Throw Together Mexican Casserole is a quick, easy, and flavorful dish that combines the heartiness of ground beef, the zestiness of Ranch Style beans and Ro-tel toma
toes, and the crunchiness of tortilla chips, all topped with melted cheddar cheese. This casserole is perfect for a weeknight dinner or when you need a satisfying meal without much fuss.
1 pound lean ground beef
1 can Ranch Style beans
1 10-12 ounce bag tortilla chips, crushed
1 can Ro-tel tomatoes
1 small onion, chopped
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese, divided
1 package taco seasoning
1 can cream of chicken soup
1/2 cup water
Sour cream and salsa for serving
Step 1: Preheat the Oven
Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Lightly grease a 9×13 inch baking dish and set aside.
Step 2: Cook the Ground Beef
In a large skillet over medium-high heat, cook the ground beef until it’s no longer pink. Drain any excess grease. Add the chopped onion to the skillet and cook until the onion is translucent and tender, about 5 minutes.
Step 3: Add Beans, Tomatoes, and Seasoning
Stir in the Ranch Style beans, Ro-tel tomatoes, and taco seasoning into the skillet with the beef and onions. Add the cream of chicken soup and water, and stir until all ingredients are well combined. Let the mixture simmer for about 5 minutes to blend the flavors.
Step 4: Layer the Casserole
Spread half of the crushed tortilla chips on the bottom of the prepared baking dish. Pour the beef and bean mixture over the chips. Sprinkle one cup of the shredded cheddar cheese over the beef layer. Top with the remaining crushed tortilla chips.
Step 5: Bake
Cover the baking dish with aluminum foil and bake in the preheated oven for 20 minutes. After 20 minutes, remove the foil, sprinkle the remaining cup of cheddar cheese over the top, and bake for an additional 10 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and bubbly.
Step 6: Serve
Let the casserole cool for a few minutes before serving. Serve with dollops of sour cream and salsa on the side.
Variations: Feel free to add layers of refried beans, corn, or diced green chilies for extra flavor and texture.
Serving Suggestion: This casserole pairs well with a side of guacamole, a fresh green salad, or Mexican rice.
Storage: Leftover casserole can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat in the oven or microwave until thoroughly warmed.
Preparation Time: 15 minutes
Cooking Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Throw Together Mexican Casserole is a hearty, delicious meal that’s perfect for busy weeknights or whenever you’re craving something comforting and flavorful. With its layers of meat, beans, cheese, and tortilla chips, it’s a crowd-pleaser that’s sure to become a favorite in your recipe collection.