Wednesday, January 3, 2018

One-Pot Mexican Rice Casserole (With VIDEO)

One Skillet Mexican Rice Casserole is a simple recipe that comes together in just 30 minutes. A one pot meal featuring your favorite Mexican flavors that cooks all in one pan. You can't beat that! It is a quick and easy weeknight dinner option with little clean up!

This recipe has been a family favorite for several years now. It is either on the menu or in the freezer ready to pull out for quick lunches every week.

I can not tell you how many days have slipped by and I was able to pull something together from the pantry. One of my favorites is this 5-Ingredient Lazy Day Chili. I put this together one day when I didn't have anything ready for dinner one night. I grabbed a few cans from the pantry and some ground beef and I whipped up the most amazing chili. It is so good and so easy that it is now my go-to chili and everyone who has ever tried it goes crazy over it.
So, for National Canned Food we are sharing this fabulous one skillet meal. Our Mexican Rice Casserole received 4 thumbs up from our very picky 6 year old (apparently the toes count too, who knew?). I even packed up a One Skillet Mexican Rice Casserole meal to take to one of our best friends tomorrow. Munchkin informed me that she needed her own meal and I had to take a bowl out of the meal we were delivering for her. Apparently my daughter had plans for leftovers. LOL

Perfectly seasoned ground beef comes together with tomatoes, black beans, corn, jalapenos and rice to create this absolutely simple recipe that will knock your socks off. Smoky, spicy and so hearty.

Our simple one pot Mexican meal is sure to be on your table again and again!


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One Skillet Mexican Rice Casserole

1 pound lean ground beef
1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt, divided
2 teaspoons New Mexico chili powder
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
1 (15 ounce) can low-sodium black beans, rinsed and drained
1 (14.5 ounce) can fire roasted tomatoes with garlic
1 (15.25 ounce) can niblet corn, rinsed and drained (or 1 cup frozen corn)
1 (4 ounce) can fire roasted diced jalapenos
1 cup jasmine rice
2 cups water
8 ounces Colby jack cheese, shredded
optional garnish: fresh cilantro, chopped

Warm a large (10") skillet over medium high heat. Add ground beef and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Cook until beef is cooked through. Drain excess drippings if necessary (I had very little drippings and did not have to drain). Sprinkle spices over the beef (chili powder, cumin, paprika, onion powder, pepper and remaining 1 teaspoon salt). Stir to combine.

Add black beans, tomatoes, corn, jalapenos and rice to skillet. Stir to combine. Add water. Stir to combine. Cover and bring to a boil. Once mixture is boiling, stir well making sure there are no bits stuck to the bottom. Reduce to simmer.

Cook 15 minutes or until rice is cooked through. Remove cover half way through and stir well, unstick any bits stuck on the bottom of the pan.

Remove skillet from the heat, sprinkle with cheese. Place skillet under broiler until cheese is completely melted, about 2 minutes.

Sprinkle with cilantro. Serve and enjoy!

DONNA'S NOTES: If you prefer a less spicy dish, you can substitute the diced jalapenos with green chiles. Another option is to serve with a dollop of sour cream on top. The cream will mellow out the heat in the jalapenos.

Recipe developed by Donna Elick - The Slow Roasted Italian
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  1. I just want to come live at your house Donna :)

  2. i have tried this today but left jalapenos out as would be too spicy for me and will definitely be doing it again.. clean plates all around xx

  3. I just made this (minus black beans because I forgot to buy them) and it is really tasty! Not to mention easy clean up and great if you wanted to use it for burritos, taco salad or other endless combinations! I will be saving this as a future go-to recipe and next time with the black beans! Big thumbs up!

  4. Why do they have to put corn in everything ?

    1. I'm with seems every mexi dish recipe I see has corn in it...yuch! And yes I know it can be left out..but I see "corn" and its just a turnoff.

  5. "they" who? remember, you can leave it out.

  6. I'm not crazy about black beans either but they are growing on me, Mexican food usually includes some kind of bean, for filler and nutrition, so I'm training myself and hubs to use them mainly for variety.

  7. I'm not crazy about black beans either but they are growing on me, Mexican food usually includes some kind of bean, for filler and nutrition, so I'm training myself and hubs to use them mainly for variety.

  8. Can you tell me the difference between the chili powder I can find in any grocery store in OH, and Hatch or New Mexico Chili powder? Are they interchangeable in your recipe? I think my family would really like this recipe. Thanks!

    1. chili powder (ie McCormick's) has added ingredients in it and Hatch or New Mexico is pure ground chili. Read the ingredients in it I'm sure you would want the pure ground one in this recipe.

  9. Do you know the nutrition information on this dish?

  10. What would pair well with this?

    1. Chopped lettuce, diced tomatoes, sliced cucumber, sliced green onions w/white & green. Add avocado just before serving with sweetened mayo dressing.

  11. COuld I use a taco seasoning packet instead of all the other seasoning?

  12. this looks really good...I will make it and let you know what I think...

  13. I`m a beginner in cooking but I really want to try this dish. I will let you know how it goes :). Thanks for sharing.

  14. At the very tip of Mexico's Baja Peninsula, along the coast where Sea of Cortez meets the Pacific, lies the Las Ventanas al Paraiso. phoenix Mexican restaurant

  15. Any thoughts on cheese substitute. I have this frustrating cheese allergy.

  16. Made it tonight. So good!

    1. Thanks so much, Sherrie! We are so happy you enjoyed it!


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