Fiesta Casserole

mary hendricks


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

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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. Test Kitchen Avatar The Test Kitchen


★★★★★ 2 votes

20 Min
30 Min


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

How to Make Fiesta Casserole


  1. Cook rice as directed on packages.
  2. 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.
  3. Spread rice in 9 x 13 dish.
  4. Top with meat.
  5. 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.
  6. Top with Ragu cheese sauce.
  7. Bake for 30 minutes at 350.
  8. Pull from oven and allow to rest for at least 15 minutes, Get your chips and DIG IN!

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About Fiesta Casserole

Course/Dish: Beef Casseroles
Main Ingredient: Beef
Regional Style: Mexican
Other Tag: Quick & Easy

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