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Hearty Taco Casserole Recipe

Hearty Taco Casserole Recipe

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. YIELD: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


  • 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 12x8-in. rectangle. Press into a 13x9-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.

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.

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homemadewithlove User ID: 4311884 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 User ID: 1743108 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 User ID: 3773156 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 User ID: 5744610 115785
Reviewed Jan. 6, 2011

"One of my go-to recipes!!"

kgraves_gd User ID: 3728609 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 User ID: 3773156 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 User ID: 3773156 139880
Reviewed Oct. 19, 2009 Edited Feb. 21, 2014

"i meant to hit 5 stars for this recipe"

euge1 User ID: 3773156 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 User ID: 1712085 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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