cheesy taco casserole with riced cauliflower topped with sour cream, salsa, green onions, and black olives
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Cheesy Taco Rice Casserole with Ground Beef

Flavorful taco seasoned ground beef mixed with diced onions, peppers, and rice is topped with a layer of cheese and then baked. Finish off this easy, cheesy taco rice casserole with your favorite toppings, like diced tomatoes, green onions, black olives and sour cream.

What you’ll love about this recipe:


  • EASY CLEANUP – Whether you make this cheesy taco casserole bake on the stove or in your favorite multi cooker, it only takes one pot to cook it in, so cleanup is fast!
  • HEALTHY – Want to make this cheesy beef taco casserole bake healthy? It already is! But see the substitutions below to make it fit your way of eating healthy.
  • INEXPENSIVE – Depending on the ground meat and other ingredients that you use, this recipe can be made for under $5 per serving!
a bowl of cheesy taco casserole - ground beef, rice, onions and peppers topped with black olives, salsa and sour cream.

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Kitchen Gear Needed to Make Cheesy Taco Rice Casserole

I’ve prepared this cheesy taco beef and rice bake in the Ninja Speedi Rapid Cooker as well as a Ninja Foodi multi cooker, but you could make it in another multi cooker or make it on the stove and bake in the oven if you like.

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Other tools you’ll need

  • Measuring cups & spoons
  • Cutting board & knife
  • Small bowl
  • Spatula
cheesy taco casserole with riced cauliflower topped with sour cream, salsa, green onions, and black olives

Ingredients List for This Cheesy Taco Casserole Bake

Below is the full list of ingredients for this recipe, but see the recipe card for exact measurements. Also, don’t forget to check out the suggestions to make this cheesy taco casserole bake low carb or keto, as well as other substitutions.

Full List of Pantry Items

Here are the exact ingredients I used in the recipe below. Feel free to use other options that fit your preferences or way of eating.

  • Ground beef
  • Onion
  • Bell pepper
  • Chili powder
  • Cumin
  • Dried garlic granules
  • Rice
  • Broth
  • Canned tomatoes & chiles
  • Mexican cheese
  • Toppings (optional)

Substitutions

Ground meat Ground chicken, turkey, or pork, as well as chorizo, vegan and vegetarian options all work great. You’ll need to adjust your seasonings accordingly.

Seasonings Taco seasoning can be substituted for the total amount of the chili powder and cumin. Fresh garlic can replace the dried granules.

Rice I always use white rice, but nearly any rice will work. You can even make this taco casserole with riced cauliflower for a keto or low carb version.

How to Make this Easy, Cheesy Taco Rice Casserole

Ingredients for taco casserole bake - ground beef, onions, and red bell pepper

Step 1 Saute the beef in the cooking pot. Add the onions and peppers and saute for about 5 minutes. Mix the seasonings in a small dish.

Step 2 Add the seasonings, rice, broth, tomatoes and chiles to the beef and veggies. Stir and cook for about 20 minutes until the liquid is absorbed.

taco casserole bake with rice topped with melted cheese

Step 3 Sprinkle the cheese on top and bake for about 5 minutes to melt.

a bowl of taco casserole bake--low carb ingredients like cauliflower rice, ground beef, taco seasoning, cheese, sour cream, black olives, and salsa

Step 4 Serve with your favorite taco toppings.

Cheesy Taco Rice Casserole Recipe Card

cheesy taco casserole with riced cauliflower topped with sour cream, salsa, green onions, and black olives

Cheesy Taco Rice Casserole with Ground Beef

Yield: 4
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Flavorful taco seasoned ground beef mixed with diced onions, peppers, and rice is topped with a layer of cheese and baked. Finish off with your favorite toppings, like diced tomatoes, green onions, black olives and sour cream.

Ingredients

  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 cup onion, chopped
  • 2 cups bell pepper, any color, chopped
  • 2 tsp chili powder
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp dried garlic granules
  • 1 cup long grain rice
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 1 can Rotel tomatoes & green chiles
  • 8 oz shredded Mexican cheese
  • Toppings (optional):
  • Green onions, sliced
  • Salsa
  • Sour Cream
  • Black olives
  • Jalapeno, sliced

Instructions

  1. In an oven safe skillet on the stove or multi cooker pot, crumble and brown the ground beef on medium heat. Drain the fat if necessary and add the onion and bell pepper and stir to evenly mix. Saute for about 5 minutes.
  2. While the vegetables are sauteing with the beef, in a small dish mix together the chili powder, cumin, and dried garlic granules.
  3. Add the seasonings, rice, broth, and tomatoes with chiles to the skillet or cooking pot. Mix thoroughly to distribute the seasonings.
  4. Cover and cook for about 20 minutes until the liquid has been absorbed by the rice. You may need to lower the heat if the liquid is evaporating too quickly.
  5. Sprinkle the cheese on top and bake for about 5 minutes until melted.
  6. Serve the taco rice casserole with your favorite toppings, like sliced green onions, jalapenos and black olives, along with salsa and sour cream.

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