Mexican Casserole

Easy 30-Minute Mexican Casserole – tortilla chips, taco meat, beans, tomatoes, and cheese – top with your favorite taco toppings! Can make ahead and freeze for later. Great kid-friendly Mexican recipe!!

Easy 30-Minute Mexican Casserole - tortilla chips, taco meat, beans, tomatoes and cheese - top with your favorite taco toppings! Can make ahead and freeze for later. Great kid-friendly mexican recipe!!

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I am always on the lookout for a great Mexican dish to make at home.  I usually make enchiladas, so I was interested in making this casserole to change up our usual Mexican night.

This casserole reminded me a lot of King Ranch Chicken but with ground beef.  This was quick and easy to put together.  I cooked my ground beef the night before and just mixed everything up when I got home from work.  This is a very hearty and filling dish.  It is also great reheated the next day.  I think this would be a great dish to serve at a potluck dinner or even a tailgate party.

Easy 30-Minute Mexican Casserole - tortilla chips, taco meat, beans, tomatoes and cheese - top with your favorite taco toppings! Can make ahead and freeze for later. Great kid-friendly mexican recipe!!

Easy Mexican Casserole

Yield: 6 people
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Easy 30-Minute Mexican Casserole – tortilla chips, taco meat, beans, tomatoes, and cheese – top with your favorite taco toppings! Can make ahead and freeze for later. Great kid-friendly Mexican recipe!!

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 (15-oz) can Ranch Style beans
  • 1 (10-12 oz) bag tortilla chips, crushed (I didn't use the whole bag)
  • 1 (10-oz) can Rotel diced tomatoes & green chiles, undrained
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese, divided
  • 1 (1-oz) package taco seasoning
  • 1 (10.75-oz) can cream of chicken soup
  • ½ cup water
  • sour cream and salsa for serving

Instructions:

  • Preheat oven to 325°F. In a large skillet, brown meat and drain off fat. Stir in beans, tomatoes, onion, taco seasoning, soup and water. Simmer over medium-low heat until everything is well combined and heated through.
  • Grease a 9×13 casserole dish. Put down a layer of crushed tortilla chips, followed by a layer of the meat/bean mixture, then half of the cheddar cheese. Repeat layers. Cover with foil and bake for 20-30 minutes, or until bubbly.
  • Let sit for 5-10 minutes before serving. Top with sour cream and salsa.

Notes:

Can substitute ground turkey for ground beef.

Steph

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  1. I made this last night (thanks to Pinterest) – very good! I used ranch style beans with jalapenos for added spice. For left overs I think I'll put this inside tortillas and serve burrito style. THANKS!

  2. This is the best Mexican casserole ever! My husband likes taco salad, flautas, empanadas, etc, but hates "Mexican casseroles", which he claims are all variations on a theme. I've been trying "variations" for years to no avail! When I saw this recipe, I thought, this is the one! 😀 He happened to walk by while the beef mixture was in the skillet and said it smelled great and took a spoonful out of the pan. He loved it even before it was baked! Once it was baked, he loved it even more, and I've now made it twice in two weeks! It's just the perfect blend of ingredients and a very good flavor and good texture for picky casserole eaters! Love it!

  3. Donna C – Ranch Style Beans is a brand of beans. It says Ranch Style Beans on the can. If you can't find them, you can use some chili beans.

  4. This is a regular around my house. But we add a 1/2 lb of velveeta to ours and put the shredded cheese on top. 🙂 My husband is a big fan of cheese.

  5. I used ground turkey meat and only 1/2 a can of cream of chicken, substituted greek yogurt for the rest. Also used Baked Tostitos all in an effort to make it a bit healthier without forsaking taste. It was really yummy, it passed the hubby test. Also used Ranch Style beans with jalapenos because we like it spicy! Thanks for the recipe, it is a keeper.

  6. Hi! Just curious if anyone has tried freezing this dish? I try to always double what I cook and freeze the extra for a later date. This dish was delicious straight from the oven… so hoping it would be the same out of the freezer.

  7. Ranch Style Beans is a brand of beans – they are made in Texas and seasoned with southwestern spices. They are great in Mexican food and chili.

  8. Dinner tonight! Looks yummy…can't wait to taste it. BTW, what are "ranch style" beans? I just used black beans instead.

  9. This was delicious!! I was able to make it without the 1/2 cup water that it calls for because there was enough liquid from the tomatoes, beans and soup. I didn't want to add the water and it be too "soupy". I cooked the mixture on the stove until some of the liquid evaporated and it was thick and creamy. I will definitely be making this again!! Great recipe!! :):) A+

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