Easy Spanish Rice Casserole

This was a standard when I was growing up. I love it. It's a very tasty and kid-friendly casserole, works as meal or a side. It can be a little bland, so add some hot sauce on top for the grownups.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
50 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 10 mins
8 servings


  • 1 pound bacon

  • 1 cup chopped onion

  • 1 cup chopped green bell pepper

  • 1 (16 ounce) can whole peeled tomatoes, halved

  • 1 (15 ounce) can tomato sauce

  • 1 tablespoon ground black pepper

  • salt to taste

  • 4 cups cooked white rice

  • 4 cups shredded Cheddar cheese


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

  2. Place bacon in a large skillet and cook over medium-high heat, turning occasionally, until evenly browned, about 10 minutes. Drain bacon slices on paper towels. Partially drain fat from the skillet.

  3. Heat remaining bacon fat in the skillet over medium heat. Cook onion and bell pepper in the fat until tender, about 5 minutes. Add tomatoes, tomato sauce, pepper, and salt; continue to cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, for 10 minutes. Add cooked rice to sauce mixture. Transfer rice and sauce mixture to a large mixing bowl.

  4. Crumble bacon. Stir 3/4 of the Cheddar cheese and 3/4 of the crumbled bacon into the hot rice mixture until cheese is melted. Transfer to a 9x11-inch glass oven-proof dish. Sprinkle remaining bacon and Cheddar cheese on top.

  5. Bake in the preheated oven until cheese on top is bubbly, about 25 minutes.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

753 Calories
32g Fat
84g Carbs
32g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 753
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 32g 40%
Saturated Fat 17g 87%
Cholesterol 93mg 31%
Sodium 1240mg 54%
Total Carbohydrate 84g 30%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Total Sugars 5g
Protein 32g
Vitamin C 26mg 128%
Calcium 560mg 43%
Iron 6mg 34%
Potassium 631mg 13%

* 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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