Barbecue Beef & Rice Tacos

I’ve been working on cleaning out our freezer and pantry in hopes of having less food stuff to move to our new house. So while my focus has definitely been on quick and easy, I’ve also had to be a little creative with what we have on hand. As much as I’d like to serve up a frozen lasagna every night (which has been done a few times over the past few weeks), that really won’t help us reduce our current food supply.

So back to the topic at hand…creativity. On hand I found a bottle of barbecue sauce, some ground beef, some rice, flour tortillas and a few assorted other things. The question I wondered was if I could combine those things to come up with something new and delicious.

And the answer is yes. Yes, I could quite easily combine those things to create a new, fast and easy dinner. Basically, I threw everything together and stuffed it in taco shells. I was quite surprised when it turned out to be a huge success with all of us.

Thus I present, the birth of the Barbecue Beef & Rice Taco. Trust me, you want to try this one out. You won’t be disappointed!

Barbecue Beef & Rice Tacos

Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time15 minutes
Total Time30 minutes
Course: Main Course
Keyword: Tacos


  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1/2 onion, diced
  • salt, to taste
  • 1/8 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
  • 2 cup frozen corn
  • 1 1/2 cup white or brown rice, cooked
  • 1 1/2 cup barbecue sauce (if you prefer homemade sauce, this is my favorite recipe)
  • 1/2 cup water
  • Hard or soft taco shells
  • Shredded cheese for garnish, optional


  • Place ground beef and onions in a large skillet. Season to taste with salt and stir in red pepper flakes. Brown ground beef. Drain once fully cooked.
  • Stir in corn and rice. Add barbecue sauce and water; stir until combined. Simmer for 5-10 minutes.
  • Scoop into taco shells and garnish with cheese, if desired.