Mexican Rice and Bean Bake

Mexican Rice and Bean Bake

Betty Crocker's Heart Healthy Cookbook shares a recipe! Add Mexican flavor to your family’s dinner! Enjoy this rice and bean bake that’s ready in an hour.

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1 1/4
cups water
cup uncooked instant brown rice
1 1/2
cups picante sauce
cup shredded reduced-fat Cheddar cheese (4 ounces)
cup fat-free cholesterol-free egg product or 1 egg
can (15 to 16 ounces) pinto beans, drained
teaspoon chili powder
  1. Heat water to boiling in 1-quart saucepan. Stir in rice; reduce heat to low. Cover and simmer 10 minutes. Meanwhile, heat oven to 350º. Spray square baking dish, 8x8x2 inches, with cooking spray.
  2. Mix rice, 1/2 cup of the picante sauce, 1/2 cup of the cheese, and the egg product in medium bowl; press in bottom of baking dish.
  3. Mix beans and remaining 1 cup picante sauce in small bowl; spoon over rice mixture. Sprinkle with remaining 1/2 cup cheese and the chili powder.
  4. Bake uncovered 30 to 35 minutes or until cheese is melted and bubbly. Let stand 5 minutes before serving.
Makes 6 servings
Make the Most of This Recipe With Tips From The Betty Crocker® Kitchens
“If I eat a good lunch, like this rice and bean bake, I can keep going for a few hours before getting hungry. I keep carrots, an apple or other fruit at work to munch on if I’m hungry in the afternoon.” Wanda S.
A Note from Dr. B.:
To lose 1 pound a week, you need to create a 500-calorie daily deficit. Well-balanced plans recommend eating 250 fewer calories each day and burning an additional 250 calories through exercise. The best equation for losing weight and keeping it off equals a healthy diet plus exercise, rather than focusing too much on one or the other.

Nutrition Information:

1 Serving (1 Serving)
  • Calories 230
    • (Calories from Fat 20),
  • Total Fat 2 1/2g
    • (Saturated Fat 1g,
    • Trans Fat 0g),
  • Cholesterol 0mg;
  • Sodium 620mg;
  • Total Carbohydrate 38g
    • (Dietary Fiber 9g,
    • Sugars 4g),
  • Protein 14g;
Percent Daily Value*:
    • 2 Starch;
    • 0 Fruit;
    • 0 Other Carbohydrate;
    • 0 Skim Milk;
    • 0 Low-Fat Milk;
    • 0 Milk;
    • 1 Vegetable;
    • 0 Very Lean Meat;
    • 0 Lean Meat;
    • 0 High-Fat Meat;
    • 0 Fat;
    Carbohydrate Choices:
    • 2 1/2;
    *Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.