Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Cooking :: Mexican Fiesta in a Pan


I don't know about you, but I get many of my what-to-make-for-supper ideas and inspiration from Facebook or Twitter. Take today, for example, Eat at Home's Facebook status was "Dinner tonight is ____." To which I replied, "...something with ground beef. Ideas?". One suggestion was Beef and Black Bean Taco Bake. So, we went with it and added a few extra ingredients of our own! This was quick to put together and a really yummy week night supper. It's simple enough that your kids can help make it, too. That's always a good thing!

Mexican Fiesta in a Pan

2 cups cooked rice
1/4 tsp cumin
1/4 tsp chili powder
1 lb ground beef
1 small green pepper, diced
1 can green chilis
6 oz cream cheese
4 green onions, chopped
2 cups grated old cheddar
4 flour tortillas, cut into bite size pieces
1 can black beans
2 cups salsa

Sour cream
Cilantro, chopped

1. In a medium saucepan combine 1 cup uncooked rice, 2 cups water, 1 tsp salt, and a dash of cumin. Cover. Bring to a boil. Once boiling turn the temperature down to simmer and turn the timer on for 20 minutes.

2. Meanwhile, heat 1 tbsp oil in a large skillet. Brown the ground beef. Add green peppers, a dash of cumin, a dash of chili powder and sauté until green peppers have started to soften. Add cream cheese and green chilis. Stir until cream cheese is melted. Remove from heat.

3. To the large skillet add the cooked rice, green onions, grated cheddar, cut up flour tortillas, black beans and salsa. Mix everything together and pour into a 9" x 13" pan. Bake at 350° for approximately 30 minutes or until bubbly and hot. Serve with sour cream and fresh chopped cilantro.

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  1. Love that you added cream cheese and rice! I'm going to have to try that. Yum!

  2. It was really good! I never would've thought to cut the flour tortillas into bits, so thank you for that idea. Next time I will add some fresh lime juice.

  3. Oh, this sounds delicious. It is bitter cold where we live right at the moment, and this recipe using many pantry staples would really "hit the spot" for my gang. Thank you for posting! I just found your blog and will visit again.