This Country Casserole recipe is an easy-to-make comfort casserole recipe that my mom used to make when I was a kid. Nothing fancy or gourmet about this casserole, just a simple fill your belly kind of casserole that everyone will love.
What I like about this casserole is you can easily omit or change some of the vegetables to your liking. Don’t like Green Bell Peppers? Replace them with something else or leave them out completely! The real trick here is getting the rice just perfect. Practice makes perfect!
💭 Ingredient Substitution
My mom always made this country casserole with ground beef but on a few occasions, I've used some healthier Lean Ground Turkey with excellent results. Equally delicious!
💭 Recipe Tip
I always have some long grain rice on hand so that is what I typically use when making this casserole. In reality, you can pretty much use any kind of rice you want.
I love making casseroles. They are pretty easy to make and usually take no more than 1 hour to eat. By far the most popular casserole I've posted on this blog is my Sloppy Joe Casserole. It's been shared over 20k times on Pinterest and Facebook.
🐄 How to Handle Raw Beef
Thaw raw ground beef on a plate on the lowest shelf of the refrigerator, to avoid dripping onto other foods.
Keep raw and ready-to-eat meats separate.
Wash hands thoroughly before and after handling raw ground beef. Wash cutting boards, bowls, and utensils used to prepare raw ground beef with hot soapy water and rinse well.
Use separate plates to carry raw ground beef patties to the cooking area and cooked patties to the serving area.
Use a Thermometer to ensure Ground Beef Reaches the Safely Cooked Internal Temperature of 160°F.
Depending on how lean your ground beef is you may have to drain any excess fat after cooking the meat.
Unless you are feeding a small army you are most likely going to have some leftovers. You can reheat this casserole in a microwave-safe dish for 3-4 minutes stirring at the halfway mark. I recommend adding a tablespoon or two of water to the mixture before microwaving.
📋 Gather your Ingredients
You will need the following ingredients to make Sharon's Country Casserole recipe (see recipe card for quantities): Olive Oil, Green Bell Pepper, Corn, Yellow Onion, Celery, Long Grain Rice, Ground Beef, Tomatoes and Salt & Pepper.
🥣 How to Make this Country Casserole
In a large skillet, heat olive oil. Add chopped green pepper, corn, diced onion, chopped celery and rice. Stir for 8 to 10 minutes.
Add the ground beef (or turkey) and salt & pepper to taste. Stir and cook until all the meat is browned.
Add the tomatoes and bring to a boil. Cover and cook for 20 to 25 minutes until moisture is absorbed.
Remove from heat. Plate and Enjoy!
Sharon's Country Casserole
- 4 tablespoon Olive Oil
- 1 Green Bell Pepper, diced
- 1 Cup Frozen Corn
- 1 Yellow Onion, diced
- 1 Cup Celery, diced
- 2 Cups Long Grain Rice, uncooked
- 2 lbs Lean Ground Beef
- 28 oz Diced Tomatoes
- Salt and Pepper, to taste
- In a large skillet, heat olive oil. Add chopped green pepper, corn, diced onion, chopped celery and rice. Stir for 8 to 10 minutes.
- Add beef (or turkey) and salt & pepper to taste. Stir and cook until all the meat is browned.
- Add tomatoes and bring to a boil. Cover and cook 20 to 25 minutes until moisture is absorbed.
- Remove from heat. Plate and Enjoy!
Nutritional information provided for this recipe is based on 1 serving. This information is an estimate and may vary based on several factors. If nutritional information is important to you and your diet, please verify this recipe with a Registered Dietitian.