One Pot Mexican Rice Casserole

One Pot Mexican Casserole Weeknight Dinner w. Shredded Chicken and Rice/Quinoa

One of my favorite things is when I hear people tell my husband, “Oh, you must eat so well,” because he’s married to a food blogger. It’s my favorite thing because it isn’t true. I mean we do eat homemade meals most of the time. And I try to make tasty food, but our meals are FAR from fancy.

They are our best intentions of trying to be healthy, using what we have on hand, and whatever else goes into feeding your family.

Sometimes it’s pretty good. More often than not, it’s whole grains, roasted vegetables, and some sort of protein.

My husband is really pretty patient with how often “rice and veggies” comes out of my mouth for dinner plans. And really, this one pot Mexican Casserole is rice and veggies a little jazzed up, but it’s a huge winner…

One Pot Mexican Casserole Weeknight Dinner w. Shredded Chicken and Rice/Quinoa
One Pot Mexican Casserole Weeknight Dinner w. Shredded Chicken and Rice/Quinoa

I realized after living with my husband for a while that a little splurge on an otherwise ordinary dinner can go along way. For example… Yes, we’re having soup again, but I bought a loaf of bread in the bakery to make yummy toast.

OR Yes, we’re having tacos again, but I bought chips and avocado for guacamole. The “extras” are usually inexpensive and easy but oh so tasty!

One Pot Mexican Casserole Weeknight Dinner w. Shredded Chicken and Rice/Quinoa

One Pot Mexican Casserole

One of the reasons I love this one pot Mexican casserole dinner is that it uses up all kind of leftovers. This recipe uses up chicken and rice/quinoa. You could sub chicken for any kind of meat. And the veggies as well.

I think I’ve thrown in leftover veggies too. So basically whatever you have is good. I’m not above using 5 mushrooms, ½ a bell pepper, and two zucchini because that’s what’s in the fridge! With all that melty cheese and avocado, who cares?! Oh, and don’t forget the tapatio!

And if you’re looking for another dish for that tapatio, try anything with this homemade fajita seasoning and fajita veggies.

One Pot Mexican Casserole Weeknight Dinner w. Shredded Chicken and Rice/Quinoa

One Pot Mexican Casserole Weeknight Dinner w. Shredded Chicken and Rice/Quinoa

Want some other good one pot recipes? This lemon tuna pasta is easy, inexpensive and delicious! Simpler versions (great as a side dish too) are pasta and peas and this one pot green bean pasta is a mandatory one in our house. If you need something heartier, check out this plant-based lentil soup, Dutch Oven Corned Beef and Cabbage, and shrimp + pancetta wild rice medley!

And check out these rice cooker recipes for cooking more than just plain rice!

One Pot Mexican Casserole Weeknight Dinner w. Shredded Chicken and Rice/Quinoa

More Homemade Mexican Recipes

Want more Mexican-inspired recipes? Homemade fajita seasoning is a must-have no brainer in our world, something we use regularly in these wild rice stuffed peppers, my carnitas nachos (a great leftover chicken or turkey recipe), and my 7 layer sweet potato dip (vegan)! And don’t forget the pico de gallo! These tortilla pinwheels are a fun and easy Mexican appetizer too!

This Mexican Chocolate Cake is simple and yet so deliciously amazing – same goes for my Iced Mexican Mocha. And these Mexican fruit cups which can be customized to everyone’s liking with salt, lemon juice, and tajin seasoning!

And if you have time, can you sip on some of these mango margaritas on the rocks for me? Thanks! I really appreciate it!

One Pot Mexican Casserole
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ONE POT MEXICAN RICE CASSEROLE

This Easy One Pot Mexican Casserole is a perfect weeknight dinner w. shredded chicken and rice and/or quinoa. You can use leftover chicken and rice or quinoa, but if you’re like us, you’ll start making the ingredients to have this dish from scratch!
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time30 minutes
Total Time40 minutes
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: easy dinner, mexican
Servings: 6
Calories: 431kcal
Author: Luci Petlack

Ingredients

  • 2 medium bell peppers chopped
  • 1 medium onion chopped
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil divided
  • teaspoons salt divided
  • 1 teaspoon pepper divided
  • ½ teaspoon chili flakes not too spicy but optional
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • ½ teaspoon paprika
  • 4 cups cooked rice or quinoa
  • 1 can black beans drained
  • 2-3 cups cooked shredded chicken (about 1 large breast)
  • 1 quart homemade canned tomatoes or 2 cans
  • 1-1½  cups cheddar monterey jack, or pepper jack cheese, shredded

Instructions

  • Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in dutch oven or large pot with lid over medium heat. Add onions and ½ teaspoon each salt and pepper. Sauté 2-3 minutes. Add bell peppers, ½ teaspoon each salt and pepper, chili flakes (if using), and garlic powder. Sauté 3-5 minutes until beginning to soften.
  • Add remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil. Add rice and cook 3-5 minutes until beginning to crisp in places, stirring occasionally. Add beans, chicken, and tomatoes. Add chili powder, cumin, paprika, and remaining one teaspoon salt. Stir to mix thoroughly. Cook, stirring frequently until warm throughout (5-8 minutes).
  • Turn oven to broil. Top rice mixture with shredded cheese. Broil 10 minutes until cheese is bubbling and starting to brown.
  • ALTERNATIVE: If you don’t want to turn on the oven… After topping with cheese, cover pot and let cheese melt 5-8 minutes.

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Nutrition

Calories: 431kcal | Carbohydrates: 43g | Protein: 23g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 63mg | Sodium: 1046mg | Potassium: 672mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 2066IU | Vitamin C: 68mg | Calcium: 281mg | Iron: 4mg
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