Southwestern Layered Beef Casserole
By adjusting the cooking method, carefully choosing the ingredients, and adding Tex-Mex flavors, we transformed this often-uninspired casserole.
Why This Recipe Works
To add flavor to convenience, we put a southwestern spin on traditional layered beef casserole. While adding the ground beef raw may be easy, browning it in a skillet first eliminates excess grease, and adding onions, bell pepper, a handful of spices, and tomato sauce keeps the meat moist and flavorful in the oven. Toasting the rice before adding it to the dish helps the grains cook through in the acidic tomato mixture. Canned pinto beans, Monterey Jack cheese, and frozen corn keep the casserole convenient and hearty, and a final sprinkling of scallions finishes it off.