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Spanish Rice Turkey Casserole Recipe

Spanish Rice Turkey Casserole Recipe

Everyone in my family loves this casserole, even my eighty-year-old grandparents who aren't big fans of Mexican food. Mild green chilies, tender cubes of turkey, tomatoes and lots of cheese make a mouthwatering filling.—Ann Herren, Pulaski, Tennessee
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 20 min. YIELD:8 servings


  • 2 packages (6.8 ounces each) Spanish rice and pasta mix
  • 1/4 cup butter, cubed
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 can (10 ounces) diced tomatoes and green chilies, undrained
  • 3 cups cubed cooked turkey or chicken
  • 1 can (11 ounces) whole kernel corn, drained
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded Mexican cheese blend, divided


  • 1. In a large skillet, saute rice and vermicelli in butter until golden brown. Gradually stir in the water, tomatoes and contents of rice seasoning packets. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 15-20 minutes or until rice is tender.
  • 2. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, combine the turkey, corn, sour cream and 1/2 cup cheese. Stir in rice mixture.
  • 3. Transfer to a greased 3-qt. baking dish. Sprinkle with remaining cheese (dish will be full). Bake, uncovered, at 375° for 20-25 minutes or until heated through. Yield: 8 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1-1/2 cups: 348 calories, 16g fat (9g saturated fat), 78mg cholesterol, 937mg sodium, 26g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 3g fiber), 22g protein.

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Cynthia User ID: 9177760 267342
Reviewed May. 26, 2017

"I rarely try a recipe online that is so good the first time you make it! I used leftover homemade Spanish rice and added a little chicken broth. I also doubled the cheese -- 1 cup in the mix and 1 cup sprinkled on top. I used 1/2 can creamed corn instead of whole kernel. (Used the other half to go in my Mexican cornbread to go with it.) I only used about 2 cups chicken and it was plenty. This recipe is a keeper and we loved it!"

Charlotte User ID: 9127520 264229
Reviewed Apr. 2, 2017

"Mi y mi amiga hizo este receta. Me encanta la receta porque es muy facil cocinar. Tom?a mas or menos un hora que preparar. Mi cosa favorita del receta es los ingredientes fui mullido pero la maize a?adido poco mascar."

cathycooking User ID: 3735084 233409
Reviewed Sep. 24, 2015

"This was tasty and moist. It was a great way to use up leftover turkey. It made a lot. Would probably add more turkey next time or cut the recipe in half and keep 3 cups turkey. We will make it again."

habenaroman User ID: 7905288 227465
Reviewed Jun. 5, 2015

"Very good."

grniis2 User ID: 5615142 161510
Reviewed Sep. 15, 2013

"The taste was amazing in this dish. I did substitute cooked ground beef in place of turkey. I live with my brother and he is not a big turkey fan. He loved this, even had seconds.

Thanks for the recipe!"

skipperstrucking User ID: 4577232 80590
Reviewed Apr. 3, 2012

"Great taste and easy to put together. I used boneless chicken breast and thighs instead of turkey because that is what I had on hand. Recipe is a good size to feed crew of hearty eaters."

cathywood99 User ID: 4879461 153540
Reviewed Feb. 27, 2012

"This is great. Just now eating it. I used canned chicken instead of turkey and I used one can of Petite diced tomatoes and a cup of salsa. I also out some cooked onions in it. Other than that it is a great recipe. Family loved it."

frazierheidi User ID: 3796146 87173
Reviewed Dec. 4, 2011

"We've made this recipe over and over, using cooked chicken instead of turkey, and everyone loves it."

katehugs User ID: 1263799 87170
Reviewed Sep. 15, 2011 Edited Nov. 29, 2014

"Every time I share this dish I get asked for the recipe. This is one of my sons favorite dishes. I use fresh sweet corn instead of canned. Yummy."

TeachMe125 User ID: 5839886 153535
Reviewed Feb. 23, 2011

"This recipe was yummy! I did change a few things. I kind of cut the recipe in half - there was plenty for four when served with mashed potatoes! I used 1 pkg of rice mix, 1/4 c butter, 2 c water, 1 can Hunt's Fire Roasted diced tomatoes, 1/2 c corn, 1/2 c sour cream and 1 and 1/2 c ched.cheese. I shredded almost 3 c turkey breast from a turkey done in the crockpot. When I mixed the tky, corn, sr. cr., and 1 c cheese, I added some hot sauce, salt and pepper to add some flavor to the tky mix. After mixing everything together, I put it in a smaller crockpot, topped it with the 1/2 c chese and cooked it on high for about an hour or so (it was bubbling). It turned out fantastic. We ate it over mashed potatoes - wonderful. Oh, and I only cooked the rice for 15 mins. so the extra juices could still cook in the tky mixture. Enjoy!"

juicyfruit007 User ID: 1404522 157743
Reviewed Feb. 25, 2010

"This was pretty good but not special enough to make again. Especially because the reason I tried it in the first place was only to use up leftover turkey. But the turkey was just plain weird in this recipe -- it would have been much better with chicken. I did use dark meat turkey so that probably didn't help."

kamiracle User ID: 2594840 63018
Reviewed Nov. 4, 2009

"So easy to make, and the entire family loves!"

jennyjordan User ID: 4487239 157157
Reviewed Oct. 8, 2009

"This is the absolute best thing to do with leftover turkey--and so different from the usual after-Thanksgiving fare. We cook turkeys throughout the year because they are so economical and this has become one of our favorite recipies."

Simon-Brown User ID: 4053048 153509
Reviewed Apr. 3, 2009

"This is really good. My husband who normally would not try anything Mexican even liked it. I took it to work for lunch and everyone who tried it loved it. I will definitely make it again. I used chicken in mine."

owlzip User ID: 443128 157742
Reviewed Feb. 21, 2009

" Yes, Rice a Roni is a name brand!

Nella354 User ID: 3184927 68086
Reviewed Jan. 30, 2009

"Can someone please tell me if the Spanish rice & vermicelli mix is purchased as one item? I seem to be having a hard time finding it. Thank you!"

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