Fiesta Rice Skillet

Surprise!  It’s another skillet meal.  But its super special skillet meal.  Its in surprise baby shower skillet in honor of Cathy from Lemon Tree Dwelling!  A group of blogger decided to get together and throw her a virtual baby shower – complete with amazing food and lots of love!  I brought the dinner portion of the shower and everyone else brought amazing desserts. 

Fiesta rice skillet

I need to make a few disclaimers for this skillet real quick.  First, it was delicious.  Hands down the best skillet I have made to date.  And I am not tooting my own horn on this one.  I know it was the best because we didn’t have any leftovers.  None!  Well, I take that back.  We had a small Tupperware leftover that Ryon ate for breakfast the next day.  [Seriously.]  Second, the pictures don’t do it justice.  I tried to get some good pictures [I took like 50 plus!] but it just doesn’t photograph well.  That’s ok.  The taste makes up for its lack of photogenic-ness. 

fiesta rice skillet meal

Ok, one more disclaimer.  I love baby showers and I’ve been to quite a few of them.  [There is something in the water yall].  So when Jen asked if I wanted to join I started thinking what I would bring a new mom.  [My mind skipped past the baby shower and went straight to the sweet squishy baby.]  And honestly, I would bring Cathy this dish in a heartbeat.  I remember the newborn daze.  [Not to be confused with days.]  Its beautiful and amazing but its tough.  And if I could I would run over and whip up this fiesta rice skillet for her.  


And then you see all the other amazing recipes that everyone made and forget about the skillet dinner.  You can have one of these 22 sweets and treats for dinner!  [Hey, you deserve it!  You just had a baby!]  So be sure to stop by the other sites and checked out their recipes after you have had your fill of fiesta rice skillet.  And run over and tell Cathy congrats on her upcoming baby girl! 

Fiesta Rice Skillet
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  1. 2 tablespoons butter
  2. 1/2 onion, chopped
  3. 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  4. 1 pound of hamburger
  5. 2 cups instant rice
  6. 2 cups water
  7. 1 can black beans (15 oz)
  8. 1 can chipotle corn (small can)
  9. 1/2 block of cheese (I used colby)
  10. cayene pepper
  11. red pepper flakes
  1. Saute the onion and bell pepper in the butter until tender.
  2. Add the hamburger and spices and cook until no longer pink.
  3. Drain the grease if needed.
  4. Add the black beans and can of corn and heat through.
  5. Add the water and the rice to the skillet.
  6. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat and let simmer until the water is absorbed.
  7. Remove from heat, add the cheese.
  8. Let cool and enjoy!
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Kelley is a work at home mom who loves making her kids laugh. She enjoys cooking, crafting, and the everyday chaos of life.

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  1. What a thoughtful idea! It sure is crazy after having a baby and this would be very welcome!

  2. Kelley, this is such a sweet idea–and I bet this dish would be gobbled up in seconds (with a new baby at home or not)!

  3. Sounds so good Kelley! We love easy skillet meals. Pinning!

  4. On dish dinner! My favourite thing.

  5. This DOES look like the perfect meal to bring a mom of a teeny tiny newborn. I think I need to print out the recipe and hand it off to someone who loves me :) Pinned!

  6. Every body needs a little salty at the party to balance out the sweet and this dish is perfect Kelley!

  7. I LOVE people who bring me dinner, Kelley….and I would LOVE this skillet from you!! It looks absolutely delicious and you must have known I’ve been craving Mexican food (just told my hubby yesterday we MUST get Mexican this weekend!) It has been so great getting to know you and I’m so very happy you are part of my shower!!!

    • We must have the same cravings right now then! (No, I’m not pregnant, I just like food. ha!) So happy to be apart of your virtual baby shower! I wish we could all get together and shower you with love (and food!) :)

  8. I LOVE a good skillet meal :) it look delicious

  9. Jamie @ Love Bakes Good Cakes says:

    I remember the “daze” …. ohmygosh! Some days were just so hard – especially when you have slept or showered for days! Your Fiesta Rice Skillet would be a welcome relief for a new mom!

  10. I would inhale this!! So yummy.

  11. What a delicious meal Kelley, and so perfect for a family with a new baby!

  12. Kelley, what a great dish and so, so perfect for a new mom! I can absolutely remember how crazy busy those early days were and this is so thoughtful – love it! So much fun to see all of the amazing treats and recipes for Cathy’s shower. Pinning and hope you are having a fabulous weekend!

  13. It looks delicious! I could eat the whole thing myself!

  14. Kelley,
    what a yummy looking dish! I pinned it, of course, I can’t wait to check out some of those other tasty dishes in your round up – what a cute idea to do an online surprise baby shower :)
    Thanks so much for linking up on Cook it! Craft it! Share it! last week, hope you’ll join us again this week!

  15. I may have to import the chipotle corn, but I am so ready to try this!

  16. Your skillet looked good to me, we wouldn’t have leftovers here, either. :)

  17. So many of my favorite foods in one skillet!

  18. Thanks so much for joining us at the Cook it! Craft it! Share it! Link Party! Fiesta Rice Skillet sounds like the perfect thing to make for dinner, pinning it to my must try board. Hope to see you tonight, 8:30 PM EST -Doree

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