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An Easy Mexican Beef Casserole Recipe

The word “casserole” actually refers to the baking dish used, rather than what is inside it, which means there are lots of different casserole recipes, rather than one way to make it, which varies slightly from dish to dish. This is an easy Mexican beef casserole recipe, which is prepared in layers and then baked for half an hour, resulting in a tasty casserole with bubbling cheese on top.

If you are feeding a family, you can double the ingredients and use two casserole dishes or a larger, deeper one. Mexican ground beef casseroles are a traditional Mexican food. This is an easy dish to make because once you have fried the beef and onion, you just need to arrange the ingredients in a casserole dish and bake it for half an hour.

Mexican ground beef casseroles like this one make a great dinner if you are looking for an alternative to meatloaf or another ground beef recipe. Beef is a popular meat in Mexico and this Mexican beef casserole is a real winner. The cheese, chilies, corn chips and other typically Mexican ingredients give it a wonderful flavor and texture and this recipe is hearty and filling.

This dish teams a variety of typical south of the border ingredients, such as beef, cheese, onion, chilies, corn chips, and tortillas, with cheese and chicken soups and milk, so if you imagine all those flavors together, you will see this dish is going to be meaty, creamy and slightly spicy, a good way of describing comfort food. Casserole is a kind of comfort food, especially when served piping hot from the oven on a chilly fall or winter evening. After assembling this casserole you need to bake it in the oven for half an hour, so use that time to prepare a side dish, perhaps a fresh salad or some corn on the cob to enjoy with the casserole. Then you can serve everything together at once.

Mexican Beef Casserole with Rice and Tomatoes
Summary: Served family style, this Mexican casserole is a lovely warming dish the whole family can share and enjoy. Beef, cheese and corn chips feature in this creamy recipe.
Cuisine: USA (Southwestern)
Recipe type: Entree
Serves: 4
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  • ½ onion, chopped
  • 1 can evaporated milk
  • 1 can cheese soup
  • 1 can cream of chicken soup
  • 3 ½ ounces diced green chili peppers
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 6 tortillas, each torn in 6 pieces
  • Handful of corn chips
  • Handful of cheddar cheese
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • Oil for greasing
  1. Preheat the oven to 350ºF.
  2. Cook the chili peppers, onion and beef in a large pan until the beef is browned.
  3. Drain the excess fat. Add the soups and evaporated milk and bring to the boil.
  4. Grease an 11 x 13 inch casserole dish (or equivalent round dish) with cooking oil and layer the ingredients, so you will have a layer of tortillas, cheese, corn chips, and beef.
  5. Repeat these layers, ending with beef and finish with a sprinkling of cheese.
  6. Bake this Mexican casserole recipe for 30 minutes; making sure the cheese on top does not burn.
  7. The ingredients are already cooked so when the casserole is hot through, it is ready to serve.
  8. You can adapt this recipe any way you like, perhaps adding baked beans or diced carrot for some extra nutritional goodness!

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This creamy beef and cheese casserole is gently spiced and makes a lovely winter warmer. Serve it with your favorite Mexican side dishes and enjoy the authentic south of the border flavors it offers. Everyone in the family will enjoy this creamy casserole, and you will love how easy it is to put together. You probably already have most of the ingredients for it. Bake it in the oven for half an hour and during that time you can make any sides you want. If you have some left, you can microwave it the following day and treat yourself to a Mexican lunch. Some would say it is even nicer the next day.

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Christine Szalay-Kudra

Hi, I'm Christine, and I'm pleased to welcome you to I have endeavored to gather as many delicious South of the border recipes here for you, including Mexican-inspired as well as traditional Mexican, and also some Tex-Mex and Mexican fusion dishes. Food is very important to our family's lives and Mexican food is certainly a favorite around here.

We have everything from appetizers and snacks to soups, drinks, entrées, and much more. You will find everything from mild dishes to super-spicy ones, simple recipes based on fresh ingredients up to more complex ones suitable for a dinner party.

Home cooks just starting out with Mexican cooking tend to be surprised how much of the emphasis is placed on using fresh ingredients and aromatic herbs and spices. Forget the typical ideas about Mexican food being all beans, cheese and beef (that applies a little more to Tex-Mex), take inspiration from authentic Mexican dishes based on fresh ingredients, and inject all your passion into cooking South of the border food, for perfect results every time.

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