.

        Then, I threw a ton of cilantro in the blender with the other half of the salsa. Pureed that for a minute.
        Once the rice was cooked, I added the cheese and let it melt. Then mixed in avocado and topped with the rest of my blender salsa. I omitted the green onion. Until tonight (and google), I never realized that you can chop them up and freeze them. And I wasn’t buying a bunch just to throw 2/3’rds of it out.

        Between your chicken riggies and cheesy chicken, you have single-handedly cured 90% of my future hangovers. You are freaking awesome.

  6. Chris says

    Made this with ground turkey, chicken and beef (obviously not at the same time). I usually just buy whatever is on sale.

    I wasn’t crazy about the ground turkey. I bought that from Costco and for some reason it tasted game-y to me. The beef is really good. I finally tried it with ground chicken the other night and that version was, by far, my favorite. I ended up going back to the store today to buy another six pounds of ground chicken to freeze just for this. You rock Morgan!

  7. says

    This was great!! Used white rice because we don’t eat brown and bumped up the garlic powder and child powder and added onion powder and Franks (we like spicy) and if was wonderful. Immediately going onto my Pinterest Favourites folder!!!

  8. Melissa says

    Thanks so much! I am a university student and make this at least 2 times a month to eat for the week. Easy and delicious

  9. says

    Add me to the list of satisfied customers. Made this for dinner Wednesday and my fianc� and I agreed it was an excellent meal. The only minor change I made was to up the cider vinegar to 3 TBS since I thought the sauce was a bit too sweet with just the one TBS. I used less than the 3/4 tsp of red pepper flakes also. This is a fairly healthy dish, certainly low in fat, and one we’ll enjoy often. I did have to simmer it longer than the 20 minutes, since we had a delay that came up, so I just added a bit of water periodically and it turned out fine.

  10. says

    I made this for dinner tonight for my two apprehensive and finicky kids. One of them tried it and went back for seconds, and (most of us) agreed that it was a keeper of a recipe. The youngest didn’t try it, but I sort of expected that.

  11. keri dimascio says

    Thank you so much for sharing this recipe! Easy, delicious, and healthy all wrapped into one is hard to find! This one is a winner!!!

  12. Chantelle says

    Hi! Just made this last night and it was delicious! Only thing I found was adding a whole jar of salsa made the dish a bit too acidic for me, got a bit of heartburn. Do you have an alternative to adding a whole jar of salsa yet still retaining that Mexican flavor?

    • says

      Glad to hear you liked it! If the acidity bothers you, cut down the salsa (but not all of it, maybe half), add a bit of water (1/4-1/3 cup should be fine) in its place to make up for the loss of liquid, and add more of the listed spices, to taste, at the end if you feel the flavor is lacking. The spices are all common in Mexican dishes, so you’ll still get that flavor without as much tomatoey acidity.

  13. Zanna says

    This is one of my favorite quick dinners. I use trader joes frozen pre-cooked brown rice for added convenience and pile in the spinach for an added veggie kick. Love this recipe!!

  14. Tricia says

    Hi! This recipe looks awesome, but I have a quick question. What size skillet do you use for this? I’m afraid that once I start adding ingredients I’ll run out of room if I don’t use the right size! Thanks :)

  15. Courtney K says

    Thank you for this recipe! I made it last night and it was a huge hit. My picky beyond sanity 20 mos old devoured it. I swear to god I heard a chorus of Hallelujah in the background. I actually used regular jasmine rice and made sure my pot was tightly covered and I didn’t open it until 20-25 mins later and it was cooked perfectly.

    Thanks again! New fan here :)

  16. Abbie says

    if I use white rice instead of brown rice do I use the same quantity? Looking at my boxes of instant rice it says on serving of brown is 1/4c dry and instant white says one serving is 1/2c dry. So i wasnt sure. I love cooking with brown but my husband prefers white unfortunately!! Cant wait to try this!!

  17. Chantelle says

    Hey! I made this recipe a while ago! And I want to share it with my family! The only thing is, my mom is vegetarian and the rest of my family are meat eaters… is there a way to make a vegetarian version and then adding the meat near the end without compensating the flavor? Or using two pans?

    • says

      You could definitely make the meat separately and mix in later, or just use more beans and veggies instead of the meat. I have made this with zucchini and bell peppers before and it was really good!

    • says

      I’d still go with chicken broth. I only use beef broth every once in a while (like for French Onion Soup) where it is important for the depth. Beef broth can sometimes taste metallic and lend some “off” flavors, whereas chicken broth is usually a pretty neutral base. Hope you enjoy!


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