Mexican Casserole

This is not an authentic Mexican dish. However, all the ingredients that make up this dish are used in the Mexican cuisine so I call this the Mexican Casserole. I put this together based on a recipe I found at least 10 years ago. Since then I make it a few times a year. It has evolved over time and I do not even remember what changed or why.

If your children like Mexican food like mine does then they will love this casserole. The cooking time for this dish is long but you don't have to watch it. That makes it perfect on days when you are tired and want dinner to cook itself. The best part of it is everyone is happy.

You will need
1 1/2 cups brown rice
1 1/2 cups salsa, any kind
1 tsp. paprika (optional)
1 can refried beans or you can make your own
8 oz. frozen yellow corn
2 handfuls baby spinach leaves
1 cup shredded cheese, sharp cheddar or similar
1/2 tsp. olive oil to coat the casserole dish

Put the frozen corn on the counter top to thaw. Wash and cook the brown rice. Keep it aside uncovered to cool down. Mix the salsa with the cooled rice.

Preheat oven to 400 F. Mix the thawed corn and paprika with the refried beans and keep aside.

Chop the baby spinach and keep aside.

Grate the cheese.

Oil the bottom and sides of a casserole dish. Layer almost half of the salsa rice mixture on the bottom of the dish.

Add the bean and corn mixture on the top and spread it to form a second layer.

Layer the chopped spinach over the bean and corn mixture.

Add 3/4 of the cheese over the spinach.

Layer the rest of the rice mixture over the top.

Sprinkle the remaining cheese.

Cover with aluminium foil and bake for 25-30 minutes.

Uncover and brown the cheese for another 5 minutes.

Serve hot.



  1. Yummy cassarole dish and love the cheesy top

  2. Love UR presentation! Looks yumm..

  3. Nice one, the addition of spinach images it a healthy too!

  4. Oh my such an delicious and yummy casserole :) fantastic recipe dear !!

  5. Wat a wholesome and satisfying casserole.

  6. Very filling and a satisfying dish. Love all the ingredients used in this.

  7. I have never attempted to make a casserole. very very inviting.

  8. never made a casserole! this looks so yum with all the cheese and goodness of rice spinach n legumes! wholesome goodness!

  9. what a unique and interesting casserole


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