Firecracker Casserole Recipe
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Firecracker Casserole Recipe

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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.
MAKES:8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 25 min.
MAKES: 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

Nutritional Facts

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


  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.
Originally published as Firecracker Casserole in Taste of Home June/July 1999, p27

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Iluvshihtzus User ID: 7720728 264573
Reviewed Apr. 11, 2017

"I used the same ingredients but exchanged cheddar cheese soup for cream of mushroom. I also layered it with Torillas like "lasagna". That made it seem even more like enchladas."

No_Time_To_Cook User ID: 6334849 258406
Reviewed Dec. 20, 2016

"Very good! I didn't have black beans so used white beans and still excellent. I agree with one other reviewer that it did not hold together well, but flavor was still great!"

Loiscooks User ID: 3656565 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 User ID: 6996509 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 User ID: 2771684 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 User ID: 8336423 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 User ID: 8227411 228395
Reviewed Jun. 23, 2015

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

RedRain User ID: 702637 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 User ID: 1094741 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 User ID: 4640590 228163
Reviewed Jun. 18, 2015

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

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