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Mexican Casserole Recipe

Mexican Casserole Recipe

Born out of a need to rid the fridge of extras, this 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. YIELD: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 (8 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese
  • Shredded lettuce, chopped tomatoes, sliced ripe olives and sour cream, optional


  • 1. 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.
  • 2. Meanwhile, in a microwave-safe bowl, combine beans and salsa. Cover and microwave for 1-2 minutes or until spreadable.
  • 3. 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.
  • 4. 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. Yield: 6 servings.

Nutritional 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 User ID: 8210724 250526
Reviewed Jul. 17, 2016

"I would have rather had tacos."

bahaokie User ID: 2608373 224393
Reviewed Apr. 7, 2015

"Better with corn tortillas!"

Loiscooks User ID: 3656565 216451
Reviewed 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 User ID: 6806142 91637
Reviewed Jan. 24, 2014


Grace1018 User ID: 7559734 160757
Reviewed 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 User ID: 2706618 73402
Reviewed 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 User ID: 6369857 91636
Reviewed May. 13, 2013

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

redmonc1 User ID: 3906907 114112
Reviewed Apr. 2, 2013

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

kathyss User ID: 3794793 160160
Reviewed 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 !"

bulbsmore4 User ID: 7134751 92925
Reviewed Feb. 19, 2013

"Loved how easy this was. Hubby likes it which is always a plus. I made it healthy by substituting fat free refried bean, low fat mozzarella. I used spicy taco seasoning."

christycincy User ID: 6445428 166318
Reviewed Feb. 13, 2013

"So good and so easy! Leftovers were great, too!"

amccrazgrl User ID: 6466975 160431
Reviewed Feb. 8, 2013

"Use homemade salsa."

martinimeanie User ID: 613847 144690
Reviewed Jan. 26, 2013

"This is a great recipe to fix in a hurry and one in which I usually have most of the ingredients on hand. I used corn tortillas and cut them to fit two complete layers. Also, this can be prepared ahead of time and put in the oven later! I will certainly be making this again because it was a big hit!"

hallkm02 User ID: 5227810 160756
Reviewed Jan. 21, 2013

"Very easy and tasted great."

jsyth User ID: 3914058 73401
Reviewed Jan. 12, 2013

"Used ground turkey instead of beef. Sauted diced onion, bell peppers & mushrooms w/ meat. Delicious recipe!! Will definitely make again!"

rwgeoffrey User ID: 6356223 160742
Reviewed Dec. 28, 2012

"This has become my husbands favorite dish. I omit all the "optional" ingredients. I also buy 6 inch flour tortillas and use 3 stacked on top of one another for one layer. My dish is a good size for this. I also like to use extra salsa mixed with the beans."

mamabbbear User ID: 6926190 93513
Reviewed Nov. 12, 2012

"This is a delicious recipe. I added chopped roasted (peeled & seeded) Poblano chilies to the layers as recommended by a friend. This also freezes well."

phishing4men User ID: 6436808 98467
Reviewed Oct. 17, 2012

"Karen Buske is wrong, not one tortilla but three, then layer then three more. if you did one at a time it would be ten feet tall!!!"

Nicolejanine User ID: 6593167 91635
Reviewed Oct. 16, 2012

"So easy, so delicious!!"

Karen.Buske User ID: 6777614 144268
Reviewed Aug. 10, 2012

"Trish101707, he is telling you to layer one tortilla with beef and bean mixture, corn and cheese than another tortilla with mixture and repeat with 3rd layer.

This recipe is the best. My husband and I hosted a New Years Day party for 25 years and we supplied the food which was always Mexican. Thanks for another recipe to add to it."

carriencognito User ID: 6798879 144534
Reviewed Aug. 5, 2012

"i made it with chicken instead of beef. i really liked it but i think if i had used beef i would have liked it better"

Trish101707 User ID: 6537431 160159
Reviewed May. 5, 2012

"Cannot rate yet because I haven't made yet. I can see what ekatiakarpova means about the tortillas. Do you place them in the bowl so they just overlap or should you put them in as 3 layers deep? Tortillas come in many sizes so I am not sure on that point. Then when you layer~should you use 3 tortillas then too?"

vanillaice User ID: 6309355 144519
Reviewed Apr. 20, 2012

"To: ekatiakarpova who said there was no instruction about the tortilla's. This is direct from the recipe:

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."

Lildrumboy User ID: 1442910 66059
Reviewed Mar. 1, 2012

"The beauty of this recipe is that it's easy to modify to your own tastes. If you like it, add more. If you don't like it, leave it out or add something else. Adjust it to your family tastes."

baminkc User ID: 3187841 93512
Reviewed Mar. 1, 2012

"It was pretty good I will make it sometime again might try doing something different with the tortillas."

flyfye User ID: 4608766 208274
Reviewed Feb. 10, 2012

"Very easy, great results - even my picky kids enjoyed it!"

