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! :)
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
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.
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.
Put in the oven for 20 minutes or until the cheese is melted. Done.
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 :)