Chipotle Beef & Rice Recipe

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Made completely in the skillet, this savory, moist mix of ground beef, lime, salsa, peppers and cheese offers creamy comfort. Chipotle pepper adds just the right hint of heat. —Aysha Schurman, Ammon, Idaho
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES:4 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES: 4 servings


  • 1 pound extra-lean ground beef (95% lean)
  • 1/3 cup chopped green onions
  • 1/3 cup chopped green pepper
  • 2 cups cooked brown rice
  • 1 cup salsa
  • 1 cup (8 ounces) fat-free sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped pickled pepper rings
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon ground chipotle pepper
  • 3/4 cup shredded reduced-fat cheddar cheese, divided

Nutritional Facts

1-1/2 cups equals 403 calories, 11 g fat (6 g saturated fat), 90 mg cholesterol, 495 mg sodium, 39 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 35 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 4 lean meat, 2-1/2 starch 1/2 fat.


  1. In a large skillet, cook the beef, onions and pepper over medium heat until beef is no longer pink; drain.
  2. Stir in the rice, salsa, sour cream, pepper rings, lime juice, chipotle pepper and 1/2 cup cheese. Cook and stir until heated through. Sprinkle with remaining cheese. Cover and let stand for 5 minutes or until cheese is melted. Yield: 4 servings.
Originally published as Chipotle Beef & Rice in Healthy Cooking June/July 2011, p51

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Reviewed Jul. 7, 2011

"My husband and I really liked this quick dinner!"

Reviewed Jun. 21, 2011

"This was okay. I felt like I had to add some salt for more flavoring. I also used Arborio rice instead of brown rice for more of a "Risotto" feel. This would be an EXCELLENT stuffed pepper filling!"

Reviewed Jun. 18, 2011

"We liked this okay but probably won't make it again. Love the idea of a one-dish meal, but it tasted kinda "heavy." I sprinkled shredded lettuce on the top, once plated, which helped a little!"

Reviewed Jun. 11, 2011

"I couldn't find ground chipotle pepper so I used Mrs. Dash southwest chipotle seasoning and I also used chipotle salsa. I thought this recipe was pretty good and I liked that my 2 1/2 year old ate everything I put on his plate!"

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