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Healthy One Skillet Mexican Inspired Rice and Beef Casserole

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This easy One Skillet Mexican Inspired Rice and Beef Casserole comes together quickly in just 30 minutes! This healthy recipe is the perfect dinner idea for tonight! Mexican Style Rice and Beef Casserole is an easy comfort food you can enjoy guilt-free! It’s chock full of brown rice, black beans, and cheesy goodness. Save this lightened -up Mexican-inspired dish for later!

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Close up of Mexican Beef and Rice Casserole with black beans and peppers in a skillet.

Why you’ll love this recipe

The best part about this quick and easy Mexican style rice casserole is that you can use any type of ground meat (beef, chicken or turkey) or can even go vegetarian by substituting ground tofu.  It’s completely versatile!

It’s healthy too!

This casserole is full of good for you black beans, corn, red and green peppers, brown rice and cheese. Beans contain a lot of soluble fibre, protein, carbohydrates, folate and iron, so this dish is good for you too! It’s also so easy to make and you use only one pot and that’s all. Clean up is a breeze and I often have left-overs for next day.

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What’s in Mexican Style Casserole?

With a few simple ingredients you dinner is ready and your family will eat this one up. 
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Photo showing the ingredients for Mexican Inspired Casserole, from left to right: Red Pepper, Corn, Ground Beef, Green Pepper, Black Beans, Chili Powder, Brown Rice, and Salsa.
  • Lean Ground Beef – you can substitute ground turkey as a healthier option, or even ground tofu for a vegetarian option.
  • Red Pepper (can use frozen)
  • Green Pepper (can use frozen) – When my husband makes this he uses a bag of frozen mixed peppers and onions.
  • Corn (can use frozen or canned)
  • Brown Rice
  • Chili powder (or you can use tex mex or taco seasoning)
  • Water
  • Salsa – your choice or heat, I prefer hot, but the kids prefer medium.
  • Grated Tex Mex Cheese Mix

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How to make Healthy Mexican Inspired Beef and Rice Casserole

  1. Brown beef in an oven safe non-stick skillet and drain any excess fat
  2. Stir in bell peppers and sauté for 2 minutes.
  3. Stir in salsa, corn, black beans, water, rice and chili powder.
  4. Bring mixture to a boil, cover and simmer for 10 minutes.
  5. Remove from heat and set aside for 5-7 minutes, or until liquid has been absorbed.
  6. Stir gently, sprinkle shredded cheese over the surface, re-cover and set aside for an additional 2 minutes to melt the cheese. Add salt to taste.

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How to serve this Mexican Style Casserole

When ready to serve, you can eat this right out of the pan or serve it in a wrap with salsa and add sour cream, guacamole, salsa and lettuce to taste. Wrap and enjoy! We love it both ways, and the leftovers taste even better the next day!

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How to Freeze

Cover with foil and label. To reheat, let thaw overnight in fridge. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes covered with the foil. Then remove foil and cook until the top is nice and brown.

Silver skillet with Mexican Rice Casserole on a blue linen napkin with a wooden spoon to the left of the skillet,

Other casserole recipes to try

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Classic Waldorf Salad

This classic Waldorf Salad is full of fresh, crispy, apples, celery, grapes and walnuts with a creamy mayonnaise dressing served over a bed of lettuce. Serve it as a side dish or appetizer at Christmas or Thanksgiving. You can easily add chicken or turkey to make it a complete meal!

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Silver skillet with Mexican Rice Casserole on a blue linen napkin with a wooden spoon to the left of the skillet,

Healthy One Skillet Mexican Inspired Rice and Beef Casserole

Yield: 6 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

This easy One Skillet Mexican Inspired Rice and Beef Casserole comes together quickly in just 30 minutes! This healthy recipe is the perfect dinner idea for tonight! Mexican Style Rice and Beef Casserole is an easy comfort food you can enjoy guilt-free! It's chockfull of brown rice, black beans, and cheesy goodness.

Ingredients

  • 1 pound Extra lean ground beef, browned and drained
  • 3/4 cup Brown Instant Rice, uncooked
  • 1 Red bell pepper, diced or cut into strips
  • 1 Green bell pepper, diced or cut into strips
  • 1 cup Salsa, heat level to your preference
  • 1 cup Corn
  • 1 cup black beans, rinsed
  • 3/4 cup Water
  • 1 tsp Chili powder
  • 1 cup Tex Mex Cheese

Instructions

  1. Brown beef in a non-stick skillet and drain any excess fat.
  2. Stir in bell peppers and sauté for 2 minutes.
  3. Stir in salsa, corn, black beans, water, rice and chili powder.
  4. Bring mixture to a boil, cover and simmer for 10 minutes.
  5. Remove from heat and set aside for 5-7 minutes, or until liquid has been absorbed.Close up of Mexican Beef and Rice Casserole with black beans and peppers in a skillet.
  6. Stir gently, sprinkle shredded cheese over the surface, re-cover and set aside for an additional 2 minutes to melt the cheese. Add salt to taste.

Notes

How to Freeze

Cover with foil and label. To reheat, let thaw overnight in fridge. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes covered with the foil. Then remove foil and cook until the top is nice and brown.





Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 servings Serving Size: 1.5 cups
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 328Total Fat: 12gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 87mgSodium: 521mgCarbohydrates: 24gFiber: 5gSugar: 5gProtein: 32g

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