This classic kid-friendly casserole recipe is a guaranteed crowd pleaser. It's comfort food at its finest.
1/2 pound ground round
1 cup chopped onion
1 cup chopped green bell pepper
1/4 cup water
1 tablespoon chili powder
2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 1/2 teaspoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1 (14.5-ounce) can diced tomatoes, undrained
1 (4.5-ounce) can chopped green chiles, drained
3 cups cooked long-grain rice
1 cup fat-free sour cream
1/2 cup sliced green onions
1/4 cup skim milk
3/4 cup (3 ounces) reduced-fat sharp cheddar cheese
How to Make It
Preheat oven to 375°.
Cook first 3 ingredients in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat until meat is browned, stirring to crumble. Add water and next 6 ingredients (water through chiles); bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 10 minutes. Uncover and simmer an additional 2 minutes. Remove from heat; set aside.
Combine the rice, sour cream, sliced green onions, and milk in a bowl. Spoon rice mixture into a 9-inch baking dish. Top with beef mixture; sprinkle with cheese. Bake at 375° for 10 minutes or until thoroughly heated. Let stand 5 minutes before serving.
Note: The beef mixture could also be used as a filling for burritos.
I also made some changes to this recipe based upon past reviews and it ended up very tasty and spicy. We love hot food in our house so I added jalapenos chopped in with the onions, peppers and meat. Then I added some tabasco and chipotle powder and cumin to the rice. But it all ended up very easy and tasty. Will definitely make this again!
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