Tortilla / Mexican Casserole

Oct 02, 2011 by Visual Recipes | 1 Comments| Share it:   



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  • Prep: ~30 mins.
  • Cook: ~30 mins.
  • Serves: 6

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If you are a fan of taco casserole, give this tortilla / Mexican casserole recipe a try. I kind of think of this as a double decker quesadilla casserole recipe. The chili powder, cumin, and crushed red pepper really give it a kick. Instead of purchasing chili powder to use in the Mexican casserole, you can make your own. Check out this tutorial on how to make chili powder.


  • 1 lb ground turkey or ground beef
  • 16 oz tomato sauce (I used one 8oz can of low sodium tomato sauce and one 8 ounce can of regular tomato sauce)
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • one 15 oz can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 8 oz frozen whole kernel corn
  • 4 1/2 oz can chopped green chilies, undrained
  • 4 8" flour tortillas
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp mined garlic
  • 1/2 tsp oregano leaves
  • 1/2 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
  • 2 tsp canola oil

Step 1

Heat a pan on medium-high heat and add two teaspoons of canola oil. Place the chopped onion and the ground beef or ground turkey into the pan.

Step 2

Break up the ground meat and stir the onions. Allow the meat to fully cook (no longer pink, juices run clear).

Step 3

Once the ground meet has browned and cooked through, you can drain off any excess fat. Then add the tomato sauce and stir.

Step 4

Add the corn, beans, and the can of green chilies. Stir.

Step 5

Add in all of the spices except of the crushed red pepper. Stir. If the mixture seems dry, add a half to 3/4 cup of water. You want enough liquid so you can mix the spices in with the meat. Bring to a boil and then lower the heat to simmer for a few minutes. You want any sauce to thicken up a bit. At this point you can sprinkle in red crushed pepper if you want extra heat.

Step 6

Spray a 13"x9" baking pan with a non-stick cooking spray. Spoon about a 1/2 cup of the meat mixture onto the pan like shown in the picture. This is a good base.

Step 7

Add in 2 of the flour tortillas. Allow them to overlap.

Step 8

Top the tortillas with 1/2 of all the beef or turkey mixture. Top the meat with 1/2 of the cheese or as much of the cheese as you like. Add on another 2 flour tortillas, meat mixture and cheese.

Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for about 10 minutes. You want the cheese to melt and the heat to penetrate through the layers. You can cut your tortilla / Mexican casserole into squares to serve.

Now that you have learned how to make tortilla / mexican casserole, please be sure to view these other turkey recipes.

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Oct 14, 2011

This is one of the best tortilla Mexican casseroles I have yet to try!! I just made it last night! Your steps made it simple to make. It was easy to make, delicious, and my kids loved it! What more can I ask for?  I thought there would leftovers, to take for my lunch, but no, it was all gone!!

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