Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Taco Rice Casserole

Sorry I've been a little MIA lately.  My husband was out of town for 2 weeks for training - uhhh...I didn't cook much while he was gone.  The kids and I have been a little under the weather lately too.  I think we're getting over everything and it's so nice having the hubby back!

I grew up on this casserole. It is so easy to make and a great recipe to use up leftover rice. I don't really know why it's called a casserole since you don't put it into a 9x13 pan and bake in the oven. Maybe it should be called Taco Rice Skillet. Anyways, enjoy!

Today's Ingredients:
1 pound ground beef
1 can tomato soup
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1 can diced tomatoes (drained)
3 cups cooked rice
1 8 oz. can corn
1 package taco seasoning mix
1/2-1 teaspoon salt

Over medium high heat saute ground beef until done.  Drain excess
fat if necessary.

Lower heat to medium and add taco seasoning, tomato soup, cheese
and tomatoes.  Heat through until cheese melts.

You can definitely add more cheese if needed to suit your family's
tastes.  Also, if you have little kids or are sensitive to heat, you might
want to scale back on the taco seasoning just a bit. I only added 3 T.
(1 pkg is 4) and Matthew and Isabelle still thought it was "hot".

Also, I hate big chunks of tomato in casseroles like this so I took
the tomatoes after draining them and chopped them a bit more.

Once the cheese is melted stir in the rice, salt, and corn.

Matthew HATES rice so last night when he saw dinner he said
"is this pasta?"  I said yes so he would try it.  He has a mental block
about some foods and I knew he wouldn't try it if he knew it was
rice.  Of course, he liked it and never even commented that it was
rice.  Just getting him to try something new is usually a pain and
causes lots of gnashing of teeth around here, but he ate it easily
AND liked it even if he thought it was hot.

The other night he was refusing to try pineapple and we almost
had to tie him down to try it.  Finally after threatening time-out
he tried it and guess what - LOVED IT!  We knew he would
and now he has "unlocked" pineapple (like you would do in
the star wars wii game).

Cook through and serve.  See...that was super easy to make right?

This is one of my husband's favorite meals and he loves eating it

1 comment:

  1. hey karin! natalie nielsen morgan here. i made this tonight and it was fabulous! thanks for all the great recipe ideas. i did substitute tomato sauce for the soup since i didn't have any on hand and it was great. it makes a lot and we have some leftovers...have you ever tried freezing it and if so did it freeze well? thanks. i feel a bit of your pain with the rain. i swear i'm living in seattle/portland right now...bring on the spring already!