Here’s a delicious one-pot Mexican Rice Casserole recipe for you, along with a description:
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 onion, diced
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 red bell pepper, diced
- 1 green bell pepper, diced
- 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and diced (optional for heat)
- 1 cup corn kernels (fresh or frozen)
- 1 can (15 ounces) black beans, drained and rinsed
- 1 can (14 ounces) diced tomatoes
- 1 cup long-grain white rice
- 1 cup vegetable broth
- 1 teaspoon chili powder
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1/2 teaspoon paprika
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
- Fresh cilantro, chopped (for garnish)
- Lime wedges (for serving)
- Heat the olive oil in a large oven-safe skillet or casserole dish over medium heat.
- Add the diced onion and sauté for 2-3 minutes until it becomes translucent.
- Stir in the minced garlic, diced red and green bell peppers, and jalapeno pepper (if using). Cook for another 2-3 minutes until the peppers start to soften.
- Add the corn kernels, black beans, diced tomatoes (with their juices), long-grain white rice, vegetable broth, chili powder, ground cumin, paprika, salt, and black pepper to the skillet. Stir well to combine all the ingredients.
- Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce the heat to low. Cover the skillet with a lid and let it simmer for about 15-20 minutes, or until the rice is cooked and the liquid is absorbed. Make sure to stir occasionally to prevent sticking.
- Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C).
- Once the rice is cooked, remove the skillet from the heat and sprinkle the shredded cheddar cheese evenly over the top.
- Transfer the skillet to the preheated oven and bake for about 10 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and bubbly.
- Remove the casserole from the oven and let it cool for a few minutes. Garnish with fresh chopped cilantro.
- Serve the Mexican Rice Casserole warm with lime wedges on the side for squeezing over the dish.
Enjoy the flavorful and comforting one-pot Mexican Rice Casserole! It’s a satisfying meal on its own or can be served as a side dish alongside your favorite Mexican-inspired main course.