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Tex Mex Rice Casserole with Ground Turkey
and tomatoes / cheese / Romaine

Active: 30 Total: 50

Treat this casserole as the one-pan base for burrito bowls. Add your favorite fresh taco / burrito bowl toppings to give the dish fresh flavor and color after cooking.
Smarts: Feel free to cook the casserole right inside an oven-safe pan or transfer it to a casserole dish and cover tightly before baking. 

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Ingredients

Metric
Servings:
4
Tex Mex Spice Blend:
  • Chili powder - 2 tsp
  • Cumin, ground - 1 tsp
  • Coriander, ground - 1 tsp
  • Garlic powder - 1/2 tsp
  • Oregano, dried - 1/2 tsp
  • Black pepper - 1/2 tsp
  • Salt - 1/2 tsp
Rice and Ground Turkey Casserole:
  • Onions, medium - 1, diced
  • Bell peppers, green - 1, diced
  • Lettuce, romaine - 1 heart, chopped
  • Cilantro leaves - 1/4 cup
  • Tomatoes, medium - 1, chopped
  • Oil, cooking - 1 Tbsp
  • Turkey, ground - 1 lb
  • Vinegar, red or white wine - 2 tsp
  • Stock, any type - 2 1/2 cups
  • Rice, uncooked white - 1 cup (use long grain rice for best results)
  • Adobo sauce - 2 tsp (from a can of chipotles in adobo)
  • Cheese, cheddar - 4 oz, grated (sub Mexican blend)
  • Salsa - for serving
  • Sour cream - for serving

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Prep

  1. Make spice blend - (If prepping right before cooking get oven heating first.) Combine chili powder, cumin, coriander, garlic powder, dried oregano, black pepper, and salt. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)

  2. Onions / Bell peppers - Prep as directed and combine. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)

  3. Romaine / Cilantro / Tomatoes - Prep as directed.

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Make

  1. Heat oven to 400F / 204C.

  2. Heat a Dutch oven or large oven-safe skillet with oil over medium heat. Add onions and bell peppers with some salt. Saute until tender, 5 to 6 minutes.

  3. Add turkey and saute, breaking it apart, until turkey is just cooked through, 5 to 7 minutes.

  4. Add spice blend and vinegar to turkey and saute until the turkey is well-coated, 1 to 2 minutes more.

  5. Slowly pour stock into the pan, scraping up any browned bits on the bottom of the pan. Bring to a simmer.

  6. When stock is simmering, stir in rice and adobo sauce.

  7. Cover with a lid and transfer to the oven. Bake, covered, until rice absorbs liquid and turkey is cooked through, 18 to 20 minutes.

  8. Serve rice casserole in bowls and set out toppings to add at the table - cheese, salsa, sour cream, romaine, cilantro, and tomatoes.

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Reviews

Ratings

Original (60)
Gluten-free (5)
Paleo (3)
Vegetarian (17)

Most Helpful

I love rice, I love beans, but I did not love this. I am being generous with the rating because I took a LOT of liberties with this recipe to make it more to my taste - cooked on stovetop, used brown rice, made vegan nacho cheese, added veggie mince. In the end, I'd still just rather have a burrito. Definitely do not skimp on the toppings if you try it!

By: Brittany
Posted: May 02, 2022
Diet: Vegetarian
1 Helpful

42 reviews

I enjoyed this! I added a can of black beans and switched to brown rice, so I ended up baking this for more like 40 min and that worked well. I’ll definitely make this again, but might add more adobo sauce next time.

By: Melissa
Posted: May 19, 2022
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

Good, nothing amazing but a tasty easy meal.

By: Megan
Posted: May 18, 2022
Diet: Vegetarian
0 Helpful

This was really good! If you make this with brown rice, though, you'll need to bake it for 40 mins or so. Added some cayenne pepper for extra spice!

By: Audra
Posted: May 18, 2022
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

I absolutely loved this! The adobo gave it just the right amount of spice and topping it with the lettuce and tomatoes made it taste so fresh

By: Lisa
Posted: May 16, 2022
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

My 4 year old said “this is so good!” We are meat eaters but I made the vegetarian version and left out the adobo to be kid friendly. Also kept the peppers raw and used as a topping. Definitely a make again meal in my house.

By: Lindsey
Posted: May 15, 2022
Diet: Vegetarian
0 Helpful

Fast and easy to customize. Adobo was a nice touch.

By: Nancy
Posted: May 13, 2022
Diet: Original
0 Helpful