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Grandma's Rice Dish Recipe

Grandma's Rice Dish Recipe

My grandmother often made this casserole when I was young. I forgot about it until I found myself one day adding the same ingredients to leftover rice. The memories came flooding back, and I've made this recipe regularly since then. —Lorna Moore, Glendora, California
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 15 min. YIELD:4 servings


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1/3 cup chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup chopped green pepper
  • 2 cups cooked long grain rice
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 can (11 ounces) whole kernel corn, drained
  • 1 can (2-1/4 ounces) sliced ripe olives, drained
  • 6 bacon strips, cooked and crumbled
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1-1/2 cups (6 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese, divided
  • 1/2 cup dry bread crumbs
  • 1 tablespoon butter, melted


  • 1. Preheat oven to 350°. In a large skillet, cook beef, onion and green pepper over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain.
  • 2. Stir in rice, tomatoes, corn, olives, bacon and seasonings; heat through. Stir in 1 cup cheese until melted.
  • 3. Transfer to a greased 11x7-in. baking dish. Sprinkle with remaining cheese. Toss bread crumbs with butter; sprinkle over top.
  • 4. Bake, uncovered, 15-20 minutes or until cheese is melted. Yield: 4 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1-1/2 cup: 719 calories, 37g fat (18g saturated fat), 136mg cholesterol, 1397mg sodium, 52g carbohydrate (9g sugars, 5g fiber), 41g protein.

Reviews for Grandma's Rice Dish

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greatmom4girls User ID: 5619118 253728
Reviewed Sep. 5, 2016

"I changed out taco seasoning for chili powder to taste. I changed out tomatoes and juice for a can of tomato sauce, because my kid doesn't like cooked chunky tomatoes. It was a delicious meal, despite the changes!!!"

Cook_aholic User ID: 797539 245691
Reviewed Mar. 20, 2016

"Oddly enough, I used Grandma's rice dish as the bottom of my protein bowls. It was very easy to lower the salt content by not adding salt or olives. I left out the bread crumbs but I still think this is a very versatile dish and should give people lots of ideas about ways to use it."

Mrsbates99 User ID: 7815773 81583
Reviewed May. 22, 2014

"This was horrible. The bread crumbs made it that much worse. Don't waste the ingredients like I did."

Sillyman1 User ID: 1306631 33915
Reviewed May. 10, 2014

"I love this recipe. It is a good family favorite. I generally add 1 can of rinsed canned black beans to the mix. It is delicious! It tastes like the dishes that I was served in Brazil."

toolbarsco User ID: 6725667 81582
Reviewed Apr. 2, 2014

"This recipe was okay but lacked that wow factor. I did not top with the bread crumbs and butter but I like the idea from Texas Cookie of using a cracker crumb topping. I used fresh tomatoes as a topping because my family loves them."

TexasCookie User ID: 4277703 37636
Reviewed Jan. 13, 2012

"Extremely tasty comfort food. We used extra sharp cheese and a cracker crumb top but otherwise stuck to the recipe. For those who prefer something spicier I would suggest a little more chili powder or perhaps some Ro*tel tomatoes instead of the plain ones called for; it would be an easy fix."

devilgrrl User ID: 5356323 57215
Reviewed Feb. 1, 2011

"This is pretty good but nothing i'd make too often. A little bit bland."

gillettcookie User ID: 3422974 82047
Reviewed Jan. 18, 2010

"It was a good recipe for something different. I love the "all-in-one" idea that it has veggies and starch and meat in one dish. But it's not something that I would keep making on a weekly basis. Was good, even though I didn't have the peppers or bacon. Thanks!"

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