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Mexican Rice Casserole & Cinco de Mayo Recipes

Are you getting ready Cinco de Mayo? If so, I have 10 delicious recipes you should try including this Mexican Rice Casserole!

Mexican Rice Casserole

Do you celebrate Cinco de Mayo?  We love to do our own little feast at home to celebrate.  I think it’s fun just to get in the spirit of the holiday and fun for the whole family.  Before we had kids, my husband and I would go out and eat on Cinco de Mayo, but now with kids, it is just easier if we eat at home.  I’m sure the restaurant patrons would thank us for that too, but we really do love having our own food at home anyway.

Mexican Rice Casserole

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Of course chips and queso are always a must but we like to mix it up with appetizers, main dishes, and desserts too.  We decided to try out this Mexican Rice Casserole this past week and loved it.  I figured it should be on our menu too now.  I did a great mix of veggies, rice, and beef, then you can eat it as is, with chips, in a lettuce wrap, or with tortillas.

Mexican Rice Casserole

My husband loves to eat this with tortillas and I prefer chips.  I will say though if you are making it more healthy then with lettuce is a great way to do it.  Then, dip it in salsa and you are all set!

Mexican Rice Casserole

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Mexican Rice Casserole

Yield: 6+


  • 1 Lb Ground Beef
  • 1 Package Taco Seasoning or Gluten Free Taco Seasoning
  • 1/2 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1/4 Cup White Onion, Diced
  • 4 Cups Rice, Cooked
  • 1 Cup Black Beans
  • 1 Cup Corn
  • 1 Red Pepper, Diced
  • 1 Green Pepper, Diced
  • 1 Tomato, Diced
  • 1/2 Cup Cilantro, Chopped
  • 1/2 Lime
  • Optional - Cheese, Tortillas, Chips, Lettuce, Sour Cream, Salsa


  1. Begin by browning the ground beef and combining with the taco seasoning as instructed on the package.
  2. Once the beef is fully done and seasoned, set aside.
  3. In a cast iron skillet, add in the olive oil and onion up to medium-high heat and saute the onion for about 5 minutes.
  4. Add in the rice, black beans, corn, peppers, tomato, cilantro, and the ground beef.
  5. Squeeze juice from lime over the entire dish.
  6. Mix this up well and let it warm throughout for about 15 minutes.
  7. Serve topped with additional cilantro and optional items.

Mexican Rice Casserole

What types of foods do you like to try for Cinco de Mayo?  Be sure to share them with us, plus check out these 10 Cinco de Mayo recipes, I’m certain you will be able to build your menu now!

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Watermelon Jicama Salad by Mom Endeavors

Cheesy Bubble Up Enchiladas by See Vanessa Craft

Black Bean Salsa Salad by A Night Owl Blog

Easy Mexican Layer Salad by Spaceships & Laserbeams

Mexican Rice Casserole by Mommy Hates Cooking

Black Bean Dip by Two Twenty One

Churro Cupcakes by Happiness is Homemade

Taco Salad Bites by Play Party Plan

Margarita Mix Chicken Quinoa Tacos by Strawberry Mommycakes

Homemade Churro Bites by The Idea Room

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22 Responses to “Mexican Rice Casserole & Cinco de Mayo Recipes”

  1. Lori Bosworthposted April 28, 2016 at 8:56 am

    This looks like a great dish to celebrate Cinco de Mayo! I would definitely make this as I love Mexican food, but I would probably omit the corn because I’ve never been able to eat corn. Hope you have a great celebration!


    • Kristyreplied April 28th, 2016 at 8:12 pm

      I hope you have a great celebration too! Enjoy!

  2. Deeposted April 28, 2016 at 11:24 am

    This looks so good! I may have to make some and bring it into the office for Cinco de Mayo! I love how we can use Fresh ingredients that can make all the flavors pop!


  3. Tammilee Tipsposted April 28, 2016 at 2:24 pm

    I can’t believe that it I time for Cinco De Mayo already!! I am excited Mexican is one of my favorite foods to make! This sounds like amazing rice that my husband would love as well!


    • Kristyreplied April 28th, 2016 at 8:10 pm

      Me too! Where has this year gone?

  4. Jennifer Van Hussposted April 28, 2016 at 7:38 pm

    That looks delightful. I am just like you I hate cooking. I saw a funny quote today that said “Geez! Why do they want dinner EVER night” If it was as easy as this one why not!


    • Kristyreplied April 28th, 2016 at 8:11 pm

      Exactly!! Every night…must have dinner. LOL

  5. Melissa Dixonposted April 28, 2016 at 8:42 pm

    This looks like a new one for our family to try. My husband and daughter both love meals like this and I just don’t make them enough. This would be a fun way to switch things up a bit.


  6. Katieposted April 28, 2016 at 8:46 pm

    Mexican rice casserole is such a classic! I haven’t made one in months. I will have to get started on these again. Pinning for later. 🙂


  7. Jessyca Dahlinposted April 29, 2016 at 8:13 am

    Looks so yummy! It seems super simple and quick, I will be adding this to my recipe bookmark! And any excuse to eat ethnic food is a good excuse!


  8. Jamieposted April 29, 2016 at 10:19 am

    We love all kinds of Mexican dishes! When we go out for Mexican, it’s always so hard to choose! At home, we do a lot of nachos, tacos and one pot rice dishes like this. It’s a great way to use left over rice, plus anything I can add avocado and cilantro too are always high on my “things to make” list!


  9. Jessica Harlowposted April 29, 2016 at 6:49 pm

    This casserole seems like a perfect dish for Cinco de Mayo! I love Mexican food and this recipe looks easy!


  10. Bites for Foodiesposted April 30, 2016 at 1:20 pm

    I make a Tex-Mex rice dish that’s very similar to this one…and the family loves it. It is so easy to make and you can put just about any ingredient and condiment in it!


  11. Dina Demarestposted May 1, 2016 at 2:02 pm

    All of this food looks so delicious! Cinco de Mayo food is always a hit in our house.


  12. Tanya @ Moms Small Victoriesposted May 16, 2016 at 9:04 am

    I don’t use my cast iron skillet often enough, I’m still nervous about using it for some reason. This recipe looks fabulous, we love Mexican food and I love how easy casseroles are to make.

    Stopping by from Merry Monday and hope you’ll linkup with us at Small Victories Sunday Linkup too, we’re open all week!


  13. Emily @ The Benson Streetposted May 16, 2016 at 12:09 pm

    I love this idea. I love mexican recipes. Thanks for sharing at the Monday Funday Party!!


  14. Brett Martinposted May 23, 2016 at 1:35 pm

    psssssh. lets celebrate cinco de every month please! bring on the black beans!

    thanks for joining delicious dishes!!



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