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Firecracker Casserole Recipe

Firecracker Casserole Recipe

My husband and I love this Southwestern-style casserole. The flavor reminds us of enchiladas, but this handy recipe doesn't require the extra time to roll them up. —Teressa Eastman, El Dorado, Kansas
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 25 min. YIELD:8 servings


  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 can (15 ounces) black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 2 to 3 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 4 flour tortillas (6 inches)
  • 1 can (10-3/4 ounces) condensed cream of mushroom soup, undiluted
  • 1 can (10 ounces) diced tomatoes and green chilies, undrained
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese


  • 1. In a large skillet, cook beef and onion until the meat is no longer pink; drain. Add the beans, chili powder, cumin and salt.
  • 2. Transfer to a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish. Arrange tortillas over the top. Combine soup and tomatoes; pour over tortillas. Sprinkle with cheese.
  • 3. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 25-30 minutes or until heated through. Yield: 8 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 363 calories, 18g fat (8g saturated fat), 72mg cholesterol, 941mg sodium, 21g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 4g fiber), 28g protein .

Reviews for Firecracker Casserole

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Loiscooks 254512
Reviewed Sep. 23, 2016

"Good recipe. I used corn tortillas. I put one layer of tortillas on the bottom before adding everything else. I didn't have soup, so I used some enchilada sauce. This was spicy, but very good."

nekowaif 237486
Reviewed Nov. 16, 2015

"Decided to try this since I needed a quick dinner and had all the ingredients on hand...was not disappointed at all! I only used 1 lb ground beef and a 9x9 dish, which meant only 2 tortillas were necessary to cover the bottom layer. (I even used crunchy old tortillas way past their prime and they turned out great!)"

ms10216 228486
Reviewed Jun. 24, 2015

"The taste was good, but the meat and beans had nothing to hold it together. It looked like crumbs, it was hard to pick up with fork."

our65gto 228470
Reviewed Jun. 24, 2015

"Amazingly good !! I did up the cheese to 2 cups of Mexican mix shredded and maybe next time will add black olives and green onions on top for garnish and flavor. The tortillas inside seemed to be an "after thought"---kinda gooey. (But it might have been the extra cheese I covered them with--ha). We will definitely be adding this to our "Mexican Night " !! My daughter used it as a filling in extra tortillas."

nancykeown1 228395
Reviewed Jun. 23, 2015

"This was delicious! I will diffenatly make this again !!"

RedRain 228365
Reviewed Jun. 22, 2015

"Use nacho cheese soup instead and you get a lot more flavor to this great casserole. I also sprinkle two cups crushed tortilla chips mixed with cheese on the top, rather than laying plain tortillas atop. It gives it a bit of a crunch. Otherwise, it's gummy!"

Sue Zappa 228360
Reviewed Jun. 22, 2015

"Thank you for reminding me of this recipe! The one downfall of TOH over the years is that I'd make a recipe we loved but never made it again because another issue of TOH arrived & we loved many more recipes! I didn't change a thing about this recipe, & our family of eight enjoyed it. Will make it again very soon!"

veggiemama 228163
Reviewed Jun. 18, 2015

"I used meat substitute (Morningstar Farms) and this was great."

angieact1 49910
Reviewed Jul. 27, 2014

"My friends and I really liked this, we left the beans out and added more cheese"

buncogranny 52680
Reviewed Jul. 8, 2014

"It sounds a lot like what I make using a pack of dry enchilada mix prepared by package instructions. We prefer corn tortillas. This version loses me with the canned soup. I layer mine like lasagna."

Val634 72285
Reviewed May. 9, 2014

"This was great! Only change I made was I used 1 lb. ground beef. Spicy with just enough heat to give it a kick. This is a keeper."

robbiejackson 203163
Reviewed Mar. 22, 2014

"Yum! So good! I used one pound of hamburger and halved the spices and tortillas but left everything else the same. The amount of sauce was good. Great flavor. Hubby really enjoyed this too."

thesoys 69574
Reviewed Feb. 5, 2014

"I made this using some leftover taco meat from Superbowl and added an extra pound of ground beef and used taco seasoning instead of the spices. I omitted the flour tortillas and used cooked minute rice (6 cups) on the bottom of the pan topped with the meat and soup mix. I topped mine with leftover Que Bueno cheese sauce and it was so good! A quick and easy dish that can be made the night before and popped in the oven when needed."

Medic 716 26659
Reviewed Oct. 1, 2013

"Good flavor and just the right amount of spice's to give it that surprise flavor. Picky husband loved it!"

Igraine32 49909
Reviewed Oct. 1, 2013

"This was fantastic. Very nicely spiced. Ranges are given in the recipe and I put the max in. Spicy, but not overly."

cliftonhanger 72971
Reviewed Sep. 5, 2013

"I would rate this very good, somewhere between good and excellent. I used 2 varieties of chili powder that I ground, chipotle and guajillo. This makes it more spicy, as does using diced tomatoes with jalapeños. I increased the amount of cheese to 2 cups and used Mexican blend."

