I made this recipe quite a few years ago and it's still one of my husband and my favorites. My husband calls it heaven on a spoon!

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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Bring the rice and water to a boil in a saucepan. Reduce heat to medium-low; cover, and simmer until the rice is tender and the liquid has been absorbed, 20 to 25 minutes.

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  • Preheat an oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Grease a 1-quart baking dish.

  • While the rice is cooking, heat a large skillet over medium-high heat and stir in the ground beef. Cook and stir until the beef is crumbly, evenly browned, and no longer pink. Drain and discard any excess grease. Stir in the condensed tomato soup and chili powder; cook until heated through.

  • Spread 1/3 of the rice into the bottom of the prepared baking dish and cover with 1/3 of the ground beef mixture. Place 2 slices of processed cheese over the meat, then cover with 2 more layers of rice and meat. Arrange the remaining 6 slices of cheese over the top.

  • Bake in the preheated oven until the casserole has heated through and the cheese is bubbly and browned, about 20 minutes.

Nutrition Facts

882 calories; 37.1 g protein; 74.9 g carbohydrates; 141.8 mg cholesterol; 2123.9 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
03/24/2009
This does have a pretty nice taste to it. I made it for my husband and myself one Sunday night when we wanted something quick and tasty. We used ground turkey instead of beef and liked the way that turned out- however, I love cheese and I think next time I might ad twice as much. Just wasn't quite enough for me. Also, didn't fit in a 1 Qt casserole- I had to use my 2 Qt. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
07/06/2009
This dish tastes awesome, but you do have to make some changes. First of all, I cooked the rice in the rice cooker first and I decreased the amount of ground beef, and the cans of tomato soup. Lastly, I used regular cheddar instead of velveeta. Read More
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  • 5 star values: 59
  • 4 star values: 92
  • 3 star values: 19
  • 2 star values: 13
  • 1 star values: 11
Rating: 3 stars
07/06/2009
This dish tastes awesome, but you do have to make some changes. First of all, I cooked the rice in the rice cooker first and I decreased the amount of ground beef, and the cans of tomato soup. Lastly, I used regular cheddar instead of velveeta. Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
04/20/2009
This recipe is just not right. Where do I start--First of all, it calls for a 1 qt baking dish. This is impossible considering it calls for 3 cans of soup which is almost a quart in itself. I made the recipe tonight and didn't find it anything special. There is way too much chili powder. Rice cannot be properly cooked using 1 cup water to 1 cup rice. There should be 2 cups of water. I feel I wasted food tonight. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
09/09/2009
We really enjoyed this with the personal adjustments. It's a great idea, which is why I gave it a shot. I have a rice cooker, so I cooked 2 c of rice. While the rice was cooking I sauted red onion (half salted)and garlic (3 cloves), then the lb of beef. I seasoned the beef with cajun & montreal steak seasoning. Instead of tom.soup I used 6oz Ragu and 5T of restaurant stlye salsa and eye-balled the chili powder. In place of the Velveta I used real colby/jack, american, and provolone. Then, yes and then I topped it off with French's french fried onions. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
03/24/2009
This does have a pretty nice taste to it. I made it for my husband and myself one Sunday night when we wanted something quick and tasty. We used ground turkey instead of beef and liked the way that turned out- however, I love cheese and I think next time I might ad twice as much. Just wasn't quite enough for me. Also, didn't fit in a 1 Qt casserole- I had to use my 2 Qt. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/21/2010
Had to adjust some of the measurements. Used Sharp chedder cheese and added garlic powder. It was easy and my whole family LOVED it. Had leftovers last night and my husband calls from work today and says"I don't care what you girls eat for dinner tonight, but the rest og the beef and rice is mine." :-) Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
03/15/2011
I adapted this a little differently by substituting a cup of salsa for one can of tomato sauce and adding peppers and onions to the hamburger while cooking. Topped with taco cheese blend and crushed tortilla chips. My very picky 5 year old loved it so it was a success! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/07/2009
yum! i thought this came out really tasty! my boyfriend was afraid of it but he ended up liking it too. i used ground turkey instead of beef. and also added some fried onions on top before i put it in the oven. i like the simple ingredients cause i had all of them on hand.:D Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/28/2010
this was a good base but I made some changes, added a diced medium onion, used 2 lbs hamburger, 4 cups cooked rice, and shredded cheese. I added some brown sugar to the tomato and beef mixture and not as much chili as called for. Used 3 cans of tomato soup. Kids liked it, will def make again, quick and easy! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
04/30/2010
This was very good. I added more rice and only two cans of soup. I also added onions and garlic and used chedder instead of velveeta. We will definitely make this again. Read More
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