7 Layer Casserole

"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."
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Ready In:
1hr 40mins


  • 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


  • Add ingredients in order as listed above.
  • Cover and bake at 350 for an hour.
  • Uncover and bake 30 mins longer.
  • May need to bake a few minutes longer, especially if doubling recipe. Mix up and cover and cook until rice is tender.
  • *Optional* Can add red pepper flakes for more of a bite or better yet, add diced fresh banana peppers. Can top with cheese.
  • *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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  1. 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.
  2. This recipe is in a PTA cookbook my mother had from Tacaoma WA that was published in the 1960's We always double the recipe! The only change we make is to omit the bacon; I think it makes the casserole too greasy. The flavor is even better reheated the next day!
  3. this was amazing! I fed five of my starving engineer friends plus myself on this and some cheesy baked potatoes. the bacon really added some pop to the flavor, though in the future I would probably chop it up to spread the taste across the whole casserole.
  4. Really nice casserole and so easy to put this together. I used a large can of corn, omitted the red pepper and turkey bacon for the top. Only seasoned with salt for one layer but next time would add it to the second layer too. My rice was a little overdone but I dont think I added enough water. I was a bit worried about the ground chuck leaving the casserole greasy but it cooked well and had a really good flavor. A salad and fresh bread would make this comfort food a complete meal!


  1. Substitute Del Monte Tomato and Basil pasta sauce for the tomato sauce. Increase water to 1 cup.



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