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Texas Hash

Texas Hash - A quick one-skillet meal the whole family will love! Made with ground beef, peppers, rice, tomatoes and chili powder.

A few months ago, after we posted this recipe for American Chop Suey, we received a comment from a reader named Michelle asking if we had a similar recipe – only instead of pasta it included rice! It was a dish that she remembered her mother making for their family – but she never wrote down her mother’s recipe and could never get the seasonings exactly right.

Our reader referred to this dish as “Spanish Rice” (not be to confused with our version of Spanish rice posted here). But after researching the request a bit more – we believe that the dish is more commonly known as Texas Hash – and here is our version!

Texas Hash - A quick one-skillet meal the whole family will love! Made with ground beef, peppers, rice, tomatoes and chili powder.


Texas Hash is a quick and easy skillet dish that combines ground beef, rice, and diced tomatoes that are cooked together with onions and bell pepper – plus a touch of chili powder and other seasonings.

What’s great about this recipe is that it all cooks in one skillet (love the easy cleanup!) – plus it’s a hearty and filling dish that the whole family will love!

Texas Hash - A quick one-skillet meal the whole family will love! Made with ground beef, peppers, rice, tomatoes and chili powder.

We’re not sure if this dish is as delicious as the version that our reader Michelle’s mother used to make – but we sure hope it comes close!

Texas Hash - A Family Feast

Texas Hash

  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 25 mins
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4-6 servings


Although not shown here in our recipe photos, we think this dish would also be delicious with cheddar cheese on top! (We’ve listed that as an optional ingredient in the recipe below.)


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 cup diced onion
  • 1 cup diced green bell pepper
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh garlic
  • 1 pound ground beef, 80/20
  • ½ teaspoon dry mustard
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • ½ cup long grain white rice
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 14.5-ounce can diced tomatoes with juice
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese, optional and not shown in our photo


  1. In a skillet that has a tight fitting cover, heat olive oil over medium high.
  2. Add onion, peppers, garlic, ground beef, dry mustard, chili powder, salt and pepper. Sauté until ground beef is no longer pink, breaking up beef as you cook.
  3. Add rice and cook for two minutes letting rice absorb liquid.
  4. Add tomato paste and cook for one minute.
  5. Add canned tomatoes with juice, water and Worcestershire sauce. Stir, cover and simmer for 20 minutes covered.
  6. After 20 minutes, remove lid and fluff the mixture then serve. If the mixture is to wet, cook for another few minutes with lid off.
  7. If you are using the cheese, sprinkle on top for last few minutes of cooking time with lid on.


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  1. I love this! It’s the perfect all in one meaty meal. Also, I would totally add the cheese too 🙂

  2. I’ve never heard of this dish before, but it sounds like something my family would devour! Added to my menu for next week, thanks. 🙂

  3. I’m always a fan of skillet recipes – I am not a big fan of cleaning up after myself in the kitchen! LOL Love this dish.

  4. This looks delicious! And yes, everything is better with cheese!

  5. This is just the kind of one-pot recipe that my family enjoys so much. Perfect for this nice, cooler Fall weather we’re currently enjoying!

  6. A fantastic dish of comfort…full of fun spice! And yes to the cheese!!

  7. Oh yum! I wish my boyfriend wouldn’t be scared of new recipes. This sounds amazing!

  8. I could live off of rice! I love meals like this that are all combined into one serving dish (you know like the meat, rice etc).

  9. I love one pot/one skillet meals. This hash looks so hearty and I love the addition of cheese at the end. Mmm…

  10. This is perfect in so many ways! One pot of goodness…and even gluten-free!

  11. I make a similar recipe and use it for stuffed peppers…Delicious!

  12. We made this for dinner today, I added green chile because we live in New Mexico and add it to everything – was delicious. Thanks for a great new addition to our line up.

  13. Think this would work with quinoa? Maybe a little longer cooking time?

    • It might June! The water to grain ratio is similar (although I tend to cut back a bit on the water when cooking quinoa). And the cooking time might be a little different…please let us know how it comes out if you try it with quinoa!

