Texas-Style Ground Beef and Rice Casserole
This ground beef and rice casserole is a snap to prepare and bake. The beef is browned with onions and then mixed with rice, seasonings, and tomatoes.
- Serves: 6 persons
- 1 ½pounds ground beef
- 2to 3 onions, sliced
- 1clove garlic, minced, or 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1green bell pepper, seeded, chopped
- 1(14.5-ounce) can diced tomatoes, with juice
- 2to 3 tablespoons tomato paste
- 1cup long-grain rice , cooked
- 2teaspoons chili powder
- 1teaspoon salt, or to taste
- ½teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- ½cup shredded cheddar cheese, optional
Step 1Gather the ingredients.
Step 2Heat the oven to 350 F. Lightly grease a 2-quart casserole dish.
Step 3Place a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the ground beef and cook, stirring, for about 2 minutes. Add the sliced onions and continue cooking until the onions are softened and the ground beef is no longer pink. Drain and discard the excess fat.
Step 4Add the garlic and bell pepper to the ground beef mixture and cook for 2 minutes longer.
Step 5To the skillet, add the tomatoes, tomato paste, cooked rice, chili powder, salt, and pepper. Stir to blend the ingredients thoroughly. Transfer the beef and rice mixture to the prepared baking dish and bake in the preheated oven for 20 minutes.
Step 6If desired, sprinkle shredded cheese over the top of the casserole. Return the casserole to the oven for about 5 to 10 minutes longer.
Step 7Remove the casserole to a rack and divide among 4 plates.
Step 8Serve with beans, if desired, along with your favorite toppings.