This is a welcome change from tacos! Serve with a salad, more salsa, and sour cream.


Recipe Summary

15 mins
40 mins
55 mins
8 servings


Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Instructions Checklist
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Prepare a casserole dish with cooking spray.

  • Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Saute onion and garlic in hot oil until the onion is tender, about 5 minutes; add ground beef and continue to cook while breaking beef into small pieces with a wooden spoon until the beef is completely browned, 5 to 7 minutes. Season beef mixture with the taco seasoning mix.

  • Stir beef mixture, rice, vegetables, kidney beans, 1 cup Cheddar cheese, salsa, and olives together in the prepared casserole dish. Sprinkle remaining cheese over the mixture.

  • Bake in preheated oven until the cheese is melted and the dish is hot in the center, about 30 minutes.

Nutrition Facts

567 calories; protein 33.6g 67% DV; carbohydrates 48g 16% DV; fat 26.1g 40% DV; cholesterol 100.6mg 34% DV; sodium 805.4mg 32% DV. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
I took it to a party as a Mexican side dish but everyone thought it was a dip for tortillas! They loved it! Read More
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  • 5 star values: 6
  • 4 star values: 1
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Rating: 5 stars
I took it to a party as a Mexican side dish but everyone thought it was a dip for tortillas! They loved it! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
I scaled this to half as there was only four of still made a ton! This is a great 'make once eat twice' meal. Great as a taco salad! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
I had to tone down some of the spice for my daughter who has reflux. It was tasty to her and happy to have another recipe she can enjoy. Next time I would use more of the taco packet than I did to make it for her. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Both my husband and my mother liked this dish. We had it as a casserole dish the first night and then the second night we used it to make burritos. It also makes a good taco salad topping. The only thing I will do different next time is to add a second packet of taco seasoning, thought it could use more flavor for the amount of volume it makes. I had tried a different Mexican rice before that used uncooked rice which was baked in the oven, but I much preferred this recipe. Was easy to make the rice in the instant pot and keep it hot while preparing the rest of the dish. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
very good recipe. you can easily tweak the ingredients for more spice or change the protein. great for breakfast or dinner Read More