  14. This sounds like a much better version of what we used to stuff peppers growing up. Will definitely need to give this a try!

  15. Alexis @ Upside Down Pear :

    This sounds super delicious. It reminds me of a dirty rice! There’s nothing better than one pot meals. And cheese is never optional 😉 I can’t wait to make this!!

  16. I LOVE simple one-pot meals!! I’m pinning this recipe to try in the very near future!

  17. Put the cheese on and put it under the broiler, serve with a good sour dough

  18. I grew up eating Texas Hash – it came from an old Betty Crocker Cookbook that came out in the early 1960’s. It did not have dry mustard or Worcestershire. The version in the cookbook was baked. (My mother’s version) One time when my kids were young, out oven went out – and the kids loved Texas Hash, so I came up with a version that I could do on the stovetop. And we wound up liking it even better. I now realize that the baked version was more “dry” – in the skillet version it stays moister. It had bell peppers, onion, a quart of canned tomatoes, chili powder. My version has the bell pepper and onion, minced garlic (or garlic powder) but one regular store bought can (15 oz?) tomatoes, 1 can of tomato sauce, and while I put chili powder, I’ve found that 1 packet of a good quality taco seasoning packet was how we liked it. Those who wanted it hotter, sprinkled on some Tony Chachere’s at table.

  19. What would be a good side to this dish, or is one not needed?

  20. Radeana Wilson :

    Made this today. It was sooo good. My family devoured it. I used shredded pepper jack cheese on mine. My son & daughter wrapped some in a tortilla. I had a little that way and it was very good. I will definitely make this again. Thank you for the great recipe.

  21. very nice but needs 3x more rice.

  22. Just made for dinner- great comfort food on a cold November night! I didn’t have tomato paste, so I skipped that, and it was still fabulous. I bumped up the rice to 3/4 c and that worked great. I added a little chipotle too, as we like it spicy. GREAT recipe, and I will print and make again for sure.

  23. I have one that my Mother in law makes that is called Texas Hash , it’s similar but not the Same . It’s very good and spicy with Rotel tomatoes and she bakes it . If you would like it , email me and I will send you the recipe . We love it

  24. Would it be possible to make this in a crockpot? I made this the other week, my husband said this recipe was a keeper!

    • Hi Katherine – I really don’t know – the dish as written only takes about 30 minutes to prepare so I’ve never tried making this in a slow cooker. Sorry I can’t be more help!

  25. Sandra J. Smith :

    thank you

  26. I’d never heard of this dish, but it sounded easy and delicious so we gave it a try. Definitely something we will make again. The leftovers were even better the next day!

  27. This was amazing!!! Smelling it while it was cooking was torture. I enjoyed every single bite and even kept the leftovers for myself instead of sending them to work with my husband. Even my “I don’t like rice” child ate every bite. I just went ahead and stirred the cheese into the entire thing at the end. Yummy!

  28. Emily Laguna :

    I stumbled upon your site when i googled “what can i do with ground pork and rice”. My husband and I loved this! And i think the kids can be won over… I didn’t have any bell pepper so I used a handful of fresh chopped spinach thrown in right before the can of tomatoes. And i didn’t have any ground mustard, so I used about a tsp of dijon mustard. Also used my ground pork, of course. Great flavor! Will be making again.

  29. Darlene Humphreys :

    I used about a cup of rice and a small can of corn with juice. As others said, you can add or delete, spice it up or down and it will still be amazing. SOOOO good with the cheese too. And maybe a dollop of sour cream lands on top after it is in the bowl. =)

  30. My mom always served cornbread with Texas Hash. This is pretty close to her recipe. Yummy!!
    Christy J.

  31. Debra Messeman :


  32. great for stuffing bell peppers

  33. This dish is delicious a great family meal, I will be making this regularly.

  34. Good evening ,
    I found your recipe for Texas Hash. It is very similarly to one I made before
    I like your recipe better and we always have Mashed Potatoes and Corn bread. I think my husband will love it. thanks

  35. My mother made this when I was growing up. This recipe was SPOT ON! It’s a keeper.