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Fajita Rice Skillet Dinner

This fajita flavored ground beef and rice skillet dinner is quick, easy and on the table in 30 minutes or less.  Did I mention it’s very tasty too?
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time30 minutes
Total Time40 minutes
Course: beef, Everyday Meals, skillet dinners
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: fajita, RICE, skillet dinner
Servings: 4
Calories: 245kcal


  • 1 7 oz beef flavored Rice-a-Roni
  • 1 lb lean ground beef
  • 2 tbs fajita seasoning recipe below -OR-store bought
  • 1 4 oz diced jalapenos (optional)
  • 2 1/2 cups hot water
  • 1/2 cup salsa
  • 2 green onions sliced
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar jack or Mexican blend cheese


  • 1 tbs cornstarch
  • 2 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 tsp cumin


  • If making the fajita seasoning given, mix all ingredients well in a small jar or bowl.
  • In a large heavy skillet, brown ground beef over medium-high heat. Drain if necessary.
  • Add Rice-a-Roni and jalapenos (if using) to ground beef in skillet, stirring to mix well. Add the hot water and seasoning packet from the box.
  • Reduce heat; cover and cook for 15-20 minutes until rice is tender and water is almost absorbed.
  • Add the salsa and the fajita seasoning, stirring well to blend and heat through.
  • Top with cheese and sliced green onion.


Serving: 1person | Calories: 245kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 29g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 85mg | Sodium: 1100mg | Potassium: 546mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 1069IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 134mg | Iron: 3mg