One-Pot Mexican Rice Casserole

This Mexican-inspired One-Pot Rice and Beans Casserole includes lots of veggies and is baked with an ooey-gooey cheese topping for a crowd-pleasing dish.

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Cooking time
PREP TIME 25 mins
Cooking time
COOK TIME 25 mins
Servings
SERVES 4
Ready in
TOTAL TIME 50 mins

Ingredients

  • 1 bag Success® White Rice
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 small eggplant, diced
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 2 cups tomatoes, chopped
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 can (19 oz) pinto beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup frozen corn
  • 1/2 cup vegetable broth
  • 2 cups Monterey Jack cheese, shredded

Instructions

  • This gooey vegetarian dish – packed with a medley of vegetables, hearty beans, and fluffy Success® White Rice –  does not disappoint; topped with mouthwatering melted cheese, our One-Pot Rice and Beans Casserole is both flavorful and filling.

    Step 1

  • Prepare rice according to package directions.

    Step 2

  • Preheat oven to 425°F. Meanwhile, heat oil in large ovenproof skillet set over medium heat; add eggplant, bell pepper, onion, garlic and chili powder, and cook for 5 to 7 mins or until vegetables start to soften. Season with salt and black pepper.

    Step 3

  • Stir in tomatoes and tomato paste; cook for 2 mins. Stir in beans, corn and broth; bring to boil. Stir in rice; sprinkle with cheese. Bake for 6 to 9 mins or until cheese is melted and bubbly.

    Pro Tips

    Sprinkle with cilantro before serving.

    Substitute aged Cheddar or shredded Tex-Mex cheese blend for Monterey Jack cheese if preferred.

Foolproof, Ovenproof Skillets

When the temperatures drop, nothing is better than Homemade Warm and Hearty Comfort Dishes! In order to ensure your meal goes off without a hitch, make sure that your skillet is truly ovenproof. You’ll need to set the oven to 425°F,  so you’ll want to double-check how much heat your skillet can withstand.

Flip over the pan — generally cast iron, stainless steel, copper, aluminum, or ceramic —  and check for an oven symbol and a temperature typically varying from 350°F to 500°F. Once you’re equipped with the right pot, there’s no limit when it comes to Casseroles and Oven-Baked Rice Dishes!

Red Hot Chili Powder

Moderately spicy, chili powder will add a kick to your dish without being overwhelming. Though there is cayenne pepper, this seasoning mostly consists of oregano, onion powder, cumin and paprika. Therefore, cayenne powder should not be used as a substitute or you’ll end up with a dish that lacks flavor complexity but is 8 times hotter.

If you have all those spices in your spice rack, you can make your own chili mixture. Otherwise, taco seasoning will do in a pinch: it’s a great Ingredient Substitution to Have on Hand!

Mexican-Inspired Meals

Mexican-inspired cuisine is always in season, no matter if it’s el Día de los Muertos, Cinco de Mayo, or Taco Tuesday! Whether you’re looking to make a weekday dinner or a medley of meals for a big get-together, there’s no shortage of options!

Appetizers: Get the party started with some hearty Chili Rice Lettuce Cups.

Soups: Yet another comfort food favorite, this heartwarming Tortilla Rice Soup has tons of juicy chicken, fresh veggies, and zesty lime juice!

– Desserts: An iconic sweet treat, this Creamy Rice Pudding isn’t just a common dessert south of the border for no reason!

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