This cheesy Skillet Cowboy Rice Casserole features ground beef and chorizo sausage, diced peppers, sweet onion, pinto beans and corn. It's a one dish meal that's made completely on the stovetop and has the bonus of using only one pan. Serve it as is or topped with your favorite taco fixings and it's a meal that's sure to become a regular in your weekly dinner rotation.
Easy Skillet Cowboy Rice Casserole Recipe
My household is filled with the men in my life and to say they love hearty meals is an understatement. This hearty cowboy casserole fits the bill on every single level. We all have different schedules and at times we end up eating in shifts. Due to this, I often choose to make dishes that reheat well or hold up well to being kept warm for a period of time. Beef and rice are a filling combination and this stovetop casserole always satisfies.
How to Make the BEST Skillet Cowboy Rice Casserole
- Ingredients you'll need to make homemade Cowboy Rice Casserole: Ground beef, chorizo sausage, long grain rice, diced onion, poblano pepper, red bell pepper, olive oil, beef, broth or stock, Rotel tomatoes, corn, cilantro, pinto beans, garlic salt, lemon pepper, sazon seasoning, cumin and shredded cheddar cheese.
- Kitchen tools you'll need: A large skillet, measuring cups and spoons, a sharp knife and chopping board, cheese grater and large spoon for stirring and serving.
- Don't be intimidated by the ingredient list, you like already have on hand the seasonings, rice and cheese plus the other pantry items that you need to make it.
- I love making this casserole with both lean ground beef and chorizo giving it an unexpected kick in flavor. If preferred, you could swap out one or the other using the same amount called for in the recipe.
- You can adapt this recipe using another variety of shredded cheese that you enjoy. colby jack, monterey jack or pepper jack cheese if you like it spicy.
- Long grain rice is definitely the way to go for this recipe as it cooks right along in the same skillet that you'll use to cook the meat. This has the bonus of making clean-up a breeze.
- You can top this rice casserole with sour cream or a drizzle of crema, salsa, pickled jalapeno pepper slices, black olives or any of your favorite taco fixings.
- Store baked Cowboy Rice Casserole in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat in single servings in the microwave.
More Easy Casserole Recipes to Make
- This Hoppin' John Casserole with a Cornbread Crust is a popular dish for New Year's Day.
- Chicken and Rice Casserole is a classic that just never gets old.
- Supreme Pizza Pasta Skillet features all of the pizza toppings we enjoy.
- Stacked Beef and Bean Tostada Skillet is another dish that can be made with either ground beef, ground pork, ground chicken or chorizo sausage.
- Easy Ravioli Casserole comes is perfect for Italian night at home.
- You may also like this recipe for Skillet Lasagna from Eating on a Dime.
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Helpful Kitchen Items:
Skillet Cowboy Rice Casserole
- 1 medium onion diced
- 1 small poblano pepper seeded and diced
- 1 small red pepper seeded and diced
- Olive oil
- 2 garlic cloves minced
- 8 oz lean ground beef
- 8 oz fresh chorizo sausage casing removed
- 1 32 oz container low sodium beef broth
- 1 ½ cup long grain rice
- 1 15 oz can pinto beans, drained and rinsed
- 1 10 oz can mild or hot Rotel tomatoes
- 1 cup fresh or frozen corn
- 2 packets Goya Sazon Coriander and Annatto Seasoning
- 2 tablespoon dark chili powder
- 1 tablespoon ground cumin
- 1 teaspoon garlic salt Or to taste
- 1 teaspoon lemon pepper
- 2 tablespoon chopped cilantro
- 2 cup grated cheddar cheese
- In a large skillet cook the onion and peppers in a few drizzles of olive oil. Season lightly with salt and black pepper.
- Cook for 3 minutes over medium high until beginning to brown then add the garlic. Cook for 1 minute or until fragrant.
- Add th ground beef and chorizo. Continue to cook until no pink remains in the meats. Drain any excess fat from the pan.
- Increase the temperature to high. Add the beef broth, rice, pintos, Rotel tomatoes, corn, Sazon, chili powder, cumin, garlic salt and lemon pepper. Bring to a boil stirring until combined.
- Cover and lower the heat to low. Simmer for 20-25 minutes until the rice is tender and most of the liquid is absorbed.
- Uncover and mix in the cilantro. Top with cheese. Remove from the heat and cover allowing the cheese to melt or melt under the broiler in the oven.
- Serve immediately.
I want your Recipe please that look so Good.
I made it exactly as printed and this was so delicious, filling and a great one pot meal!! Thanks for sharing.
I'm so happy you loved it, Sharon!
What size seasoning packets? I found 3 different sizes.
2 packets from a 1.4 oz box. (Usually of 8)
Not a fan of Chorizo. How would burger be? Or what could I add to substitute for Chorizo?
Burger and spices?
You can use all ground beef in this recipe, sure. Perhaps adapt the amounts of the other seasonings to suit your taste or add some taco seasoning.
My son made this for a 4-H cooking contest and won!
How exciting! I'm delighted he chose this recipe to make send him my congratulations.
I loved this dish. I had to make it a little different because I didn’t have a few of the ingredients, such as I didn’t have pinto beans so I used black beans, didn’t have fresh or frozen corn so I used canned, and I didn’t have Rotel so I used salsa. I only had hamburger and ground turkey. And even though I didn’t have all the exact ingredients oh and I also cooked it all in an InstantPot for 27 minutes. It turned out wonderful. Thanks for posting it.
I'm glad you enjoyed it, thanks!
I made this for my family tonight and it was a hit! The flavor was excellent and it was easy to make. What we didn't finish, I froze, so we'll see how that affects the flavor/texture when we use it in a couple weeks when I reheat it. The only change I made to the recipe was to substitute black beans for the pinto beans. I will definitely make this again!
Hi Kathie, I love that it made enough for leftovers. It should do fine when you thaw and reheat. Thank you!
I forgot the beef broth but have chicken broth. Will that work?
Do I drain the rotel?
There's no need to drain the tomatoes.
Will taco seasoning work?
You can adapt using taco seasoning.
Awesome I’ll let u know how it turns out!
Anyone tried making this in the instant pot? Wondering how much to reduce the beef broth?
Delicious! It’s cold today here in Texas and I must say this dish is dog gone good .... Very good Tex-Mex flavors.
Thank you Melissa!
Cold in Texas, wowee. Glad you enjoyed this one, thank you!
This is so good. My grands adore it. Thanks for sharing Alice
Hi Alice that makes me happy, thank you for visiting!
The Better Baker
What an awesome dish! Your recipe received Most Clicks at Weekend Potluck. Yay you! =) Please share again soon.
Do you have a substitute for Goya Sazon Coriander and Annatto Seasoning?
I'm not sure there's a substitute. It's inexpensive and widely available in the Hispanic foods section of most grocery stores including Walmart and Target. If you can't find it, just omit.
Hey friend! Check with us at Weekend Potluck on Friday - I think you'll be happy!
Hi sweet girl, I sure will! xoxo
The Better Baker
M-M-Mouth-melting! What a terrific dish. Pinning! Thanks much for sharing with us at Weekend Potluck.
Just know GOT this recipe thank you for sharing
Thank you for visiting!
Trish - Mom On Timeout
This looks all kinds of fabulous! Definitely something my family would love!