Mexican Casserole

Here is one of our favorite easy recipes that always seems to get rave reviews. This feeds our 9 with enough leftover to feed Dad lunch the next day.
Small families may need to cut the recipe down, or freeze half.

Cook and drain 2-3 lbs. of ground beef or sausage in a large stock pot


  • 1 large can cream of chicken soup
  • 1-2 cans black beans
  • 1-2 cans corn and/or ranch beans (optional)
  • 1 can rotel tomatoes or 1 cup salsa (for milder flavor, try diced tomatoes)
  • 1/4 cup taco seasoning

Heat and stir.
In a large greased roaster (or 2 9×13 pans), layer as follows:

  • tortillas cut to fit, or corn chips
  • 1/2 of meat sauce
  • grated cheese (cheddar or col-jack is good)
  • repeat

Heat in a 325 oven til bubbly, about 25 minutes.


  1. Nan,
    The Well Trained Mind message board? Not I. I stay away from message boards now – blogs are eating up enough of my time as it is. I don’t need a new addiction!
    Funny you should comment on this post just now – it’s been a long time since I posted the recipe, but I just happened to have Mexican Casserole in the oven when your comment arrived! Hope your family enjoys it as much as we do.

  2. I’m gonna try this!
    By any chance… Are you on The Well Trained Mind message board? Lots of Kims over there… I used to post there a lot!

  3. I thought it was perfect just the way it was, but I’ll bet the guys would like it better with Rotel. Obviously there weren’t too many complaints…

  4. It’s the stuff that comes in little envelopes – or in a big jug at Costco 🙂
    I would estimate 2 envelopes for the full recipe, or 1 if you’re cutting in half.

  5. Is the 1/4 cup taco seasoning the powdered kind that comes in the little envelopes or a liquid taco sauce?

  6. Stephanie,
    I used diced tomatoes Sunday to keep it mild. Think I should spice it up a little next time, or change nothing?

  7. Thanks, Kim! You can bring it to fellowship any time–I can’t believe we ate the whole thing, and I think if there’d been more, we’d have eaten that, too! Did you use Rotel, or diced tomatos?

  8. It is indeed fantastic! Thanks for bringing it on Sunday.

  9. Laura Ashley says:

    thanks! actually it is chicken i dont eat. recipe sounds good! i love mexican foods!

  10. If you’re trying to stay away from canned soups, you can use a thick white sauce – look on a cornstarch box for the recipe.

  11. Cream of mushroom works just a s good. Also for flavor without heat use some green chili peppers instead of rotels or salsa.


  12. Laura Ashley says:

    does anyone know what i could use instead of cream of chicken soup?

  13. Roberta,
    Actually beef usually sounds good to me – if I don’t have to smell it cooking. BBQ is esp. appealing because of the vinegar. Sour stuff just settles well. Lemon club soda sounds good!
    I’m sipping tonic water every 20 mintues, and occasionally taking a nip out of the ReaLemon bottle. Don’t worry – I won’t use it for cooking now, and I would never drink right from the milk jug!

  14. mattswife1990 says:

    Yum! That recipe sounds like it would be a winner in our house! I’m going to have to try it soon! 🙂


  15. How can do two posts in a row about “beef”!?! (That was the most nauseating for me during the beginning months). 🙂 Bless you as you rest and grow that little person, only a few short weeks and you’ll be in the second trimester! Grapefruit juice and lemon club soda kept me hydrated.
    P.S. and I’m afraid to count how many pizzas, frozen and take n bake, carried us through for the 1st tri. 🙂

  16. This sounds yummy, my husband will love this one! Thanks for posting!

    Susan Godfrey

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