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The Best Derned Southwestern Casserole Recipe
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The Best Derned Southwestern Casserole Recipe

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If you want to add a little spice to life—and to dinner—serve this hearty main dish. It’s full of Tex-Mex goodness, and looks colorful on the plate.—Valerie Igal, Oak Hill, VA
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 35 min. Bake: 45 min. + standing
MAKES:12 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 35 min. Bake: 45 min. + standing
MAKES: 12 servings

Ingredients

  • 1-1/2 pounds uncooked chorizo or bulk spicy pork sausage
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 can (15 ounces) black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (15 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 1 can (11 ounces) Mexicorn, drained
  • 2 cans (4 ounces each) chopped green chilies
  • 1 cup salsa
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh cilantro
  • 3 teaspoons each ground cumin, chili powder and paprika
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 12 corn tortillas (6 inches)
  • 2 large tomatoes, sliced
  • 2 cups (8 ounces) shredded Monterey Jack or cheddar-Monterey Jack cheese

Nutritional Facts

1 piece: 420 calories, 24g fat (10g saturated fat), 67mg cholesterol, 1370mg sodium, 29g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 5g fiber), 22g protein

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 375°. Crumble chorizo into a large skillet; add onion. Cook over medium heat until meat is fully cooked; drain. Add beans, tomato sauce, corn, chilies, salsa, cilantro and seasonings; heat through.
  2. Place six tortillas in the bottom of a greased 13x9-in. baking dish. Layer with 3-1/2 cups meat mixture, the tomatoes and 1 cup cheese. Top with remaining tortillas, meat mixture and cheese.
  3. Cover and bake 40 minutes. Uncover; bake 5-10 minutes or until heated through. Let stand 10 minutes before cutting. Yield: 12 servings.
Originally published as The Best Derned Southwestern Casserole in Country Woman February/March 2010, p29


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bberletic
Reviewed Nov. 26, 2014

"My husband is very picky and even he loved this. Printed this recipe 3yrs ago and just got around to making it. We were able to taste all the ingredients. Great dish. Thanks. Will make again."

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emily120802
Reviewed Sep. 5, 2014

"This is one of my all-time favorite recipes. I made it for the first time about 4 years ago. I do it a little different from the recipe but it always turns out amazing!! I always found that I liked it better before turning it into the casserole so I make it just like a chili. I leave out the cilantro and add other seasonings to make it a little spicier. :-)"

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Jet49
Reviewed Jun. 18, 2013

"This recipe is a keeper & will make again."

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bkbishop
Reviewed Aug. 20, 2012

"My family of 6 loved this. I served it with hot buttered corn tortillas but it would also be great with an accompanyment of guacamole or sour cream, or even a side of cornbread. Will definitely be making this again."

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angelasandoval
Reviewed Mar. 4, 2012

"This wasn't a bad dish, but it wasn't what I expected. Thought this would really spotlight the flavor of the chorizo, but instead the chorizo flavor just got lost in the mix."

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MS. RUTH
Reviewed Oct. 13, 2011

"Really liked this recipe, I did use 1 lb of ground chuck and 1/2 lb of sausage instead of all sausage, it was very easy to put together and it was a big hit a dinner, I will be making it again and giving the recipe to friends."

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hkmarm
Reviewed Mar. 10, 2011

"Loved this recipe! I substituted ground beef for the sausage and forgot the cilantro! But it turned out great, whole family loved it, even my 5 & 11 year old boys. Will definitly make this again!"

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ckshoe
Reviewed Mar. 8, 2011

"To the person who commented on the sodium content. Don't rate the recipe if you haven't made it. Also we don't care if you DON'T make it. We are adults and can see how much sodium there is."

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gr8one1980
Reviewed Mar. 7, 2011

"I substituted ground beef for the sausage. (We are not big sausage fans) I used regular corn instead of Mexicorn because thats what we had and a can of diced tomatoes instead of fresh. It was great with sour cream and taco sauce on top. I will definitly be making this again."

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smlcarol
Reviewed Mar. 7, 2011

"Have not actualy made this recipe because, as good as it sounds, the sodium content is much too high for me and my husband."

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