Tex-Mex cuisine is a vibrant fusion of Mexican and Texan flavors, resulting in dishes that are both hearty and packed with flavor. One beloved staple of this cuisine is the Tex-Mex casserole—a perfect family meal that's easy to make and endlessly customizable. Whether you're a seasoned home cook, a Tex-Mex enthusiast, or just looking for a crowd-pleaser, this guide will walk you through creating a scrumptious Tex-Mex casserole.

Tex-Mex Casserole

Ingredients You'll Need

Here's what you'll need to get started, with options to customize based on your preferences:

Base Ingredients

  • 1 lb ground beef (substitute with ground turkey or beans for a vegetarian option)
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 packet of taco seasoning
  • 1 can (15 oz) black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 can (15 oz) corn, drained
  • 1 can (10 oz) diced tomatoes with green chilies
  • 1 cup salsa
  • 2 cups shredded cheese (cheddar, Monterey Jack, or a Tex-Mex blend)
  • 10 small flour tortillas

Optional Add-Ins

  • 1 bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 can (4 oz) sliced olives
  • 1 can (15 oz) refried beans
  • 1 jalapeño, sliced (for extra heat)
  • Fresh cilantro, chopped

Step-by-Step Instructions

Step 1: Prepare the Filling

  1. Cook the Beef and Veggies

In a large skillet, cook the ground beef over medium heat until browned. Add the chopped onion and minced garlic, cooking until softened.

  1. Add Seasoning and Extras

Stir in the taco seasoning, black beans, corn, diced tomatoes with green chilies, and salsa. Mix well and simmer for 5 minutes.

Step 2: Layer the Casserole

  1. Prepare the Baking Dish

Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C). Grease a 9x13-inch baking dish.

  1. Layer the Tortillas and Filling

Place a layer of tortillas on the bottom of the dish. Spread a portion of the beef mixture over the tortillas, then sprinkle some shredded cheese on top. Repeat the layers until all ingredients are used, finishing with a layer of cheese on top.

Step 3: Bake the Casserole

  1. Bake Until Bubbling

Cover the dish with foil and bake for 20 minutes. Remove the foil and bake for an additional 10 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and bubbly.

  1. Cool Slightly

Allow the casserole to cool for a few minutes before serving.

Serving Tips

Make your Tex-Mex casserole even more delightful with these serving suggestions:

  • Side Dishes

Serve with a side of Spanish rice, guacamole, or a fresh salad.

  • Garnishes

Top with sour cream, chopped cilantro, diced avocado, or sliced jalapeños for added flavor and presentation.

Leftover Ideas

Casseroles are great for leftovers! Here are some ideas to make the most of your Tex-Mex casserole:

  • Reheat and Enjoy

Simply reheat portions in the microwave or oven.

  • Repurpose

Use leftovers as a filling for burritos, quesadillas, or nachos.


We hope this guide helps you create a Tex-Mex casserole that becomes a family favorite in your home. We'd love to hear how your casserole turned out and any personal twists you added! Feel free to share your experiences and feedback in the comments. Happy cooking!

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