Light Mexican Casserole Recipe
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Light Mexican Casserole Recipe

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A healthy layered casserole using whole wheat tortillas, lean beef and more veggies than traditional recipes. —Healthy Cooking Test Kitchen
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 25 min.
MAKES:6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 25 min.
MAKES: 6 servings


  • 1 pound extra-lean ground beef (95% lean)
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 medium green pepper, chopped
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon hot chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 can (16 ounces) refried beans
  • 1/2 cup salsa
  • 4 whole wheat tortillas (8 inches)
  • 1 cup frozen corn
  • 3/4 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • Shredded lettuce and chopped tomatoes, optional

Nutritional Facts

1 piece (calculated without lettuce and tomatoes): 367 calories, 11g fat (5g saturated fat), 64mg cholesterol, 657mg sodium, 39g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 8g fiber), 26g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 2-1/2 starch, 1 vegetable, 1/2 fat.


  1. In a large nonstick skillet, cook the beef, onion and green pepper over medium heat until meat is no longer pink. Stir in the water, flour, chili powder, garlic powder, cumin, coriander and salt. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 5-6 minutes or until thickened.
  2. In a small bowl, combine beans and salsa. Place two tortillas in a round 2-1/2-qt. baking dish coated with cooking spray. Layer with half of the beef mixture, bean mixture and corn; repeat layers. Top with cheese.
  3. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 25-30 minutes or until heated through. Let stand for 5 minutes before cutting. Serve with lettuce and tomatoes if desired. Yield: 6 servings.
Originally published as Light Mexican Casserole in Healthy Cooking February/March 2012, p25

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mbandboys User ID: 2680134 240449
Reviewed Dec. 28, 2015

"I make this recipe even healthier by switching out the refried beans with black beans. Tastes delicious, is healthier, and my whole family loves it."

niagaracat User ID: 3122379 197836
Reviewed Jun. 19, 2014

"Delicious! Very impressed with how tasty this was. I liked having the lettuce and tomato served on the side so people could help themselves. This dish even warmed up nice the next day in a low oven without drying out the tortillas (only 2 of us so leftovers are a usual staple)"

bmlink627 User ID: 6613671 213147
Reviewed Jun. 25, 2012

"This recipe is a winner! Easy to make and very tasty. We will be making this again, very soon."

clayton21 User ID: 6664779 194435
Reviewed May. 12, 2012

"My family loves this tasty recipe! They are constantly asking me to make it. The flavors together make a delious dish!"

meserwa User ID: 6560169 152013
Reviewed Mar. 16, 2012

"Next time we are only going to use 1 tortilla on the bottom, it was too thick to try and fork-cut it. Super Nummy."

mjlouk User ID: 1712085 213146
Reviewed Mar. 2, 2012

"Took awhile to make but it was really good. I used ground turkey and it still tasted great!"

M.Schulte User ID: 6555217 122631
Reviewed Mar. 2, 2012

"Not liking beans I used wild rice and made a couple other minor changes based on what was in my cupboards. My family loved it overall and I think it will be a keeper."

FitnessLovingMom User ID: 6137477 185119
Reviewed Feb. 24, 2012

"This was VERY easy to make, short prep and cooking time, and it tastes amazing! This is not soggy, and it has amazing flavor. I am going to use this seasoning mix for the next time I make tacos. This is the first mexican casserole that I have made that had good flavor and wasn't soggy. I made it with 2 layers and cheese on top."

bobearl3 User ID: 6540826 198879
Reviewed Feb. 20, 2012

"Had company for dinner. Made this for first time. Used refried black beans and red, not green, pepper. It was wonderful. Left out the garlic powder due to personal problem with it. The others used garlic salt at table. Will make this again."

libgirl2 User ID: 6335919 181644
Reviewed Feb. 1, 2012

"I made this last night and it was delicious. I initially forgot to add the seasoning but was able to salvage that at the last minute and it worked. I also used corn tortillas as I find they hold up well in casseroles. Can't wait to make again!!!!"

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