Saturday, August 28, 2010

Mexican Black Bean, Corn, and Rice Casserole

Mexican is my favorite comfort food.  I got this recipe from For The Love of Cooking.  I made this for dinner and it was really good.  I added extra tomato sauce, more spices,  and corn.  It made so much that I put half in a casserole dish to freeze for a night when I'm too busy or tired to cook.  You should see my girls' playroom when I spend an hour or more in the kitchen.  It takes another couple of hours to get our house back in order, kitchen included.  But I LOVE to cook and the cleaning comes with the territory.


1 1/2 cups cooked white rice (I use Minute 5 minute premium rice)
1 T olive oil
1 lb lean ground beef (93% lean)
1/2 white onion, diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 tsp paprika
2 tsp chili powder
2 tsp garlic powder
2 tsp Mexican oregano dried
1 tsp cumin
salt and pepper, to taste
1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 can low sodium corn, drained
2 cans tomato sauce
1 T cilantro, chopped
3 roma tomatoes, sliced into large rings
1 cup shredded reduced fat cheddar cheese

Sour cream
Hot sauce

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Prepare the rice per instructions.  While the rice is cooking, heat the olive oil over medium high heat in a large skillet.  Add ground beef and break up with a spoon.  Dice onion and add to pan.  Add all spices and cook until onion is translucent.  Add the garlic and cook another 2 minutes.  Add the tomato sauce, black beans, corn, cooked rice, and cilantro.  Stir to combine and taste for seasonings.  Add more if you like.  I would have made it spicier if my kiddos weren't eating it too!

Spray a large casserole dish (very large if you are cooking the entire batch) with non-stick cooking spray and transfer the mixture in an even layer.  Top with sliced tomatoes and shredded cheddar cheese.  Cover dish with non-stick foil (what a great invention) and bake for 20 minutes.  Remove foil and bake another 5 minutes until cheese is melted and bubbly.  Remove from the oven and let rest for 5 minutes before serving.  Top with your favorites, like sour cream, hot sauce, guacamole, cilantro, etc.  Enjoy! 

1 comment:

  1. I am so glad you liked this casserole... we love it here. Adding the corn is a terrific idea. Thanks for the shout out and link back to my site.


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