Easy Mexican Ground Beef Casserole Recipe

If you’re looking for an easy and delicious weeknight meal for the whole family, look no further than this easy Mexican ground beef casserole.

Loaded with cheese, green chiles, refried beans and more, it’s sure to please even the pickiest of eaters.

Plus, it takes less than an hour to make from start to finish, so you can have a home-cooked meal on the table in no time.

Give the casserole a try tonight, I promise it will become one of your favorite dinners.

Perfect Any Night Of The Week

Mexican casserole on a red plate with jalapenos, tomatoes, and corn

Even if you’re not a fan of Mexican food, you’ll love this easy Mexican ground beef casserole with cheese.

It’s packed with flavor and so simple to make. And, it works any night of the week because it’s a fast meal to prepare.

Prepare In Advance

It’s always good to make a dish that is easy and you can prepare it in advance. This Mexican ground beef casserole with cheese is just that.

You can make the dish before work, the day before you plan to cook it, or right before it’s ready to go in the oven. Just don’t add the tortillas until it’s time to cook.

When you’re ready to make the dish, layer with the tortillas and cook it.

Mexican ground beef casserole on a red plate with a fork.

Ultimate Mexican Casserole Ingredients

Full printable recipe with measurements and instructions listed at the bottom of the post in the recipe card.

  • Ground beef
  • Diced onions
  • Whole kernel corn
  • Taco seasoning
  • Water
  • Salsa
  • Diced green chiles
  • Refried beans
  • Shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • Small tortillas

Topping (all optional)

  • Shredded lettuce
  • Diced tomatoes
  • Sour cream
  • Diced jalapeños
  • Diced green onions

How To Make The Easy Mexican Casserole Recipe

  1. Brown ground beef. Drain the grease and add the beef back to the saucepan.
  2. Next, add the taco seasoning and water and mix well.
  3. Add the onions, corn, salsa, green chiles, and refried beans and mix well.
  4. Cover and cook on medium to medium-high for several minutes, stirring occasionally.
  5. Grease a 9-inch by 13-inch baking dish and cover the bottom of the baking dish with small flour tortillas.
  6. Spread one-third of the beef mixture over the tortillas.
  7. Sprinkle one cup of shredded cheddar cheese on top.
  8. Add another layer of tortillas, meat mixture, and shredded cheese.
  9. Top with one more layer of tortillas, meat mixture, and cheese.
  10. Bake for approximately 30 minutes or until the cheese is melted.
  11. Top with your favorite toppings.

Step-By-Step Instructions

Cooking ground beef in a large saucepan.

Start by adding the ground beef to a large saucepan or large skillet and cook on medium heat.

Drain the grease when the meat is done cooking and add the meat back to the pan.

If you want to make this a little healthier, you can use ground turkey or extra lean ground beef for the recipe instead.

I buy ground chuck at The Fresh Market. They have a sale here at my store every Tuesday and it’s one pound for $2.99. And, it’s our favorite meat.

Pouring water into a saucepan with taco seasoning and ground beef.

Next, add the taco seasoning and water and mix to combine.

I bought a small 1.25-ounce packet of taco seasoning mix. You can also use the one-ounce pack if that is what you have.

Adding salsa and corn to the pan with ground beef

Add the whole kernel corn and salsa to the pot.

I used canned corn for this recipe because it’s easy. Be sure to drain the water off of the can before adding the corn.

You can use corn off the cob, but make sure you get about 15 ounces of corn for the recipe.

I also bought medium salsa because a couple of us (namely me) are super wimpy when it comes to spicy food.

So, if you like things spicy, you can get the spicier version.

Green chiles, diced white onions, and ground beef in a large saucepan.

Next, add the green chiles and diced onions to the saucepan.

I diced the onions at home and bought the can of green chiles.

Refried beans in a pot with ground beef.

Finally, add the refried beans to the pot and mix all of the ingredients.

I used a can of refried beans for this recipe, as well.

Adding the red lid on the saucepan while the casserole cooks

Place the lid on the pan and cook for about ten minutes on medium to medium-high heat. Stir occasionally.

The purpose of cooking for about 10 minutes is to cook off a little bit of the water.

Lining a pan with tortillas

Grease a 9-inch by 13-inch casserole dish with butter or nonstick cooking spray and line the bottom with small flour tortillas.

I used small tortillas because they are a little easier to fit into the baking dish. You can use large ones if that’s what you have.

I used a total of 15 tortillas.

Spreading ground beef mixture over tortillas in a baking dish.

Spread one-third of the cooked ground beef mixture over the tortillas.

Layering mexican casserole in a baking dish with tortillas and meat and cheese.

Sprinkle one-third of the shredded cheese on top of the meat.

I used sharp cheddar for the recipe, but if you like mild cheddar or Mexican cheese blend, you can use that as well.

Layering the casserole in a baking dish.

Add the final layer of meat and cheese layer. Bake, uncovered, for 30 minutes at 350-degrees.

You should have a total of three layers of tortillas and three layers of meat and cheese.

Cooked casserole in a baking dish

You can bake until the cheese is melted, which is about 30 minutes, or bake it a little longer if you like the cheese a little crusty on top.

Topping the casserole with shredded iceberg lettuce

Top the casserole with shredded lettuce.

If you don’t plan to eat the entire dish in one sitting, only add lettuce to the pieces you plan to eat, otherwise, you end up with wilted lettuce (speaking from experience).

Mexican ground beef casserole topped with tomatoes and jalapenos

Slice a piece and top with fresh tomato, diced jalapeños, and a dollop of sour cream.

You can also add some green onions, more salsa, or anything else that you love on top.

This is comfort food at its finest.