Rector10 61113
Reviewed Jun. 6, 2013

"Great flavor, kids loved it, empty dish for my family of 6"

lorrielu 26646
Reviewed May. 1, 2013

"I prepared this tonight and it was a success. Very Delicious, of course, we topped it with some HOT Jalapeno peppers.....yummmmm!"

sullivantx 60989
Reviewed Apr. 30, 2013

"Very, good and easy. The reason the recipe with the macaroni was dry, as the macaroni takes up the moisture from the recipes to cook the noodles. Would have had to add more moisture. When you substitute, you have to know your ingredients and how they cook."

sullivantx 72284
Reviewed Apr. 30, 2013

"Very, good and easy. The reason the recipe with the macaroni was dry, as the macaroni takes up the moisture from the recipes to cook the noodles. Would have had to add more moisture. When you substitute, you have to know your ingredients and how they cook."

mommy2nap 29487
Reviewed Mar. 6, 2013

"This was absolutely fabulous! My family really enjoyed it and the whole pan was GONE - no leftovers out of this one. I plan to share this on my blog:"

meanmom40 60782
Reviewed Oct. 17, 2012


blhenn 72970
Reviewed Aug. 10, 2012

"This recipe turned out great. I was a bit worried about how it would turn out because so many reviewers said it turned out dry but it was not dry at all!! I am not sure what they did vs what I did but mine was moist, flavorful and just right. I used half ground beef and half ground turkey and added more spices and each person had the choice to put a bit of sour cream on top but that was all I changed. None of it was dry at all. so don't beware!"

TheDix 52675
Reviewed Mar. 1, 2012

"I followed the recipe pretty much to the letter and it received a rave review from husband. I will add less cumin and chile powder next time, perhaps mix the sauce with the beef and onion to have a moister bottom layer. Flavor was good, easy preparation."

ajones2060 86743
Reviewed Aug. 8, 2011

"Very delicious, and so easy to make! This recipe is a keeper for sure!"

td92777 52673
Reviewed Apr. 25, 2011

"This was very good similar to enchiladas but easier. I susbstitued a small can of enchilada sauce for the tomatoes, as I felt the tomatoes were too sweet compared to the meat. I also added a small can of diced green chilies and cilantro and this was very good. Will definitely fix again"

zegunism 26644
Reviewed Feb. 6, 2011

"I think taco lasagna is similar but better. This seemed to fall apart as it was dry."

Lms526 60756
Reviewed Jan. 20, 2011

"I made a few substitutions to the recipe. I used fiesta nacho cheese soup instead of cream of mushroom and macaroni in place of the tortillas. I found this recipe to be very dry and kind of blah tasting. It was definitely missing something. Maybe some sour cream or another can of soup would help. But either way, I don't think I will be making this again any time soon."

Sharey 20574
Reviewed Nov. 6, 2010

"Very good casserole. Made a few substitutions to use what was on hand, Pace Picante instead of tomatoes, a teaspoon of taco seasoning. Mistakenly put picante in with the beans/meat mix and it was a little moist but still turned out great. Husband definitely would like it to be on the menu often this winter. ESH in NC"

jaspertyler 69571
Reviewed Oct. 5, 2010

"Wow! This is so simple and tasty. I used ground turkey. I love the mix of flavors!"

smelonas 26030
Reviewed May. 25, 2010

"One of my mom's standard recipes for years. The whole family loves it. Sometimes she adds roasted corn to the beans and always tops it with sliced olives. A super favorite."

ladawson1969 33562
Reviewed May. 17, 2010

"My family loved it!

We are not big bean eaters so we used mexican corn instead and it was great!"

Zausted 29486
Reviewed Apr. 2, 2010

"This has been one of my son's favorite meal choices for years. I accidentally misplaced my issue with this recipe and am thrilled to find it online! Thanks!!"

sdavis626 20573
Reviewed Mar. 2, 2010

"This was very good and had a nice kick to it. I halved the recipe, still using the full can of beans (I prefer pinto beans). I also still used the full can of cream soup (I used cheddar cheese soup) and diced tomatoes and mixed half of that in with the meat mixture in the bottom. This way the bottom doesn't get too dry."

katerjo 29482
Reviewed Feb. 20, 2010

"this recipe was very good and even better the 2nd time"

odensesol 33986
Reviewed Nov. 24, 2009

"I just made this tonight and my husband loved it. It was hearty and satisfying on a chilly night. I think next time I might add some taco sauce to the meat mixture to keep it moist. This recipe is a keeper!"

sewnmom 29481
Reviewed May. 28, 2009

"I made this for my husband and his fishing buddies on a trip to one of their cabins. They LOVED it. They said they devoured the whole thing. They requested for their next trip from me so I know it was a keeper!"

VictoriaElaine 71010
Reviewed May. 6, 2009

"I made this substituting cream of chicken soup for the cream of mushroom soup and tomatoes with jalapenos for the tomatoes with green chilis. I have to admit that I was surprised how tasty it was. It's quick, simple and delicious! Will be making it again."

BakerSue 52671
Reviewed May. 4, 2009

"Sounds like I would like to add

some Picante sauce to the meat
mixture to avoid the dryness and
add flavor."

pjnlmt 69570
Reviewed May. 2, 2009

"I just got done making this for my farmer hubby. I made it in two 8x8" dishes so I can freeze one for another day! Mine was also kind of dry but I simply stirred it all together on my plate and added lettuce, crushed tortilla chips and taco sauce!! YUMMY! You could probably use different soups (ie: cheese, onion ~ I used cream of chicken.) You could also try adding some cheese or even more tomatoes with green chilis to the meat mixture to help with the dryness. Also do not overbake! You only need to warm it to serving temperature as it's fully cooked."

fuzzywog 72280
Reviewed Aug. 17, 2008

"I just made this and both my husband and I loved it. I doubled the reciepe for my large family, used 2 pkgs of taco seasoning instead of the called for spices, and added a chopped jalepeno for added hotness,,,and was a big hit!

New York mom"

hairkristine 72278
Reviewed May. 4, 2008

"I followed this recipe & my meat mixture was dry & crumbly.What went wrong?

Kris, Murphy, NC"

anonymous 72969
Reviewed Dec. 26, 2007

"This recipe has become a family favorite.

Amy, Harrodsburg, KY"

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