Virgo63 User ID: 6456522 114110
Reviewed Jan. 21, 2012

"My husband made this one night when I was running late from work... it was easy to prepare and delicious!!!"

mrsphilly User ID: 2188650 66057
Reviewed Jan. 11, 2012

"One of my families absolute favorites"

umyaznemo User ID: 6384207 208273
Reviewed Jan. 7, 2012

"I really liked the flavours and the simplicity of this recipe. I personally doubled the salsa and re-fried beans. My guests loved it too and took some of the left overs home with them."

LeslieKD User ID: 6038555 113956
Reviewed Jan. 4, 2012

"Kids and hubby loved it. I used fat-free beans and low-fat cheese to reduce the fat/calories. Also never use packaged taco seasoning, so just used chili powder, onion powder and garlic powder, black pepper and a little salt to season the meat."

ekatiakarpova User ID: 6312133 92923
Reviewed Nov. 5, 2011

"I didn`t like this recipe because too salty and no explanation how to place three tortillas in the dish."

1989Cunninghams User ID: 6209955 93511
Reviewed Oct. 23, 2011

"My 14 year old daughter made this for us. She did a great job, and it tasted great."

allaboutcookies86 User ID: 4740624 145595
Reviewed Oct. 23, 2011

"This recipe was SO easy to make. Minimal dishes to clean. Cheap to make and most importantly Delicious. Thank you for this great idea. This will be a great keeper for when I am strapped on time. It doesn't get much easier than this!"

kristinaward User ID: 5038393 144517
Reviewed Sep. 28, 2011

"My family loves this recipe. I did make some changes. Instead of salsa, I used Rotel and instead of tortillas, I used tortilla chips. This is definitely a favorite at our house."

cookinmommy User ID: 166191 113888
Reviewed Sep. 9, 2011

"This is a very easy recipe to prepare. Very easy/quick prep for me since I always have ground chuck cooked ahead and in the freezer. Just remember to plan ahead on the up to 45 baking time and resting time. It does need to rest so it can be cut into easier. Very good flavors. I made just as the recipe calls for. I also made a tossed salad and put out extra salsa, sour cream and tortilla chips. A definite keeper!"

dedo_spirit User ID: 4127303 160157
Reviewed Aug. 3, 2011

"This is absolutely delicious and simple to make. I love that these are mostly all ingredients you normally have on hand. And my husband loves it!!"

juliesprincess User ID: 1363224 93510
Reviewed May. 7, 2011

"Family love it! The corn was a great addition to the taco dish."

ltlflea User ID: 5035096 66055
Reviewed Apr. 6, 2011

"This was FANTABULOUS! I love Mexican food whereas my son is not such the fan. This dish shocked even HIM .. he LOVED it! Served with shredded lettuce, tomatoes, sour cream and a smidge more salsa ... Brought into work with me for a couple folks to try and they asked when I was making another one...I gave them the recipe ;o) THANK U! Had been looking for a long time for new ground beef recipes and this is DEF'LY a keeper! (made no changes in recipe)"

maricasta User ID: 4776240 161195
Reviewed Jan. 27, 2011

"Very easy, I used left over taco meat to make the dish."

blackcvpi User ID: 5779804 160430
Reviewed Jan. 23, 2011

"Made a directed but added some diced and roasted green chili's on the top layer. It was really good!"

Joeykerry User ID: 5775839 92922
Reviewed Jan. 20, 2011

"I made it in a 9x13 dish and made 2 layers.

Family loved it!"

waffles recipe User ID: 5666588 166313
Reviewed Dec. 10, 2010

"Hey I just tried this recipe over the weekend. It was great! delicious! My family was so happy and pleased with what I did. They are crazy with mexican food casseroles like that of that's why I constantly research for variations and other styles. Thank you so much!"

aimeechipps User ID: 4138072 144232
Reviewed Sep. 2, 2010

"Very good. I love trying new taco type casseroles and I will definately make this one again. My advice would be not to use 3 tortillas, only 2 per layer. The layer I used 3 tortillas was hard to cut. I did 3 layers instead of 2 in my Corningware 2 1/2 quart round baking dish. There was so much of the refried bean/salsa mixture that I knew it would have to be divided into thirds rather than halved. We topped with shredded lettuce and tomatoes. Sour cream would have been good on it too. Also only baked for 30 minutes."

brkornhaus User ID: 118422 92921
Reviewed Aug. 12, 2010

"Simple and easy. Took this to a potluck at work and everyone asked for the recipe. Even my hard-to-impress husband gave it two thumbs up."

knight99 User ID: 5329004 66054
Reviewed Aug. 3, 2010

"Very good and easy to make!"

camdenjeffrey User ID: 3793707 73385
Reviewed Mar. 4, 2010

"I have made this a few times... my family really likes it and it's pretty easy to make! It's a keeper."

ghogan User ID: 1098409 93509
Reviewed Jan. 12, 2009

"My husband and 2 and a half year old daughter loved this. She didn't even notice the corn. I used cream corn instead. It was also a breeze to prepare."

catchmeaway User ID: 3463678 160155
Reviewed Oct. 25, 2008

"This is a great dish. My husband loves it. I use chili beans and black beans if I don't have the refried beans."

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