Team Drew Fitness

By Kelli Kratt | TeamDrewFitness
I'm bored with food again... I wanted a burrito but can't really afford that kind of calories since I am dieting so I experimented a little and came up with a Spicy Taco Rice Skillet.  It's basically burrito filling without the the tortilla, which you could add if you want.  The best part is that it is super easy to make and only dirties ONE pan!  It is also easy to modify - you can add more veggies or more meat.  You can make it semi spicy with mild salsa and the amounts listed, or spice it up with a hotter salsa or adding jalapeno or habenero pepper. You could also add black beans for more protein and fiber. 
Spicy Taco Rice Skillet (yields 4 servings)


  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 2 bell peppers, diced
  • 1 can diced tomatoes with green chilis 
  • 1 cup salsa
  • 1 cup uncooked jasmine rice or brown rice (personal preference)
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup beef or vegetable broth
  • 2 tsp cumin 
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper (1 tsp if you like spicy)
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar or jack cheese
  • green onions, to garnish


  1. In a large skillet, brown the ground turkey.
  2. When the turkey is half cooked, add diced onions and peppers. 
  3. Cook until turkey is fully cooked, and the onions and peppers are soft. 
  4. Add can of tomatoes with green chili-  do not drain. 
  5. Add salsa, rice, water and broth.
  6. Stir well to combine. 
  7. Add in spices and mix, cover. 
  8. Let simmer on low until rice is soft and liquid has cooked off. (About 15 minutes)
  9. Top with cheese, stir in until it melts.