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Tacos de Arroz (Rice Taco)

Tacos de Arroz, or “Rice Tacos,” offer a delightful twist on the classic taco experience. Featuring rice as the main filling, these tacos are a comforting and economical choice, perfect for when you’re looking for something simple yet satisfying.

Key Takeaways

  • Who This Meal Appeals To: Budget-conscious eaters, vegetarians, and those looking for a lighter taco option.
  • Estimated Duration: Prep time: 10 minutes, Cooking time: 20 minutes.
  • Nutrition Facts: Approximately 150-200 calories per serving, depending on added fillings and garnishes.

About this Recipe

Tacos de Arroz are a versatile and budget-friendly dish. They can be enjoyed plain with just rice and tortillas or jazzed up with additional fillings like beans, cheese, and vegetables. This makes them a great option for using up leftover rice and other ingredients you have on hand.

Equipment Required

  • Skillet or frying pan
  • Mixing bowls
  • Cutting board
  • Knife
  • Spoon or spatula


  • Corn tortillas: 12 pieces
  • Cooked rice: 3 cups
  • Refried beans: 1 cup (optional)
  • Cheese (cheddar, mozzarella, or queso fresco): 1 cup, shredded
  • Tomatoes: 1 cup, diced
  • Avocado: 1, sliced
  • Salt: 1/2 teaspoon
  • Optional garnishes: salsa, chopped cilantro, lime wedges


  1. Heat Rice: In a skillet, reheat the cooked rice over medium heat, seasoning with a pinch of salt.
  2. Prep Additional Fillings: If using, prepare refried beans, shred cheese, dice tomatoes, and slice avocado.
  3. Warm Tortillas: Heat the corn tortillas on a griddle or skillet until they become pliable.
  4. Assemble Tacos: Lay out a warm tortilla and place a generous spoonful of rice in the center. Add optional fillings like refried beans, cheese, tomatoes, and avocado.
  5. Fold and Serve: Fold the tortilla in half over the fillings. Serve immediately with optional garnishes like salsa, chopped cilantro, or a squeeze of lime.

Side Dishes

  • Mexican coleslaw
  • Grilled corn on the cob
  • Fresh fruit or a fruit salad

Storage Options

  • Store leftover rice and other fillings in airtight containers in the fridge for up to 3 days.
  • Assemble fresh tacos when ready to eat for best texture and flavor.

Ingredient Substitutes

  • Brown rice can be used for a healthier option.
  • Flour tortillas can replace corn tortillas for a softer texture.

Alternatives to this Meal

  • Tacos de Papas: Tacos filled with seasoned potatoes.
  • Tacos de Verduras: Tacos filled with grilled or sautéed vegetables.
  • Tacos de Frijoles: Tacos filled with various types of beans.

A number of taco recipes can be found on this page.


Tacos de Arroz are a simple, comforting dish that proves the taco’s incredible versatility. Whether you’re looking for a budget-friendly meal, a way to use up leftovers, or prefer vegan tacos, these rice-filled wonders are worth adding to your culinary repertoire. Happy cooking!