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Zippy Beef Fiesta Recipe

A cousin first introduced me to this rich casserole. The flavor is a cross between a taco and burrito. I like to serve it with a tossed salad and French bread.—Joyce Ericksen, Turlock, California
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 35 min. YIELD:8 servings


  • 1-1/2 pounds ground beef
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 cans (8 ounces each) tomato sauce
  • 2 tablespoons vinegar
  • 12 corn tortillas (6 inches)
  • 2 cups (8 ounces) shredded process cheese (Velveeta)
  • 1 can (2-1/4 ounces) sliced ripe olives, drained


  • 1. In a skillet, cook beef and onion over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain. Stir in flour and seasonings until blended. Add the water, tomato sauce and vinegar; cook for 10 minutes or until heated through. Cut each tortilla into six wedges.
  • 2. In a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish, layer half of the tortillas, meat mixture, cheese and olives; repeat layers. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 35 minutes or until heated through. Yield: 8 servings.

Recipe Note

It's quick and easy to cut corn tortillas for Zippy Beef Fiesta if you can use a kitchen shears or pizza cutter instead of a knife.

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 349 calories, 17g fat (8g saturated fat), 60mg cholesterol, 970mg sodium, 26g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 4g fiber), 24g protein.

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KD89 User ID: 6213354 34410
Reviewed Sep. 7, 2014

"Makes a lot! Makes a mess of the kitchen. I was concerned it was going to be 'soupy' but it thickened up nicely when it baked. I added more cheese than it called for (about 12oz total) and I wasn't sorry."

Karen Y User ID: 2986300 34392
Reviewed Jun. 23, 2009

"For my husband & myself, I would leave out the olives but top it off with sour cream. Sounds really good."

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