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Easy Mexican Ground Beef Casserole

Dive into layers of flavor with our Mexican Ground Beef Casserole – a perfect weeknight meal that's both satisfying and simple to make. Get the full recipe here!

March 16, 2024
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Difficulty Easy
Servings 8 people
Preparation 20 mins
Cooking 35 mins
Total 55 mins



  1. Preheat the oven to 375 °F (190 °C). Grease a 9x13 inch baking dish and set aside.
  2. Brown the Beef: In a large skillet over medium heat, cook the ground beef until no longer pink. Add the diced onion and minced garlic, cooking until softened. Drain excess fat.
  3. Stir in the taco seasoning, black beans, diced tomatoes, corn, and bell pepper. Cook for a few minutes until everything is well combined and heated through. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Spread a thin layer of salsa on the bottom of the prepared baking dish. Arrange half of the tortilla strips over the salsa, followed by half of the beef mixture, and then sprinkle with half of the cheese. Repeat the layers with the remaining ingredients.
  5. Cover the dish with aluminum foil and bake in the preheated oven for 25 minutes. Remove the foil and bake for an additional 10 minutes, or until the cheese is bubbly and golden.
  6. Let the casserole cool for a few minutes before serving. Top each serving with a dollop of sour cream and a sprinkle of fresh cilantro.
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 1 Mexican Ground Beef Casserole
Serves 8
Amount Per Serving
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 18 g23.1%
Protein 20 g40%
Sodium 750 mg32.6%
Sodium 750 mg32.6%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.


  • Use lean ground beef (90/10 or 93/7) for less fat content to reduce grease in the casserole. If you're using meat with higher fat content, make sure to drain it well after browning.
  • While Mexican blend cheese is recommended, you can also use cheddar, Monterey Jack, or a combination for different flavors and textures. For more, check out our ‘Types of Cheeses’ article.
  • Ensure even layers of beef mixture, tortillas, and cheese to distribute flavors uniformly throughout the casserole.
  • Feel free to add or substitute vegetables based on your preference or what you have on hand. Bell peppers of any color, zucchini, or mushrooms make great additions.
  • Adjust the amount of taco seasoning or diced tomatoes with green chilies according to your spice tolerance.
  • If corn tortillas aren't your favorite, you can use flour tortillas or even crushed tortilla chips for a different texture.
  • Assemble the casserole ahead of time and refrigerate until you're ready to bake. Just add a few extra minutes to the baking time if starting from cold.
  • Serve with sides like guacamole, pico de gallo, or rice to round out the meal.
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Bring the vibrant tastes of Mexico to your dinner table with this easy and delicious Mexican Ground Beef Casserole. Combining hearty ground beef, melty cheese, and traditional Mexican spices, this dish is a crowd-pleaser that's perfect for busy weeknights. Layered with tortillas and packed with flavor, it's a one-dish wonder that will have your family asking for seconds.

Origins of The Mexican Ground Beef Casserole

Mexican casserole recipes with ground beef are a testament to the fusion of traditional Mexican flavors with the convenience of American-style casseroles. This culinary blend originates from the cross-cultural exchanges that have shaped the American Southwest's cuisine. Ground beef, a staple in American kitchens, merges seamlessly with ingredients like beans, corn, and tomatoes, which have deep roots in Mexican food traditions. The result is a hearty, comforting dish that satisfies diverse palates and adapts to various dining occasions, from weeknight dinners to social gatherings.

Today, a Mexican casserole with ground beef is more than just a recipe; it's a canvas for creativity and personal expression in the kitchen. Chefs and home cooks alike can experiment with levels of spiciness, types of cheese, or additional ingredients like olives or chilies to craft a dish that reflects their individual tastes and traditions.

What To Serve with Mexican Ground Beef Casserole?

