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

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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!

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One-Pot Tex-Mex Orzo

One pot is all you need for this Tex-Mex orzo! So much flavor in this pasta dish!
4 from 1 vote
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 6
Author: Julie Chiou
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  • 2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 green bell pepper, diced
  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 15.5 ounce can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 10 ounce can diced tomatoes & green chilies, undrained
  • 1 ½ cups frozen corn
  • 3 ½ cups chicken stock
  • 16 ounce orzo pasta

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  • In a large pot over medium high heat, add olive oil and heat until shimmering.
  • 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.
  • Add the black beans, diced tomatoes & green chilies, corn, and orzo. Stir to combine.
  • 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.
  • Serve hot and enjoy!


Serving: 1 serving | Calories: 477 kcal | Carbohydrates: 83 g | Protein: 19 g | Fat: 9 g | Fiber: 9 g | Sugar: 11 g

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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Tex-Mex
Keyword: quick and easy
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Monday 8th of May 2023

Great Share!!!

Made this tonight with some carne asada, so so good! I’m always surprised by how much orzo expands, we’ll have Tex-Mex orzo for the week (not that I’m mad about that lol)!


Tuesday 29th of March 2022

I am going to make this tonight but I am going to add some chicken to it to make it a complete meal. I have cooked chicken in the frig and was wondering what I has going to do with it, I think this will be exceptional. May even add some cheese of some kind. Cannot wait to try it.

Julie Chiou

Wednesday 30th of March 2022

sounds delish! hope it was :)

christie Ferguson

Sunday 10th of January 2016

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


Sunday 10th of January 2016

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

Nick Onaitis

Tuesday 16th of June 2015

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.

David Johnson

Wednesday 11th of November 2020

@Nick Onaitis You are either bad at cooking or just at responding because this recipe is bomb!


Tuesday 16th of June 2015

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


Thursday 27th of February 2014

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..


Saturday 1st of March 2014

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