Dump and Bake Taco Casserole is designed for making a scrumptious and satisfying dinner with minimal effort. All it takes is pouring everything into a baking dish and letting your oven basically do the rest. Dump and Bake Taco Casserole makes fluffy rice, savory and spiced turkey meatballs, melty cheese, and sweet tomatoes while you put your feet up and enjoy a well-deserved break. With your favorite taco toppings, what more could you ask for at dinner time?

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  • 2 cups taco sauce
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 (15-ounce) can diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 tablespoon taco seasoning
  • 1 cup long-grain white rice
  • 24 bite-sized frozen turkey meatballs, thawed
  • 1 (4-ounce) cup cheddar cheese, shredded and divided
  • green onion, optional, sliced, for topping
  • avocado, optional, diced, for topping
  • tomatoes, optional, sliced, for topping
  • olives, optional, sliced, for topping


Step 1 –Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.

Step 2 –Grease a 9×13-inch baking dish.

Step 3 –Stir the taco sauce, water, tomatoes, taco seasoning, and rice together in the prepared baking dish.

Step 4 –Add the meatballs and 1/2 cup cheese, stirring to combine.

Step 5 –Cover the baking dish tightly with foil.

Step 6 –Bake until the rice is tender, about 45-60 minutes.

Step 7 –About 5 minutes before the dish finishes cooking, remove the dish from the oven, uncover it, and sprinkle it with the remaining cheese.

Step 8 –Return the dish to the oven and bake uncovered until the cheese is melted, for about 5 minutes.

Step 9 –Garnish with your favorite toppings and serve.