This Beef Tortilla casserole with deliciously seasoned ground beef, corn, tomatoes, and beans in between flour tortillas is a great school night dinner that everyone will love.
Mexican food is simply one of the easiest and most flavorful dinners you can eat, and let’s face it, adding on hot sauce, sour cream, and guacamole doesn’t hurt either!
Why This Mexican Bake Will Become Your Favorite Meal
There are so many reasons to fall in love with this Tortilla Casserole with Beef recipe, and here are three that stand out:
Ultimate Comfort Food: This casserole is the definition of comfort food. With its rich layers of meat, beans, and melty cheese, it’s a dish that warms the soul.
Cheesy Goodness: One of the highlights of this dish is the irresistible, gooey, melty cheese that binds all the flavors together.
Versatile and Customizable: You can easily adjust the heat levels to your preference or add in extras like Spanish rice, refried beans, or crunchy Doritos. Whether you like it hot and spicy or mild and creamy, this recipe allows you to create a dish that will become a family favorite.
- lean ground beef
- chopped onion (yellow onions or white onions both work)
- taco seasoning packet
- canned food: black beans, tomatoes with chilies (Rotel), sweet corn, and tomato sauce.
- flour tortillas
- shredded cheddar cheese or Mexican Blend Cheese
How to make Tortilla Casserole.
Preheat Oven and Prepare Pan: Turn the oven on to 350 degrees and spray a 9×13 casserole dish (baking dish) with nonstick cooking spray. Put it aside.
Cook Beef and Onions: In a large skillet, cook the beef and onion until they’re no longer pink.
Add Seasonings: Mix in the taco seasoning and oregano.
Add Other Ingredients: In the same skillet, add the rinsed black beans, corn, tomatoes, and tomato sauce, then mix well. Cook on medium-high for 5 minutes or until it starts to bubble. Then, remove from heat.
Layer the Casserole: Place 1 cup of the beef mixture in the pan. Then add two tortillas, overlapping if needed. Add 1/3 of the remaining meat mixture and 1/3 of the shredded cheese. Repeat this twice, ending with shredded cheese on top.
Bake the Casserole: Put the casserole in the oven and bake for 15 minutes, or until the cheese has fully melted.
Garnish and Serve: When ready, you can serve it with fresh cilantro, chopped green onions, extra cheese, or any of your favorite toppings.
Finding the Perfect Heat: Adjusting Spices in Your Tortilla Casserole
Spicing up or toning down your Mexican Tortilla Casserole with Beef can be as simple as tweaking a few ingredients.
It’s all about finding the right balance for your taste buds and guests.
Here’s how you can do it:
1. For a Milder Flavor: If you or your guests prefer milder flavors, you can quickly tone down the spiciness. Reduce the amount of taco seasoning or chilies, or choose a milder chili variety. If you want a mild taste, you can even leave out the chilies altogether.
2. Spice Lovers’ Delight: For those who love a good kick, add more chilies or use a spicier variety. If you like it hot, add a 4-ounce can of diced green chilies (no need to drain) or chopped jalapeno pepper. It gives the dish an extra kick.
3. Balance with Creaminess: In my house, I tend to leave a little spice in the dish and let everyone use sour cream to finish it.
Can you use chicken in this recipe?
If you use chicken, either make it into small bite-sized pieces with the onion or boil it and shred it down. Then continue with this hearty meal.
Please tell me Quesadilla Mexican Casserole is low-carb!
I am so sorry, but this recipe is not low-carb or keto-friendly for those on a strict diet.
Can I use Tortilla Chips instead of Flour Tortillas?
Crunchy chips and flour tortillas are different, but I have a variation with chips on the bottom in my Nacho Casserole if you prefer that.
Fiesta of Flavors: Unique Mexican Recipes for Every Week
Taco Tuesday is a beloved tradition, but why limit the fun to just one day of the week? Whether you’re hosting a dinner party or simply craving something new and flavorful, here’s a delicious lineup of Mexican recipes.
Black Bean and Corn Salsa: A fresh and colorful dip that combines the hearty texture of black beans with the sweetness of corn. Seasoned with a hint of lime and cilantro, this chunky salsa is perfect as a party appetizer.
Burrito Pie: Imagine layers of your favorite burrito fillings all baked into a comforting casserole. The burrito pie is a crowd-pleaser for family dinners and is filled with seasoned meat, beans, and cheese and wrapped in soft tortillas.
Salsa Chicken: This simple yet flavorful dish combines tender chicken smothered in a zesty salsa sauce. It’s a quick and easy option for weeknight dinners, best served with a side of rice or warm tortillas.
Homemade Tortilla Chips: Move over store-bought chips! Making your own tortilla chips at home is fun!
Sheet Pan Quesadillas: Simplify your quesadilla-making process by preparing them on a sheet pan. Fill them with cheese, cooked vegetables, or meats, and bake until golden—a perfect option for gatherings or a fuss-free family meal.
Cilantro Lime Rice: Elevate your ordinary rice with a splash of lime juice and freshly chopped cilantro. This bright and fragrant side dish pairs well with grilled meats, tacos, or simply as a refreshing alternative to plain rice.
Skillet Mexican Chicken Casserole: Everything you love about Mexican flavors is packed into a one-pan casserole. Juicy chicken, beans, corn, and cheese come together in this comforting dish, perfect for a cozy dinner at home.