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Nutritional Info
  • Servings Per Recipe: 6
  • Amount Per Serving
  • Calories: 324.8
  • Total Fat: 14.1 g
  • Cholesterol: 71.3 mg
  • Sodium: 349.9 mg
  • Total Carbs: 22.1 g
  • Dietary Fiber: 3.5 g
  • Protein: 26.9 g

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One-Skillet Mexican Beef & Rice Casserole

Submitted by: SPARK_RECIPES
One-Skillet Mexican Beef & Rice Casserole

Introduction

All the flavor of tacos, with far fewer dishes to wash! (And dinner will be ready in just 20 minutes.) All the flavor of tacos, with far fewer dishes to wash! (And dinner will be ready in just 20 minutes.)
Number of Servings: 6

Ingredients

    1 teaspoon canola oil
    1 large white or yellow onion, chopped
    1 pound extra lean ground beef or turkey
    1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
    1 teaspoon chili powder
    1/2 teaspoon paprika
    2 cups prepared brown rice
    1 cup salsa
    1 (10-ounce) package fresh spinach
    1/2 cup shredded low-fat Cheddar cheese

Tips

Top with plain Greek yogurt or chopped avocado, if desired.


Directions

Place a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the oil, then the onion. Cook for three minutes, until the onions start to soften.
Add the meat and the spices and cook until the meat is no longer pink, about 10 minutes. Use the back of a spoon to break up the meat as it cooks.
Stir in the rice and salsa, then reduce heat to medium and place the spinach on top. Cover and cook for two minutes, until the spinach has wilted. Stir in the cheese and serve.


About 1 1/4 cups per portion.


Created by SparkRecipes.com editor Stepfanie Romine
Photos by Whitmeyer Photography







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  • 17 of 19 people found this review helpful
    Coraline01, just cook your brown rice as usual, then proceed with the rest of this recipe. It's not rocket science.
    This is a sponsored recipe using the sponsors product. It's what helps keep SP free, so I am all for these sponsored recipes - 2/22/13

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  • Incredible!
    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
    I thought this was really good and super easy! I had browned the beef previously and frozen it so I just thawed it in the fridge the night before and then heated it. I didn't have Ready Rice so I used frozen rice from Whole Foods. I heated that up in the microwave and added it. Enjoyed it a lot! - 2/18/13

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  • Very Good
    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
    What a great idea to add spinach! We added black beans because we wanted more fiber in this recipe. We also added a lot more cumin, paprika, and chili powder because we like stronger flavors! Thanks for sharing! - 4/21/13

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  • 5 of 5 people found this review helpful
    Thanks "A New Jan" for saying what I've been thinking. If you don't like sponsors' products, use your imagination. Better yet, find a different source for your recipes & spare the rest of us your rants. I avoid pre-packaged foods, too, but if the recipe sounds good, I find a way to work around it. - 2/22/13

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  • Very Good
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    Very good! I used regular brown rice cooked separately in rice cooker. I plan to try using ground venison next time. The lower fat and sodium count will enable a little larger serving size. Bet it would be good with rotel tomatoes instead of salsa.
    - 2/26/13

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  • 1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    I cook my whole grain brown rice in my rice cooker in advance, then portion it out so that it is enough for my large family and freeze it. All I have to do is thaw it or put it in the microwave for a couple of minutes and it is ready to go. - 2/25/13

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  • 1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    Great - Loved it even with the turkey option which is a departure for me! Need more of these. - 2/23/13

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  • 1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    I used my own recipe for brown rice and than followed the rest of SP recipe....came out great tx sp.... - 2/22/13

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  • 1 of 27 people found this review helpful
    why does everything have to have over-processed over-salted pre-packed pre-made food? how would you prepare this using RICE? not chemicals in a bag. - 2/22/13

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  • 1 of 8 people found this review helpful
    I will be making this. Thanks! : ) - 2/3/13

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  • Incredible!
    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
    good! - 1/30/13

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  • There was too much onion in it for my tastes. The next time I make this I'll cut back on the onion and try adding something like mushrooms instead. - 3/22/14

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  • I couldn't resist commenting! This recipe looks wonderful, and I will make it this weekend. I do not understand the comments about packaged rice. The recipe calls for "prepared rice", which tells me it is rice I cooked up ahead of time. No where does it say use pre-made rice! - 1/16/14

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  • This was really good,very easy to make! - 12/11/13

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  • I used instant brown rice, doubled the spices, and added a half cup more salsa. However, I did not get a full 6 servings, more like 4 1/2 (two nights of dinner for two, plus one lunch). - 8/25/13

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  • This was wonderful. Thanks for sharing the recipe! - 4/26/13

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  • A delicious, quick, & easy recipe! - 4/17/13

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  • NICE - 2/28/13

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  • I doubled all the spices, and added 1 tsp diced garlic with the onion, 1 tsp black pepper, and 1 tsp cayenne pepper. I also used my own precooked brown rice. Only managed to fit in half the spinach in my skillet.

    Overall: Pretty tasty, very easy. - 2/25/13

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  • Superb! I used only half the amount of spices, because my husband prefers lightly seasoned food. Then I added more of each to my own plate. - 2/25/13

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  • I don't have Uncle Ben's ready rice, so I pre-cooked a cup of brown rice. I figured I lowered the sodium some with my substitution. I added a tsp of garlic flakes too. It was a tasty dish and I'll make it again. Erik liked it too. - 2/25/13

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  • What a great recipe and so simple. Very filling!!! - 2/24/13

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  • The family loved this one. We substituted basmati rice for brown as I'm the only one who eats brown rice. It was seconds all round for this tasty mexican dish. Definitely making this one again. - 2/24/13

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  • Excellent family meal and quick to cook even without the packet rice - 2/23/13

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  • also good with whole grain orzo - 2/22/13

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