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.

Hugh

Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
cook:
45 mins
total:
1 hr
Servings:
6
Yield:
6 servings
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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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

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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

430 calories; protein 26.9g 54% DV; carbohydrates 26g 8% DV; fat 24g 37% DV; cholesterol 92.2mg 31% DV; sodium 1074.5mg 43% DV. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
12/19/2013
This is a tasty recipe...my family all came back for seconds commenting on how good it was. It looks like a lot of ingredients but I just sliced and diced everything measured all of the dry ingredients into a small bowl and pulled the rest of the ingredients out of the pantry before I started browning the meat. Everything went fast after that. I like spicy and my family does too but not as spicy as me therefore I left out the sliced jalapenos and used Hot Rotel Tomatoes instead. I used a cup of cheese in the mix but probably closer to a 1-1/2 cups on top; served it with sour cream (a must) and tortilla chips. The next day I used the left overs for burritos perfect and didn't need additional cheese. Will make again thanks for sharing. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
09/29/2015
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18 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 14
  • 4 star values: 3
  • 3 star values: 0
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  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
12/19/2013
This is a tasty recipe...my family all came back for seconds commenting on how good it was. It looks like a lot of ingredients but I just sliced and diced everything measured all of the dry ingredients into a small bowl and pulled the rest of the ingredients out of the pantry before I started browning the meat. Everything went fast after that. I like spicy and my family does too but not as spicy as me therefore I left out the sliced jalapenos and used Hot Rotel Tomatoes instead. I used a cup of cheese in the mix but probably closer to a 1-1/2 cups on top; served it with sour cream (a must) and tortilla chips. The next day I used the left overs for burritos perfect and didn't need additional cheese. Will make again thanks for sharing. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/25/2014
I tweaked this using sriracha 1 cup mild salsa 1/2 c water large can of corn diced green chilis chopped 1 garden tomato. Browned extra beef in garlic and taco seasoning early in the day and made the rest later. Added extra cheese (my family likes things cheesy)!! Served with sour cream and the new Keebler jalapeño cornbread crackers. Yum!!! Everyone loved it - and if you're going to cook - don't you want everyone to love it?? Enjoy! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/09/2015
this was awesome!! I used chicken broth instead of water (and actually added up to an extra cup of water as needed while cooking). i didn't use rotel just small diced tomatoes is all i had. at the end i added some corn and big dollop of sour cream and mixed it all together. the taste was amazing. had a nice hint of spice from the red pepper. i loved it. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/16/2014
It's a winner! Good mix of flavors. I lined the casserole dish with tortilla chips for a little shell. Also had some sour cream on the side for a cool taste with the dish. Good stuff. And more importantly hubby liked it! Following the directions it's mild. I used the original style Rotel. If you want a kick I suggest more cayenne or hot Rotel. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/25/2016
This was great! My 2 year old loves rice and ground beef so I was looking for something he would like. He had 2 helpings and loved it. I made it mild and didn't add the chili sauce but it was still amazing. I will definitely make this again! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
09/29/2014
Can't go wrong with this one. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
10/19/2016
Pretty good. It seemed to need a little extra water to cook the rice. I added some corn. Black beans could be a nice addition. I was out of cumin so added some chili powder. I used tomato instead of chili sauce as am cooking for an almost 1 year old and a spice phobic teen. I used 1.5 cups cheese & my teen said she'd like more cheese but then she is a cheese nut. I needed to add hot sauce to taste at the table. Read More
Rating: 1 stars
09/29/2015
I did not like this dish Read More
Rating: 4 stars
08/19/2015
excellent! i substituted the ground beef with firm tofu and it worked well. Read More