Here are some delicious side dish ideas to serve with Mexican Ground Beef Casserole:

  • Mexican Rice: Serve the casserole alongside a flavorful Mexican rice dish made with tomatoes, onions, garlic, and spices like cumin and chili powder.
  • Guacamole: Fresh and creamy guacamole made with ripe avocados, tomatoes, onions, cilantro, lime juice, and spices adds a refreshing contrast to the hearty casserole.
  • Baked Tortilla Chips: Serve the casserole with a basket of crispy tortilla chips for scooping up the cheesy goodness.
  • Pico de Gallo: Fresh and tangy pico de gallo made with diced tomatoes, onions, jalapeños, cilantro, and lime juice adds a burst of flavor and freshness to the meal.
  • Mexican Street Corn Salad: A deconstructed version of elote, this salad features grilled corn kernels tossed with mayonnaise, cotija cheese, lime juice, chili powder, and cilantro.

How To Store Mexican Ground Beef Casserole?

Proper storage of your Mexican Ground Beef Casserole is important to maintain its freshness, flavor, and safety for consumption. Here's how to store your casserole effectively:

Storing in the Refrigerator:

  • Allow the casserole to cool to room temperature before storing to prevent condensation and bacterial growth. However, don't leave it out for more than two hours to reduce the risk of foodborne illnesses.
  • Transfer the cooled casserole into an airtight container. If you prefer to keep it in the baking dish, wrap it tightly with plastic wrap or aluminum foil to ensure it is well-sealed.
  • The Mexican Ground Beef Casserole can last in the refrigerator for 3 to 4 days.

Freezing for Longer Storage:

  • If you plan to freeze the casserole, consider doing so in portion-sized containers or divide it before freezing. This makes it easier to thaw only the amount you need later.
  • Use freezer-safe containers or heavy-duty freezer bags to store the casserole. Remove as much air as possible to prevent freezer burn and seal tightly.
  • The casserole can be frozen for up to 2-3 months.

Thawing and Reheating:

Thawing: Thaw the frozen casserole in the refrigerator overnight when you're ready to eat. This slow thawing method is safest and helps maintain the texture of the casserole.

Reheating: Reheat the casserole in the oven at 350 °F (175 °C) until it is heated through, usually about 20-30 minutes if thawed, and longer if it's frozen. Cover with foil to prevent the top from burning. You can also reheat it in the microwave, but the oven is better for restoring the original texture.

Wine & Dine

Pairing wine with Mexican Ground Beef Casserole, which typically combines rich flavors, spices, and a hearty texture, requires selecting a wine that can complement the dish's robust elements without being overwhelmed. Here are some wine recommendations that can enhance your dining experience with this flavorful casserole:

Red Wines:

Zinfandel: Known for its bold and fruity profile, Zinfandel can stand up to the rich flavors and spices of the casserole. Its notes of dark berries and a hint of spice complement the beef and seasonings well.

Malbec: This wine is characterized by its deep color and juicy fruit flavors, often with a smoky finish. Malbec pairs well with meaty dishes and can balance the heartiness of the casserole with its robust structure.

Grenache (Garnacha): Offering sweet spice, berry, and pepper notes, Grenache can be a delightful match for the spices in the casserole. Its medium body and fruity undertones help cut through the richness of the cheese and beef.

Syrah (Shiraz): With its bold and spicy profile, Syrah complements the flavors of the casserole without overpowering it. Its peppery notes and dark fruit flavors make it a great match for the spices and heartiness of the dish.

White Wines:

Chardonnay (unoaked or lightly oaked): For those who prefer white wine, a Chardonnay with bright acidity can help balance the richness of the casserole. Look for unoaked or lightly oaked varieties that offer crispness and subtle fruit flavors.

Viognier: This aromatic white wine, with notes of stone fruits and a lush texture, can provide a nice contrast to the casserole's spice. Its inherent richness pairs well with the creamy components of the dish.

Rosé Wines:

Dry Rosé: A dry rosé, with its refreshing acidity and berry flavors, can lighten the meal's heaviness while complementing the spices. It's a versatile choice that bridges the gap between red and white wines.

When choosing wine to accompany Mexican Ground Beef Casserole, consider the spice level and main ingredients of your specific recipe, as well as your personal preference. Generally, wines with medium to high acidity, moderate tannins, and vibrant fruit flavors tend to pair well with the complex flavors of Mexican-inspired dishes. Always feel free to experiment and find the pairing that works best for your taste.

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