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Cheesy Beef Tortilla Casserole

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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!

Beef Tortilla Casserole Recipe in casserole dish and ready to serve

This is the perfect recipe for a weeknight meal if you are looking for a layered casserole with flour tortillas (just like lasagna but with Mexican food).

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.

Simple Ingredients

  • lean ground beef
  • chopped onion (yellow onions or white onions both work)
  • taco seasoning packet
  • oregano
  • canned food: black beans, tomatoes with chilies (Rotel), sweet corn, and tomato sauce.
  • flour tortillas
  • shredded cheddar cheese or Mexican Blend Cheese
easy beef casserole ingredients.

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.

ground beef in cast iron pan with taco seasonings

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.

how to make quesadilla casserole with black beans

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.

layering your mexican casserole bake

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.

adding cheese to top layer of mexico casserole bake

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.

ooh gooey cheesy mexican casserole bake

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.

variations of ingredients in cast iron skillet

Can you use chicken in this recipe?

Yep!

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.

I also have a different Chicken tortilla casserole recipe made in a cast iron pan with crunchy tortilla chips if you want to try that combination.

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.

tortilla chips.

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.

quesadilla beef casserole.
5 from 37 votes

Beef Tortilla Casserole


Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Easy Beef tortilla casserole is a Mexican layered casserole bake with ground beef, tons of beans, taco seasonings, and delicious corn and tomatoes. A super filling weeknight casserole bursting with flavor!

Ingredients
 

  • 1 lb lean ground beef cooked
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1 oz. taco seasoning packet
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 15 oz. black beans drained and rinsed
  • 15 oz. tomatoes with chilies Rotel
  • 15 oz. corn drained
  • 15 oz. tomato sauce 15
  • 6, 8 flour tortillas
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese

Optional Toppings

  • fresh cilantro chopped
  • sour cream

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 and grease a 9×13 baking pan with nonstick cooking spray. Set aside.
  • In a large skillet, heat beef and onion until no longer pink. Add taco seasoning and oregano and mix well.
  • Stir in beans, corn, tomatoes and tomato sauce. Mix well and heat for 5 minutes on medium high or until bubbly. Remove from heat.
  • Spoon about 1 cup of beef and beans mixture into the bottom of the prepared pan. Add 2 tortillas on top, overlapping to fit into the pan.
  • Add 1/3 of the ground beef mixture and top with 1/3 of the shredded cheese.
  • Repeat this twice, ending with cheese on top.
  • Bake for 15 minutes or until cheese is melted.
  • Serve topped with fresh cilantro or chopped green onions.
  • Add sour cream, hot sauce, olives, guacamole or salsa on the side.
  • Serves 8-10

Notes

SEE RECIPE ARTICLE FOR ADDITIONAL NOTES ON CHICKEN CASSEROLE VARIATIONS, TOPPINGS, and ADDING A CRUNCH TO THE TOP.

Nutrition

Serving: 1 | Calories: 355kcal | Carbohydrates: 34g | Protein: 16g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 49mg | Sodium: 616mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g

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5 Comments

  1. This is so good! Made it in 2-8×8 foil pans, one for us and 1for my son and fiance. Super easy and I think it will leftover great! Thanks for a great recipe! Will make again!

    1. Trisha Haas says:

      Thanks, Brenda! So glad this recipe was a great fit for you and your family. Also super cool that you made one for your son and fiance!

      Trisha

  2. We loved it! I used cheddar jack and didn’t measure – used a lot – maybe 3 cups. It took longer than 15 minutes to melt, but still an easy, quick casserole. Good for a crowd.

  3. This was easy and delicious! Thanks for a great family friendly recipe!

  4. This was easy and delicious! Thank you for putting it out there! I will be following you!😃❤️

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