Mexican Beef and Rice Casserole is an easy weeknight recipe using ground beef, taco seasoning and other easy ingredients for a one dish meal!
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 ground beef, beans, rice and spices for a one dish meal that is out of this world!
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.
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, tips 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. I also put my own spin on the recipe by increasing the tomatoes, 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! You know a recipe is delicious when you want to eat it this frequently!
If you like Mexican Beef and Rice Casserole, you might also like these other easy dinner recipes:
- Insane Steak Sandwiches
- Chipotle Chicken Rice Bowls
- Garlic Butter Shrimp
- Garlic Parmesan Chicken
- Cheeseburger Pizza
- Creamy Apple Pork Chops
Mexican Beef and Rice Casserole is an easy weeknight recipe using ground beef, taco seasoning and other easy ingredients for a one dish meal your whole family will love!
- 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.
I always keep instant rice in the pantry. The amount of liquid can vary greatly from one batch to the next and if the called for amount of rice isn't soaking up all the liquid, I can add 1-2 tablespoons of instant rice to compensate without ruining the recipe.
Make sure to grab your copy of The Simple Kitchen for even more flavorful and easy recipes!