Spiced Beef Tacos with Cilantro Lime Rice

Spiced Beef Tacos with Cilantro Lime Rice

This is a slightly different take on taco meat and the cilantro lime rice is the perfect accompainment for the dish.  I use the frozen brown rice from Trader Joe's, since it cooks up in 3 minutes in the microwave, making it a quick weeknight meal.
Course Main Course
Servings 4


  • 2 teaspoons canola oil
  • cup chopped onion
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 ½ teaspoons ground cumin
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 lb. 93% lean ground beef
  • ½ cup unsalted chicken stock
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 8 corn tortillas
  • 1 ½ cups shredded romaine lettuce
  • 1 cup chopped, seeded tomato
  • ¼ cup light sour cream
  • 1 8.5oz. pouch of brown rice
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 Tablespoon lime juice


  • Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat.  Add oil to pan; swirl to coat.  Add onion; sauté 5 minutes or until golden.       
  • Add chili powder, garlic powder, cumin, and oregano; cook 1 minute, stirring constantly.
  • Add sirloin; cook 5 minutes, stirring to crumble.
  • Add stock and salt; cook 4 minutes or until slightly thickened, stirring occasionally. Remove pan from heat.
  • Divide beef mixture evenly among tortillas; top evenly with lettuce, tomato, and sour cream.
  •  Prepare rice. Combine with cilantro and lime juice in a medium bowl.  Serve inside the tortillas or on the side.


Recipe from Cooking Light Magazine.