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Southwest Vegetarian Bake Recipe

Southwest Vegetarian Bake Recipe

This veggie-packed casserole hits the spot on chilly nights. But it's great any time I have a taste for Mexican food with all the fixings, too. —Patricia Gale, Monticello, Illinois
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 40 min. Bake: 35 min. + standing YIELD:8 servings


  • 3/4 cup uncooked brown rice
  • 1-1/2 cups water
  • 1 can (15 ounces) black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (11 ounces) Mexicorn, drained
  • 1 can (10 ounces) diced tomatoes and green chilies
  • 1 cup shredded reduced-fat cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup salsa
  • 1 cup (8 ounces) reduced-fat sour cream
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 cup chopped red onion
  • 1 can (2-1/4 ounces) sliced ripe olives, drained
  • 1 cup shredded reduced-fat Mexican cheese blend


  • 1. In a small saucepan, bring rice and water to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, covered, until rice is tender, 35-40 minutes.
  • 2. Preheat oven to 350°. Place beans, corn, tomatoes, cheddar cheese and rice in a large bowl; stir in salsa, sour cream and pepper. Transfer to a shallow 2-1/2-qt. baking dish coated with cooking spray. Sprinkle with onion and olives.
  • 3. Bake, uncovered, 30 minutes. Sprinkle with Mexican cheese; bake, uncovered, until heated through and cheese is melted, 5-10 minutes. Let stand 10 minutes before serving. Yield: 8 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 285 calories, 10g fat (5g saturated fat), 21mg cholesterol, 759mg sodium, 36g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 4g fiber), 15g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 starch, 1 lean meat, 2 vegetable, 1 fat.

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Natalie User ID: 9158595 265697
Reviewed May. 8, 2017

"Pros: easy to make, family favorite, not terribly unhealthy.

Cons: Takes an hour to make and NEVER any leftovers.
I usually double the recipe because my family of three cannot get enough of this casserole! :)"

wagondorfer User ID: 1632905 264464
Reviewed Apr. 8, 2017

"easy and good."

IslandWife User ID: 6007790 263513
Reviewed Mar. 15, 2017

"This was so easy and tasty! I added some taco seasoning. This is so versatile - you could add avocados on top, etc. Thanks for sharing!!"

Catherine User ID: 9074362 261110
Reviewed Feb. 10, 2017

"This recipe is absolutely wonderful! So extremely flavorful!"

familyfothree User ID: 6580606 260427
Reviewed Jan. 28, 2017

"Great dish. After reading the comments, I added a few teaspoons of low sodium taco seasoning, and used 1 can of low sodium pinto beans and a can of low sodium cannellini beans. I used the diced tomatoes with celery, garlic and onions and added some minced garlic. This recipe is a keeper!"

cctp1016 User ID: 1672997 260190
Reviewed Jan. 24, 2017

"Delicious! I doubled the amount of rice and added a few tablespoons of taco seasoning and it was great!"

schamberlain User ID: 8299832 259518
Reviewed Jan. 10, 2017

"This dish had great flavor. Unfortunately I undercooked the rice a little. I will make again of course with the rice cooked properly"

orionaimee User ID: 4826249 244044
Reviewed Feb. 18, 2016

"My family never thought they would like a vegetarian dish. You wont even miss the meat in this one."

CydDelve User ID: 8112157 243724
Reviewed Feb. 12, 2016

"This was fantastic! I'm vegetarian and my husband is an omnivore and even he said, "Yeah, please make this again!" I added a tbsp of chili powder and a lot more cheese than the recipe called for. I also used pinto beans (I *thought* I had a can of black beans but it proved elusive...), which worked out fine. This is a terrific dinner and will be added to our regular roster---thanks!!"

Lor207 User ID: 978905 241544
Reviewed Jan. 11, 2016

"Yummy! I This will be added to my meatless Monday recipes!"

kabman User ID: 5705570 241201
Reviewed Jan. 6, 2016

"I have made this for several people and they all loved it. I do leave the olives out as I am not an olive fan."

habenaroman User ID: 7905288 230237
Reviewed Jul. 27, 2015

"Tasty side dish too."

17sebenedict User ID: 7951529 226678
Reviewed May. 21, 2015

"At first I thought the olives would make it taste bad, but the dish came out really well! I will be making this again!"

caree929 User ID: 3830950 215164
Reviewed Dec. 17, 2014

"This was really good! I made it with all Mexican shredded cheese simply because the package had two cups worth and I figured why not? I think when I make it again I'll use two cans of black beans just for the added protein and because my three year old loves beans. I think I'll also brown the onions before adding them just because they were a little too crunchy for my taste. Otherwise this had a great flavor and was pretty filling!"

mamamissy User ID: 6249478 75539
Reviewed May. 22, 2014


[email protected] User ID: 3282478 57251
Reviewed Apr. 9, 2014

"This is delicious. I am a meat eater but you don't even miss it in this dish, though it is good with some chicken added in if you are so inclined. We have made this several times and even the kids love it."

Igraine32 User ID: 7006585 147440
Reviewed Nov. 27, 2013

"The taste of this is going to come from the salsa you use. Make sure you use your favorite and not just what's the cheapest. We like Newman's own farmer's garden. Cause of that this dish was amazeballs!"

Mom2Will User ID: 6930533 62208
Reviewed Mar. 9, 2013

"Yum!! This tastes like the SmartOnes or Lean Cuisine Santa Fe Style Rice and Beans. Excellent wrapped in a tortilla. Will definitely make again and again!"

robbinthornton User ID: 3362574 148125
Reviewed Jun. 16, 2012

"Added extra corn and beans, used sliced green onion and served with fresh tomatoes and chopped lettuce on tortillas...YUM!"

Debbilou User ID: 1192746 59512
Reviewed Nov. 14, 2011

"I used a can of the Ro-Tel and this was soo good (I like it spicy but this didn't seem over the top or anything hot). Will definitely make again(-: Thanks for sharing!"

Carobrain User ID: 6103192 62204
Reviewed Jul. 16, 2011

"I have made this recipe many, many times since it was first published in Light & Tasty. My family really enjoys it and I think you will, too."

HeatherD35 User ID: 4970660 65545
Reviewed Jun. 16, 2011

"This was good, but if I make it again I will add more beans because it didn't keep me full for very long."

TanyaVDB User ID: 2515758 75525
Reviewed Jan. 24, 2010

"Very good but I used Rotel where they asked for tomatoes and green chilies. That was almost too much spice for me. The next time I might just use salsa to replace the rotel."

tsp5424 User ID: 3146069 206733
Reviewed Jan. 17, 2010

"Made this for a girls night out potluck and it was loved by everyone. quick and easy. Definitely a keeper!"

marjie53 User ID: 1468141 93687
Reviewed Jan. 14, 2010

"I have made this many times and it is always delicious and satisfying."

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