7 Layer Casserole

READY IN: 1hr 40mins
Recipe by anonymous

Delicious!!-makes great leftovers. I am a very picky eater and I remember my stepmom serving this to us and we were hesitant to eat it--but once we tried, we all couldn't get enough! I always DOUBLE the recipe and add extra onions. Can use leftovers for stuffed peppers. My fav is use banana peppers instead and top with cheese.

Top Review by BriarCraft

I have made this for years, since finding it in The Encyclopedia of Creative Cooking in 1980. To my taste, it is a bit dry and needs a bit more flavor and the easiest way to achieve that is to substitute 2 cups of canned pasta sauce, such as Del Monte Tomato and Basil instead of plain tomato sauce. I also increase the water to 1 cup.

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 1 cup uncooked long grain rice (NOT minute rice-I use uncle bens)
  • 1 cup whole corn, drained (small can)
  • 1 dash salt and pepper, sprinkle
  • 1 (8 ounce) can tomato sauce
  • 4 ounces water (use 1/2 of the tomato can to measure)
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 12 cup diced red pepper (optional)
  • 34 lb uncooked ground beef
  • salt and pepper, sprinkle
  • 1 (8 ounce) can tomato sauce
  • 2 ounces water (use tomato sauce can to measure 1/4 of the can)
  • 4 slices bacon

Directions

  1. Add ingredients in order as listed above.
  2. Cover and bake at 350 for an hour.
  3. Uncover and bake 30 mins longer.
  4. May need to bake a few minutes longer, especially if doubling recipe. Mix up and cover and cook until rice is tender.
  5. *Optional* Can add red pepper flakes for more of a bite or better yet, add diced fresh banana peppers. Can top with cheese.
  6. *Optional* Can use leftovers as stuffed pepper filling. Boil peppers in water, drain. Add leftover casserole to skillet, add a bit more tomato sauce and water to moisten and heat. Place peppers in casserole dish, add casserole/stuffing to peppers, top with more sauce and cheese. Heat through in oven.

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