Easy Tex-Mex Casserole

Dish Size:
9" Pie Dish
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January 25, 2013
Tara’s Tidbits®

Garnish with additional favorites to suit your tastes – from black olives and sliced avocado to fresh chopped cilantro and sour cream (or plain Greek yogurt - a healthier alternative). White or yellow rice can be substituted for the brown rice. The recipe can be doubled and made in a 13x9 baker!

This super simple, Easy Tex-Mex Casserole is a favorite of mine! It always receives rave reviews, comes together in a snap, and is very adaptable – you can change or alter the ingredients based on your family’s preferences. It's similar to a 7-layer dip, in that it’s built one layer over another. - Tara



  • Cooking spray
  • 1 3/4 cups instant brown rice, cooked
  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 (10-ounce) can diced tomatoeswith lime juice and cilantro, such as Rotel®, undrained
  • 1 (15-ounce) can corn
  • 1 (16-ounce) can fat-free refried beans
  • 1 1/2 cups (6 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup chopped grape tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup chopped green onions


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Spray a temp-tations® 9" pie dish with cooking spray. Arrange cooked brown rice in a layer on bottom of pie dish.
  3. Heat a large nonstick skillet coated with cooking spray over medium-high heat. Add ground turkey, onion, chili powder, cumin, salt, and garlic; sauté 5 minutes, stirring to crumble. Add can of diced tomatoes; cook 5 minutes or until liquid evaporates.
  4. Spoon turkey mixture over rice. Then top turkey mixture with corn. Carefully spread refried beans over corn with a spatula. Sprinkle cheese over refried beans.
  5. Bake for 30 minutes. Let stand 5 minutes; top with chopped tomato and green onions.
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