July 27, 2010

South of the Border Casserole

1 T. olive oil
1 lb. ground chuck
1/2 cup. chopped onions
2 clove garlic, finely chopped
2 (15 1/2oz) can. diced tomatoes and green chiles
2 cups. cooked long grain rice
1 tsp. chili powder
1 tsp. cumin
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. freshly ground pepper
2 cups. shredded cheddar cheese (8oz)

Heat oven to 350*F. Lightly greased 13 x 9 inch pan. In large skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat until hot.
Add beef, onions and garlic; cook until beef is brown and no longer pink in center.
Drain excess fat. Add peas, tomatoes, rice, 1 cup cheese, chili powder, cumin,salt and pepper; mix well.
Pour into pan. Bake 15 minutes; sprinkle with remaining 1 cup cheese. Bake additional 5 to 10 minutes.

4 serves.

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