One-Pot Tex-Mex Orzo


This one-pot Tex-Mex orzo is full of delicious Tex-Mex flair!

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One-Pot Tex-Mex Orzo on

They’re calling for 5-18 inches of snow for us. Yeah, it’s a pretty big range but it all depends on how the storm swings. If it swings more East then we’re pretty much SOL. It’ll cripple the entire DC area and we probably will have a week off of work. Haha, I’m actually kind of hoping for 18 inches just because that last “big” snow storm we got was in 2010 and it’s been long overdue. I would love nothing more than vegging on the couch and watching tv and movies.

So yesterday, I had the lovely privilege of having an all saltines/bread/white rice and pedialyte diet. Oh my gosh. If I have to eat another saltine cracker for the rest of the year, I might just gag. I typically love saltines but when it’s all you can eat, it gets old pretty fast. However, my pedialyte tasted like HARIBO GUMMY BEARS. So yummy – if you can even say that about an electrolyte drink. Oh, but let’s not even talk about how I couldn’t have my morning cup of COFFEE. Holy hell in a handbasket. Seriously the most crippling thing ever. Even ibuprofen couldn’t keep the pounding headache away. Now I don’t ever want to know what it’s like for a drug addict to kick their habit. I mean, the side effects of caffeine withdrawal is already way more than I can handle, I can’t imagine something more hardcore. I like how I’m talking about drugs & withdrawal right now…who am I?

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There are a bunch of trends in the food blog realm. Last year it was salted everything, kale, brown butter, quinoa, cookies baked into other baked goods baked into another baked good and then topped with a cookie crust, and some more I can’t think of off the top of my head. It seems to me like this year it’s starting off with one-pot dishes. I LOVE one-pot dishes and it’s a trend I can definitely get behind and never be tired of. Who doesn’t love less dishes to clean and less of a mess on the stovetop? *Hands raised high*

I threw this dish together on a whim one night. I checked what we had in our pantry and fridge and 40 minutes later, we had this piping hot and flavorful tex-mex-inspired dish! It’s got a bit of a kick to it so if you don’t like spice, I’d cut back on the chili powder!

One-Pot Tex-Mex Orzo on
One-Pot Tex-Mex Orzo
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
25 mins
Total Time
35 mins

One pot is all you need for this Tex-Mex orzo! So much flavor in this pasta dish!

Servings: 6
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 green bell pepper, diced
  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1: 15.5 ounce can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1: 10 ounce can diced tomatoes & green chilies, undrained
  • 1 1/2 cups frozen corn
  • 3 1/2 cups chicken stock (or chicken broth vegetable broth, whatever you have on hand)
  • 16 oz orzo pasta
  1. In a large pot over medium high heat, add olive oil and heat until shimmering.
  2. Add red bell pepper, green bell pepper, garlic, and onions. Sauté for 3-5 minutes, until just softened and fragrant. Add cumin, chili powder, salt, and pepper and stir until combined.
  3. Add the black beans, diced tomatoes & green chilies, corn, and orzo. Stir to combine.
  4. Slowly add the chicken stock then bring mixture to a boil, turn the heat to medium low, cover and let simmer until orzo has fully cooked through and absorbed most to all the liquid, about 13 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  5. Serve hot and enjoy!



Posted on February 12, 2014

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  1. 02/12/2014 at 9:02 am

    I don’t even know what to comment on first… uhm the fact that I’m going to be laughing at VA being snowed in for a week? ;) I love the colors you chose for these photos! They’re seriously perfect for the recipe. And now I’m laughing over hairy bows all over again :)

    • 02/12/2014 at 9:14 am

      Ugh, I know, the Northeast is going to be laughing at us :) I can’t think of Haribo’s without thinking of ‘hairy bows’ – haha too funny!

  2. 02/12/2014 at 9:04 am

    Oh yah!! This is perfect Julie! Need it this week :) xo

  3. 02/12/2014 at 9:16 am

    You can’t o wrong with Texmex and orzo is a great way to do it!

