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Mexican Rice & Bean Casserole Smothered in Cheese
February 23, 2021
Growing up in an Italian American family in Southern California, I never realized that rice and beans were a staple meal in other countries. As an adult, I learned that in places like Costa Rica families would eat rice and beans for every meal, including breakfast. The Daily Meal has a good article on the history of rice and beans.
According to a book by Maria Baez Kijac, in Brazil, it’s customary for both the rich and poor to consume rice and beans every day. And in Central America the bean/rice team is sometimes called matrimonio (“the marriage”). Rice and beans together also qualify as a complete protein according to nutritional sources.
So let’s make some rice and beans with a little pizzaz. In this recipe, while beans and rice are really the star ingredients either chicken or turkey can be added. I chose to add leftover cooked turkey meat to this casserole. Yummy!
Hot out of the oven and ready to serve. Cheese melted and bubbly.
Served up and ready to eat.
For vegetarian version, eliminate turkey or chicken.