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Here's another delicious recipe from Annette aka locomom. Perfect for a quick dinner on cold winter nights. Or excellent for potlucks and family get togethers.

Thank you, Annette, for sharing your wonderful recipe!

Hamburger Rice Casserole

4 slices bacon (fried crisp and well drained)

1/2 cup chopped onion

1/2 cup chopped green pepper

1 cup uncooked rice

1 pound ground beef

1 clove garlic minced

1 3/4 cups water

1 can (8 oz or 1 cup) tomato sauce

2 teaspoons salt

2 tablespoons chili powder

1/2 teaspoon pepper

2 1/2 cups shredded sharp cheese

Fry bacon and drain all drippings but one tablespoon from skillet.

Add green peppers and onion, then cook until tender.

Add rice and cook until golden brown.

Stir in beef and garlic, cook until done.

Stir in water, tomato sauce and seasonings.

Heat to bubbling then reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes.

Spoon half of the mixture into a 2 quart casserole dish.

Sprinkle 1/2 of the cheese and 1/2 of the bacon on that layer.

Make another layer on top and repeat the cheese and bacon.

Bake at 450 degrees about 15 minutes or until cheese is bubbly.