One Pan Southwestern Ground Beef & Dirty Rice Casserole
Serves: 8 servings
  • 1 lb. extra lean ground beef
  • ½ tsp. coarse ground black pepper
  • 4 Tbl. butter (1/2 a stick)
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 large rib celery, thinly sliced
  • 1 sweet red cubanelle pepper, chopped (seeds and membranes removed)
  • 2 tsp. chili powder
  • 1 tsp. cumin
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • ½ tsp. cajun seasoning such as Slap Ya Mama
  • ¼ tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 (5.7 oz.) packet Knorr Dirty Rice mix
  • 1 (15 oz.) can tomato sauce
  • 2 cups water
  • ½ tsp. more coarse ground black pepper
  • 1 (15.25 oz.) can corn, well drained (can sub frozen peas if preferred)
  • 4 oz. (1 cup) shredded Mexican blend cheese
  • chopped tomatoes
  • snipped green onions
  1. In large deep frying pan (that has a lid), sauté broken up hamburger over medium-low heat with pepper, butter, veggies, and seasonings, until meat is done, breaking up meat more as you cook. Do not drain, you need the butter. (*Make sure you use extra lean ground beef and there won't be any hamburger grease to worry about.) Add Dirty Rice mix during last 2 minutes, stirring frequently.
  2. Add water, sauce and more pepper, bring to boil, cover, reduce heat to low, simmer 7 minutes.
  3. When done, stir in drained corn, remove from heat, re-cover, and let mixture stand for 5 minutes. Stir, add cheese, cover and let melt. About 5 more minutes.
  4. Serve topped with chopped tomatoes and snipped green onion.
  5. Can also serve with hot sauce on the side for those who would a little extra heat if desired. Enjoy!
Recipe by Wildflour's Cottage Kitchen at