10 Fuss-Free Mexican Rice Casseroles

Spanish Rice Bake
Photo: Beth Wand Sidell

When you need a filling, fuss-free dinner that the whole family will love, turn to Mexican rice casseroles. Packed with cheesy goodness and plenty of flavor from ingredients like salsa, peppers, and spices, most of these recipes require just a quick stir and trip to the oven before arriving on your dining table. Serve with a side of homemade guacamole and salsa (plus maybe some margaritas) and you're sure to have a winner dinner.

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Cheesy Mexi-Rice Casserole

Cheesy Mexi-Rice Casserole
Patty Cakes

This casserole is the perfect comfort food, using plenty of cheese, veggies, and rice to create a decadent dish. You can easily substitute in vegetable broth instead of chicken broth to this make this recipe vegetarian-friendly.

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Salsa Chicken Rice Casserole

Salsa Chicken Rice Casserole
Photo by Ashley Nicholson.

Besides the cheeses and chicken, this convenient recipe is made almost entirely of pantry staples, so you can always whip it up at a moment's notice. Canned condensed soups add a creamy base, while the shredded chicken and rice make for a filling meal.

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Mexican Rice Casserole

Mexican Rice Casserole in a glass pan
Aggy Erlangga

This casserole is an excellent use for leftover rice. The cooked grains are layered up with chili beans and tomato sauce before getting topped with crushed tortilla chips, sour cream, and plenty of rich cheese.

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Mexican Sour Cream Rice

Mexican Sour Cream Rice on a red plate

While sour cream might be a popular topping for Mexican casseroles, this recipe mixes it straight into the rice. Paired with diced green chiles, corn, cilantro, and Monterey Jack cheese, it's a stick-to-your ribs dish that's full on flavor.

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Mexican Pork Chop Casserole

Mexican Pork Chop Casserole with red bell peppers

Why cook a meaty main dish and separate rice side when you can combine them all into this ultra easy casserole? Pork chops are lightly browned before being laid atop taco-seasoned rice and baked to perfection.

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Chile Rice Casserole

Close up of Chile Rice Casserole
Blessed Baker

You only need five ingredients to create this impressive Mexican-inspired casserole. Condensed celery soup, tangy sour cream, spicy green chiles, and bold Cheddar cheese dress up instant rice for a meal that's ready in just 30 minutes.

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Spanish Rice Bake

Spanish Rice Bake
Beth Wand Sidell

"Ground beef, fresh onion, green bell pepper, tomatoes and rice are simmered in a sweet-hot sauce of chile, brown sugar, cumin and Worcestershire," describes recipe creator Melodie. "This savory rice dish is then baked with Cheddar and garnished with fresh cilantro."

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Brown Rice and Black Bean Casserole

close up of Brown Rice and Black Bean Casserole
Amber Siress

This healthy all-in-one dinner contains plenty of veggies, chicken breasts, and brown rice to create a wholesome meal. "My husband LOVES this! And I have a harder time getting HIM to eat his veggies than I do with our 3-year-old," says reviewer SilverXeno.

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Hearty Spanish Rice Bake

Hearty Spanish Rice Bake on a floral plate

The ingredients in this tasty rice bake are easy to adjust based on your family's preferences. Keep the spicy ingredients—like jalapeños and cayenne—if everyone loves a little heat, or simply skip them for your spice-sensitive eaters.

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Mexican Casserole with Leftover Turkey

Mexican Casserole with Leftover Turkey on a white plate
Soup Loving Nicole

This is the ultimate way to redo leftover turkey from Thanksgiving, or simply use up shredded chicken from last night's dinner. If you want to keep the tortilla chip topping extra crispy, wait to add it until the last few minutes of baking.

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