It is not known where this recipe originated, but it has been used as a hot dish on outings and potlucks for at least 30 years. Rice and ground beef in tomato sauce, baked under a layer of shredded cheese. A great way to feed several with hamburger, and easy to keep on hand ingredients. Leftovers can be made into quick roll-ups by microwaving in a tortilla.

Recipe Summary

prep:
30 mins
cook:
30 mins
total:
1 hr
Servings:
10
Yield:
10 servings
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Ingredients

10
Original recipe yields 10 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Combine rice and water in a saucepan, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 20 minutes.

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  • Place bacon in a large, deep skillet. Cook over medium high heat until evenly brown. Drain, reserving 2 tablespoons of drippings, crumble and set aside. Add ground beef, green pepper, and onion to the skillet; cook over medium-high heat until the beef is evenly browned. Drain excess grease, and season with salt and pepper.

  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).

  • Place beef and cooked rice into a 9x13 inch baking dish. Stir in the tomatoes, bacon and reserved drippings, mixing until everything is well blended. Spread the shredded cheese over the top.

  • Bake for 30 minutes in the preheated oven, until cheese is bubbly, and the center is heated through.

Nutrition Facts

391 calories; protein 22g 44% DV; carbohydrates 33.9g 11% DV; fat 17.4g 27% DV; cholesterol 69.1mg 23% DV; sodium 771.3mg 31% DV. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
04/20/2012
Very hardy dish. I pretty well followed the recipe but made a few changes. I regret to say I forgot to add the bacon, I didn't realize it until the cheese was sprinkled on. I added a can of corn and a can of black beans (rinsed and drained). I am a big fan of tomato products so I used 2 cans of diced tomatoes with chilies. When adding salt and pepper I added a few more spices. I threw in some cumin, chili powder and a little dried red peppers. Ended up with a little zip to the flavor. I will make this again. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
08/14/2012
I prepared it as written and added some ClubHouse TexMex seasoning but we still found it bland. It needs something else. It was okay but not very exciting. I will have to tweak it if I make it again. Read More
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  • 3 star values: 8
  • 2 star values: 4
  • 1 star values: 3
Rating: 5 stars
04/20/2012
Very hardy dish. I pretty well followed the recipe but made a few changes. I regret to say I forgot to add the bacon, I didn't realize it until the cheese was sprinkled on. I added a can of corn and a can of black beans (rinsed and drained). I am a big fan of tomato products so I used 2 cans of diced tomatoes with chilies. When adding salt and pepper I added a few more spices. I threw in some cumin, chili powder and a little dried red peppers. Ended up with a little zip to the flavor. I will make this again. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/06/2003
This recipe would be something that my grandma from the Ozarks would make. It was hearty, flavorful and easy to make. Bacon and its grease isn't an ingredient that I cook with often, while watching my family's fat intake, but it sure makes this combo especially yummy. I will make this again, especially if I'm having my inlaws over for dinner. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
08/14/2012
I prepared it as written and added some ClubHouse TexMex seasoning but we still found it bland. It needs something else. It was okay but not very exciting. I will have to tweak it if I make it again. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/04/2004
Yummy yummy yummy. This was terrific. If you really like bacon though and don't want to add the bacon fat drippings I'd add more pieces of bacon (crumbled) instead. I also added a bit of Worcestershire for flavour but then I love Worcestershire. Will definitely make again! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
09/19/2008
It didn't tell me whether or not to drain the tomatoes so I did and it turned out pretty dry. The reheats are even drier! Just needs a little tweaking I guess. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
11/17/2010
With a few small changes this recipe was reminescent of hash. I used 2 cups of brown rice (left over from previous night). Omitted the bell pepper and can of diced tomatoes. Instead I used an envelop of onion soup mix along with 2 beef boullion cubes and 3 cups of water. After browning the bacon and beef I added the remaining ingredients and placed in a Crockpot to simmer for several hours. I also used a dash or two of Mrs. Dash. More like a thick soup with the cheddar melting over the bowel... VERY good! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
05/23/2011
good easy but not anything to go super crazy about. Take some leftovers and scramble an egg and combine in a flour tortilla. Would make it again Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/23/2010
Love this recipe! the first time I made it I forgot to add bacon but it still turned out great! the second time I added the bacon and even better!! whole family loves it! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
07/26/2007
Great comfort food and easy to make! I added and 1/2 cup extra cheese and bacon rather than drippings. Makes great leftovers too. Read More
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