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Gaucho Casserole Recipe

Gaucho Casserole Recipe

"When our daughters graduated from college, my husband and I made recipe books for their closest friends," says Dianne Hennis of King George, Virginia. "This dish was a big hit."
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min. YIELD:8 servings


  • 1 pound lean ground beef (90% lean)
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 small green pepper, chopped
  • 1 can (16 ounces) kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 envelope reduced-sodium taco seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1-1/3 cups uncooked instant rice
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded reduced-fat Mexican cheese blend


  • 1. Crumble the beef into an ungreased 2-1/2-qt. microwave-safe dish. Add onion and green pepper. Cover and microwave on high for 4-1/2 minutes or until meat is no longer pink, stirring every 2 minutes; drain.
  • 2. Stir in the beans, tomatoes, tomato sauce, water, taco seasoning and chili powder. Cover and microwave on high for 3-1/2 to 4-1/2 minutes or until bubbly, stirring every 2 minutes. Stir in rice.
  • 3. Transfer to a shallow 2-1/2-qt. microwave-safe dish coated with cooking spray. Cover and let stand for 6-8 minutes or until liquid is absorbed. Sprinkle with cheese. Cover and microwave on high for another minute or until cheese is melted. Yield: 8 servings.
Editor's Note: This recipe was tested in a 1,100-watt microwave.

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 304 calories, 9g fat (4g saturated fat), 31mg cholesterol, 670mg sodium, 49g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 7g fiber), 22g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 starch, 2 lean meat, 1 vegetable, 1/2 fat.

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MarineMom_texas User ID: 31788 223449
Reviewed Mar. 24, 2015

"I prepared this delicious casserole last night and we loved it. It is super simple (cooks entirely in the microwave) and is delicious. I used instant brown rice and pinto beans instead of kidney beans. Absolutely delicious. We will have this again. I highly recommend this recipe as a volunteer field editor for Taste of Home."

[email protected] User ID: 92755 81375
Reviewed Dec. 28, 2013

"Made this on the stove top instead of the microwave. Used black and pinto beans since that is what I had in the cupboard. Made it twice and the whole family loved it and asked for it again. They call it the homemade hamburger helper dish."

mehalv User ID: 4612167 88104
Reviewed Feb. 17, 2013

"This was a solid recipe that my husband and I liked. I did all steps in a skillet on the stove top."

Fairy1004 User ID: 6525547 59228
Reviewed May. 25, 2012

"It was tasty, but I had to use more H2O and then had to bake it for 30 mins to allow the rice to cook. I also used pinto beans instead of kidney beans."

sandcarp User ID: 1048936 205143
Reviewed Feb. 17, 2012

"quick, easy, Delicious"

Tinaschwab User ID: 1842951 36080
Reviewed Sep. 10, 2010

"Yes, I always substitute brown rice for instant or white rice in recipes.  You just have to adjust for more liquid to cook the rice.  I added some extra broth to cook the brown rice.  It really doesn't need too much extra liquid.  This is a yummy recipe, enjoy!"

Tinaschwab User ID: 1842951 65062
Reviewed Sep. 9, 2010

"I substituted ground turkey for ground beef. It came out wonderful and my kids really loved it. My boys both said "this one is a keeper"."

tfkg92 User ID: 1051162 114204
Reviewed May. 15, 2010

"This is a quick and awesome dish. I make it in a skillet and it works out great. In addition to the cheese, I serve with tomatoes, black olives, sour cream and shredded lettuce for everyone to top as they like!"

habershamway User ID: 1997378 65059
Reviewed Nov. 3, 2009


Joscy User ID: 2694585 65056
Reviewed Sep. 2, 2009

"We do not care for instant rice, so can long grain 'regular' rice be used in place of instant?"

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