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Taco Rice Casserole

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Taco Rice Casserole
  • Prep 20 min
  • Total 50 min
  • Servings 8
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You’re hungry, you’re tired and you just want to get dinner on the table without stressing out. Say hello to your newest pantry-friendly dinner fix: the taco rice casserole. Made with affordable ingredients, this easy classic is perfect for a weeknight when you just can’t.
by: TBSP Susan
Updated Apr 9, 2020

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups uncooked white rice
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 cup Old El Paso™ Thick ‘n Chunky salsa
  • 1 cup Old El Paso™ taco sauce
  • 1 chicken bouillon cube
  • 1 cup cheddar or Mexican-blend cheese, shredded
  • Corn chips for topping
  • Cilantro, for garnish

Steps

  • 1
    Preheat oven to 350 °F. Spray a 9x9 glass baking dish with cooking spray.
  • 2
    Cook rice as directed on package. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, brown ground beef. Drain, then add salsa, taco sauce and chicken bouillon cube. Mix well and simmer for an additional 5 minutes.
  • 3
    In baking dish, layer half of rice, half of beef mixture and half of the shredded cheese. Repeat layers.
  • 4
    Bake for 20-25 minutes until casserole is hot throughout and cheese is melted on top. Top with corn chips just before serving and garnish with fresh cilantro.

Expert Tips

  • tip 1
    Save time by using microwavable, steam-in-the-bag rice.
  • tip 2
    Craving some veggies in your dinner? Sauté onions and bell peppers in a skillet until tender, then add them to the casserole in between the first beef layer and cheese layer.

Nutrition Information

270 Calories, 11g Total Fat, 16g Protein, 25g Total Carbohydrate, 3g Sugars

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
270
Calories from Fat
100
Total Fat
11g
18%
Saturated Fat
5g
26%
Trans Fat
0g
Cholesterol
50mg
16%
Sodium
990mg
41%
Potassium
330mg
9%
Total Carbohydrate
25g
8%
Dietary Fiber
1g
6%
Sugars
3g
Protein
16g
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
10%
10%
Vitamin C
0%
0%
Calcium
15%
15%
Iron
10%
10%
Exchanges:
1 Starch; 0 Fruit; 1/2 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 1/2 High-Fat Meat; 0 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choice
1 1/2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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