Flavorful Fiesta: Mexican Tortilla Casserole Recipe
Welcome to a culinary journey that will transport your taste buds straight to the heart of Mexico! Mexican cuisine is renowned for its vibrant flavors, bold spices, and hearty comfort dishes. One such dish that embodies all of these elements is the Mexican Tortilla Casserole. This delectable creation combines layers of corn tortillas, savory meat (or a vegetarian alternative), zesty sauces, and an abundance of cheese to create a dish that’s a crowd-pleaser at any gathering.
Whether you’re planning a festive family dinner, a potluck with friends, or just want to enjoy a comforting weeknight meal, this Mexican Tortilla Casserole is the perfect choice. The best part? It’s incredibly easy to prepare, making it accessible to both seasoned cooks and kitchen novices alike.
In this article, we’ll guide you through the steps to create this mouthwatering Mexican Tortilla Casserole, providing you with all the tips and tricks you need to make it a memorable addition to your culinary repertoire. So, grab your apron and get ready to embark on a flavor-filled adventure through the world of Mexican cuisine.
Before we dive into the cooking process, let’s gather the ingredients you’ll need to create your Mexican Tortilla Casserole:
- 1lb. ground beef
- 1/2 cup diced onion
- 1 pack taco seasoning mix
- 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
- 1 can refried beans (spread easier if you warm them in microwave)
- 1 cup prepared rice (I used Minute Rice)
- 1 can Mexican blend corn (DRAINED)will only use about 1/2 can
- 4-5 large flour tortillas
- 8 oz of thick chunky salsa (your choice mild or hot)
How To Make Mexican Tortilla Casserole:
Spray a spring form, round cake pan or casserole with cooking spray
Brown ground beef ,and onion and drain
Add taco seasonings and cook according to package direction
Lay 1 tortilla in bottom of baking dish and spread 1/3 of bean on it ,top with 1/3 of the meat and sprinkle on some cheese .
2nd layer tortilla, 1/2 the rice, 1/2 salsa, 1/2 the corn and cheese
3rd layer tortilla, 1/3 beans ,1/3meat, cheese
4 layer tortilla . beans ,meat, corn, rice, salsa and cheese
Bake covered with foil at 350 for about 40 minutes uncover and bake 10-15 minutes longer. let sit 5 minutes before cutting .
After baking top with sour cream, diced onion and shredded lettuce if desired.
Pro Tips for success :
For a vegetarian version, swap the ground meat for sautéed vegetables like bell peppers, zucchini, and corn.
Customize the spice level to your preference by adjusting the amount of chili powder and green chilies.
Add a layer of thinly sliced avocado before the final layer of cheese for a creamy, refreshing twist.
To make this dish ahead of time, assemble it and refrigerate before baking. Simply bake it when you’re ready to enjoy.
Serving Size: 1 slice (1/8th of the casserole)
Total Fat: 17g
Saturated Fat: 9g
Total Carbohydrates: 26g
Dietary Fiber: 6g
Note: Nutrition facts may vary depending on ingredient brands and portion sizes.
The Mexican Tortilla Casserole is a delightful dish that brings the flavors of Mexico to your dinner table. With layers of tortillas, savory filling, and melted cheese, it’s a crowd-pleaser that’s easy to make and even easier to enjoy. Whether you’re cooking for your family or hosting a dinner party, this recipe is sure to impress. So, gather your ingredients and get ready to savor the rich and comforting taste of Mexican cuisine with this delicious casserole!
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