Lazy day healthy taco casserole

After Christmas was over, I got hit with a major case of the lazies.

The lazies (noun): a strong desire to stay in your pajamas and sit on the couch all day, moving only to go to the bathroom and procure food.

Over the past few days I’ve gone to the movies twice to see The Hobbit and Les Miserables, rented Pitch Perfect from pay-per-view, watched two episodes of Sherlock, and marathoned through half of LOST season 5. Yep, I’ve just been a giant lazy bum.

And lazy days like these mean lazy dinners are my best friend. This healthy taco casserole is a great option if you don’t want to put much effort into dinner. It’s also made healthy by using brown rice, a mixture of meat and beans, and not too much cheese. I don’t recommend using low fat cheese, since it doesn’t melt as well, so instead just use a moderate amount of full-fat cheese. Melted over the crushed tortilla chips, it reminds me of a plate of cheesy loaded nachos!

healthy taco casserole

Healthy taco casserole
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A healthy taco casserole made with whole grain brown rice, ground turkey, beans, and a cheesy nacho topping.
Yield: 6 servings
  • 1 cup dry brown rice
  • ¾ lb ground turkey
  • 1 package of low salt taco seasoning
  • 28 oz can of diced tomatoes
  • 19 oz can of black beans
  • 1 green pepper, diced
  • 1 cup of corn kernels
  • 1 tbsp cumin
  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1-1/2 cups crushed multigrain tortilla chips
  • 1-1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  1. In a medium sized pot with a lid, bring 1 cup of dry brown rice and 2 cups of cold water to a boil. Turn down to a simmer and cook covered for about 40 minutes or until the rice is done.
  2. Meanwhile brown the turkey in a skillet, then add in ½ cup of water and a package of taco seasoning. Mix well and cook over low heat until half the liquid has evaporated.
  3. In a large bowl mix together the cooked rice, turkey, diced tomatoes, beans, green pepper, corn, spices and salt. Pour into a large rectangular casserole dish, then top with the crushed tortilla chips and cheddar cheese. Bake at 350°F for 35 minutes.
  4. Serve with plain Greek yogurt and/or guacamole.
I use salt free canned tomatoes and beans. If you use products that contain salt, you may want to lower the added salt in the recipe.

healthy taco casserole

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21 Responses to Lazy day healthy taco casserole

  1. Yum, I love any healthy takes on Mexican food, and I'm totally with you on the low-fat cheese thing. It's not cheese!

  2. If that is the definition of the lazies, I will be engaging in that today. :-pLove the looks of this casserole! Anything even remotely Mexican-flavoured gets my attention instantly. If I can add guacamole to it, I know I'm going to like it.And thank you for encouraging the use of full fat cheese – tastes way better anyways!

  3. Mo

    This looks great! I love casseroles for lazy days! Even better when they are Mexican inspired!We've been enjoying way too many sweet treats in my house, so healthy dinners are even more important than usual, to balance everything out!My go to lazy meals are anything in the slow cooker; I can throw it together when the kids are napping, and it is ready to go at the end of the day! As for TV show for maarathons, I have to say it would be Friends :)

  4. Love this recipe! Looks delicious and I'm always up for an easy recipe. We just got a ton of snow in Boston yesterday and now all I want is a lazy day!

  5. Getting a case of the lazies are always welcomed every once in a while, in my opinion! ;) Hope you enjoyed them. :)

  6. Mmm, adding this to my lazy day menu haha! It looks fabulous :) My favorite lazy day meals are breakfast for dinner orrrrrrr tomato soup and grilled cheese! Total comfort food with little prep work required!

  7. I've been feeling you on the lazies sure… After all the craziness of Christmas, I haven't felt like doing anything in the least bit productive. Thankfully there have been leftovers to eat, but those are pretty much all gone now so I think it's going to be back to cereal for dinner for me ;) Although I have to say… this casserole sounds SO good. I don't think I've ever actually made a casserole, but I loooove anything Mexican so I'm definitely saving this recipe :)

  8. oh yum, any mexican creation is such a win.

  9. My favorite lazy day meal is chili, especially on a cold day!

  10. YESSSSSSSSS Oh man I gotta pin this for later!!! :D

  11. That taco casserole looks SO good!! And I'm jealous of your lazy bum days! Lately I've gotten hooked on Friday Night Lights on Netflix… Also Mad Men when I have time. How did you like Les Mis??

  12. YUM! I love what you say about using the real full fat cheese. milk fat can be so good in moderation! I saw Les Mis and The Hobbit too. I loooved them both!

  13. Yah, I'm totally lazy in the kitchen these days! I need some motivation, but it's just not coming. This casserole sounds super tasty! I need to make this, minus the cheese asap! I can't stand slaving over the stove, so this sounds pretty much perfect. I've been loving the show Once Upon A Time. It's so good!

  14. Favorite lazy day dinner is pizza!

  15. NOM!! This looks amazing, I'm going to need a lot of lazy-day dinners when I'm on crutches…cooking something every single night is just not going to happen, esp when it will take like 3x as long haha….this recipe is totally being bookmarked! :-D Oh man I haven't had a lazy day in forever…it sounds so good! I'd totally watch Gossip Girl and Pretty Little Liars all day…Although, I will admit to watching Greek the past few nights out of needin to relax. Trashy mindlessness at its finest! :-D

  16. Wow this looks so good! And I love your use of regular cheese! A little bit of the GOOD stuff goes a long way!

  17. I've had a major case of the lazies this week, too! Half of the reason is because I was sick, but the other half can be attributed to the fact that I'm home, and want to do nothing more than RELAX. It feels so good! What did you think of Les Mis? I can't wait to see it, but I'm a little concerned about the 2 hour and 40 min. run time! This taco casserole looks so delicious. I had a taco craving tonight, so I made kale and sweet potato chip nachos, which turned out really well! I'll have to try this next – I love that it contains brown rice and cheese. :DHope you had a great weekend, Chelsea! xoxo <3

  18. mmmmmm this looks so yummy!!! i've had a case of the lazies ever since i got home from school! i have one more week and then i'm headed back – going to take advantage of the last bit of free time and enjoy being lazy :)

  19. Ah, lazy days are the best! There's nothing like a good Scrubs marathon on Netflix whenever the weather is gloomy and I don't feel like moving much. NOT to be confused with being FORCED to be lazy when you're sick for most of the day like this past weekend. I'm just lucky the man-friend takes well to the position of nurse and maker of sick food! Oh and he really knows how to navigate Netflix…I managed to stay awake for 3/4 of the documentary "Hungry For Change" and it was REALLY good! I think I'll be watching it again soon…you know, when I'm not all drugged up and slipping in and out of consciousness! LolFavorite lazy day meal: CROCK POT CHILI! Ten minutes to brown some meat and then I just throw random cans of stuff into the pot…3-4 hours later, dinnah!! :D

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