One Pot Mexican Rice Casserole

One Pot Mexican Rice Casserole

Yepp. Another one-pot recipe. I'm serious about not doing dishes and feeding my hubby (seriously...if I don't feed him he gets all whiny and it's no fun. Ask anyone with an Italian husband lol.) Anyway, one of the beautiful things about this Mexican Rice Casserole recipe is you can definitely customize it based on your preferences! You can add in onions, peppers, corn, or any other veggies you fancy! You can also add in some cooked meat (so me making chicken and adding it sort of increased the dishes I needed to wash post this recipe but...that's ok! Plus you could just buy pre-prepared chicken or sausage or whatever and throw it in there to maintain the one-pot'dness.) And, although it's pretty healthy to begin with, you can make this dish even better for you by using brown rice (which I did!)

Regardless of any customization you decide to do, the base of the recipe is this: rice, veggies, spices, tomatoes, and cheeeese! It makes an awesome side dish or entree and is full of flavors! It's also colorful...which is pretty important for Michael and his food. He likes for food to be about more than just taste, he gets really into the textures and colors too. It's pretty hilarious, except when he's griping about how I make too many brown "bland" foods---but that's why I make recipes like this one! To keep me sane and make him happy! And so I can share the happiness and sanity-savingness with all of you. This "casserole" is a perfect weeknight meal and I hope you enjoy it as much as we did!

One Pot Mexican Rice Casserole

Adapted from Damn Delicious

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 zucchini, diced
  • 1 (15 oz.) can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 (14.5 oz.) can petite diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 cup rice (white rice will cook quicker, brown rice will take longer)
  • 2 tsp. chili powder
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese (or monterey cheese, colby, etc.)
  • 2 tbsp. chopped fresh cilantro leaves (or refrigerated cilantro stir-in paste)
Read the whole recipe on The Cooking Actress