Mexican-Style Brown Rice Casserole


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Mexican-Style Brown Rice Casserole

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Ingredients (12)

  • 1 spray cooking spray
  • 15oz salsa (fresh or jared)
  • 10oz frozen or canned corn
  • 1/3 cup reduced fat cheddar cheese shredded
  • 15oz can fat-free refried beans
  • 15oz can black beans
  • 1 1/3 cup cooked brown rice
  • 1 package thawed spinach
  • 1 tsp cumin ground
  • 1 Tbsp chilli powder
  • 2 Tbsp cilantro
  • Sour Cream, low fat (to top)


Like a burrito in a bowl, this dish is great for vegetarians who are hungry for Mexican or for those who are trying to lose weight and are looking for a filling meal. Serve a big salad on the side. Also great to make the morning before and pop it in the oven when you get home.


  1. 1Preheat oven to 375ºF. Coat a 2-quart rectangular, round or oval baking dish with cooking spray
  2. 2In a large bowl, combine rice, salsa and cumin. Spoon 1/2 of rice mixture into prepared baking dish and spread out to evenly cover bottom of dish.
  3. 3In another large bowl, combine refried beans, black beans, corn, chili peppers and chili power. Using a rubber spatula, scrape bean mixture on top of rice layer and smooth out top.
  4. 4Squeeze out any excess water from spinach then spread on top of bean layer; sprinkle with 1/3 of cheese. Top with remaining rice mixture and smooth out top; sprinkle with remaining cheese.
  5. 5Place casserole on a large rimmed baking sheet to catch any spillage. Bake until heated through and cheese is browned and bubbling, about 30 minutes. Sprinkle with cilantro and dollop of sour cream (if desired), cut into 6 pieces and serve.
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