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Cheesy Mexican Rice Casserole

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Ingredients

  • 6 cups cooked brown rice (I used the quick “Boil in a Bag” kind to speed things up)
  • 1/2 cup fat free refried beans
  • 1 can rotel tomatoes (original)
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 2 cups shredded Mexican cheese, plus a little more for topping
  • 2 tablespoons Mexican seasoning (recipe below)
  • Recipe for Mexican seasoning: (makes 3 1/2 tablespoons)
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon cumin
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons onion powder

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees
  2. Cook your brown rice; set aside in a large bowl
  3. Into the brown rice, add the tomato paste, Mexican seasoning, rotel, cheese, and refried beans
  4. Stir everything together until completely combined
  5. Season to taste with salt – you will need a pretty decent amount because none is added before this point! Don’t be afraid of it.
  6. Spread into an oval baking dish (a 9×13 baking dish will also work)
  7. Top with more Mexican cheese
  8. Bake for 15 minutes
  9. Top with chopped cilantro (optional)