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Mexican Ground Beef Casserole with Rice


2 tbsp olive oil
1 onion , finely chopped
3 garlic cloves , minced
500g (1 lb) ground beef (mince), lean
1/3 cup tomato paste
1 1/4 cup long grain white rice , uncooked (Note 1)
2.5 cups (625 ml) chicken broth/stock , low sodium
400g (14oz) can corn kernels , drained (Note 2)
400g (14oz) can black beans , drained (or other beans)
1 capsicum/bell pepper , diced
1 cup green onions/shallots
2 cups (200g) cheese , shredded (anything that melts! Note 3)


0.5 tsp cayenne pepper (Note 4)
1.5 tbsp dried oregano
3 tsp cumin
3 tsp coriander
3 tsp onion powder
2 tsp paprika
1.5 tsp salt


Heat oil in a large pot over high heat. Add garlic and onion, cook 1 1/2 minutes until onion is translucent.
Add beef and cook, breaking it up as you go, until you no longer see raw meat (about 2 minutes).
Add Mexican Spices and cook for 30 seconds.
Add capsicum and cook for 1 minute.
Add tomato paste and broth, stir to mix in.
Add rice, corn and black beans.
Stir, bring to simmer then cover and lower heat to medium low (simmering gently). Cook 15 minutes.
Remove lid, quickly stir through green onion and HALF the cheese.
Smooth top then sprinkle on remaining cheese. Cover and leave for 1 minute just to melt cheese.
Remove from stove and serve immediately, garnished with more green onion if desired.

Recipe Notes:
1. Rice – recipe works best with long grain white rice. Will also work with medium or short white rice grain, “standard” (unspecified) white rice, jasmine* or basmati rice*. Recipe as written won’t work with: brown rice, wild rice, risotto, paella rice, quinoa.
2. Corn – can also use frozen, 1 3/4 cups.
3. Cheese – use anything that melts! Cheddar, mozzarella, tasty, Monterey Jack, Colby.
4. Cayenne adds spiciness, this amount across a vast volume of rice is barely noticeable. Increase or eliminate if desired.
5. Leftovers will keep for 3 days in the fridge, reheat in microwave. I haven’t tried freezing but I don’t see why it wouldn’t freeze ok!
6. Nutrition per serving, this is quite a generous serving (about 2 packed cups, and it’s dense so very filling!). Every cup of cheese adds 100 calories per serving, so if you want to cut back on calories, halve the cheese (don’t skip completely!).

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Laura J. Boss

Meet Laura J. Boss, a passionate blogger and cooking enthusiast who loves to experiment with different recipes and cuisines from around the world. Born and raised in a small town, I grew up watching my mother cook and developed a keen interest in the art of cooking from an early age.After completing my education, I decided to pursue my passion for cooking and started my own food blog. My blog features a wide range of recipes, from traditional family favorites to fusion dishes that I have created myself. My blog has gained a huge following, with many of my readers trying out my recipes and sharing their own cooking experiences.When I am not cooking up a storm in the kitchen, I enjoy traveling and exploring new cultures. I believe that food is an important part of every culture, and love to learn about new ingredients and cooking techniques from around the world.Through my blog, I aim to inspire and encourage others to cook and experiment with different flavors and ingredients. I believe that cooking is not just about making delicious meals, but also about sharing love and creating memories with family and friends.Whether you are a beginner or an experienced cook, my blog has something for everyone. So why not give my recipes a try and discover the joy of cooking for yourself?