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Grandma’s Rice Dish

My grandmother often made rice dishes when I was young. I forgot about this casserole until I found myself one day adding the same ingredients to leftover rice. The memories came flooding back, and I've made this recipe regularly since then. —Lorna Moore, Glendora, California
  • 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 shredded cheddar cheese, divided
  • 1/2 cup dry bread crumbs
  • 1 tablespoon butter, melted


  • Preheat oven to 350°. In a large skillet, cook beef, onion and green pepper over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain.
  • Stir in rice, tomatoes, corn, olives, bacon and seasonings; heat through. Stir in 1 cup cheese until melted.
  • Transfer to a greased 11x7-in. baking dish. Sprinkle with remaining cheese. Toss bread crumbs with butter; sprinkle over top.
  • Bake, uncovered, 15-20 minutes or until cheese is melted.
Nutrition Facts
1-1/2 cups: 719 calories, 37g fat (18g saturated fat), 136mg cholesterol, 1397mg sodium, 52g carbohydrate (9g sugars, 5g fiber), 41g protein.

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  • annlindblad
    Oct 23, 2020

    Grandkids, kids and hubby all loved this.

  • Dawn
    Sep 2, 2020

    My changes were omitting the olives, using 2 Tbsp. butter, 1-1/4 to 1-1/2 cups cooked crumbled bacon, 2 cups Monterey-Jack cheese since I had that on hand, DIVIDED, and Panko bread crumbs. This dish was delicious. I used a 10x14" greased baking dish for this recipe!

  • Carol
    Aug 7, 2020

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  • Haptowns
    Jul 31, 2020

    I didn't really care for it. It was very dry. I thought we would like it because we do like all the ingredients but it didn't turn out quite right for us.

  • Oceal
    Jul 31, 2020

    No comment left

  • sdipiazza
    Jul 25, 2020

    I haven't made this yet but sounds like it would also be good stuffed into a bell pepper. Looking forward to trying it.

  • Tim
    Jun 7, 2020

    This was delicious. I made it exactly as directed. We made burritos with the leftovers, and Grandma’s Rice Dish made a very tasty filling. Love this recipe!

  • Mike
    Aug 8, 2019

    This was better than expected. The cheese, the corn and the bacon elevated it to delicious

  • D.
    Jul 10, 2019

    I have a similar recipe. No black olives, no corn. I leave off the bread crumbs and use saltine crackers, crushed. It's a very yummy dish.

  • bernerlover
    Oct 28, 2018

    I thought this was good. I used Italian diced tomatoes and frozen corn but otherwise made it as stated. I thought it was plenty seasoned. I think next time I'll use canned french fried onion rings instead of the bread crumbs on top.