Beef Enchilada Rice Casserole

This flavorful casserole is made with ground beef and bell pepper mixture, spices, homemade enchilada sauce, and topped with lots of cheese.

Course dinner, Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword beef casserole, casserole, rice casserole
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 55 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 588 kcal


  • 2 tbsp canola oil
  • 1 yellow onion
  • 2 bell peppers
  • 3 tomatoes on a vine
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 1 lb ground beef 85/15%
  • 1/2 tbsp chipotle chili powder
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 chili in adobo sauce
  • 1 tbsp adobo sauce from the peppers
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • salt
  • 8 oz can tomato sauce
  • 2 cups beef stock hot
  • 1 cup long grain white rice
  • 2 1/2 cups shredded Mexican cheese mix
US Customary - Metric


  1. Preheat the oven to 350° and lightly grease a 9×13 casserole dish. (This casserole can actually be cooked right in the 12-inch skillet that you use to cook beef and vegetables or in a separate 9×13 casserole dish.)

  2. Slice onions and bell peppers and saute until softened. Add tomatoes and garlic and saute until garlic is fragrant.

  3. Take vegetables out of the pan, and set aside. Saute ground beef in the same pan as the vegetables, breaking up all the clumps until beef is browned.

  4. Mix cooked vegetables back into the beef.

  5. Add spices, diced chili in adobo sauce, tomato sauce, salt, and sugar. Mix well, pour in hot beef stock, and add rice. Stir everything until evenly incorporated. You can cook beef and rice mixture right in the skillet or transfer it into a casserole dish at this point.

  6. Cover the skillet tightly (or the casserole dish) with a sheet of aluminum foil and bake for about 40 minutes. (Note: if using different rice, bake time could be a few minutes more or less.)

  7. Take the skillet out of the oven and take off the foil. Sprinkle cheese evenly over the top of the casserole and bake for another 5-7 minutes.

Recipe Notes

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Nutrition Facts
Beef Enchilada Rice Casserole
Amount Per Serving
Calories 588 Calories from Fat 315
% Daily Value*
Fat 35g54%
Saturated Fat 14g88%
Cholesterol 98mg33%
Sodium 1295mg56%
Potassium 863mg25%
Carbohydrates 39g13%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 8g9%
Protein 30g60%
Vitamin A 2620IU52%
Vitamin C 64mg78%
Calcium 373mg37%
Iron 4mg22%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.