Other Optional Toppings

  • Green bell pepper
  • Black olives
  • Black beans
  • Spanish rice on the side

More Delicious Ground Beef Recipes

Mexican ground beef casserole on a red plate.

Add Some Variety to Your Casserole

  1. Tortilla Chip Topping: Crush tortilla chips and sprinkle them on top for a crunchy addition. This adds a nice texture contrast to the melty cheese and warm ground beef.
  2. Corn Tortillas Layer: Layer corn tortillas within the casserole for a more authentic Mexican feel. It’s similar to a taco casserole but baked in one dish.
  3. Rice Casserole Twist: Incorporate uncooked rice or Mexican rice into your casserole for a hearty, filling meal. This variation is perfect for busy weeknights and will fill up those hungry teenagers.
  4. Chili Powder Boost: Amp up the spice level by adding more chili powder. This brings out the Mexican flavors and adds more warmth to the dish.
  5. Enchilada Sauce Infusion: Pour enchilada sauce over the layers before baking. This simple ingredient can transform your casserole into a saucy delight.
  6. Greek Yogurt Swirl: Add a dollop of Greek yogurt on top of individual servings for a creamy, tangy twist. This can be a healthier alternative to sour cream.
  7. Pico de Gallo Freshness: Serve with fresh pico de gallo on the side of the dish. The freshness of the tomatoes and cilantro complements the hearty casserole.
  8. Pinto Beans Addition: Mix in pinto beans for a different flavor.
  9. Rotel Tomatoes Mix-In: Stir in Rotel tomatoes for a spicy and tangy kick. This is a simple way to elevate the casserole’s flavor profile.
  10. Monterey Jack Blend: Use Monterey Jack cheese for its excellent melting qualities and mild flavor, perfect for a melty cheese topping.
  11. Garlic Powder Sprinkle: Add garlic powder to the ground beef for an aromatic depth of flavor.
  12. Fresh Cilantro Garnish: Sprinkle fresh cilantro over the finished casserole for a burst of freshness and color, enhancing the Mexican vibe.
  13. Individual Servings Prep: Prepare the casserole in individual servings using small baking dishes. This is great for portion control and makes serving easier.
  14. Ground Chicken Variation: Substitute ground chicken or ground turkey for a lighter version of this tasty Mexican ground beef casserole.
  15. Homemade Salsa Side: Serve with homemade salsa for a personalized touch and extra flavor.
Ground beef casserole with cheese, refried beans and more

Mexican ground beef casserole with cheese is a family favorite. It’s easy to make and great for an easy weeknight meal because it can be made in one pot.

This recipe will feed six to eight people, but feel free to double the ingredients if you want more servings.

Or, cut the recipe in half if you don’t need as much.

So, the next time you’re looking for an easy weeknight meal, this Mexican ground beef casserole is just the thing. Be sure to print it out in the recipe card below.

Mexican casserole on a red plate with jalapenos, tomatoes, and corn

Easy Mexican Ground Beef Casserole Recipe

Yield: 8 servings
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes

This is the best Mexican beef casserole. Is there anything better than a delicious, hearty casserole on a cold winter night? The casserole is the perfect comfort food–it’s packed full of flavor, and it’s easy to make. Plus, it’s perfect for feeding a crowd. So if you’re looking for a dish that will warm you up and satisfy your hunger, this is the recipe for you!

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 1.25 ounces dry taco seasoning
  • 2/3 cup of water
  • 1/3 cup diced onions
  • 15.25 ounce can whole kernel corn, drained
  • 1/2 cup salsa
  • 4 ounce can green chiles
  • 16 ounce can refried beans
  • 3 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 15 small tortillas

Optional extras:

  • Shredded lettuce
  • Diced tomatoes
  • Sour cream
  • Diced jalapeños
  • Diced green onions

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350-degrees and grease a 9-inch by 13-inch baking dish.
  2. Brown the meat in a large saucepan or large skillet. Drain the grease and add the meat back to the pan.
  3. Add the taco seasoning and water and mix well.
  4. Add the onions, corn, salsa, green chiles, and refried beans and mix well. Cook on medium to medium high heat.
  5. Cover with a lid and cook for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  6. Line the bottom of the baking dish with small tortillas (I used five for each layer).
  7. Spoon one-third of the beef mixture over the tortillas.
  8. Sprinkle one cup of cheese over the beef mixture.
  9. Layer five more tortillas, one-third of the beef, and one cup of cheese over the top.
  10. Layer once more with five tortillas, beef mixture, and cheese.
  11. Bake for 30 minutes.
  12. Cut out a slice and top with lettuce, sour cream, tomatoes, and anything else you would like to add.

Notes

You should have a total of three layers in this meal.

You can store any leftovers in an airtight container or cover it with some plastic wrap and keep it refrigerated.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 863Total Fat: 42gSaturated Fat: 18gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 19gCholesterol: 144mgSodium: 1549mgCarbohydrates: 66gFiber: 7gSugar: 3gProtein: 52g

Nutrition facts are approximate.

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4 Comments

  1. Miz Helen says:

    We are going to really enjoy your Mexican Ground Beef Casserole, it looks delicious. Your post is featured on Full Plate Thursday, 572 this week. Thanks so much for sharing your talent with us and come back to see us real soon!
    Miz Helen

    1. Julie Pollitt says:

      Thanks so much, Miz Helen!

  2. Rebecca Andrews says:

    Julie, how much onion should I use, when putting the ingredients together? I love Mexican dishes and will try this one!

    1. Julie Pollitt says:

      Hi Rebecca! Sorry about that. I used about 1/3 cup of diced onions. I fixed it in the recipe card. You can always add more if you love onions. Hope you like the recipe!