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Mexican chicken and rice casserole for dinner tonight! ohsweetbasil.com spanish rice, black beans, shredded chicken, salsa, sour cream, cheese

So, you’d think that two big chicken breasts would be perfect for chicken tacos for 2 adults and 2 small girls but instead it ended up being too much and we were left wondering what to turn the chicken into for another meal. We also had leftover rice and beans and I was completely at a loss for what to make other than tacos again or soup, which neither sounded good. And then I thought, well if we loved the teriyaki chicken casserole so much why not make a Mexican Chicken and Rice Casserole recipe?! But let’s talk about the important stuff first. This Wednesday is my 30th birthday and much like last year I decided that the best way to celebrate would be to give rather than receive. SO! Monday through Friday this week and Monday of next week will be giveaways and I’ve asked my awesome blogging friends to help so let’s get started on day 1. OH! And if you follow me on Instagram (@ohsweetbasil) I’ve got a giveaway on there for a KitchenAid!! WOOOHOOO! Today’s giveaway on the blog is for one of my all time favorite things, a Blendtec Blender and Twister Jar!!!

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Mexican chicken and rice casserole for dinner tonight! ohsweetbasil.com spanish rice, black beans, shredded chicken, salsa, sour cream, cheese

Actually, I’m sitting here talking about casseroles, which is quite funny considering that we used to be so against casseroles, but my mind is someplace else. I’m the type of person that would rather just talk about it, so let’s talk.

Mexican chicken and rice casserole for dinner tonight! ohsweetbasil.com spanish rice, black beans, shredded chicken, salsa, sour cream, cheese

The past 7 years have been filled with so many friends passing away and true to that darn saying it does seem to happen in 3’s, or like 2 years ago, 5’s. I know we are so unaware as children, but I’m not kidding, I truly have attended more funerals these past 7 years than I have in my entire lifetime. And these aren’t older people, in fact it’s been infants up to the late 50’s. Suicides to sudden deaths, only 2 of the 26 have been expected due to illness. That’s kind of a lot of people.

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(Yes, I threw some chopped Romaine and tomatoes on my serving, it needed some freshness and the family ended up following along)

So many friends losing their children or spouse and most of them so sudden that they didn’t have any opportunity to prepare, not that you could ever truly prepare. It just has us both thinking a lot about the relationships around us. I hate seeing all of the hurt, and this world seriously is getting a tad crazy (don’t even bring up the Russia thing, it only proves my point more.) and we have to think a little more about what matters most and a little less about things that will only fade away.

Or maybe we are the only ones missing people lately. You tell me what you think. Phew! That took a serious turn!

Is Rice Gluten Free?

Yes, all rice (in its natural form) is gluten-free.

This includes brown rice, white rice and wild rice.

What Can You Substitute for Rice?

There are several healthy alternatives to rice.

Quinoa, cauliflower rice, barley, brown rice and couscous are good substitutes for rice.

What Are The Health Benefits in Quinoa?

Quinoa is much higher in fiber than most grains.

It is gluten free and very high in protein.

Mexican Chicken and Rice Casserole

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Mexican Chicken and Rice Casserole

5 from 1 vote
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 4 -6 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups long grain rice
  • 1 Old El Paso Sauce Packet or 3/4 cup any flavor but we use the chipotle
  • 2 1/4 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 2 cups shredded [Taco Meat]
  • 1 can black beans drained
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese

optional toppings

  • sour cream
  • salsa
  • chopped lettuce
  • tomatoes

Instructions

  • In a rice cooker or sauce pan, add the water, sauce packet, rice and brown sugar.
  • Bring to a boil then turn down to a simmer for about 20 minutes or until done, or follow rice cooker instructions.
  • Heat the oven to 350 degrees.
  • Once you've cooked the chicken using the link above, toss it with the rice and beans and cover with cheese.
  • Bake for 20 minutes or until heated through.

Notes

Try tossing in sauteed peppers, corn or topping with fresh guacamole!
Nutrition Facts
Mexican Chicken and Rice Casserole
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 509
% Daily Value*
Cholesterol 72.2mg24%
Carbohydrates 51.5g17%
Fiber 5.8g24%
Sugar 2.2g2%
Protein 25.2g50%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Cade and Carrian have three children and love to spend time together whether it’s vacationing or snuggled up on the couch for a good movie.

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They love everything from the keep you fit and healthy to the get out your sweat pants indulgent and everything in between.

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  • YUMMY!!!!! This mexican rice came out amazing!! We make enchiladas and quesadillas weekly and this would go perfectly with them – thanks for an awesome recipe.

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    • Thanks so much Sarah!!

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  • How would you make this recipe as a freezer meal?

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    • Hi Meghan, we just partially cook it, let it cool, wrap tightly then freeze. Then when we bake it we finally add the cheese just like the recipe says

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      • how long would you partially cook it for?

      • Ashley, if you’re looking to start it and finish it later in the day I’d just cook it for 3/4 the time and then finish the last quarter when you’re ready to eat.

  • Hi, I cannot wait to make this recipe. As a full-time working wife, it’s sometimes hard to come home and make an elaborate meal. Casseroles make it so much easier to have a meal that tastes like you have been in the kitchen for hours… I just have 1 question; did you use brown long grain rice or white? Thank you so much!

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    • white, but you could increase the time to accommodate brown.

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  • Can you please check the link to the taco meat? The recipe says to click the words, but there is no link there that I can find 🙁

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  • Did you use the dry taco seasoning packet? If so, was 1 enough to season the rice well?

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    • It’s actually a sauce packet. It’s awesome but totally different than the dry seasoning.

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      • As many times as I’ve purchased taco fixings, I never noticed the sauce in the packet until after reading this recipe and then going to the grocery store and seeing it on the shelf. One more question, what size pan did you use?

  • This is an awesome recipe! Tweaked it a little for what I had- I just had plain tomato sauce, so I added a ton of spices (cumin, cayenne pepper, garlic, chili pepper, salt and pepper.) I also threw in some corn and a yellow bell pepper. I only found this recipe last week, and I’ve already made it twice. This is now my go-to recipe for leftover rice!

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    • I’m so glad you liked it and your “tweaks” sound delicious!!!

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  • This looks amazing! And I will probably figure out how to double it and stick half in my freezer 🙂 The only problem is that there is no link to cook the chicken. I’ve hovered and hovered and clicked and clicked and can’t find a link for how to make the taco meat.

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