Gaucho Casserole Recipe
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Gaucho Casserole Recipe

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"When our daughters graduated from college, my husband and I made recipe books for their closest friends," says Dianne Hennis of King George, Virginia. "This dish was a big hit."
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES:8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES: 8 servings


  • 1 pound lean ground beef (90% lean)
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 small green pepper, chopped
  • 1 can (16 ounces) kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 envelope reduced-sodium taco seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1-1/3 cups uncooked instant rice
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded reduced-fat Mexican cheese blend

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 304 calories, 9g fat (4g saturated fat), 31mg cholesterol, 670mg sodium, 49g carbohydrate (0g sugars, 7g fiber), 22g protein Diabetic Exchanges:2 starch, 2 lean meat 1 vegetable 1/2 fat


  1. Crumble the beef into an ungreased 2-1/2-qt. microwave-safe dish. Add onion and green pepper. Cover and microwave on high for 4-1/2 minutes or until meat is no longer pink, stirring every 2 minutes; drain.
  2. Stir in the beans, tomatoes, tomato sauce, water, taco seasoning and chili powder. Cover and microwave on high for 3-1/2 to 4-1/2 minutes or until bubbly, stirring every 2 minutes. Stir in rice.
  3. Transfer to a shallow 2-1/2-qt. microwave-safe dish coated with cooking spray. Cover and let stand for 6-8 minutes or until liquid is absorbed. Sprinkle with cheese. Cover and microwave on high for another minute or until cheese is melted. Yield: 8 servings.
Editor's Note: This recipe was tested in a 1,100-watt microwave.
Originally published as Gaucho Casserole in Light & Tasty October/November 2002, p65

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Reviewed Mar. 24, 2015

"I prepared this delicious casserole last night and we loved it. It is super simple (cooks entirely in the microwave) and is delicious. I used instant brown rice and pinto beans instead of kidney beans. Absolutely delicious. We will have this again. I highly recommend this recipe as a volunteer field editor for Taste of Home."

Reviewed Dec. 28, 2013

"Made this on the stove top instead of the microwave. Used black and pinto beans since that is what I had in the cupboard. Made it twice and the whole family loved it and asked for it again. They call it the homemade hamburger helper dish."

Reviewed Feb. 17, 2013

"This was a solid recipe that my husband and I liked. I did all steps in a skillet on the stove top."

Reviewed May. 25, 2012

"It was tasty, but I had to use more H2O and then had to bake it for 30 mins to allow the rice to cook. I also used pinto beans instead of kidney beans."

Reviewed Feb. 17, 2012

"Quick, Easy, Delicious"

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