Zippy Beef Bake Recipe
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Zippy Beef Bake Recipe

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"With its south-of-the-border flavor, this hearty one-dish meal is a family favorite," says Gay Kelley of Tucson, Arizona. "In fact, we like it so much we have it about once a week!"
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 20 min.
MAKES:4 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 20 min.
MAKES: 4 servings


  • 3/4 pound ground beef
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 2 medium zucchini, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 pound sliced fresh mushrooms, sliced
  • 2 tablespoons sliced green onions
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1-1/2 cups cooked rice
  • 1 can (4 ounces) chopped green chilies
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese, divided

Nutritional Facts

1/4 each: 462 calories, 27g fat (15g saturated fat), 109mg cholesterol, 944mg sodium, 23g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 2g fiber), 29g protein.


  1. In a large skillet, cook beef over medium heat until no longer pink; drain. Add the butter, zucchini, mushrooms and onions; cook and stir until vegetables are tender. Drain. Stir in the chili powder, salt and garlic powder. Add the rice, chilies, sour cream and half of the cheese.
  2. Transfer to a greased 2-qt. baking dish; sprinkle with remaining cheese. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 20-22 minutes or until cheese is melted. Yield: 4 servings.
Originally published as Zippy Beef Bake in Quick Cooking July/August 1998, p43

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LKimK77 User ID: 4952226 53136
Reviewed Dec. 1, 2014

"Love this recipe !! I use yellow, green, and mexican squash in this. Love it with a wild rice mix also, if you want more spice use hot chilis & papper jack cheese. The left overs re-heat wonderful."

bell5429 User ID: 7427943 63380
Reviewed Mar. 14, 2014

"I like this dish a lot. Any thing with green chillis in it is for me."

sgronholz User ID: 1473861 52297
Reviewed Aug. 14, 2013 Edited Nov. 18, 2013

"My husband and I really enjoyed this casserole. I'll definitely be making it again and will be sharing the recipe with my zucchini-loving friends!"

alicecooper User ID: 3445432 82649
Reviewed Aug. 3, 2013

"Tasty, the zucchini and mushrooms offer an unexpected flavor."

jrshimek User ID: 3796423 55252
Reviewed Jul. 27, 2012

"This is a favorite recipe. I go back to it regularly and there's never any leftovers!"

acooley1 User ID: 62623 23685
Reviewed Feb. 6, 2012

"Made this last night for supper and hubby really loved it. I liked the texture better before I put it in the oven to bake- the sour cream was all sucked up by the rice by the time it came out and the creamy texture wasn't there. However, I have to say we both liked it and hubby has already said, "I hope you'll make this again cause I really liked it.""

villanova User ID: 2025045 62989
Reviewed Mar. 1, 2010

"Very good, but a little bland. I might add some more spice to it next time."

b11b11 User ID: 4020557 23964
Reviewed Sep. 1, 2009

"Love this receipe my husband wants me to double for this weekend, great taste, yummy with zucchini from out garden."

sarahrocks66 User ID: 2983570 47956
Reviewed Aug. 25, 2009

"I made this recipe with yellow squash rather than zucchini.  I also omitted the chilis and used a slightly spicy Jambalaya Rice Mix for the rice.  I used plain cheddar cheese as well.  I also used ground turkey.  This dish seems very versitile as I substituted a lot of the ingrdients to fit my pantry."

sarahrocks66 User ID: 2983570 22714
Reviewed Aug. 25, 2009

"Does anyone know if the zucchini could be substituted with yellow squash?"

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