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Spanish Beef and Rice Bake Recipe

This Spanish Beef and Rice Bake is one of the best Mexican dishes that comes together quickly on a busy night! It's one of our favorite family dinner recipes.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 20 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: Casserole, Ground Beef
Servings: 8
Author: Camille Beckstrand


  • 1 pound lean ground beef (can also use ground turkey)
  • 1/2 onion minced
  • 1 green bell pepper minced
  • 1 can diced tomatoes, undrained (14.5 ounces)
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup salsa
  • 3/4 cup uncooked long grain rice
  • 1/2 cup chili sauce
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • ground black pepper to taste
  • 1 can refried beans (15 ounce)
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2 Tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1/2 cup sliced cherry tomatoes


  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  • Brown the ground beef in a large skillet over medium-high heat, lower heat to medium low heat. Stir in the onion, green bell pepper, tomatoes, water, salsa, rice, chili sauce, salt, brown sugar, cumin, Worcestershire sauce, and pepper.
  • Let simmer for about 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Pour mixture into a 9x13-inch casserole dish sprayed with nonstick cooking spray.
  • Press down firmly into the pan, then spread refried beans on the top and sprinkle with the shredded cheddar cheese.
  • Bake in preheated oven for 10 to 15 minutes, or until cheese is melted and bubbly.
  • Garnish with chopped fresh cilantro and diced tomatoes.