CHEESY MEXICAN RICE CASSEROLE


PREP TIME :10 mins       COOK TIME :30 mins               TOTAL TIME:40 mins

INGREDIENTS:
  • 6 cups cooked brown rice (I used the quick "Boil in a Bag" kind to speed things up)
  • ½ cup fat free refried beans
  • 1 can rotel tomatoes (original)
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 2 cups shredded Mexican cheese, plus a little more for topping
  • 2 tablespoons Mexican seasoning (recipe below)
  • Recipe for Mexican seasoning: (makes 3½ tablespoons)
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon cumin
  • 1½ teaspoon paprika
  • 1½ teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1½ teaspoons onion powder
INSTRUCTIONS:
  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees
  • Cook your brown rice; set aside in a large bowl
  • Into the brown rice, add the tomato paste, Mexican seasoning, rotel, cheese, and refried beans
  • Stir everything together until completely combined
  • Season to taste with salt - you will need a pretty decent amount because none is added before this point! Don't be afraid of it.
  • Spread into an oval baking dish (a 9x13 baking dish will also work)
  • Top with more Mexican cheese
  • Bake for 15 minutes
  • Top with chopped cilantro (optional)
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