Recipe Summary

Prep time: 20 mins
Cook time: 30 mins
Yield: 2 servings

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This recipe is...

  • rich in veggies
  • rich in grains
  • rich in protein
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Rick Bayless's Tomato, Rice and Beef Casserole

This recipe serves: 
For the roasted poblano chilis and tomatoes:
2 poblano or Anaheim chili peppers
2 ripe Roma tomatoes
1 teaspoon olive oil
1/2 medium white onion, sliced 1/4" thick
1 clove garlic, finely chopped
pinch dried oregano
about 1/3 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup medium or long grain rice
1/3 cup grated Monterey jack or Mexican Chihuahua cheese
1/2 cup cooked, shredded grilled skirt or flank steak
Cooking Instructions
For the roasted poblano chilis and tomatoes:

1. Preheat the broiler.

2. Roast the chilies and tomatoes under a very hot broiler until blackened on all sides, about 10 minutes for the chilies and 12 minutes for the tomatoes.

3. Cover the chilies with a clean kitchen towel and let stand for 5 minutes. Peel the chilies and remove the stems and seedpods. Rinse the chilies briefly to remove specks of skin and seeds. Slice the chilies into 1/4" strips.

4. Cool, peel and roughly chop the tomatoes. Set aside the tomatoes and their juices.

5. Heat the oil in a medium-size skillet over medium heat. Add the onion and cook until golden brown, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and oregano, and cook 1 minute longer. Add the chilies, tomatoes and their juices. Stir until the juices have reduced, about 3 to 4 minutes. Season with salt. Remove from the heat and set aside. (This can be made ahead and refrigerated up to 3 days.)

For the casserole:

1. In a small pot, bring 1 1/2 quarts water and the salt to a boil. Add the rice and simmer, uncovered, for about 15 minutes, until all the grains are tender but not mushy or splayed. Strain the rice and spread on a tray to cool.

2. Preheat the oven to 350F.

3. Spread half the rice over the bottom of a lightly greased small baking dish. Spoon on half the chili-tomato mixture and sprinkle with half the cheese. Spread all the beef over the cheese. Cover with the remaining rice, chili-tomato mixture and cheese. (This can be assembled a day in advance and refrigerated.)

4. Bake until bubbly and brown, about 20 to 30 minutes, but longer if it was refrigerated. Let stand 10 minutes, then serve.

Serving Size: about 1 1/2 cups

Nutritional Information

Number of Servings: 2

Per Serving

  • Calories
  • 419
  • Carbohydrate
  • 6 g
  • Fat
  • 17 g
  • Fiber
  • 0 g
  • Protein
  • 25 g
  • Saturated Fat
  • 7 g
  • Sodium
  • 967 mg