If you are looking for delicious ground beef cassseroles then this Mexican ground beef tortilla layer casserole which is sometimes referred to as Mexican lasagna, is a tasty choice.
You can easily customize it to your family’s preference and even substitute with whatever cheese you have on hand (cheddar or colby-jack will work well). You could also customize with your favorite ingredients (see some ideas below.)
Quick and Easy Mexican Ground Beef Tortilla Layer Casserole
This delicious Mexican inspired casserole is a nice alternative to Taco Tuesday.
- 1 pound ground beef
- 1/2 red bell pepper, chopped
- 1/2 green bell pepper, chopped
- 1 (1 ounce) package taco seasoning mix such as Old Elpaso
- 2/3 cup water
- 1 (11 ounce) can whole kernel corn, drained
- 2 3/4 cups salsa
- 2 cups (8 ounces) shredded Mexican cheese
- 6 (6 inch) flour tortillas, sliced in half
Preheat oven to 350 F. Spray a 13x9x2 (3 quart) baking dish with cooking spray.
In a large skillet, brown ground beef, stirring occasionally while breaking up meat until no longer pink. Drain.
Return skillet to heat and add the chopped red and green pepper, taco seasoning mix and water. Simmer 3-4 minutes, stirring constantly.
Stir in the salsa and corn. Remove from heat and set aside.
Place half of the sliced tortillas in the bottom of the baking dish, overlapping if necessary.
Top tortillas with 1/2 the meat mixture and 3/4 cup of the cheese. Top with remaining tortillas.
Spread remaining meat mixture over the tortillas and spread the rest of the cheese on top.
Spray a piece of foil with non stick cooking spray. Cover casserole dish, foil side down.
Bake for 35-40 minutes or until cheese is melted and casserole is heated through.
Substitutions and Topping Ideas
This quick Mexican ground beef casserole is easy to customize. You can use canned black beans or pinto beans (drained and rinsed) in place of the corn. For an extra kick, toss in a small can of drained green chiles. This Mexican layered casserole ground beef recipe would also be great with ground turkey.
If you don’t have canned corn you can substitute frozen. No need to cook the corn first, just add the frozen corn right to the ground beef mixture.
Topping Ideas: This layered taco casserole recipe tastes terrific as is but you can also add your favorite toppings such as diced tomatoes, black olives and a dollop of sour cream.
Serving suggestion: Serve with a green salad. For an even heartier meal, serve with a side of cilantro lime rice.
Check out these other Mexican casserole recipes that are perfect for Cinco de Mayo, Taco Tuesday or anytime!
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