Cheesy Beef & Rice Casserole – Make Ahead for Busy Nights!

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Are you looking for a recipe that’s easy to make ahead of time and just pop in the oven? This Cheesy Beef & Rice Casserole is a must-try! Find more recipes on Become a Coupon Queen

Cheesy Beef & Rice Casserole

This recipe is the result of wanting to make something new but not having time to go to the store. Thanks to couponing, I have a decent stockpile and was able to put this Cheesy Beef & Rice Casserole together. I knew my family would love it – we love anything cheesy!

This casserole is super easy to throw together when you don’t feel like cooking a lot or if you’re looking for something to make ahead of time for busy nights. You can just pop it in the oven when you get home. Our weeks are always SO busy with my daughter in dance 3 days a week and with my husband starting to go back to the gym. Recipes like these are lifesavers for me so we’re not starting to cook when we get home and eating super late.

It was delicious! Our family ate every bite, which is a big thing for my picky eater!

Cheesy Beef & Rice Casserole

Cheesy Beef & Rice Casserole


  • 1lb ground beef
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 small can tomato sauce
  • 1 cup frozen or 1 can corn (or a veggie of your choosing)
  • 1 cup cooked rice
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese, divided
  • salt, pepper, oregano


  1. Brown ground beef with onion and garlic powder
  2. Add tomato sauce, corn, rice, broth, and 1 cup cheese and simmer about 3 minutes
  3. Transfer to a casserole dish and bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes
  4. Top with 1 cup cheese and return to oven.
  5. Bake 15 minutes allowing cheese to melt.
  6. Remove and enjoy!

Check out other recipes I’ve posted, including Homemade Ravioli Two Ways, Chili Mac, Easy Mexican Tortilla Bake, and Yum Setta.

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  1. love the recipe really great I also try to use my stockpile in my recipes thanks for sharing visiting from inspiration monday

  2. This looks really good. I was just thinking today that I need to make rice more often. Good way to use it! Pinned. Blessings, Diane

  3. Oh my- this looks yummy! Looks like a great comfort food, too.
    Thanks for sharing at Motivation Monday 🙂

  4. Ran across this recipe and it looked really good. I was running late at the office, so whipped this up for dinner when I got home and it was a big hit! Thank you so much! And by the way — what font did you use on the title of the ribbon on the picture. I really like it (I do a lot of digital graphic work), and if I don’t already have that one, I would love to know the name so I can get it to add to my collection =)

    Anyway — thanks again for the recipe!

  5. Jennifer Brinkman says

    Hello! Going to try this recipe!! Is it 1 cup of cooked rice OR 1 cup of raw rice then cooked to 3 cups? Thanks!

  6. This will be the second time I’ve made this, it was delicious. Tonight I’m adding taco seasoning instead of garlic powder and fries some fresh garlic with the meat and onions. It’s in the oven now hope its as good as I think it will be!

  7. Cooked rice it says

  8. This was a hit with my hubby. I added some drained Rotel tomatoes. Its was great.

  9. Really great recipe! We like a little spice so we added extra garlic powder and hot sauce! Yum!

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