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South of the Border Ground Beef Rice Casserole

This ground beef rice casserole is the perfect dinner for your hungry family.

South of the Border Ground Beef Rice Casserole
South of the Border Ground Beef Rice Casserole
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There are plenty of ground beef rice casserole recipes out there, but this one puts a Mexican-style spin on things with a few added ingredients. If you like Tex-Mex and Mexican-style cooking, treat your family to this easy dinner casserole.

Made with black beans, corn, salsa, taco seasoning, and more, this dish is also perfect for a potluck or party that needs a little spicing up. Make a memorable and hearty meal that everyone will love when you serve this delicious south-of-the-border-inspired casserole recipe.


Preparation Time15 min

Cooking Time50 min



  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon taco seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 cup black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup frozen corn
  • 1 (14-ounce) can fire-roasted tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup jarred salsa
  • 2 cups shredded Mexican blend cheese, divided
  • 1 cup long grain rice, uncooked
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro
  • Sour cream
  • Lime wedges
  • Hot sauce


  1. Heat oven to 375 F. Grease a 9x13 inch baking dish with cooking spray.

  2. In a large skillet over medium-high heat add the ground beef and onions and cook until the beef is browned and no longer pink, breaking up the beef as it cooks.

  3. Add the minced garlic and cook for another minute.

  4. Stir in the taco seasoning and cumin into the beef mixture.

  5. Add the black beans, corn, roasted tomatoes, salsa and half of the cheese and stir into the beef mixture.

  6. Stir in the rice and broth and mix well.

  7. Spoon into the baking dish and top with half of the remaining cheese. Bake for 45 minutes or until the rice is cooked.

  8. Top with the remaining cheese and bake for another 5 minutes until the cheese melts.

  9. Top with chopped cilantro and serve with sour cream, limes, and hot sauce.

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Rice casseroles are probably the most versatile because you can go from savory to sweet just like that and with a casserole that has a Mexican twist to it you really can't go wrong at all. I'm not sure how I feel about the corn, but I think a fresh lettuce salad with some tomatoes and avocados would be delicious on the side or as a garnish.

Yum! I loved the flavors in this casserole. It would make great leftovers, too.

Delicious! I ate this with a bit of sour cream, but this is the perfect customizable dinner for a family who has different preferences for toppings!

I really enjoyed this casserole! (and that's coming from someone who doesn't typically like casseroles)

Yum! Yum! Yum! I think I am going to serve this with tortilla chips next time for some extra CRUNCH!!!

Yum! This really hit the spot. This would be a great family meal - everyone could add their own toppings to their liking!

I was craving something hearty and filling and this really hit the spot! It had the perfect amount of seasoning, without being spicy. I would definitely make this again.

I really liked this casserole! It wasn't too heavy and there was plenty of flavor.

This casserole was tasty, but I think the real burst of flavor comes from the toppings you add such as lime, sour cream, salsa, etc. I would definitely make this dish again - especially if I'm short on time and want a filling, comforting meal.


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