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Brown Rice Tamale Pie

Brown Rice Tamale Pie

Ingredients:

2 tablespoons olive oil
1 cup onion, chopped
4 ribs celery, chopped
3 carrots, peeled and chopped
1 bell pepper, seeded and chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 pounds ground meat of choice (beef, turkey, chicken, etc)
2 (15-ounce) cans fire-roasted diced tomatoes
2 (4-ounce) cans green chiles
4 tablespoons tomato paste
1 tablespoon chili powder
2 teaspoons salt
2 teaspoons cumin
1 teaspoon oregano
4 cups prepared Riceland Medium Grain Brown Rice
1 tablespoon taco seasoning
3 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese
2 whole eggs, lightly beaten

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375.
  2. In a large pot heat the olive oil, then add the onion, celery, carrots and pepper.
  3. Stir to combine.
  4. Cook for about 5-8 minutes until soft and fragrant.
  5. Add the garlic and cook for another minute.
  6. Add the ground meat and gently break up with a wooden spoon.
  7. Cook until the meat is cooked through, about 10 minutes.
  8. Add the fire-roasted tomatoes, tomato paste, green chiles, chili powder, salt, cumin and oregano.
  9. Stir to combine.
  10. Bring to a simmer and cook for another 10 minutes or so until thick.
  11. Pour into a 9- x 13-inch baking dish.
  12. In a large bowl stir together the prepared rice, taco seasoning, cheese and eggs.
  13. Spoon over the top of the meat mixture, then spread evenly.
  14. Bake at 375 for 20-25 minutes until golden.
  15. Remove from the oven.
  16. Allow to sit for 10 minutes.
  17. Serve hot.