S-C-R-A-M (Salsa, Cheese, Rice and Meat)

Total Time
Prep 5 mins
Cook 20 mins

Based on the AJC online edition's What's For Dinner featured on 08-05-09 -- 5 ingredients / 30 Minute Challenge! recipe submitted by Matt Doroff, Norcross, Georgia, with some OPTIONAL ingredients. A great one-pot, family friendly meal with an even better kid-approved acronym, SCRAM :) (Salsa, Cheese, Rice and Meat). This is convenience cooking at its best, a ground meat skillet dinner using salsa and taco seasoning for flavor and cooked rice (and optional black beans) to add heft... If you don't have cooked rice on hand, one (8.8-ounce) package brown or white cooked Ready Rice (90 second microwaveable) can be used. To keep this more kid-friendly, leave out the chopped jalapenos! Leftovers can be rolled up in a tortilla for a burrito filling - or plan on using tortillas as part of your SCRAM meal!

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 1 lb extra lean ground beef (or ground turkey breast, or ground pork)
  • 12 cup onion, chopped (Optional, if desired)
  • 1 (1 ounce) package taco seasoning
  • 2 cups cooked rice (or one 8.8-ounce package 90 second microwaveable rice)
  • 1 12 cups sharp cheddar cheese, shredded (or pepper jack cheese)
  • 1 12-2 cups salsa
  • 1 (15 1/2 ounce) can black beans (rinsed and drained, if desired) (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon pickled jalapeno chili, chopped (Optional, if desired)
  • avocado, sliced (Optional, for garnish)
  • cilantro (Optional, for garnish)
  • sour cream (Optional, for garnish)
  • 4 -8 tortillas (Optional, for garnish)


  1. In a large skillet, saute chopped onion (optional) until translucent ~.
  2. Add ground meat and brown with taco seasoning, draining excess fat if necessary.
  3. Add cooked rice, cheese, salsa, (and optional black beans and jalapenos) to taste. NOTE: Use the full 2 cups salsa if you are adding the black beans!
  4. Stir until combined and heated through.
  5. Serves 6-8 ~ Garnish with cilantro, sour cream., and sliced avocados.
  6. Any leftovers can be used as a filling for tortillas.
  7. NOTE: Allow twenty (20) extra minutes if you need to precook plain old fashioned raw rice for this meal!
Most Helpful

This was delicious and oh so easy to assemble. I had everything on hand, except the black beans. which I would have omitted anyway. Instead i added a can of corn. For some added crunch, I served crushed Nacho Doritos on the side. :)

Lori Mama December 24, 2012

Thank you for suggesting this recipe. Was going to make it for someone else and decided my family needed to try it first...It was a hit. I added a Hot taco seasoning since we do like spicey and the black beans was some I found that were Tex-Mex black beans and added a little more cheese. Will definitely be making this again. My son's fiancee was here and she asked for the recipe. Again, thank you.

Britt O's sweetie pie February 13, 2011

I made this on 2/13/10 for the " 8th Annual Photo Swap " and for mine and SO's dinner. I did have to cook my rice, and you were " right on the money " about the extra 20 minutes. :). Since it was just myself and SO, the recipe was halved.Instead of chedder a blend of six Mexican Cheeses was used. For my portion, I placed some of the S-C-R-A-M over tortilla chips, topped with a bit of sour cream and green onions. Then sprinkled a bit more cheese over the top, It was quick to make and tasted pretty good. Thanks for posting and, " Keep Smiling :) "

Chef shapeweaver � February 14, 2010