One-Pan Mexican Skillet

ground beef, peppers, onions, rice, tomatoes + cheese

1706 Recipe

Serves: 2 Servings | Time to Table: 15 Minutes and Under | Calories: 810 | Category: Gluten-Free | Allergens: Contains Milk (Cheddar Cheese) | Excellent Source of: Iron, Protein, Vitamin A, Vitamin C | Good Source of: Fiber


  • - Large Skillet with Lid
  • - Measuring Spoons
  • - Wooden Spoon or Spatula

What You Need:

  • - Coarsely Ground Black Pepper
  • - Kosher Salt or Flake Sea Salt
  • - Olive Oil

What We Send:

  • - Chili Powder
  • - Cilantro
  • - Crushed Tomatoes
  • - Fajita Mix
  • - Ground Beef
  • - Jasmine Rice
  • - Shredded Cheddar Cheese

Wine Pairings by @grapefriend

With all of the spice here, go for a dark-berried peppery Malbec.

Beer Pairings

We are loving a hint of caramel from an Amber Ale to smooth out this dish.

TK Table Talk:

Fajitas were introduced in the U.S. by Mexican ranch hands working in West Texas (along the Rio Grande River) in the 1930s. If you could only order one Mexican dish forever…what would it be?

What To Do:

1. Ground beef may arrive slightly frozen. Thaw as needed.

2. Cook Rice: In a small pot add 1¼ cups water and a liberal sprinkle of salt. Bring to a boil and add rice. Bring rice back to a boil and reduce heat to low. Cover and cook for 15 minutes. Turn heat off and let the rice sit for 5 minutes. Fluff with a fork.

One Pan Mexican Skillet - Step 1

3. Cook Ground Beef: In a large skillet over medium heat, add 1 tablespoon oil, ground beef, 1 teaspoon salt, ½ teaspoon pepper and ONLY half the chili powder. Cook, breaking beef apart, until JUST HALFWAY cooked through (about 3 minutes).

One Pan Mexican Skillet - Step 2

4. Add Fajita Mix: Add in the fajita mix and cook, stirring often, until onions and peppers are tender (about 5 minutes). Roughly chop cilantro (stems and all between stirring.

One Pan Mexican Skillet - Step 3

5. Add Rice: Reduce heat to low and stir in rice, crushed tomatoes, remaining chili powder and ONLY half of the cilantro. Cook, stirring just once, until heated through (about 3 minutes). Salt and pepper to taste.

One Pan Mexican Skillet - Step 4

6. Finish Dish: Sprinkle cheese over dish and cover JUST until cheese has melted. Remove from heat.

To Serve: Top with remaining cilantro and serve straight from the skillet!

Pro Tip:

Serve with a side of charred tortillas or spoon over corn chips or tortilla chips for a fun nostalgic crunch!

Spice it Up!: If you have the spice at home, use it! We love ½ teaspoon of ground cumin added to the ground beef and an ever so slight pinch of cinnamon added with the tomato sauce.

Sure, our TK food containers are recyclable, but we’d rather you upcycle them first. We’re partial to using them to sprout our garden seeds, but we’d love to see how creative you are! Tag us in your photos with @terraskitchen and #terraskitchen.