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Mexican Casserole

Born out of a need to rid the fridge of extras, this Mexican casserole recipe is flexible. Add more corn to make it sweeter, if you like. You can also spice it up as hot or mild as you want. —David Mills, Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Bake: 40 min.
  • Makes
    6 servings


  • 1-1/2 pounds ground beef
  • 1 envelope taco seasoning
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1 can (16 ounces) refried beans
  • 1/2 cup salsa
  • 6 flour tortillas (6 inches)
  • 2 cups frozen corn, thawed
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • Shredded lettuce, chopped tomatoes, sliced ripe olives and sour cream, optional


  • In a large skillet, cook beef over medium heat until no longer pink; drain. Stir in taco seasoning and water. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 5 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, in a microwave-safe bowl, combine beans and salsa. Cover and microwave for 1-2 minutes or until spreadable.
  • Place three tortillas in a greased round 2-1/2-qt. baking dish. Layer with half of the beef, bean mixture, corn and cheese; repeat layers.
  • Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 40-45 minutes or until cheese is melted. Let stand for 5 minutes. Serve with lettuce, tomatoes, olives and sour cream if desired.
Nutrition Facts
1-1/2 cups: 546 calories, 25g fat (13g saturated fat), 102mg cholesterol, 1368mg sodium, 44g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 5g fiber), 37g protein.

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  • chefheidi18
    Jul 17, 2016

    I would have rather had tacos.

  • bahaokie
    Apr 7, 2015

    Better with corn tortillas!

  • Loiscooks
    Dec 31, 2014

    Very good. I did add green chiles and sliced black olives. It was quite spicy for me, but my husband really liked it. I will be making this again. Thanks for a good recipe!

  • MzMillie
    Jan 24, 2014


  • Grace1018
    Jan 10, 2014

    My husband said that this was his favorite Mexican dish. I added black beans because I love them. It was delicious!

  • kerrizims
    Aug 9, 2013

    Loved this recipe! I made it with ground chicken and it was great! I also used fresh medium salsa and it was great flavor.

  • Bajaspeed
    May 13, 2013

    My entire family loved it. Even my daughter who doesn't like things mixed together.

  • kemper50
    Apr 13, 2013

    No comment left

  • redmonc1
    Apr 2, 2013

    It was good, but a little dry to me. Maybe I did something wrong. My husband and son loved it.

  • kathyss
    Mar 6, 2013

    We loved it ! We just used a whole pkg ( 2 1/4 lbs) of ground chuck. That seemed to work ok for us. Delicious !