  4. 02/12/2014 at 9:31 am

    My sister is going through a similar snow situation and called me from the grocery store for ideas of what to stock up on. All she had in her cart were chips and salsa, haha. She needs this recipe to go along with them!

  5. 02/12/2014 at 9:40 am

    I am all for one-pot meals! So I hope that is the new trend- this one looks great! By the way- I went off coffee (not caffeine!) last month. It was the most excruciating thing I have ever done- it took 2 weeks (since I was such an addict), but now I have been drinking black tea all day and am sleeping like a baby at night (for the first time since before i had kids).

    • 02/12/2014 at 10:05 am

      Heather – that’s really interesting you brought up the whole sleep thing. I slept REALLY good last night. I wanted to think it was because I had such a horrendous headache, but now I’m thinking maybe it’s cause I was caffeine-less the entire day. I’m not sure I want to test the theory ’cause IDK if I can deal with it for another day, BUT sleeping like a baby is so refreshing!!

  6. 02/12/2014 at 9:53 am

    Love all of the Mexican flavors!

  7. 02/12/2014 at 10:00 am

    i am SOOOO hoping we get a crazy amount of snow. and then instant spring next week please! k thanks..

    looove the flavors in this and just having it all done in one pot. looks delish!

  8. 02/12/2014 at 10:21 am

    You had me at Tex-Mex! And stay warm, this winter is just brutal!

  9. 02/12/2014 at 11:09 am

    Tex-Mex flavors are my favorite! Looks absolutely delicious!

  10. 02/12/2014 at 11:13 am

    I love one pot meals! They call for the same amount of snow here in NC as well! Your tex mex one pot meal sounds amazing! I can’t wait to try!

  11. 02/12/2014 at 12:02 pm

    I love orzo and these Tex Mex flavors sound so good!

  12. jmr
    02/12/2014 at 12:07 pm

    Question, does this need to be covered. I haven’t cooked with Orzo. Would I cook it like a rice?

    • 02/12/2014 at 12:36 pm

      Hi, yes, sorry, I just updated the instructions. You do cover it.

  13. 02/12/2014 at 12:20 pm

    I love orzo! It’s like rice and pasta had an adorably delicious baby. Bet these flavors took you back to your trip to Austin : )

  14. 02/12/2014 at 12:30 pm

    Love this, love the colors you chose. Now, where do we get those awesome bowls to serve it in????? Thanks for sharing this. I’m going to give it a try this weekend.

    PS – We’re snowless in KY, and have green grass (even though they call it blue).

    • 02/13/2014 at 8:10 am

      I got the bowls at World Market. Hope you enjoy this dish!

  15. 02/12/2014 at 12:31 pm

    I totally embrace the one pot meal and yours looks great. As for getting off caffenine and coffee -ugh can’t do it. Not even while prego. My one cup of coffee for the day is such a treat. I applaud you though!

  16. 02/12/2014 at 2:11 pm

    This looks yummy and I have everything in my pantry! If the storm hits and I am home, I will be trying it tomorrow. I am on Long Island and Weds I got 12 inches and it was a bear of a commute, so if bad, I am staying home!

    Thanks for this, I love orzo and can’t have enough recipes using it.

  17. 02/12/2014 at 3:48 pm

    Tex-Mex basically rocks at all times.

    Glad you don’t have to eat saltines anymore, that would be dreadful, makes me gag just thinking about it!

  18. 02/12/2014 at 5:47 pm

    Love the bright colors and the Tex-Mex flavors of this dish!

  19. 02/12/2014 at 6:40 pm

    WHYYYYY is this not my dinner for tonight? Looks so good!

  20. Nancy Janssen
    02/12/2014 at 6:41 pm

    i have this simmering right now! My home smells incredible. Thanks for a fresh, healthy one-pot wonder. It makes my busy life so much easier!

