Cheesy Ground Beef And Rice Casserole

A perfect, quick & easy weeknight meal, comfort food like this flavorful Cheesy Ground Beef And Rice Casserole is studded with kid friendly veggies and a creamy cheesy topping, making it a dinner kids will love and the answer to many a busy parent’s prayers. 

Cheesy Ground Beef And Rice Casserole

I really have to give a nod to casseroles.

I love them…not just because they’re easy, but because they were some of the first things I ever started cooking.

Cheesy Ground Beef And Rice Casserole

Quick and easy casseroles are wonderful if you’re on a budget.

I also love them because they’re so easy to make “my own”, and typically I’ve always got to put my own spin on things. I’m a tweaker, and I can’t not tweak a new recipe.

Cheesy Ground Beef And Rice Casserole

Casseroles are also a life-saver on busy weeknights.

I’m trying to get everybody where they need to go, homework done, some gym time in, AND I’ve still got to get a hot, hearty meal on the table before bed time?

Cheesy Ground Beef And Rice Casserole

<Enter, you guessed it, a casserole> Hello, friend.

And this ground beef recipe one’s destined to be your BFF. I kid you not, my little ravagers didn’t save me a single bite the first time I made it. My husband even had the nerve to ask me if I was making more- like a second batch. He went as far as to as my price to make another dish of it that night (I didn’t charge, it’s not hard but he doesn’t need to know that).

I’ve heard of engagement chicken, but this right Cheesy Ground Beef And Rice Casserole should be called engagement casserole!

Cheesy Ground Beef And Rice Casserole

If you have a pound of ground beef, you’ve got dinner. This cheesy ground beef and rice casserole is a perfect one stop shop for a weeknight meal.

Shoot, it will still be good on a Saturday or Sunday. Dinner shouldn’t be stressful on the weekends either 🙂

Cheesy Ground Beef And Rice Casserole

Enjoy every last bite of this quick and easy casserole.


Other Tasty Ways To Combine Ground Beef & Rice:

Cheesy Ground Beef & Rice Casserole

An easy casserole, this cheesy dish features ground beef & rice with a heaping helping of veggies thrown in for a whole meal in a simple dinner bake.
4.17 from 24 votes
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Course: Casserole, Main Course
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 23 minutes
Total Time: 33 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories: 595kcal


  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1 large onion diced
  • 2 tsp minced garlic
  • 1 14 oz can of tomato sauce
  • 1 cup of rice cooked
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1 cup sour cream or Greek yogurt
  • 2 cups cheddar cheese shredded
  • salt pepper, oregano, to taste
  • 1 cup frozen peas


  • Melt the butter in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add the onions and, stirring often, saute for a few minutes- until they've become tender and translucent.
  • Add the ground beef and garlic. Brown the ground beef completely, drain, and return to the skillet.
  • Turn the heat down to medium and spice the beef with salt, pepper, and oregano to taste.
  • Stir in the rice, peas, tomato sauce, broth, and 1 cup of cheese. Let simmer for 3 minutes.
  • Transfer everything to a 9×13 baking dish and bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, combine the sour cream, or yogurt, with the remaining cup of cheese.
  • After 15 minutes, remove the casserole from the oven and spread the cream/cheese mixture evenly over top.
  • Return to the oven and bake for an additional 15 minutes.


recipe adapted from Hungry Little Girl


Calories: 595kcal | Carbohydrates: 36g | Protein: 28g | Fat: 38g | Saturated Fat: 19g | Cholesterol: 118mg | Sodium: 850mg | Potassium: 682mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 1165IU | Vitamin C: 19.4mg | Calcium: 359mg | Iron: 3.2mg
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Pictures Updated 1/15/2017


26 thoughts on “Cheesy Ground Beef And Rice Casserole

  1. Mmmm casseroles are the best! I wouldn’t have thought to put in sour cream or Greek yogurt, but it sounds like a great idea. Must try it!

  2. 5 stars
    Another dish I know my boys will love, I’m seeing a pattern here lol. Anything with meat, cheese and sauce = happy boys! Thanks and have a great day:)

    1. I haven’t ever frozen it, because I didn’t think it would freeze well. I have made it ahead of time and refrigerated overnight before though with success. If you do end up trying it Tracy- let me know how it turns out!

  3. 4 stars
    This is by far one of the best one-dish meals I have tried. The cheese sauce was awesome I added crunched up French’s fried onions with the sour cream and cheese!

    1. Traditional ‘white rice’ never turns out for me when I’m just cooking simple rice by itself, so the only rice I ever keep on hand is either jasmine or basmati. Although any of the three should work just fine in this recipe!

      1. 2 stars
        Not my favorite. The sour cream curdled with the cheddar and came out grainy. Maybe leave out the sour cream next time.

  4. 5 stars
    just made this today it’s freaking delicious and everyone loves it! Just added a couple more veggies kept everything else the same. 4-28-19

  5. 4 stars
    This was good. I mixed in Campbell’s Cauliflower Soup 1/2 into beef mixture 1/2 into Sour Cream /Cheese for topping. Fried Onions on top last 5min. The peas were best, plus I added sautéd diced carrots. Omitted the tomato sauce as the soup had tomato puree in it.

  6. 5 stars
    The casserole was excellent. I did make modifications though. I used cauliflower rice instead, reduced the tomato sauce to half the can, and used chicken bouillon cube instead of broth. Delicious:)

    1. Thank you, Anne for sharing your changes! Love the idea of subbing cauli rice for regular to reduce the carbs.

  7. We’re gonna try this this week. Looks great!
    Is it one cup of cooked rice or one cup of dry rice that you cook (and then end up with about 3 cups of cooked rice in the casserole)?

    1. It’s one cup of cooked white rice. I usually use basmati or jasmine (because they cook quickly, which is convenient) but regular cooked white rice will work too.

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