Mexican Rice Casserole

Looking to save on the food budget, and still put something hearty and filling on the table?  This Mexican Rice Casserole is a delicious recipe that will do just that.  You can’t beat this hearty casserole, it is filled with bacon, and ground meat.  This recipe is by Virginia McDowell, Jefferson City, MO. 1968.

Spanish Rice Casserole

Mexican Rice Casserole

Spanish Rice Casserole

Mexican Rice Casserole

You can turn Mexican rice into a full meal with the addition of ground beef. 
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: Casserole Recipes, Ground Beef
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 10
Calories: 309kcal


  • 4 slices bacon
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup chopped green pepper
  • 1 cup Minute Rice
  • 1 pound ground chuck
  • 1 small clove of garlic
  • 1 3/4 cups water
  • 8 ounces tomato sauce
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 2 1/2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese


  • Fry bacon until crisp and drain. Add onion, green pepper to drippings in pan and cook until tender. Add rice; cook until golden. Stir in beef and garlic cooking until beef is almost done. Stir in water, tomato sauce and seasonings. 
  • Heat to boiling reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes. Spoon half meat unto 2-quart casserole. Sprinkle with half of the cheese and add remaining meat. Top with the rest of the cheese and bacon. Bake at 400 degrees for about 15- 20 minutes.


Calories: 309kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 17g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 67mg | Sodium: 389mg | Potassium: 271mg | Fiber: 0g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 470IU | Vitamin C: 8.3mg | Calcium: 220mg | Iron: 1.9mg

About Stephanie Manley

I recreate your favorite restaurant recipes, so you can prepare these dishes at home. I help you cook dinner, and serve up dishes you know your family will love. You can find most of the ingredients for all of the recipes in your local grocery store.

Stephanie is the author of's Dining Out in the Home, and's Dining Out in the Home 2.

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  1. ShaunI

    Are you supposed to use cooked or uncooked rice after you add the onion and green pepper in the bacon drippings? I need to know like right now as I am preparing this meal as I type this

  2. Melanie

    5 stars
    Easy version of this is using ground beef seasoned with taco seasoning, cooked minute rice, jar of mild salsa and top it off with shredded cheddar cheese and bake at 350 for 30 min. Easy and very simple.

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