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fiesta casserole

(2 ratings)
Blue Ribbon Recipe by
mary hendricks
conyers, GA

This can be made with ground beef, ground chicken, or turkey. Great served with your favorite chips, tortillas, or Fritos (my kids' fave).

Blue Ribbon Recipe

We love casserole recipes because dinner can be made in a snap. Whether you eat this with a fork or tortilla chips, you'll be in for a treat. It's easy to prepare and is layered with rice, meat, salsa, and cheesy goodness. We thought it had just the right amount of heat, but you can easily adjust that by adding a hotter (or more mild) salsa. Very versatile, this will make its way into your weekly dinner rotation.

— The Test Kitchen @kitchencrew
(2 ratings)
yield 6 serving(s)
prep time 20 Min
cook time 30 Min
method Bake

Ingredients For fiesta casserole

  • 1 -1 1/2 lb
    ground meat (your choice)
  • 2 pkg
    chicken rice (Knorr is what I use. Flavor is spot on.)
  • 1 can
    Rotel tomatoes (I use green chili though some like it hotter.)
  • 1 jar
    Ragu cheese sauce (by the spaghetti sauces in the store. It's the orange one.)
  • 1 jar
  • 1 pkg
    taco seasoning

How To Make fiesta casserole

  • Rice cooking in a saucepan.
    Cook rice as directed on packages.
  • Browned meat, taco spices, and Rotel tomatoes simmering in a skillet.
    Brown meat and add taco spice. (I make my own with coriander, cumin, garlic, onion, chili pepper, pepper, salt. ) Pre-pack is fine. Add Rotel tomatoes. Simmer for 4 minutes.
  • Rice poured into a baking dish.
    Spread rice in 9 x 13 dish.
  • Meat added to the baking dish.
    Top with meat.
  • Salsa spread on top of the meat mixture.
    Top with salsa. Any kind is fine; my kids tend to like it with the peach or the sweeter type salsa as the Rotel tomatoes have a bite.
  • Cheese sauce poured into the baking dish.
    Top with Ragu cheese sauce.
  • Fiesta Casserole baking in the oven.
    Bake for 30 minutes at 350.
  • Inside layers of the Fiesta Casserole.
    Pull from oven and allow to rest for at least 15 minutes, Get your chips and DIG IN!