Hearty Taco Casserole Recipe
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Hearty Taco Casserole Recipe

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When I didn't have time to prepare homemade tortillas one night, I used the dough to make the crust of this dish instead. Topped with taco fixings, it was an instant hit.—Krista Frank, Rhododendron, Oregon
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 35 min.
MAKES:8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 35 min.
MAKES: 8 servings


  • 2/3 cup uncooked brown rice
  • 1-1/3 cups plus 4 to 5 tablespoons water, divided
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons cold butter
  • 1/2 pound lean ground beef (90% lean)
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup chopped green pepper
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 envelope taco seasoning
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh cilantro
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded reduced-fat cheddar cheese
  • 2 cups shredded lettuce
  • 2 medium tomatoes, chopped
  • 3/4 cup salsa
  • 1/2 cup fat-free sour cream

Nutritional Facts

1 piece: 284 calories, 10g fat (5g saturated fat), 87mg cholesterol, 764mg sodium, 33g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 3g fiber), 15g protein Diabetic Exchanges: 2 starch, 1 lean meat, 1 vegetable, 1 fat.


  1. In a small saucepan, bring rice and 1-1/3 cups water to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 30-35 minutes or until rice is tender and water is absorbed.
  2. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, combine flour, baking powder and salt; cut in butter until crumbly. Stir in enough remaining water to form a soft dough. On a floured surface, roll dough into a 12-in. x 8-in. rectangle. Press into a 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish coated with cooking spray. Bake at 400° for 13-15 minutes or until very lightly browned.
  3. For filling, in a large nonstick skillet, cook the beef, onion, green pepper and garlic over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain. Add water, taco seasoning and cooked rice. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 2-3 minutes or until thickened. Remove from the heat. Stir in eggs and cilantro. Spread over crust.
  4. Cover and bake for 15-17 minutes or until filling is set. Cut into squares. Top with cheese, lettuce and tomatoes. Serve with salsa and sour cream. Yield: 8 servings.
Originally published as Hearty Taco Casserole in Light & Tasty August/September 2005, p17

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homemadewithlove 244039
Reviewed Feb. 18, 2016

"First time i made I also thought it somewhat bland. Second time I made I added more spices and used gluten free flour for hubby - overall good dish."

basketmom15 124848
Reviewed Nov. 15, 2012

"seemed a little dry and didn't have much flavor. might try adding some salsa before I back it."

euge1 145230
Reviewed Jul. 13, 2012 Edited Feb. 21, 2014

"7 points ww for 6 servings i used this taco seasoning mix Ingredients1 tablespoon chili powder1/4 teaspoon garlic powder1/4 teaspoon onion powder1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes1/4 teaspoon dried oregano1/2 teaspoon paprika1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin1 teaspoon sea salt1 teaspoon black pepperDirectionsIn a small bowl, mix together chili powder, garlic powder, onion powder, red pepper flakes, oregano, paprika, cumin, salt and pepper. Store in an airtight container."

craftymommajess 115785
Reviewed Jan. 6, 2011

"One of my go-to recipes!!"

kgraves_gd 206569
Reviewed Mar. 28, 2010

"I used the idea of a previous poster and made this with the refrigerated low-fat biscuits. Turned out great!"

euge1 125231
Reviewed Mar. 25, 2010 Edited Feb. 21, 2014

"i loved this but used the homemade taco seasoning on this site but i omitted the salt in place of the taco seasoning mix,,,,ummmm"

euge1 139880
Reviewed Oct. 19, 2009 Edited Feb. 21, 2014

"i meant to hit 5 stars for this recipe"

euge1 139879
Reviewed Oct. 19, 2009 Edited Feb. 21, 2014

"love love love this recipe i forgot what magazine this was in, i have made it b4 and loved it. i have tons of light and tasty magazines and got tired of looking for it ...HIGHLY RECCOMENDED"

mjlouk 139878
Reviewed Jul. 12, 2009

"It would be a whole lot easier to just use low fat crescent roll dough for the crust. Rolling it out was a pain. But the casserole tasted great - I added black beans and some canned tomatoes that I had left over from a previous meal. Really good!"

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