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Hearty Taco Casserole

 Hearty Taco Casserole
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
8 ServingsPrep: 30 min. Bake: 35 min.

Ingredients

  • 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
  • FILLING:
  • 1/2 pound ground beef
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  • 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

Directions

  • 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

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Hearty Taco Casserole (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • tender and water is absorbed.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving equals 284 calories, 10 g fat (5 g saturated fat), 87 mg cholesterol, 764 mg sodium, 34 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 16 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 starch, 1 lean meat, 1 vegetable, 1 fat.