Spicy Hamburger Casserole

This turned out to be a VERY tasty meal. I am glad I spiced up the original a bit, though.

1 lb ground beef
1/2 onion, chopped
1/2 green pepper, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 jalapeno, minced
1 small (14.5 oz) can diced tomatoes
1 cup cooked kidney beans with a little cooking liquid
1 cup white rice
1 cup beef broth
2 T chili powder
1 t jalapeno powder
salt and black pepper to taste
1 cup shredded Mozzarella cheese

Preheat oven to 375°.

Heat a large frying pan over medium high heat and add ground beef. Cook til beef is browned, drain. Stir in onion, green pepper, garlic, and jalapeno; cook til the veggies soften, about 5 minutes. Add tomatoes; simmer til the liquid has been absorbed, about 5 minutes.

Stir in beans, rice, broth and seasonings. Taste and adjust as desired.

Pour mixture into a 9x13" baking pan and cover tightly with foil.

Bake til liquid is absorbed and rice is tender, 45 minutes to 1 hour. Uncover and sprinkle with cheese. Return to oven til cheese is melted, about 5 minutes.

Let rest a few minutes before serving.http://media-files.gather.com/images/d590/d247/d746/d224/d96/f3/full.jpg
Thanks to Ann J. who posted the base for this wonderful recipe! The original can be found here: http://www.gather.com/viewArticle.action?grpId=3659174697243066&articleId=281474978062104&nav=Groupspace

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