Taco rice casserole is an easy dinner idea and freezer friendly. It is a great recipe to stretch your meat and easy on the budget.

Taco rice casserole is an easy dinner idea and freezer friendly. It is a great recipe to stretch your meat and budget friendly.  #eatingonadime #mexicanrecipes #casserolerecipes #recipeseasy #freezermeals

Taco rice casserole

If you are looking for an easy dinner then this Taco casserole recipe is one you just have to try today! Remember, my freezer cooking adventure where I made 16 meals for the freezer? Well this easy taco casserole recipe was one of them, and it was a huge hit.

My husband practically licks the pan clean when I make it. 😉 It is seriously that good!

My recipe below is for 2 meals. Why? That way you can make one to eat now, and then the other one goes in the freezer. One mess, but you get 2 meals.

If you don’t want to do that, just cut the recipe in half. However, why wouldn’t you want to? You hardly have to do any extra work to make a second one.

To be honest, I normally make 4 of these taco casseroles because they freeze so great and they make a busy weeknight so much easier.

Taco rice casserole is an easy dinner idea and freezer friendly. It is a great recipe to stretch your meat and budget friendly.  #eatingonadime #mexicanrecipes #casserolerecipes #recipeseasy #freezermeals

Let’s get started with this taco casserole!

Taco rice casserole is an easy dinner idea and freezer friendly. It is a great recipe to stretch your meat and budget friendly.  #eatingonadime #mexicanrecipes #casserolerecipes #recipeseasy #freezermeals
Taco rice casserole is an easy dinner idea and freezer friendly. It is a great recipe to stretch your meat and budget friendly.  #eatingonadime #mexicanrecipes #casserolerecipes #recipeseasy #freezermeals

Ingredients for the best taco casserole:

  • 2 lbs ground turkey (or ground beef)
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 2 cups corn
  • 2 cans black beans
  • 2 cans diced tomatoes with green chiles (aka Rotel)
  • 1 package taco seasoning (We love homemade taco seasoning.)
  • 4 cups cooked rice
  • 3 cups Shredded Cheddar Cheese
  • 2 9×13 pans
Taco rice casserole is an easy dinner idea and freezer friendly. It is a great recipe to stretch your meat and budget friendly.  #eatingonadime #mexicanrecipes #casserolerecipes #recipeseasy #freezermeals

How to make taco rice casserole:

Taco rice casserole is an easy dinner idea and freezer friendly. It is a great recipe to stretch your meat and budget friendly.  #eatingonadime #mexicanrecipes #casserolerecipes #recipeseasy #freezermeals
Taco rice casserole is an easy dinner idea and freezer friendly. It is a great recipe to stretch your meat and budget friendly.  #eatingonadime #mexicanrecipes #casserolerecipes #recipeseasy #freezermeals

If you want to this taco casserole with rice right away:

  1. Bake covered at 350 degrees for about 25 minutes until cooked through.

How to freeze taco rice casserole:

  1. Cover with foil and label. To reheat, let thaw overnight in fridge. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes covered with the foil. Then remove foil and cook until the top is nice and brown.

Enjoy!

Taco rice casserole is an easy dinner idea and freezer friendly. It is a great recipe to stretch your meat and budget friendly.  #eatingonadime #mexicanrecipes #casserolerecipes #recipeseasy #freezermeals

Time saving tip:

Another time saving tip is to use a small food chopper or food processor to quickly and easily chop onions and bell peppers.

If you do not have one of these, I highly recommend them. They are such a time saver and you make cooking so fast and easy.

I usually just chop the entire vegetable and freeze what I don’t need. It’s so nice to be able to just take the diced onion out of the freezer for recipes.

This is how I meal prep. It’s so quick and easy and helps get dinner on the table fast.

Learn and  how to freeze onions and also how to freeze peppers to save so much time in the kitchen! Lots of the recipes we cook call for onions and peppers so this is such a great time tip that we use frequently.

You will love having peppers and onions all ready to go! It is quick and easy.

Taco rice casserole is an easy dinner idea and freezer friendly. It is a great recipe to stretch your meat and budget friendly.  #eatingonadime #mexicanrecipes #casserolerecipes #recipeseasy #freezermeals

Everyone will enjoy taco rice casserole!

