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Cheesy Fiesta Beef Casserole

Over the years I’ve tweaked this recipe to end up with a wonderful, quick weeknight meal. Feel free to spice it up with jalapenos, if you prefer a little more heat. —Joan Hallford, North Richland Hills, Texas
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. Cook: 15 min.
  • Makes
    8 servings


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 can (15 ounces) black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 cup picante sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 can (10-1/2 ounces) reduced-fat reduced-sodium condensed cream of chicken soup, undiluted
  • 1 can (10 ounces) diced tomatoes and green chiles, undrained
  • 1 can (4 ounces) chopped green chiles
  • 1 package (9-3/4 ounces) nacho-flavored tortilla chips or plain tortilla chips, crushed
  • 1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese
  • Optional: Cubed avocado and sour cream


  • In a large skillet, cook beef and onion over medium heat until beef is no longer pink, 6-8 minutes, breaking up beef into crumbles; drain. Stir in beans, picante sauce and chili powder.
  • In a bowl, combine soup, tomatoes and green chiles. In a lightly greased 2-1/2-qt. baking dish, layer half the chips, beef mixture, soup mixture and cheeses. Repeat layers.
  • Microwave on medium-high, uncovered, until heated through and cheese is melted, about 12 minutes. If desired, top with avocado and sour cream.

Test Kitchen tips
  • Nacho-flavored tortilla chips add fabulous flavor to this casserole without a lot of effort.
  • Increase the heat by using medium picante sauce and diced jalapenos instead of green chiles.
  • Nutrition Facts
    1-1/4 cups: 477 calories, 26g fat (9g saturated fat), 63mg cholesterol, 1119mg sodium, 37g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 5g fiber), 23g protein.

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    • carolynstanek
      Jul 14, 2020

      Made with Dorito/salsa tortilla chips and medium picante sauce, I personally thought this was a bit too spicy for me, but my husband thought it was worth making again. The next time I will try it with plain tortilla chips (a recipe option) and perhaps a little less chili powder.

    • sherrileeb
      May 29, 2020

      Fab recipe. I make this for my hubby and me but as it makes a lot I share with my neighbors and they all love it. I never have to worry about left overs. Didn't change anything, no need as it is so good. Did use the nacho-flavored chips which definitely added to overall goodness. I don't microwave much so did bake in the oven. Just a personal preference.

    • Fllutterbye
      May 22, 2020

      Slocook805 you need to look at grocery store. Picante sauce is in the same area as salsas.

    • Connie
      Jan 7, 2020

      I love this recipe! Instead of nacho flavored chips I used Fritos. I also added back olives like other reviewers. I will definitely make this again. Thank you for sharing

    • Medic 716
      Oct 12, 2019

      Black olives would really be good in this. Good flavor.

    • slocook805
      Sep 15, 2019

      I notice the recipe calls for 1 cup of picante sauce. Picante in Spanish means hot as in hot chilie pepper hot like Tabasco or Tapatio. Is picante accurate or should it be salsa? I used salsa and added 2 diced serrano peppers for heat, adjusted the seasonings to our taste, including adding some ground cumin and used all pepper jack cheese and 1 can of sliced olives

    • Gina
      Sep 2, 2019

      This was easy to make and turned out yummy though I used what I had on hand: 1/2 a 15 oz can of pinto instead of black beans; an extra onion and two Roma tomatoes, chopped; one zucchini chopped and a can of Italian tomatoes rinsed really well. Also added 4 slices of mild cheddar cheese on top at the end since I was low on the cheese. A couple shakes of garlic salt on top at the end. Yum!! My girls (14 and 17) loved it too!

    • Redheadsmama
      Jul 13, 2019

      Very Good and an easy way to use a pound of meat. I added additional chili powder, salt and chopped cilantro -