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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

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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 (69)
Gluten-free (5)
Paleo (4)
Vegetarian (21)

Most Helpful

I made this in the instant pot instead of the oven! Sautéed the veggies first, then instead of putting it in the oven I put it on high pressure for 12 minutes and did a quick release. It was perfect!

By: Caitlin
Posted: May 22, 2022
Diet: Vegetarian
1 Helpful

48 reviews

It was pretty good, but I’d have rather just left the rice out and made tacos. Maybe if I had melted the cheese on top of the casserole it would have made it more casserole-y and less like I could have just done the whole thing on the stovetop. We’ll definitely finish the leftovers because the flavours are all good, but won’t make again.

By: Teresa
Posted: Jun 28, 2022
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

Very good and very easy. I will make this again

By: Kimberly
Posted: Jun 23, 2022
Diet: Vegetarian
0 Helpful

This was very yummy and I liked the option of versatile toppings. I added a can of pinto beans to the original, as well as fresh garlic to the veggie sauté. One challenge was that using the spice proportions as written made the dish too spicy for my spice sensitive family members, so I would use less chile powder and adobo sauce next time if anyone is spice sensitive. I have a higher spice tolerance and enjoyed the ratios as written.

By: Maggie
Posted: Jun 15, 2022
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

Delicious and relatively quick and easy. We will be making taco salads all weekend with these ingredients and fresh greens from our garden. Yum!

By: Sara
Posted: May 28, 2022
Diet: Paleo
0 Helpful

A big winner with the kids. As always, didn't add chili powder for fear the kids would think it is too spicy.

By: Namrita
Posted: May 27, 2022
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

I made this in the instant pot instead of the oven! Sautéed the veggies first, then instead of putting it in the oven I put it on high pressure for 12 minutes and did a quick release. It was perfect!

By: Caitlin
Posted: May 22, 2022
Diet: Vegetarian
1 Helpful