Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Cheesy Rice Casserole

This rice dish is a huge hit around my house!! Everyone loves it and it can feed a ton of people or you can have leftovers the next day for lunch!! It is so easy and you can change it up to add whatever you like in it. I make mine with ground beef, but you can certainly use ground turkey, chicken or even sausage. Or if you don't like meat just use veggies!!
1 lb ground beef
2 cups long grain rice
1/2 cup chopped red and green bell pepper
1/2 of a medium sized onion, chopped
1/2 cup cilantro, chopped
1 14.5 oz can broth (beef, chicken or veggie)
2 cups water
3-4 dashes hot sauce (I like Franks)
1 1/2 cups cheese (Cheddar, jack, colby, pepper jack or any kind you like)
1 small can green chile's (optional)
juice of 1/2 of a lime
1-1 1/2 tsp salt to flavor

Here are all the things I used in mine today. Fresh tomatoes, red and green bell peppers, onions, cilantro, green chile's, lime juice, rice and cheese!! You'll want to chop up your veggies and cilantro before you start cooking!!

Brown you ground beef.

Just like that...now add in the veggies...except the cilantro!!

Now add the rice and 'fry' it all together for about 5 minutes stirring constantly.

It should look like this.

Now add all the liquids, including the water, broth and hot sauce. Then add the cilantro. Cover and let it come up to a boil. Reduce heat to low and let cook for 20-25 minutes until rice is completely cooked. Now spread cheese over the top and let melt for about 5 minutes.

Doesn't that look good!!! Serve to all your hungry people waiting for a delicious meal!

You can garnish with cilantro, avocado, sour cream, jalapenos, or anything else you feel like throwing on there!!

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