Total Time
Prep 0 mins
Cook 20 mins

This recipe came from my mother, Jean Godden, and is a family favorite, even with small children!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Cook rice per normal cooking instructions.
  2. While rice cooks, brown meat and cook onions until tender.
  3. Drain excess fat from meat.
  4. Combine meat and onions in skillet, and add crushed tomatoes, mushroom soup, bay leaf, oregano, garlic powder, cumin, salt, pepper, olives.
  5. Simmer together in skillet until rice is finished cooking.
  6. Add rice, and mix all ingredients well.
  7. Top casserole with cheese until melted.
Most Helpful

The olives really were a nice touch, but it wasn't really anything we would make again.

ceashel April 20, 2002

Wonderful. The green olives really added a nice taste. I think I'd increase the oregano, garlic powder and cumin to 1/4 teaspoon to start with the next time I make this. I cooked 1 cup of dry rice and add all of it by mistake but it did not matter. Still tasted great!

Charlotte J April 12, 2002

I made this for for a group of 23 Native men and boys; they left nothing behind. That says it all. A chef at the feast we attended suggested adding wild rice to the casserole; will definitely try that next time.

Suzy K. July 14, 2014