Recipe of the Month: Mexican Beef and Cheese Bake

Recipe of the Month: Mexican Beef and Cheese Bake

Summer is here, and so are many yummy recipes that are good and good for you. Farro is an ancient grain that packs a nutritional punch and is a great substitute for brown rice. Check out the recipe below for a quick and easy summer staple.


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 2 cups cooked farro
  • 1 (14-ounce) can black beans, drained
  • 1 (14-ounce) diced fire roasted tomatoes, drained
  • 2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese, divided
  • 1 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese, divided
  • 1 (8-ounce) container sour cream
  • 1 cup jarred chunky salsa, any variety
  • 1/2 cup chopped cilantro, divided
  • 2 tablespoons paprika
  • 2 tablespoons ground cumin
  • 2 tablespoons garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground chipotle powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 lime, cut into 10 wedges for serving



  1. In medium skillet, brown ground beef; drain excess oil and set aside.
  2. Cook farro according to package directions.
  3. In a large mixing bowl combine black beans through salsa, mix until well combined. Add in cilantro, remaining spices, ground beef and farro. Pour mixture into 13- x 9-inch baking dish. Top with remaining cheeses and cilantro. Bake at 350˚ for 30-35 minutes or until cheese is bubbly. Let stand for approximately 5 minutes. Serve with fresh lime wedges.


For more health-conscious, crowd-pleasing dishes perfect for outdoor gatherings, check out our scrumptious Guilt-Free Grill-Out recipes for Turkey Slider Burgers, Buffalo Chicken Tortilla Rollups and Cowboy Caviar.



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