Mexican Beef and Rice Casserole has quickly become one of our family favorites and I can guarantee it will be yours too. An easy dinner recipe using browned ground beef, beans, rice and spices for a one dish meal that is out of this world!
I find that Mexican food is the ultimate comfort food. Warm flavors with lots of cheese. Make that into a casserole dish and you’ve got pure magic.
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Mexican Beef and Rice Casserole is an easy weeknight recipe using ground beef, taco seasoning and other easy ingredients for a one dish meal!
We all know I am cookbook hoarder. I love to challenge my culinary ability and try new things. I play a game called recipe roulette.
I take one of my beautiful cookbooks and turn to a random page. Whatever is on that page is what is for dinner.
It takes us out of our comfort zone, encourages me to try new techniques and ingredients and it’s fun! If the recipe is terrible, we order a pizza.
But every once and while we hit on a “keeper.” One of those recipes that ends up being a part of our monthly rotation of tried an true meals. Mexican Beef and Rice Casserole ended up being one of those keepers.
Make sure you PIN Mexican Ground Beef Casserole!
It really was no surprise, Mexican Beef and Rice Casserole came from a The Simple Kitchen, a cookbook penned by fellow bloggers Chad and Donna Elick of The Slow Roasted Italian, known for their simple and flavorful dishes with bold, mouthwatering photography.
Also true to my kitchen, I never met a recipe I didn’t alter just a little bit to make it my own. Mexican Beef and Rice Casserole is actually published using chicken, but I followed one of Donna’s simple kitchen tips.
These tips are provided with each recipe for modifications or prep ideas, and used ground beef.
My readers always seem to be looking for new ways to use ground beef beyond meatballs, tacos and meatloaf. It is a hearty protein and easy on the wallet. Mexican ground beef recipes, to be specific.
I also put my own spin on the recipe by increasing the tomatoes, black beans, corn and green chiles, while adding diced onion and hot sauce.
The original also calls for cilantro and although I have nothing against cilantro, I forgot to buy it at the store. One of the beauties of this recipe is that it is super easy to omit and add as your taste buds dictate!
I garnished with avocado, sour cream and scallions for a colorful one dish meal. Hubby and I ate Mexican Beef and Rice Casserole for the next 3 meals and ended up making another double batch the next week to take for lunches!
Feel free to use lean ground beef, diced chicken or even ground turkey. You can also serve this dish with warm corn tortillas and make them into street tacos! Add a little tomato sauce or salsa to hold the whole thing together.
You can also check out my tips for freezing a casserole here!
Tools for making this ground beef and rice casserole:
Heavy Bottom Frying Pan– this will be one of your most used kitchen tools. Having something that is heavy bottom will distribute heat better and prevent burning whether you are using an electric or gas range.
Wood cutting board – wood won’t dull your knives like plastic and if treated properly, has natural antimicrobial properties.
Good knife – Global is my favorite! They are worth the price, I promise. I am kind of obsessed with them and store them tucked away so no one else can use them. Including hubby. Hands off my good stuff!
Cast Iron Skillet– Yes they are heavy, yes they take a little extra TLC. Are using cast iron pans worth it? YES!!! Just buy one and you’ll thank me later! I have both pre-seasoned and unseasoned. I like them both for different reasons.
Hamburger Meat Chopper– Easily break up your meat using this nifty tool!
More easy dinner recipes:
- Insane Steak Sandwiches
- Chipotle Chicken Rice Bowls
- Garlic Butter Shrimp
- Garlic Parmesan Chicken
- Cheeseburger Pizza
- Creamy Apple Pork Chops
- PF Changs Mongolian Beef
- Italian Beef Braciole
- Chicken and Rice Skillet
- French Fry Casserole
- Mexican Chicken Casserole
- Meatball Casserole
Before you get started, make sure you know how to properly season your cast iron and how to clean your cast iron!
Mexican Beef and Rice Casserole
- 2 pounds 90/10 ground beef
- 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
- 3 tablespoons taco seasoning
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/4 cup white onion , diced
- 1 1/2 cups low sodium chicken stock
- 1 heaping cup jasmine rice
- 15 ounces black beans , rinsed and drained
- 2 14.5 ounce cans fire roasted diced tomatoes
- 2 4 ounce cans green chiles
- 2 tablespoons hot sauce
- 2 cups frozen corn
- 2 cups colby jack cheese , shreddd
- Sour Cream , optional
- Scallions , optional
- Avocado , optional
- Cilantro , optional
- In an extra large skillet or cast iron pan, heat vegetable oil over medium heat. Add ground beef, breaking up pieces as it cooks. Cook until there is no pink. If you use anything above 90/10 mix, drain grease after meat has cooked.
- Add taco seasoning, kosher salt and diced white onion, continue to cook for an additional 2 minutes.
- Add chicken stock, jasmine rice, drained and rinsed black beans, diced tomatoes with juice, green chiles and hot sauce, toss to combine.
- Cover and allow to cook for 15-20 minutes. Stir half way through to prevent rice from sticking to the bottom of the pan.
- When nearly done, add frozen corn, cook for an additional 2 minutes.
- Toss with colby jack cheese.
- Serve with optional garnishes including sour cream, scallions, avocado and cilantro.
- If you’ve tried this recipe, come back and let us know how it was!
Make sure to grab your copy of The Simple Kitchen for even more flavorful and easy recipes!
Would love making this recipe. Can you use just the instant rice . Thank you
Hi there, I would assume so, but I haven’t tested it.
OMG! My mouth is literally drooling, this looks amazing! Definitely making this soon, thank you!
I love Mexican food.
My family loves this recipe, it’s on our 14 day rotation now.
Yay!!! We love hearing that!
Out of this world delish. Gonna be a standby at least monthly.
Thank you, Michael!
Is the rIce supposed to be cooked or UNCOOKED?
Add the rice uncooked.
I a having a taco event next Saturday…..game board night with friends………THIS recipe is now going to be the centerpiece of the buffet! Everything in ONE big pot – FABULOUS…..can be a taco or taco salad…….so simple. Thank you so much!
What a hearty dish! A nice switch up for Taco Tuesday! Great for hungry teenagers too!
I want to try Cookbook Roulette now! That sounds really exciting!! I like your adaptations on this recipe. I can see why it remains in rotation.
This looks so good and I bet it smells amazing! I am going to have to try this one ASAP!
OMG! I was mouthwatering the whole time while scrolling down the recipe. That looks absolutely amazing and delicious.
This is pretty much my ideal dinner- it looks so delicious and I love all the colors!
Ole! This looks so yummy!! I want to dig right in 🙂