Spanish Beef and Rice Bake
This dish is sure to please the family’s taste buds!
1 lb. lean ground beef
1/2 c. finely chopped onion
1/2 c. chopped green bell pepper
1 (14.5 ounce) can canned tomatoes
1 c. tap water
1/2 c. salsa
3/4 c. long grain rice, uncooked
1/2 c. chili sauce
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. brown sugar
1/2 tsp. ground cumin
1/2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
1/2 tsp. ground black pepper
1 (15-oz.) can refried beans
1/2 c. shredded Cheddar cheese
2 Tbsp. chopped fresh cilantro
1/2 c. cherry tomatoes
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Lightly spray a 9-inch-by13-inch baking dish with non-stick cooking spray and set aside.
2. In a large skillet over medium heat, brown ground beef and onions. Stir in green bell pepper, tomatoes, water, salsa, rice, chili sauce, salt, brown sugar, cumin, Worcestershire sauce and ground black pepper. Simmer for about 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
3. Transfer to baking dish and press down firmly on the bottom. Spread refried beans on the top and evenly sprinkle with shredded cheddar cheese. Bake, uncovered, for about 15 minutes, or until cheese is melted and bubbly. Remove from oven and top with chopped fresh cilantro and chopped tomatoes. Let cool 5 minutes before serving.
Apron Strings Notes: Check the type of rice you select to ensure that it instructs you to a 20-to-30-minute preparation time. Save time with quick cooking rice if dinner is needed quickly.