10 Vegetarian Rice Casseroles for Cozy Meals

Easy Bean and Rice Casserole in a skillet
Photo: Kim

Nothing warms us up on a cool evening quite like a hearty serving of vegetarian casserole. With each recipe featuring rice alongside other hearty ingredients like legumes, veggies, and gooey cheese, you'll easily have a stick-to-your-ribs meal that doesn't require any meat. Try our favorite recipes for simple rice casseroles that the whole family will love.

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Wild Rice Casserole

Wild Rice Casserole on a blue plate

Featuring both wild and brown rices, this colorful casserole is chock full of veggies like bell peppers, zucchini, carrots, and celery. Serve as a side or main dish, either way it's a tasty choice.

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Zesty Taco Casserole

Zesty Taco Casserole on a white plate

Creamy, spicy, and savory, this casserole earns its title of "Zesty." Cooked rice is dressed up with salsa, onions, peppers, corn, and cottage cheese to create a decadent yet delicious base. The casserole is topped off with a layer of cheese and crunchy corn chips to complete the meal.

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Lentil Rice and Veggie Bake

Lentil Rice and Veggie Bake
Buckwheat Queen

Red lentils and white rice are the dynamic duo behind this vegetarian casserole. Each bite is packed with flavor from fresh veggies and an herb-infused tomato sauce.

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Easy Bean and Rice Casserole

Easy Bean and Rice Casserole in a skillet

Beans and rice are a vegetarian staple and here they're whipped into a filling casserole. With a hint of tanginess from lime juice and plenty of kick from chili powder, all you need on the side are tortilla chips for dipping.

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Spinach Veggie Casserole

Spinach Veggie Casserole in a glass dish

White rice gets a makeover in this green vegetarian casserole. Frozen spinach, two types of cheese, and red bell peppers add plenty of zing to each bite.

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Stacked Fajita Vegetable Enchilada Casserole

Stacked Fajita Vegetable Enchilada Casserole with sour cream

Get all the taste of bean and rice enchiladas without all the effort of rolling with this easy stacked casserole. Using a homemade "cheesy" sauce, this recipe is vegan if you leave out the optional sour cream.

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Zucchini Herb Casserole

Zucchini Herb Casserole
Angela F.

Packed with zucchini and tomatoes in each bite, this rice casserole is just as vibrant in color as it is in flavor. "I've been making this casserole for almost 20 years and it's always a hit," says recipe creator Debi Blair McGinness. "Even my meat-eater husband likes it. Serve with a crusty French bread or soft breadsticks."

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Vegetarian Burrito Casserole

Vegetarian Burrito Casserole in a white dish
Courtenay's Corner

Using rice, beans, and soy "beef" crumbles, even the most enthusiastic of meat eaters won't be able to tell that this casserole is vegetarian. Serve it up with your favorite burrito toppings, like sour cream and guacamole, for a complete meal.

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Zulandt's Lentil Casserole

Zulandt's Lentil Casserole in a glass dish

The pantry staples of brown rice and lentils are transformed into a wow-worthy main dish thanks to some vegetables, plenty of spices, and a hearty layer of sharp Cheddar cheese. "My family and guests all thought this casserole was fabulous even my picky daughter," says reviewer Erin Kueneman.

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Spicy Mexican Style Zucchini Casserole

Spicy Mexican Style Zucchini Casserole topped with guacamole and sour cream
Ann Marie Natal

"This spicy dish combines fresh zucchini, rice, beans and cayenne pepper to really spice up your summer," says recipe creator Leah IL. "You may wish to adjust the spices to your taste — we like it hot! Serve with tortillas on the side to scoop up all of the goodies."

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