This recipe will surprise you. It doesn’t seem like much, but it has some amazing flavor. We served it with salad to make it a complete meal.

If you want, you could add some crushed tortilla chips on top before you serve it. YUM! My husband even likes to top his with lettuce and fresh tomatoes to make almost like a taco salad. Green onions are also amazing.

Taco rice casserole is an easy dinner idea and freezer friendly. It is a great recipe to stretch your meat and budget friendly.  #eatingonadime #mexicanrecipes #casserolerecipes #recipeseasy #freezermeals

You can use white rice or brown rice in the casserole. Both are delicious.

However your family eats it, I think you will love it. Make one for dinner and one for the freezer. You will thank me later. 🙂

It is also a great meal to take to someone recovering from surgery or with a new baby. You can grab one from the freezer and bless them with a great meal.

Let us know once you try it and how it turns out for you. It is sure to be a hit with everyone!

Taco rice casserole is an easy dinner idea and freezer friendly. It is a great recipe to stretch your meat and budget friendly.  #eatingonadime #mexicanrecipes #casserolerecipes #recipeseasy #freezermeals

Print this easy taco rice casserole recipe below:

Taco Rice Casserole

4.79 from 87 votes
Looking for a freezer friendly recipe? You are going to love this easy taco casserole recipe! It is a simple casserole recipe that is packed with flavor. 
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Servings 12
Cuisine Mexican
Course casserole
Calories 256
Author Eating on a Dime

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds Ground Beef
  • 1 Onion chopped
  • 2 cups Corn
  • 2 cans Black Beans drained and rinsed
  • 2 cans Diced Tomatoes with Green Chilis
  • 1 Package of Taco Seasoning (or 4 tablespoons of homemade seasoning)
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 4 cups Cooked Rice (I used regular that I cooked but you can use any)
  • 3 cups Shredded Cheddar Cheese

Instructions

  • First brown your ground beef. Add in chopped onions and cook until soft.
  • Stir in Taco seasoning seasoning.
  • Add corn, tomatoes and beans.
  • Spray 2 9×13 pans with non stick spray. Spoon 2 cups of rice into the bottom of each pan, spreading it out evenly.
  • Spoon the meat mixture over the rice.
  • Top with the ½ of the cheese on each pan.

If you want to eat it right away:

  • Bake covered at 350 degrees for about 25 minutes until cooked through.

If you want to freeze it:

  • Cover with foil and label. To reheat, let thaw overnight in fridge. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes covered with the foil. Then remove foil and cook until the top is nice and brown.

Recipe Notes

My recipe is for 2 meals. Why? That way you can make one to eat now, and then the other one goes in the freezer. One mess, but you get 2 meals. If you don’t want to do that, just cut the recipe in half.

Nutrition Facts

Calories 256kcal, Carbohydrates 35g, Protein 24g, Fat 2g, Cholesterol 41mg, Sodium 283mg, Potassium 630mg, Fiber 6g, Sugar 4g, Vitamin A 475IU, Vitamin C 12.7mg, Calcium 45mg, Iron 2.6mg

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Taco rice casserole is an easy dinner idea and freezer friendly. It is a great recipe to stretch your meat and budget friendly.  #eatingonadime #mexicanrecipes #casserolerecipes #recipeseasy #freezermeals
Taco rice casserole is an easy dinner idea and freezer friendly. It is a great recipe to stretch your meat and budget friendly.  #eatingonadime #mexicanrecipes #casserolerecipes #recipeseasy #freezermeals
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  1. This is my favorite recipe. It is easy to make and so delicious. My family loves it.

  2. 5 stars
    This is one of our favorite freezer meals! We doubled it so we could have 3 casseroles in the freezer for the weeks after my baby was born.

  3. 5 stars
    My family loves this recipe and we make it often! It’s so delicious and so easy!!!

  4. 5 stars
    This was amazingly delicious, I made a double batch and gave my children each a tray, we ate one and froze one at home, super easy, tasty , can add anything else you like in it to change it up, I served shredded lettuce, jalapeños, and sour cream also with it and Tostitos, great meal to give someone you want to give a food dish to and serve it in 9×13 foil pan

  5. 5 stars
    Very easy to put together and fast. We loved it! Served it with shredded lettuce, sour cream and tortilla chips on the side. Wonderful! Thank you!

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