Rice and Beef Casserole with Cracker Topping

This hearty beef and rice casserole with a crunchy cracker topping is a great dinner for families. This casserole can be prepped ahead and reheated for days when you need a quick and delicious meal!

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Rice and beef casserole with cracker topping

Rice and beef casserole with cracker topping

This rice and beef casserole is a flavorful comfort food meal that is easy to prepare and great to reheat!
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 8


  • 1 cup dry rice (Jasmine)
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 1/2 medium onion diced
  • 2 medium potatoes cubed
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder *see note
  • 1/2 teaspoon season all (Lawry's salt)
  • 10.5 oz. cream of chicken soup
  • 1 cup sour cream or plain yoghurt
  • 1 cup chicken broth


  • shredded cheddar or taco style cheese
  • 3/4 package of Town house crackers
  • 3 tablespoons butter melted


Preheat oven to 350

  • Cook rice in three cups of water for 20-30 minutes until soft.
  • In a separate pan cook ground beef, garlic, onion and potatoes in 2-3 tablespoons olive oil, over medium heat, until beef is browned and potatoes are starting to brown and are soft. Stir in seasonings and remove from heat.
  • In a medium sized bowl, mix together cream of chicken, plain yogurt and chicken broth then add cooked rice and the beef mixture. Pour all into a 9 by 13 inch pan.
  • Melt butter and mix in crushed crackers. Top casserole with shredded cheese and then cracker mixture.
  • Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until casserole is bubbly then turn broiler to 400 and broil for around 2 minutes until cracker topping is nicely browned. *see note. Cool slightly and enjoy!


If you prefer a saltier casserole you can substitute garlic salt for garlic powder. 
More notes and step by step photos below. 
Keyword Rice and beef casserole, cracker topped casserole, meal prep casserole
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This casserole goes very well with a side of cooked, creamed corn and applesauce!

Ingredients needed: Shredded cheese, chicken broth, cream of chicken, sour cream or yoghurt, potatoes, garlic, salt, garlic powder, season all, pepper, rice, beef, crackers, butter (not shown) and onion.

Step 1-2: Cook rice and brown beef along with onions, garlic and potatoes, until potatoes have browned slightly and are softened.

Step 3: Combine soup, yogurt (or sour cream) and chicken broth in a medium sized bowl.

Step 3 continued: Add the beef and potato mixture and rice to the soup mixture. Stir gently to combine, then pour into a 13 by 9 inch casserole.

Step 4: Combine crackers and melted butter, then top the casserole with shredded cheese and the cracker topping. Bake in the preheated oven until heated through and bubbly, then broil to brown the cracker topping.

Some broilers are hotter than others, and I also kept the baking dish in the center rack of my oven. I highly recommend checking your casserole frequently during broiling process.

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  3. 5 stars
    This casserole is outstanding.

    1. marilynpeight says:

      Thank you! Glad you enjoyed it!

  4. Cassie says:

    5 stars
    I used cream of mushroom, Ritz crackers, added some shredded carrots, and omitted the sour cream yogurt (didn’t have either on hand). Turned it good. Love the crunchy cracker topping and the bites of potato. Will make again.

    1. marilynpeight says:

      Glad it turned out great for you too!

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