I have been married to a wonderful Christian man since 1976. The Lord has blessed us with two daughters and two sons. I consider each day the Lord gives me on the earth yet another chance to serve Him.

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Chili Rice Casserole

A great meal on those chili days (pun intended).  You can also make this with leftover chili.  This is very easy to make.  You can omit the cheese, if you can't do dairy.  Great gluten free dinner.

         (I made this half without cheese so those who were dairy intolerant could still eat it)

(serves 10-12)

*1 1/2 pounds lean ground beef
*1 large yellow onion, chopped
*1 green bell pepper, chopped
*1 red bell pepper, chopped
*3 garlic cloves, minced
*1 (1.25 ounce) package chili seasoning
*1 (30 1/2 ounce) can chili mix
*1 teaspoon chili powder
*1 teaspoon black pepper
*1 teaspoon salt
*1 quart stewed tomatoes
*1 (46 ounce) can tomato juice
*1 cup water
*1 1/2  cups rice
*2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
*sour cream (optional)
*green onions, chopped (optional)

~In a large dutch oven, over medium heat, cook ground beef, onion, green bell pepper, red bell pepper & garlic until beef is browned.
~Drain any grease.
~Add salt, pepper, chili seasoning, chili mix, chili powder, stewed tomatoes, tomato juice & water.
~Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 2-4 hours.
~Add rice, cover and cook for 15 minutes.
~Preheat oven 350 degrees.
~Pour chili into a lasagna pan (12x15 inch).
~Sprinkle cheese over top.
~Bake for 20-30 minutes.
~Serve and add a dollop of sour cream & sprinkle with green onions.

`cook in slow cooker for 5-6 hours.  Add rice 2 hours before serving. Sprinkle cheese on after serving.

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