Cheesy Taco Brown Rice

I’ve shared this recipe for my Cheesy Taco Brown Rice before within older posts, but that makes it seem like it’s just an afterthought.  This recipe really deserves a post of its own! I frequently serve my Mexican dishes with this recipe because it’s so easy, but adds so nicely to our dinners…and we all love it!  (It’s also really good just to dip tortilla chips into!)

Cheesy Taco Brown Rice

Before we transitioned away from processed foods, I used to by Knorr Taco Rice packets ALL. THE. TIME.  When they went on sale for just $1 AND I had coupons?  Well, that was about as good as it got and I would often buy several at once.  (It wouldn’t be a stretch for me to buy 10 packets at one time!)  Well, as you know by now, I try to avoid these types of ‘pre-packaged’ products as much as I possibly can.  A review of the ingredients will tell you why: Hydrolyzed soy protein? Autolyzed Yeast Extract? Natural Flavors? Monosodium Glutamate, disodium guanylate, and disodium inosinate?  No, thank you!  Those are definitely not ingredients I would use in my own home.

It took me a couple of tries to come up with a new ‘taco rice’ side dish that we all like, but I’ve found a winner with this one!!  Even all three of my kids will eat this and they get excited when I make “cheesy rice” to go along with tacos, enchiladas, quesadillas, taco bites…(well, you get the idea)!  I make it quite frequently these days!  Give it a try and let me know what you think.  I always love to get feedback from my readers!

Cheesy Taco Brown Rice


  • 14.5 oz organic chicken broth (I used homemade)
  • 8 oz organic tomato sauce
  • 1-2 T of my homemade taco seasoning
  • 1 1/2 cups uncooked instant brown rice
  • 1 cup cheese, freshly shredded

In a large pot, bring broth, sauce and seasoning to a boil.  Stir brown rice into the pot and simmer, covered, for 5 minutes (stirring a couple of times).  Then remove from heat and, leaving covered, let sit for another 5 minutes until liquid is absorbed.  Stir in cheese, melt, and serve.  This rice would pair well with almost any Mexican entrée.  I hope you enjoy it like we do!

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LeAnn Nome

Hi there! Here's a little info about me: I've been married to my husband for over 10 years and I'm a stay-at-home mom to our three young kids (a six year old daughter and four year old twin boys). As you might imagine, they keep me quite busy! In early 2013, we decided that we wanted to be a healthier family. To do this, we cut out all processed foods from our home and we now eat only REAL, whole foods. (When we're on vacation or at someone's house, we're not quite as strict.) We also try to exercise every day. Our goal is to raise healthy, happy kids...while maintaining our own health and happiness along the way! I hope you will follow along with us in our journey.

5 thoughts on “Cheesy Taco Brown Rice

  1. This side dish looks tasty. My kids would love it. I especially like the homemade taco seasoning. Thanks for sharing it during Little Family Adventure’s FB party.

  2. Do you think this would freeze well? Made it last night and it is so good, but have a lot leftover. ☺

    1. Hmm…I’ve never tried it before. It probably would? It might change the texture a little bit after you thaw it out…but I think it would be okay. If you try it, let me know how it turns out once you reheat it. (I’ll add the info to my post if it works for you!) We’ve never had any left to freeze since we usually eat it two nights in a row! 🙂

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