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

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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!
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 6



  • 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 (439 g) can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 10 ounce (284 g) can diced tomatoes & green chilies, undrained
  • 1 ½ cups (248 g) frozen corn
  • 3 ½ cups (828 ml) chicken stock
  • 16 ounce (454 g) orzo pasta


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

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  1. 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)!