Taco Beef and Rice Casserole




Yesterday dinner time somehow creeped up on me and I was caught clueless as to what to do for dinner and it was already after 6 PM. We usually eat before 7 PM so I felt I really needed to figure it out, and figure it out soon!
Luckily, my mother-in-law came over for an hour or two to visit with us, so I asked her what she was making for dinner. She said, vegetable stir fry or taco rice. Taco rice. That sounded good. Mexican-anything always goes well with my boys and we haven't had rice for a while. So I immediately put my rice to cook and while that was doing I prepared everything else. Twenty more minutes in the oven and we had our selves a great nutritious casserole dinner. I am on a casserole kick here. I just wish they were more photogenic! :)


This recipe was one of those 'whatever I have in the pantry/fridge will work'  my favorite kind of recipes. If it was planned more in advanced I would probably use different products, so feel free to make any additions you like, everything works! 
For this recipe I used a smaller casserole dish, about 8x10 inches, 2 inches deep.

Taco Beef Rice Casserole

1 1/2 cups rice (I used brown because we love brown rice, go ahead and use whatever you like)
3 spring onions
1/4 cup diced roasted red bell peppers
1 small can of mild diced green chilies (I didn't use the whole can)
1 T. plus 1 t. of taco seasoning mix
2 T. tomato paste
1/4 cup sour cream
1 lbs of ground beef
salt and pepper
1 can Cuban beans 
grated cheese, about 1 1/2 cups
pickled jalapenos for topping (if you don't like spicy you could replace these with black olives)


Taco seasoning mix

  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 tablespoon cumin

You will have a little of this seasoning left over since the recipe calls for just a little more than one tablespoon of it, but if you double the recipe you can save it in a little container for next time. Or to make your life easier, you can always buy a bag of taco seasoning mix. I would probably have done that if I planned the dinner in advance. 



Start by preheating the oven to 400 degrees. Cook your rice on the stove top. While rice is cooking brown the ground beef with 1 teaspoon of your taco seasoning mix, a tablespoon of tomato paste and a pinch of salt and pepper. Set aside.
Cut the spring onions very finely and saute them with finely diced roasted red bell peppers.
When rice is cooked add to it the spring onions and bell pepper, diced green chilies, sour cream, tomato paste and the rest of your taco seasoning. Mix well and taste before adding salt and pepper.


Butter your casserole dish and layer the rice mix on the bottom of it. Then spoon Cuban beans on top of the rice and then layer the beef on it. Top with some cheese and diced pickled jalapenos or olives.
Put in the oven for 20 minutes or until the cheese is melted. Done.


This is a really simple dish and allows for a lot of improvisation. We ate it with sliced avocados. I could have made guacamole to go with it, but I just felt like I wanted some plain good and simple avocados.
 I think I just might make it again for Cinco De Mayo since my husband had four (4) helpings of it and my son didn't complain about it at all. Well, he doesn't eat beans, so I had to pluck those out for him, but other than that, he ate a full plate too!
Happy Cinco de Mayo :)

21 comments:

  1. This looks so easy and tasty! Thanks for sharing ... can't wait to try it!

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  2. Thank you, I hope you like it!

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  3. This is a new family favorite! Making a ton to have in the freezer for after baby #2 is born.

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  4. That is awesome, I am so glad!

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  5. I made some modifications based on what I had on hand: used a refried bean/chorizo mixture (leftover from hueveros rancheros) instead of beef, salsa instead of tomato paste, greek yogurt instead of sour cream, and fresh jalapeƱos (in place of chilies & canned ones). It was spicy (my own falt!) but very good! Thaks for sharing

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  6. Thank you, I am so glad you like it and the best part about it is that you can make so many variations of it!

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  7. where did you get that spoon?!

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  8. I really don't know where it is from! I got it eight years ago as a part of my wedding gift...I know that ladies favorite shop for kitchen is Spoons and Spice so it is possible she bought it there then...sorry I am not more help!

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  9. Are you able to put this in a easier printable version please?

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  10. Ah...one of those things that got pushed back and I forgot about it...
    I will look into it, I promise!

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  11. Ok Anonymus :) I put a print button at the end of my posts, I hope it helps (everyone is able to delete parts they don't want in the post and print just what they wish, yaay)!

    Thank you for the reminder :)))

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  12. What are Cuban beans???

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  13. Cuban beans are just black beans but I find them in my local grocery canned like Cuban beans, where they are already stewed with some spices and stuff...we really enjoy them on their own so that is why I use them, you can use whatever your favorite beans are in this!

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  14. looks way yummie///but still looks like more work and alot of ingrediants

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  15. If anyone finds that spoon please post where it's at. I know I have seen them but I did a little browsing and couldn't find it.

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  16. I did some more looking and did find this.......Norpro 5544 Rainbow Multi Colored Wood Spoon, 2 Tsp 6" Long They also had other sizes. This was on E-bay

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  17. Greetings! I'm sorry, I can't remember how I stumbled onto your site, but when I saw this recipe, all of the ingredients just happened to be in our pantry and refrigerator. Though I did add half a bell pepper and half an onion, the recipe was otherwise made as you posted. It is in the oven now, just a few more minutes to go. I'm sure it is going to be delicious.

    As for the wonderful spoon, I concur, it is a good one! I found a source of not only the spoons, but bowls and such:

    http://www.norpro.com/store/category/rainbow-wood

    Thank you so much for sharing this recipe!

    Karen

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  18. Wow, well now that's a problem, I want to get all of those little bowls and stuff...I never even thought before to try to find it, thank you all for figuring out where these come from!

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  19. I am making this right now and have a question that I hope will get answered right away! Do you drain the black beans??? Thanks

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  20. Sorry! Just got home and saw this. If you re using black beans I would drain them, I do not drain the Cuban beans because they come in the yummy sauce that I love, which is also why I use them in this dish so it isn't too dry.
    Let me know what you did and how it turned out!

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