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Grandma's Rice Dish Recipe
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Grandma's Rice Dish Recipe

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

Nutritional Facts

1-1/2 cups equals 719 calories, 37 g fat (18 g saturated fat), 136 mg cholesterol, 1,397 mg sodium, 52 g carbohydrate, 5 g fiber, 41 g protein.


  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.
Originally published as Grandma's Rice Dish in Quick Cooking November/December 2001, p64

Nutritional Facts

1-1/2 cups equals 719 calories, 37 g fat (18 g saturated fat), 136 mg cholesterol, 1,397 mg sodium, 52 g carbohydrate, 5 g fiber, 41 g protein.

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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.

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.

Reviewed Feb. 1, 2011

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

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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