Hearty Spanish Rice Bake

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Ground beef, fresh onion, green bell pepper, garlic, tomatoes, and rice are simmered in a sweet-hot sauce then baked with Cheddar cheese and garnished with fresh cilantro. Spice it up with Ro-Tel® instead of regular canned tomatoes, cayenne, and jalapeno peppers. I have also added extra Cheddar cheese and you can substitute a Mexican blend or any other cheese if you like. Warning: this will spice up your life if you use the optional ingredients.

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Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
45 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs
Servings:
6
Yield:
6 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 pound lean ground beef

  • ½ cup finely chopped onion

  • ¼ cup chopped green bell pepper

  • 1 (10 ounce) can diced tomatoes with green chile peppers (such as RO*TEL®)

  • 1 cup water

  • ¾ cup long-grain white rice

  • ½ cup chile sauce

  • 1 (4 ounce) can sliced black olives, or to taste

  • 2 tablespoons sliced jalapeno peppers, or to taste (Optional)

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar

  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin

  • ½ teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper (Optional)

  • 1 pinch ground black pepper

  • 2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese, divided

  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).

  2. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Cook and stir beef, onion, and green bell pepper in the hot skillet until beef is browned and crumbly, 5 to 7 minutes; drain and discard grease.

  3. Stir beef mixture, diced tomatoes with green chile peppers, water, rice, chile sauce, olives, jalapeno peppers, garlic, salt, brown sugar, ground cumin, Worcestershire sauce, cayenne pepper, and black pepper together in a large pot over medium-low heat.

  4. Bring beef-rice mixture to a simmer, stirring occasionally, until flavors blend, about 30 minutes. Stir in 1 cup Cheddar cheese. Transfer mixture to a 2 1/2 quart casserole dish and press down firmly. Top with remaining 1 cup Cheddar cheese.

  5. Bake in the preheated oven until cheese is melted and bubbling, 10 to 15 minutes. Top with chopped cilantro.

Cook's Note:

The original recipe called for using a 2-quart casserole dish which I upgraded to a 2 1/2-quart casserole dish because of the addition of the optional ingredients. I did not want to overfill a 2-quart casserole dish.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

430 Calories
24g Fat
26g Carbs
27g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 430
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 24g 31%
Saturated Fat 12g 60%
Cholesterol 92mg 31%
Sodium 1075mg 47%
Total Carbohydrate 26g 9%
Dietary Fiber 2g 7%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 27g
Vitamin C 19mg 96%
Calcium 322mg 25%
Iron 4mg 22%
Potassium 393mg 8%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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