Hot Eats and Cool Reads: Minnesota Ground Beef and Wild Rice Hotdish Recipe

Feb 26, 2012

Minnesota Ground Beef and Wild Rice Hotdish Recipe

This old school comfort food casserole is hearty, delicious and just like Grandma used to make! This is a family favorite and perfect for any winter meal. 


Minnesota Ground Beef and Wild Rice Hotdish



This old school comfort food casserole is hearty, delicious and just like Grandma used to make! It's full of vegetables like onions, carrots and celery and is packed with protein from the ground beef and wild rice. This is a family favorite and perfect for any winter meal.



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This old school comfort food casserole is hearty, delicious and just like Grandma used to make! It's full of vegetables like onions, carrots and celery and is packed with protein from the ground beef and wild rice. This is a family favorite and perfect for any winter meal.


What's better on a winter day than an amazing casserole?

Not much, in my opinion!

Today's recipe reminds me SO much of my childhood! "Hotdish" recipes like this one were a staple in my childhood growing up in Minnesota.

These casseroles were served for dinner, at potlucks, parties and everything in between. The term hotdish is unique to the midwest, especially Minnesota.

Hotdish meals were a great way to feed large families on a budget using small amounts of meat, canned or fresh vegetables, cream soups, rice or pasta.

Once two words, hot dish, then evolved into the one word phrase that us Minnesotans use today.

Another Minnesota thing... wild rice!

I love the earthy flavor and texture of wild rice. Wild rice is gluten free, low in calories, fat and sodium and is so great in soups and casseroles.

I love that it's a local product that I can purchase at the farmer's market.

Wild Rice grows in Minnesota lakes, marshes and streams and ripe wild rice is harvested every year between August and September. It's found in over 2000 Minnesota lakes and rivers!



This old school comfort food casserole is hearty, delicious and just like Grandma used to make! It's full of vegetables like onions, carrots and celery and is packed with protein from the ground beef and wild rice. This is a family favorite and perfect for any winter meal.


What is in wild rice hotdish?

  • Wild rice: If you haven't tried it before, now is the time! Find it on Amazon here!
  • Ground beef: One of my absolute favorite meats to use in recipes! I buy 90% lean ground beef in bulk at Sam's Club, then package into one pound packages with freezer paper for our meals!
  • Carrots: Packed with vitamin a and fiber, carrots are a favorite vegetable at our house. I only buy regular carrots because the flavor is SO much better than the pre cut baby carrots.
  • Celery: Rich in vitamin k, folate and potassium, Celery is mostly water, but is a great dietary fiber. I only love raw celery with buffalo wings, but I like it cooked in so many different dishes. 
  • Cream soup: You either love it or hate it! I love it in casseroles because it reminds me of flavors from my childhood, but don't eat it often because of the high sodium. You can also use homemade cream soup if you prefer!

This old school comfort food casserole is hearty, delicious and just like Grandma used to make! It's full of vegetables like onions, carrots and celery and is packed with protein from the ground beef and wild rice. This is a family favorite and perfect for any winter meal.


Other wild rice recipes you may like:




This recipe is ready in these steps:


  • Preheat the oven and grease a glass baking dish
  • Brown the ground beef and onion, drain excess grease
  • Add the remaining ingredients to the skillet, pour into the baking dish
  • Bake and let stand before serving


Full recipe below



This old school comfort food casserole is hearty, delicious and just like Grandma used to make! It's full of vegetables like onions, carrots and celery and is packed with protein from the ground beef and wild rice. This is a family favorite and perfect for any winter meal.


You can add or substitute with the following ingredients:


  • sliced white mushrooms
  • ground turkey
  • chopped fresh rosemary
  • cream of celery soup
  • chopped bell pepper
  • green beans
  • sliced baby bella mushrooms
  • ground sausage
  • minced garlic
  • peas
  • chopped fresh parsley



This old school comfort food casserole is hearty, delicious and just like Grandma used to make! It's full of vegetables like onions, carrots and celery and is packed with protein from the ground beef and wild rice. This is a family favorite and perfect for any winter meal.


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This old school comfort food casserole is hearty, delicious and just like Grandma used to make! It's full of vegetables like onions, carrots and celery and is packed with protein from the ground beef and wild rice. This is a family favorite and perfect for any winter meal.



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I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as we did!


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This old school comfort food casserole is hearty, delicious and just like Grandma used to make! It's full of vegetables like onions, carrots and celery and is packed with protein from the ground beef and wild rice. This is a family favorite and perfect for any winter meal.



Minnesota Ground Beef and Wild Rice Hotdish

Yield: 4 servings
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ingredients:

instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9x13 glass baking dish.
  2. In a large skillet, brown the ground beef and onion until beef is cooked. Drain excess grease.
  3. Add the remaining ingredients to the skillet, stir until fully combined. Remove from heat and pour into the baking dish.
  4. Bake for 2 hours or until rice is tender. Remove from oven and let stand for 5-10 minutes before serving. 
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This old school comfort food casserole is hearty, delicious and just like Grandma used to make! It's full of vegetables like onions, carrots and celery and is packed with protein from the ground beef and wild rice. This is a family favorite and perfect for any winter meal.


What readers are saying about this recipe:


  • Pam- Make this all the time. Love it.....I also add mushrooms!


  • Garit- Great recipe! Didn't change a thing and it was delicious! Made this twice already and hubby loves it! It's really worth trying!


  • Madinah- One of the best things I have made. Brings me back to summers in Wisconsin. Tastes way better than it looks.



Thanks so much for stopping by!

16 comments:

  1. Sheena, this rice dish looks absolutely delicious! Love the flavors you used. Thanks for sharing! You have a great blog and I'm glad to have found you.

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    1. Thank you!! It turned out to be a great recipe! Thanks for stopping by!

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  2. This looks delicious! Thanks so much for sharing at Mix it up Monday :)

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  3. Sheena, this is a great recipe. We just love a one dish meal like this and it has so much flavor, it looks delicious. Hope you are having a great week end and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

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  4. Do you pre-cook the rice? or use it uncooked?

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    1. Hi- The rice is uncooked for this recipe. Thanks for stopping by :)

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    2. I was going to ask the same thing, thanks.

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  5. Hi, I followed your recipe just as instructed. Flavour was delicious however lot of the wild rice wasn't fully cooked. My guess is the wild rice wasn't able to absorb enough moisture due to thickness of the creme soup. What went wrong?

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    1. I'm not sure what may have went wrong. With the water and soups mixed together there should've been enough liquid to absorb and make the Rice tender. I would suggest to maybe add a little extra water or even milk next time and hopefully it turns out better for you. Thanks for stopping by!

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  6. Quick question, is this baked covered or uncovered? It looks awesome. :)

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  7. Have made this twice now. Delicious both times! Our family has to eat gluten free due to celiac disease so made my own (easy) homemade gluten free condensed soup substitutes (chicken and celery).

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    1. I love that you can make this with your own cream soup! So perfect! I'm glad you love the recipe and thanks so much for letting me know!

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  8. Is the dish covered or uncovered during baking

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    1. I baked it uncovered, although it may take less time covered, but I haven't tried it that way yet.

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