12 Mexican-Inspired Casseroles for Family-Pleasing Dinners
Seasoned meats, crunchy tortillas, spicy seasonings and sauces, and, of course, lots of melty cheese, everybody loves the delicious comforts of Mexican food. And these cheesy, family-pleasing Mexican-inspired casseroles are hearty comfort food at its best. We have everything here: burrito pie, nacho casserole, taco lasagna, chicken fajita casserole, beefy rellenos casserole, and much more.
Mexican Ground Beef Casserole
Cornbread stuffing is the secret ingredient in this cheesy baked Mexican ground beef casserole, also featuring diced tomatoes with jalapeno, chili powder, cumin, hot sauce, canned sweet corn, and Cheddar. "Nice and easy dinner," says fabeveryday, who rates it 5 Stars. "I added seasoning salt and garlic powder to the meat, since I wanted a little something extra. Delicious topped with a bit of sour cream."
Shortcut Chicken Fajita Casserole
"Quick, easy, tasty chicken fajita casserole," says smlchng70. "Needed to make a meat entree for a small gathering and was tired of my regular baked chicken and rice." Using a bag of frozen vegetables is a helpful shortcut when making this simple chicken fajita casserole.
Easy Mexican Casserole
A very simple, versatile Mexican-inspired casserole with layers of tortilla chips, ground beef, chili beans, salsa, and sour cream. "This is an easy and very tasty dish," says ANDREALF63. "I often substitute ground turkey and low fat dairy products and it is still delicious! Serve with chips, salsa, and green salad."
Tater Tot Taco Casserole
Tater tot casserole, a Midwest American mainstay, gets a Mexican-style makeover here with melted Mexican cheeses, ground beef, beans, and taco seasoning. "Just what the grandkids ordered," says Mama Smith. "Tater tots, Mexican food, and cheese! This is one of those meals that you can throw together with ingredients you would normally have on hand. Great for pot luck or a quick meal for unexpected company. Some kids don't like onion or garlic; these can be omitted."
The secret here is using refrigerated crescent rolls as the crust. You'll add layers of seasoned ground beef, sour cream, and shredded cheese, topped with crushed tortilla chips. "It's a quick, easy meal that is very filling," says stephanie. "Some people will also top it with regular taco toppings, i.e. lettuce, tomatoes, black olives, etc. It also is great as leftovers for lunches! Serve with taco sauce."
Mexican Quesadilla Casserole
Here's everything you love about quesadillas in quick casserole form, featuring seasoned ground beef, sweet corn, beans, Cheddar cheese, and green chiles. "Made exactly as written except took another reviewers suggestion and switched out flour tortillas and used corn," says slapper78. "My family says this is a recipe to keep and that I need to remember to make again."
This baked taco-style lasagna features delicious layers of corn tortillas, salsa, seasoned ground beef, and sour cream, topped with Cheddar and Monterey Jack cheeses. "This was an excellent dish," raves GuarinoMom. "Super easy to make and we all loved it. Even my husband who doesn't like leftovers had some the next day. Yum Yum. I will be making this again and again."
Beef Nacho Casserole
Layers of seasoned ground beef, corn, tortilla chips, and cheese are baked under a layer of Colby cheese. "A simple meal to whip up in less than an hour that even the kids are sure to love," says LUNCH*LADY. "Monterey Jack is also good in place of the Colby cheese."
Ground beef, refried beans, and tomatoes are seasoned with taco sauce and diced green chili peppers, layered in a casserole with flour tortillas and Colby cheese, and baked to bubbly. "This is a lot like a lasagna, only Mexican-style," says KATHIMC. "Serve like a pie and garnish with sour cream, salsa, lettuce, and tomato. Make sure you like spicy foods before trying this one. It's hot!"
Baked Beef Chiles Rellenos Casserole
This spicy casserole is a healthier, baked version of beef chiles rellenos, with roasted poblano peppers and cheese. "Super-easy, delicious, and low-carb version of chiles rellenos," says EmmLee. "Serve with dollops of low-fat sour cream and pico de gallo or salsa."
Mexican Pork Chop Casserole
Pork chops are baked with Spanish rice, tomato sauce, and taco seasoning topped with bell pepper rings and Cheddar cheese. "Great," says Regina Sacha-Ujczo. "Be careful not to pan fry the meat too much to overcook it. Just five min. or so to brown. Delicious! I added a can of black olives to the recipe for diversion."
Quick and Easy Green Chile Chicken Enchilada Casserole
Shredded chicken is layered with charred tortillas, sour cream, shredded Monterey Jack cheese, and green chile enchilada sauce. "My friends' husbands always fall in love with this when I bring it to parties!" says SGRCOOKI. "My 4 picky kids eat it! If you want to skip the charring step, simply tear the tortillas into fourths so they absorb the sauce better."
Chili Relleno Casserole
Layer Cheddar cheese and canned chiles along with a mixture of evaporated milk, eggs, and flour over split whole green chiles, and top with Monterey Jack cheese and green enchilada sauce. "This is a quick and delicious dinner," says Monya Heath Williams.
Mexican Chorizo and Potato Casserole
Here's an easy, budget-friendly casserole that combines ground beef, chorizo, and black beans with hash brown potatoes and Cheddar cheese. "For a more authentic dish, substitute queso panela for the cream cheese and queso blanco for the cheddar," says Cindy Martin.
Maria's Chicken Tamale Casserole
Handmade chicken tamales lay on a bed of Spanish rice topped with a creamy tomatillo sauce and a blend of Mexican cheeses. "Excellent casserole!" says Medora. "I had some leftover tamales and came to Allrecipes to look for something to do with them. I had pork tamales and so used red sauce rather than green. Otherwise I made the recipe exactly as posted."