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Mexican Casserole

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Hearty ground beef is baked with spices, chips, and cheese then topped with cool sour cream for this amazing Mexican casserole. It's the best simple and tasty dinner!
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  1. MEXICAN CASSEROLE INGREDIENTS
  2. HOW TO MAKE THIS MEXICAN CASSEROLE RECIPE
  3. STORAGE
  4. MORE EASY DINNERS: 
  5. JUMP TO RECIPE

Quick and simple, this hearty and zesty Mexican casserole is one of our favorite fast dinners. Ground beef is layered with spices, salsa, chips, and lots of cheese before being baked and topped with sour cream. It’s a tasty and easy meal you’ll love!

There is nothing better than simple, hearty comfort food at the end of a busy day, and this takes less than 15 minutes to put together, and then bakes for 30 minutes. One taste and you’ll know why this spicy, authentic Mexican casserole recipe is such a favorite for our family.

In the mood for Mexican? Then you’ve got to try our Chicken Enchiladas, this Cornbread Chili Casserole or this easy Layered Mexican Salad.

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Cowboy Casserole | Easy Lasagna Casserole


MEXICAN CASSEROLE INGREDIENTS

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You will need:

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon garlic, minced
  • ½ teaspoon garlic salt
  • 2 tablespoons taco seasoning (or your favorite taco seasoning package)
  • 4 ounce can green chilies
  • 1 can of black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup of corn, frozen
  • 2 cups sour cream
  • 24 oz jar of salsa, your favorite style
  • 9.25 oz bag corn chips (reserve out ½ cup for topping if desired)
  • 2 cups cheddar cheese

Optional serving toppings: olives, chopped tomatoes, shredded lettuce, green onions, guacamole, even more sour cream, cilantro or crushed corn chips.

Like it extra zesty? Add some jalapenos!

PRO TIP: This is a great recipe to add a can of Rotel to.

SUBSTITUTIONS AND ADDITIONS

One of the best parts of making a homemade meal from scratch is that you can get creative!

CHEESE: You could also use spicy pepper jack or Mexican blend cheese instead of cheddar for an added kick.

MEAT: For this Mexican casserole recipe, you could also make it with shredded chicken, ground chicken, sausage, chorizo, pork, or ground turkey.

VEGETARIAN: You could also make it vegetarian and omit the beef or other meat completely. If you do this, you could add more black beans or add in refried beans as well. You could make it with rice as well to make it heartier.

VEGETABLES: You could add in additional veggies like zucchini, squash, peppers, or mushrooms.

CHIPS: Instead of corn chips, you could also use Doritos or Fritos if you’d like. You could also use corn or flour tortillas.

I have a friend who has baked this topped with tater tots, like a Mexican version of cowboy casserole. Yum!

HOW TO MAKE THIS MEXICAN CASSEROLE RECIPE

STEP ONE: Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

STEP TWO: In a large skillet, brown the ground beef with the chopped onions and garlic. Drain off any extra grease.

STEP THREE: Add the garlic salt and taco seasoning to the meat and stir to mix.

STEP FOUR: Stir in the beans, corn and green chilies and stir until heated through. Set aside.

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PRO TIP: You can assemble this the day before and then bake before serving.

STEP FIVE: Spray the bottom of a 9×13 pan with nonstick spray. Fill the bottom of the pan with corn chips.

STEP SIX: Spoon the ground beef mixture over the chips.

STEP SEVEN: Drop the sour cream by spoonfuls over the meat mixture and spread around.

STEP EIGHT: Pour the salsa over the sour cream. Sprinkle the cheese over the top.

STEP TEN: Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes or until cheese melts.

STEP ELEVEN: Remove from the oven and let sit for 10 minutes before serving.

STORAGE

In the freezer & Reheating

There are a couple ways to freeze this meal:

  1. Prep the meal in a freezer-safe container or throw away foil dish, then freeze the entire dish before baking. You can then bake at 350 degrees 30-40 minutes when you’re ready.
  2. Freeze individual portions that are leftover after dinner. Use a freezer-safe container. You can then warm up in the oven or in the microwave for a fast lunch.

in the fridge

If you’re not freezing the leftovers, you can keep them in the fridge for a couple of days.

You can serve this cheesy, tasty, baked Mexican casserole with our easy, homemade cornbread recipe.

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This extra cheesy Mexican Casserole is a quick and simple meal to prepare, with chips, ground beef, salsa, and sour cream layered to create a flavorful family favorite.

Make one of these yummy desserts to complete your meal…

Lemon Lush | Pineapple Delight | Butter Pecan Crunch | Chocolate Peanut Butter Lasagna | Banana Pudding | Hot Fudge Sauce |

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Mexican Casserole

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Hearty ground beef is baked with spices, chips, and cheese then topped with cool sour cream for this amazing Mexican casserole. It's the best simple and tasty dinner!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 10

Ingredients
  

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 small onion chopped
  • 1 teaspoon garlic minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 2 tablespoons taco seasoning or your favorite taco seasoning package
  • 4 ounce can green chilies
  • 1 can of black beans drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup of corn frozen
  • 2 cups sour cream
  • 24 oz jar of salsa your favorite style
  • 9.25 oz bag corn chips reserve out ½ cup for topping if desired
  • 2 cups cheddar cheese
  • Optional serving toppings: Olives chopped tomatoes, shredded lettuce, green onions, additional sour cream, crushed corn chips

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • In a large skillet brown the ground beef with the chopped onions and garlic. Drain off any extra grease.
  • Add the garlic salt and taco seasoning to the meat and stir to mix.
  • Stir in the beans, corn and green chilies and stir until heated through. Set aside.
  • Spray the bottom of a 9×13 pan with nonstick spray. Fill the bottom of the pan with corn chips.
  • Spoon the ground beef mixture over the chips.
  • Drop the sour cream by spoonfuls over the meat mixture and spread around.
  • Pour the salsa over the sour cream. Sprinkle the cheese over the top.
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes or until cheese melts.
  • Remove from the oven and let sit for 10 minutes before serving.

Notes

PRO TIP: Prepare this dish ahead of time, simply assemble and place in the fridge or freezer until ready to bake! 

Nutrition

Calories: 472.09kcal | Carbohydrates: 27.61g | Protein: 17.62g | Fat: 33.41g | Saturated Fat: 14.56g | Cholesterol: 79.85mg | Sodium: 1027.17mg | Potassium: 494mg | Fiber: 3.56g | Sugar: 6.28g | Vitamin A: 913.64IU | Vitamin C: 5.19mg | Calcium: 287.66mg | Iron: 1.86mg
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