This easy, Mexican style Taco Casserole with ground beef, chili beans and rice is a quick and easy crockpot dinner that is budget friendly and only takes 15 minutes to prep! This crockpot taco casserole is best served with shredded lettuce, diced tomatoes and sour cream. To make this recipe dairy free you can omit the sour cream or serve it with a dairy free plain yoghurt or dairy free sour cream.
Prep time: 15 min.
Cook time: 4.5-5 hours
- 1 pound ground beef
- 3/4 cup diced yellow onion
- 1 15.5 oz. canned chili beans (with sauce).
- 2 3/4 cups beef broth *See Substitutions below.
- 1/4 cup tomato sauce (marinara, pizza sauce or pasta sauce.)
- 2/3-1 package Taco seasoning *See note
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 3/4 cup tomato chunks (fresh or canned and drained.)
- 1 cup dry white rice (uncooked).
- Shredded cheese (optional).
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- Brown the ground beef and add the diced onions at the last 2-3 minutes of cooking (or until the onions have softened and are fragrant).
- Place chili beans with juice, beef broth, tomato sauce, tomato chunks, taco seasoning and salt in a 2.5-4 quart crock pot. Drain the grease from the browned beef and onions, then add the beef mixture to the crock pot and stir everything to combine the seasonings.
- Cook the beef, beans, tomatoes and broth/sauce mixture on low for three hours, then stir in the rice. Cover and cook for 1-2 hours longer until the rice has softened. If the rice is still crunchy and has soaked up all the liquid you can add another 1/4 cup (or more if needed) of broth and cook for 15-30 minutes longer.
- Top with shredded cheese of your choice and serve with shredded lettuce, diced tomatoes, sour cream (or dairy free sour cream or dairy free plain yoghurt) and Sweet onion dressing (optional). See Notes, Substitutions and Photos below.
If you do not have beef broth on hand you can use 2 3/4 cups water and 3 beef bouillon cubes or chicken or vegetable broth can also be used.
The amount of Taco seasoning is optional because the first time I made this Crock Pot Taco Casserole I used a whole package of Taco seasoning and my husband and I loved it, but it was too spicy for my toddlers. The second time I only used 2/3 of the package and then the kids were able to enjoy it as well.
Some like to add corn to their taco casserole. If adding a can of drained corn to this casserole you may wish to use a 3-4 quart casserole to ensure plenty of space and you can add the drained corn in when adding the tomato chunks.