Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Taco Casserole

If you're anything like me, sometimes you have meat in the fridge that you have to use up or throw away. I'm generally too cheap to throw it away, so sometimes that means being creative with what I cook so that I can use it up. The other night was just such a time, but fortunately for my family, I had the right assortment of ingredients on hand to come up with this taco casserole. The leftovers were great too.



Skillet Taco Casserole

1&1/2 cups long grain brown rice, cooked according to package directions
1lb ground beef
1 small onion, chopped
2 tbsp garlic
1 cup chopped bell pepper
2 cups fresh or frozen corn kernels
1 packet taco seasoning
1 24 oz jar salsa
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
low fat sour cream for topping

Set rice to cook according to package directions

Meanwhile, in large skillet brown ground beef, onion, and garlic, until beef is no longer pink. Drain fat.

Add peppers and corn and continue to cook until vegetables are tender. Add taco seasoning.



When rice is done, add to skillet with beef mixture and stir well.



Add salsa to skillet and mix until combined.

Turn heat to low. Top mixture with shredded cheddar cheese. Cover until cheese is melted.

Serve with sour cream for topping.

Yields about 12 main dish servings.


linking to: Earning My Cape ; Whimsy Wednesday

18 comments:

  1. Oh that does sound good! So awesome that you were able to throw that together. I have become such a lazy cook lately.

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    1. I love to cook, but when I'm tired after a long day I'm glad to have something easy to put together.

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  2. Mmm, that sounds delicious! And so impressive, I'm terribly at just throwing together a meal!

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    1. I've gotten used to it over the years. If I stick with foods and flavors that I know my family enjoys, it usually turns out OK.

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  3. Great idea for leftovers--looks yummy and would be a hit with my family!

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    1. It's easy too, which is nice on a busy evening!

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  4. I'm like that too, use it up! This sounds delicious!

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    1. I hate to waste food, all that money down the drain!

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  5. That looks really good! I love casseroles. My favorite part is how you can clean up the kitchen while the casserole is cooking.

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    1. That is a great thing about casseroles! Clean up after dinner is not fun!

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  6. Yum! Great way to be creative with leftovers!!!
    Thank you for linking up with my Super Link Party!

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  7. Your pictures are beautiful. I might have to try that casserole! Which reminds me, I need to get some meat out of the freezer for dinner tomorrow night!

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    1. Thanks! I've got to think of what to serve tonight too!

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  8. Sometimes the things you can make with leftovers or food that just needs cooked turn out so yummy! Usually I forget to write down exactly what I did in the process...
    This looks good!

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    1. There's nothing like the pressure of getting dinner on the table to get the creative cooking juices flowing!

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  9. I love one dish meals that are easy. Thanks so much for sharing at Whimsy Wednesdays.

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    1. Easy, but tasty meals are the best for busy weeknights. Thanks for hosting!

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