7 Layer Casserole With Ground Beef and Rice

7 Layer Casserole
Diana Rattray
  • Total: 117 mins
  • Prep: 12 mins
  • Cook: 105 mins
  • Yield: 4 to 6 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
539 Calories
23g Fat
47g Carbs
34g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4 to 6 servings
Amount per serving
Calories 539
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 23g 30%
Saturated Fat 11g 56%
Cholesterol 102mg 34%
Sodium 407mg 18%
Total Carbohydrate 47g 17%
Dietary Fiber 3g 10%
Protein 34g
Calcium 326mg 25%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

This recipe for a 7-layer casserole includes ground beef, rice, corn, tomato sauce, and other vegetables. It's a complete meal in one dish and is wonderful served with crusty rolls or cornbread and a tossed green salad.

The original recipe, from a 1950s Hunt's Tomato Sauce ad, calls for with a second can of tomato sauce; for added texture, you can swap that out for canned diced tomatoes. For some extra zing, try an optional eighth layer of shredded cheese.


  • 1 cup uncooked rice (washed and drained)
  • 1 cup whole kernel corn (drained)
  • Dash salt
  • Dash pepper
  • 1 (8-ounce) can tomato sauce
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup onion (chopped)
  • 1/2 cup green bell pepper (chopped)
  • 3/4 to 1 pound extra-lean ground beef (uncooked and broken up)
  • 1 (14.5-ounce) can diced tomatoes (undrained, or another can of tomato sauce mixed with 1/4 cup of water)
  • 4 strips bacon (cut in half)
  • Optional: 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese or cheddar Jack blend

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. Put the rice in a 2-quart baking dish.

  3. Spoon the corn evenly over the rice layer and sprinkle lightly with salt and freshly ground black pepper.

  4. Combine the 1 can of tomato sauce with 1/2 cup of water and pour over the corn layer.

  5. Sprinkle with the chopped onion and bell pepper.

  6. Top the onion and pepper layer with the ground beef and sprinkle lightly with salt and freshly ground black pepper.

  7. Add the can of diced tomatoes.

  8. Top with the strips of bacon.

  9. Cover tightly with foil and bake at 350 F for 1 hour.

  10. Uncover and cook 30 minutes longer, until bacon is crisp.

  11. If desired, top with shredded cheese, return to the oven and continue baking just until the cheese has melted.