    • 02/13/2014 at 8:10 am

      Hope you enjoyed it, Nancy!

  21. 02/12/2014 at 11:57 pm

    This winter has been so brutal. We have so much snow here in CO and it is just not stopping. Stay warm!

    Love this one pot meal! Mexican on a cold night is the perfect comfort food!

  22. 02/13/2014 at 10:41 am

    I love bowl meals! You can’t go wrong with Tex-Mex.

  23. 02/13/2014 at 4:58 pm

    this looks like the PERFECT antidote to all this dreaded snow – delish!!

  24. 02/13/2014 at 6:27 pm

    Um, hello beautiful! This is one big ole’ pot of love, Julie. I want a huge scoop!

  25. 02/13/2014 at 9:13 pm

    Usually I make something like this in two pans: one to boil the orzo and one to saute everything else. As someone who just downsized and lost her dishwasher, I need all the one-pot meals I can get my hands on! This looks fantastic!

  26. 02/14/2014 at 11:45 am

    Hang tight and forget the bread and milk…just load up on the coffee :)

  27. 02/14/2014 at 1:01 pm

    Feel better!!
    And I love all the one pot trend, thats one that needs to stick around.

  28. 02/14/2014 at 2:32 pm

    Love one-pot wonders! This looks so yummy! Can’t wait to try!

  29. 02/14/2014 at 4:46 pm

    Caffeine withdrawl is the FREAKING WORST. I hope you feel better my love!

  30. 02/14/2014 at 6:50 pm

    All in one pot, yes please! I love not having as many dishes to wash afterwards! This looks deliciously savory!

  31. 02/16/2014 at 1:19 pm

    Pinned it :) I have to try this ;)
    Thanks, rebecca

  32. 02/17/2014 at 2:39 am

    You know i live for one pot dishes – makes for such an easy clean up!

  33. 02/17/2014 at 8:34 pm

    There’s so much snow here in Baltimore. I’m tired of seeing the white stuff. Bring on spring! I could never keep up with food trends, but I’m always down for a one pot meal. I don’t think one pot will ever go out of style. This looks wonderful. Pinned.

  34. 02/20/2014 at 9:07 am

    We tried this recipe and really liked it! I changed mine slightly but wanted to share my blog post for it with you!

    • 02/21/2014 at 7:01 pm

      Glad you enjoyed it!

  35. 02/21/2014 at 11:34 am

    This looks really tasty, and I love that it’s made of ingredients that I almost always have on hand without any planning ahead. What a great recipe to have in your repertoire!

  36. CC
    02/26/2014 at 8:17 pm

    This was wonderful! I added half a lime into each bowl for more flavor. Delish! This recipe made a lot more food than I was expecting – how do you think this would hold up in the freezer?

    • 03/01/2014 at 8:59 am

      Glad you enjoyed this! It would be fine in the freezer.

  37. Tammi
    02/27/2014 at 4:43 pm

    Just found your blog and am excited to try your recipes. This is going to be one of the first as I am on a continuing quest to get my husband to eat beans and this might do the trick. He’s gotten better, but he once hid cannellini beans under his napkin hoping I wouldn’t notice..

    • 03/01/2014 at 8:58 am

      Haha, so glad you found me, Tammi! Hope you enjoy this one :)

  38. 06/16/2015 at 5:54 pm

    I made the One-Pot Tex Mex
    Orzo…a waste of time and ingredients. Obviously no one at the web site tests these recipes. One mouthful and we threw the rest out and went out to .Trattoria Toscana. This was probably the wort thing I’ve ever attempted to eat.

    • Julie
      06/16/2015 at 6:41 pm

      So sorry to hear that…it went well for others who have tried it, so maybe it’s something you did.

  39. christie Ferguson
    01/10/2016 at 12:40 am

    This looks delicious! Do you suppose it could be made ahead and frozen?

    • Julie
      01/10/2016 at 10:28 am

      Yes, I can’t see why it would be an issue!

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